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JILL BEVERLIN

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship, Mission Development/Redevelopment

ELCA Coach Trainer

ICF credential = ACC

East Central Synod of Wisconsin

  • Lives in Menasha, WI

  • Current employment: 

    • Discipleship & Stewardship Coordinator of Coaching - ELCA

    • General Coaching Coordinator - ELCA

Bishop Erik Gronberg

ELCA Coach Level 1

Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod

  • Current Bishop

  • Coaching for 10+ years

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Charles Eduardos

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2

ELCA Coach Mentor

Northeastern Ohio Synod

  • Ordained minister with 40+ years of experience in ministry

  • Executive/Corporate Coach

  • Trainer/Facilitator (Registered Corporate Coach with the Worldwide Association of  Business Coaches)

  • Certified Hypnotherapist

  • Certified NLP Master Practitioner

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Jeff Silvernail

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

ELCA Stewardship Lab Coach

Upstate New York Synod

  • Coaching since 2013

  • ELCA ordained pastor for 20+ years

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ELCA Coach Level 1

North Carolina Synod

  • Lay member of Advent Lutheran, Charlotte, NC

  • Member of the Synodical and National African Descent Strategy Teams

  • Psychologist

  • Consulting Assessment Specialist for 19+ years

  • Coaching for 5+ years (including mission developers, pastors, and church leadership teams)

Charlie Zimmerman

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

ELCA Coach Trainer

ICF credential = ACC

North Carolina Synod

  • Senior Pastor for over 20 years in a large suburban parish

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Sue Lang

ELCA Coach Trainer

ICF credential = ACC

Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod

  • Leadership coach for pastors and other ministry leaders

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Merle Brockhoff

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

ELCA Stewardship Lab Coach

Central States Synod

  • Initially trained as a coach in Natural Church Development

  • Coaching for 5+ years

  • ELCA Rostered Leader in Word and Sacrament serving a Reconciling in Christ
    Congregation

  • 33+ years of ministry experience

John Stirewalt

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

South Carolina Synod

  • 30+ years of parish ministry

  • Experienced Mission Developer

Norma Cooper

ELCA Coach Level 1

Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod

  • Ordained minister for 30+ years

  • Trained in conflict resolution and family systems

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Bob Chell

ELCA Coach Level 1

South Dakota Synod

  • MA in Counseling

  • Served as campus pastor, as well as pastor of a prison congregation

  • Served as supervisor for 7 interns and mentor for a seminary student

David Hansen

ELCA Coach Level 1

Gulf Coast Synod

  • Redevelopment pastor

  • Coaching for 1+ years

  • Consulting for 7+ years

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South Dakota Synod

  • Large congregational ministry experience

Tim Brown

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

North Carolina Synod

  • Coaching for 2+ years

  • Senior Pastor of a large church for 3 years, and prior to that was involved in
    growing a small church through the bumps of 250+

  • Involved in counseling, meditation, and spiritual direction work for the past 5+ years

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

Northwestern Ohio Synod

  • Served as bishop for 18 years

  • Served as a pastor in urban, suburban and rural contexts

  • Certified as an Intentional Interim Pastor through NALIP

Tony Scheer

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

ELCA Coach Trainer

ICF credential = ACC

Grand Canyon Synod

  • Ordained second-career Pastor for 20+ years

  • ELCA Redeveloper

  • Coaching for 11+ years

Barbara Huffman de Belon

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

North Carolina Synod

  • Served as Vice President in Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod

Dawn Alitz

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

Saint Paul Area Synod

  • Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary.

