Coaches & Spiritual Directors

Coaches can help you develop goals through active listening, evoking awareness, and transforming insight into action. Spiritual Directors walk alongside to discern God's voice & form inner life.

Alicia Swearingen

Co-Lead Pastor

Royal Gorge Vineyard Church, CO

Alicia Swearingen

Alicia Swearingen

Co-Lead Pastor

Royal Gorge Vineyard Church, CO

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: MST

What do I love about coaching?
I love that I get to partner with what the Holy Spirit is doing to work in the coachee. I get to see their light bulbs come on and see them work through their questions. I don’t have to have the answers, but God always shows up!

Being trained as a coach has given me a new perspective on the value of asking the right questions, and being intentional about letting those questions do what they are intended to do.

When I’m not coaching I love to play pickleball, read on my swing, take walks, play games, and enjoy time with my husband, grown kids, grandkids, and friends.

What do I bring to coaching?
I am trained and serve as a coach for VCN and Emotionally Focused. I have been a missionary, church planter, co-pastor, worship leader, and counselor in ministry for the last 21 years.

I have a heart for worship leaders and potential church planters/missionaries. I’m passionate about doing what I see the Father doing! I love to envision and put strategies in place for successful ministries. I love the church, the Vineyard, worship, compassion ministries, evangelism, and young people.

I love to both encourage and challenge you in your growth and development. I especially love to work with Co-Pastors, Women Pastors, and Worship Leaders, Determining Calling and Goal Setting.

Becky Waugaman

Lead Pastor

Des Moines Vineyard, IA

Becky Waugaman

Becky Waugaman

Lead Pastor

Des Moines Vineyard, IA

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I love how coaching brings the natural and supernatural together – helping us to join God and where he is at work. It’s a safe space to process life’s many demands, clear our thoughts, and be intentional with taking the next steps in personal development and organizational growth. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work…” Philippians 1:6a
Coach training has helped me grow in being present with myself, others, and life. Practicing presence naturally allows me to be more engaged and fruitful. It’s increased my self-awareness to be wise in decision-making and lead more confidently. It also has revealed the common pitfalls that hijack creative and productive living. 
When I’m not coaching, I love to spend time in the great outdoors, staying active, and wasting time with family and friends. 

What do I bring to coaching?
I am a Certified Christian Leadership Coach through Coach Approach Ministries and an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation.

I have coached various people, life stages, transitions, and goals: church planters, pastors, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. I have coached those pursuing a lifestyle change, career change, more work-life balance, leadership development, and church/business growth. I am passionate about pastors and have a sweet spot in my heart for women leaders.

Bryan Keelin

Co-Lead Pastor

Carencro Vineyard Church, LA

Bryan Keelin

Bryan Keelin

Co-Lead Pastor

Carencro Vineyard Church, LA

Works with: Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I love seeing the “aha!” moments when the revelation of God comes through the coaching process. Using coaching skills and methods has added to my ability to help people recognize when the Holy Spirit is speaking to them and define actionable steps for whatever they are working on, personal or professional.

What do I bring to coaching?
I was trained through Multiply Vineyard Laser Coaching. I have only recently started using the coaching model and have coached pastors and church leaders.

I am passionate about outreach, evangelism, and raising other leaders—and I would love the opportunity to coach you!

Carlos Noa

Co-Lead Pastor

Table of Grace Vineyard, MO

Carlos Noa

Carlos Noa

Co-Lead Pastor

Table of Grace Vineyard, MO

Works with: Individuals

Language: English, Spanish

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I love to help people find and achieve their God-given call, and coaching provides an excellent platform for the recipient to spend time reflecting on what God is doing in them.  I love to see how the Holy Spirit guides and confirms the coachee’s path over a period of time.

What do I bring to coaching?
I have been trained with the Logan Leadership Missional Coach Training and coaching since 2018. I am passionate about coaching non-traditional church leaders. I was in business for over 30 years and in full-time ministry for six years. This has given me the ability to understand the pressures of trying to do ministry while working full-time.
 
Areas of Expertise:
Church planting
Bi-vocational pastoring
Entrepreneurial enterprises
Missions
Microchurch pastoring
Spiritual Formation

Donna Ackermann

Co-Lead Pastor

Vineyard Longmont, CO

Donna Ackermann

Donna Ackermann

Co-Lead Pastor

Vineyard Longmont, CO

Works with: Couples

Language: English, German, Spanish

Timezone: MST

What do I love about coaching?
I love coming alongside someone as they discover tools and answers they didn’t even know they had! And seeing God encourage those on the front lines.

I’m a church planter for the second time, and I often stop and “coach” myself, my husband, and our interns. I was being formally trained as a coach, which has taught me to ask questions in the middle of chaos or life—a great skill! Also, learning to listen and repeat what’s being said has been valuable.  

When not coaching, I enjoy cooking international food, playing guitar, binge-watching TV series like The Voice, or spending time with family.

What do I bring to coaching?
I have ministered as a pastor in the Vineyard for 34 years and have served in many positions. I love new things, new church plants, new ministries, new pastors. Of course, I’ve walked alongside people in transition as well.

I am a certified Multiply Vineyard coach, a Spiritual Director through Sustainable Faith, and a coach planter twice. I love working with Hispanics, church planters, worship leaders, and women.

My ministry passions are worship, interns, communications, administration, events, starting ministries & church plants, families, Hispanics/internationals