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

Upper Susquehanna Synod

  • Authorized Lay Worship Leader

  • Retired educator, principal, and adjunct professor

  • Retired U. S. Air Force Reserve officer - served in Vietnam and during Desert STORM

Janice Hawley

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

ELCA Stewardship Lab Mentor

Central States Synod

  • 20 years in Business prior to becoming a Pastor

  • Coaching for 2+ years

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ELCA Coach Mentor

South Central Synod of Wisconsin

  • 35+ years of parish experience

  • Served as a pastor/mission developer

Rhonda Wellsandt-Zell

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

South Dakota Synod

  • Former public school teacher

  • Pastor for 23+ years

  • Currently pastoring a congregation dually-affiliated with the ELCA and the UMC

Heidi Kleine

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

North Carolina Synod

  • Coaching for 5+ years

  • Wellness coach prior to serving in current ministry role as Director of Faith Formation

Johan Bergh

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2

ELCA Coach Mentor and Trainer

ICF credential = ACC

Florida-Bahamas Synod

  • 35+ years as a Pastor

  • GreenFaith Fellow

  • Synod Coaching Coordinator

  • Coaching for 13+ years

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DEACON BETH CAYWOOD

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship, Discipleship

Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod

  • Director of Synod Resource Center

  • Coordinator of ELCA Resource Centers

  • Currently working with four congregations as they progress through Cultivating Generous Congregations (CGC), a program through the ELCA and Lake Institute On Faith & Giving

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship, Discipleship

ELCA Coach Mentor and Trainer

ICF credential = ACC

South Central Synod of Wisconsin

  • Coaching for 16+ years

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

ELCA Coach Mentor

Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod

  • Coached three congregations through the Natural Church Development process

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Certification

  • Reiki Master Teacher

  • Lay Worship Leader

  • Healthy Congregations Facilitator and Trainer of Trainers.

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ELCA Coach Level 1

ELCA Coach Mentor and Trainer

Metropolitan Chicago Synod

  • ​Coaching and Pastoring for 20+ years

  • Synodical staff

  • Interim ministry (not certified)

  • Intern/Teaching Parish Supervisor

  • Former Executive Director

Margie Neugebauer

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

South Dakota Synod

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®

  • Trainer for Synod Transformational Ministry Team (GiFT)

  • Coaching for 5+ years

  • 30+ years experience in lay ministry

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THE REV. FRANK L. ZEMAN

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod​

Kathleen Showalter Fiscus

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

Minneapolis Synod

  • Stewardship Consultant with a Masters in Training and Development

  • Ventures in Growing Stewards facilitator

  • Creating Generous Congregations Coach, SW MN Synod

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

ELCA Coach Mentor

Southeast Michigan Synod

  • Currently coaching congregational teams in the LEAD process

  • Coaching for 10+ years

Jenny McLellan

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

ELCA Discipleship Lab Mentor

New Jersey Synod

  • Coaching for 2+ years

Mark Johnson

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

Southwestern Washington Synod

  • Second generation third career pastor

  • 20+ years experience as a pastor

Char Leone

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

ELCA Discipleship Lab Coach

Southwestern Washington Synod

  • Retired Children, Youth, and Family lay professional in ELCA congregations with 20 years experience

  • Coaching for 4+ years

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2

Northwest Washington Synod

  • ELCA Redevelopment Pastor

  • Spiritual Director

  • 20+ years ministry experience

David Madsen

ELCA Coach Level 1

Pacifica Synod

  • Hunger, Justice, and Homeless Ministry Coach

  • Pastoring a church with 50% refugees

  • CEO and Pastor of an outreach ministry to the homeless and marginalized

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

New Jersey Synod

  • Integrated coaching and pastoral care for asset-based thinking, dreaming, and planning

  • Served on synod Stewardship team and Lilly Endowment implementation team where we are working with clergy to create pathways to financial stability and confident, generous leadership

  • 12+ years experience as parish pastor

Ruth Roemer

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (Coaches Training Institute)

ICF credential = PCC

ICF Registered Mentor Coach

New Jersey Synod

  • Private coaching practice for 8+ years

  • Coaching clients include pastors, lay individuals, and corporate clients

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ELCA Coach Level 1

East Central Synod of Wisconsin

  • 30+ years experience as an ordained minister

  • Coaching for 3+ years

Constanze Hagmaier

ELCA Coach Level 1

South Dakota Synod

  • Native of Germany

  • Naturalized citizen since 2006

  • Currently serving as an Administrative Pastor

  • Also a pastor's spouse

Janet Blair

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

New Jersey Synod

  • ELCA-trained Mission Developer

  • Coaching for 2+ years

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship, Mission Development/Redevelopment

Florida-Bahamas Synod

  • Served as lead pastor

  • Visioning and redevelopment of urban ministries

  • Coaching for 15+ years

Meg Fielding

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

North Carolina Synod

  • Active in the ELCA for 25+ years

  • Retired

  • Passion for lay adult education

  • Coaching for 2+ years

Pierson Shaw

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

North Carolina Synod

  • Pastor of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hickory, NC

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at Lenoir Rhyne University

Mary Mortenson

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

South Dakota Synod

  • Coaching for 1+ years

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

Florida-Bahamas Synod

  • Pastor for 7+ years

  • Coaching for 2+ years

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ICF credential = ACC

New Jersey Synod

  • Parish pastor for 40+ years

  • Coaching for 2+ years

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

ELCA Coach Trainer and Coaching Coordinator

ELCA Coaching Leadership Team

ICF credential = ACC

ICF Mentor Coach

CoachNet Global Trainer

Southeastern Synod

  • Interim DEM for Southeastern Synod

  • Former DEM for North Carolina Synod

  • Ordained minister for 35+ years

  • Coaching for 12+ years

Rebel Hurd

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

South Dakota Synod

  • Synodically Authorized Minister of Church on the Streets Sioux Falls

  • Walks alongside those who live / serve on the margins

Coe Hutchison

ELCA Coach Level 1 

Southwestern Washington Synod

  • Second career Pastor

  • Pastor for 8+ years

Jamie Duprey

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

South Dakota Synod

  • Synod Coaching Coordinator

  • Life coach

  • Basketball coach

  • Wife and Mother

Philip Gustafson

ELCA Coach Level 1

New England Synod

  • Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming

  • MBTI Level 1 & 2 Practitioner

  • Practitioner in Formational Prayer

  • Coaching for 10+ years (Certified for 5+ years)

David Kappus

THE REV. DAVID KAPPUS

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

ELCA Stewardship Lab Coach

Eastern Washington - Idaho Synod

  • Coaching since 2016

  • ELCA ordained pastor since 1990

  • Served in urban, suburban, and rural contexts

Jeff Hora

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

Southwestern Washington Synod

  • Coaching since 2018

  • Certified Spiritual Director since 2005

  • Navy veteran

Nathan Swenson-Reinhold

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Stewardship

ELCA Coach Mentor and Trainer

Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod

  • Synod Coaching Coordinator

  • Key architect and deployer of MetroDC Coaches coaching movement within the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod.

  • Natural Church Development Coaching

  • Doctorate in leadership and change management

  • 11+ years of large congregational systems leadership and development

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

ELCA Discipleship Lab Coach

Minneapolis Area Synod

  • Cultivating Generous Congregations coach

Ivy Schulz

ELCA Coach Level 1

Eastern North Dakota Synod

  • Health and Wellness Coordinator for this synod

  • Pastor at Calvary Lutheran, Grand Forks, ND

  • Ordained in 2015

  • Youth Director for 10 years prior

Carol Watson

ELCA Coach Level 1

Southwestern Washington Synod

  • Church Consultant for Capital Campaigns

  • Passion for Stewardship education

  • Retired after 30 years of Teaching

Mary Frances

ELCA Coach Level 1

Metropolitan Chicago Synod

  • Served three congregations in the Chicagoland area

  • 7 years as Associate Program Director for New Congregations for the ELCA

  • Extensive experience with new and renewing congregations

  • Coaching for 15+ years

Stephen Wood

ELCA Coach Level 1

Indiana-Kentucky Synod

  • 20+ years as an ELCA pastor

  • Served in redevelopment, rural, and small town contexts

Solveig Nilsen-Goodin

THE REV. SOLVEIG NILSEN-GOODIN

ELCA Coach Level 1

Oregon Synod

  • Spiritual Director for 22+ years

  • Mission Developer (The Wilderness Way Community)

  • Leads grief rituals for personal and planetary grief 

  • Mentor in EcoFaith Recovery's Practices for Awakening Leadership

  • Midwifed a congregation through death to transformed life

  • Helped a congregation heal from past trauma

Christopher Bruesehoff

THE REV. CHRISTOPHER BRUESEHOFF

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

New Jersey Synod

  • ELCA pastor for 15+ years

  • Member of NJ Synod Mission Advocacy Table

Miguel F. Gomez-Acosta

THE REV. MIGUEL F. GOMEZ-ACOSTA

ELCA Coach Level 1

Grand Canyon Synod

  • Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM)

  • 10+ years of Mission Development / Redevelopment experience

  • Experienced in Spanish and bilingual ministries

  • 2+ years of Coaching experience

Joe McGarry

ELCA Coach Level 1

New England Synod

  • Trained in conflict mediation by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

  • 20+ years of ministry experience including outdoor ministry, youth ministry, chaplaincy and as a pastor

Craig Mueller

ELCA Coach Level 1

Metropolitan Chicago Synod

  • Spiritual Director

  • Enneagram training and certification

  • 30+ years of parish experience

Janice Zimbelman

ELCA Coach Level 1

Grand Canyon Synod

  • Passionate about helping congregations re-frame ministry for the 21st Century

  • Second career Deacon

  • Grand Canyon Synod LEIRN (Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-religious Network) representative and LEIRN board secretary

Jamie Travers

DEACON JAMIE TRAVERS

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Discipleship

Eastern North Dakota Synod

  • Family Ministry Coordinator at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake, ND

  • 25 years ministry experience, first trained as a coach in 2014

F. Mark Walters

ELCA Coach Level 1

Delaware-Maryland Synod

  • LEAD peer coach since 2016

  • Experience as associate, solo, and lead pastor, as well as mission developer

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ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

New Jersey Synod

  • English, Portuguese, and Spanish

  • Coaching Leadership Team in New Jersey

  • Currently working with mission developers, pastors, and lay people in NJ and around the country

Carol Schultz

ELCA Coach Level 1

Pacifica Synod

  • Nonprofit executive and coach 7+ years  

  • Dispute mediator 10+ years 

  • Congregation leader (various roles) 15+ years

Emily Dalen

EMILY DALEN

ELCA Coach Level 1

Nebraska Synod

  • Currently Director of Faith Formation

  • 18+ years of ministry experience with children, youth, and families

  • Cross+Generational ministry experience

Mike Weaver

THE REV. MIKE WEAVER

Certified Keller Influence Coach (Keller Influence Institute)

Certified Leadership Coach (Erickson Coaching International)

Southern Ohio Synod

  • Synod Coaching Coordinator

  • 4+ years of experience in coaching individuals and groups

  • 21+ years of parish ministry experience

Kit Robison

THE REV. KIT ROBISON

ELCA Coach Level 1

Florida Bahamas Synod

  • Ordained in 2006

Jason O'Neill

ELCA Coach Level 1

Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod

  • Pronouns: he / him / his

  • Synod Communications Manager and Coaching Coordinator

  • ELCA Coaching Senior Administrative Support and Website Manager

  • Enrolled in Level 2 for Mission Development / Redevelopment

  • Coaching since 2012

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Kirsten Nelson Roenfeldt

KIRSTEN NELSON ROENFELDT

ELCA Coach Level 1

Southwestern Minnesota Synod

  • MSW, experience in Family Counseling 

  • ELCA Pastor, 7 years in settled call

  • Experience with Transitional Ministry and Ecumenical partnerships

  • In pursuit of ICF PCC Level certification

Derek Hoven

REV. DEREK M. HOVEN

ELCA Coach Level 1

Florida-Bahamas Synod

  • 9+ years as an ELCA pastor

  • 7 years experience working with congregational call teams

  • 9 years experience as an information technology consultant

Kimberly Heindl

DEACON KIMBERLY (KIM) A. HEINDL

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2

Florida-Bahamas Synod

  • 15+ years coaching

  • Broad experience coaching teams and individuals

 Michelle Collins

SISTER MICHELLE COLLINS, DEACON

ELCA Coach Level 1 and 2 - Mission Development/Redevelopment

Florida-Bahamas Synod

  • Background in faith formation, intergenerational ministry and children/youth ministry

  • Director of Communication and Discipleship for synod

  • Experience with congregational vitality survey and resources

  • 2+ years coaching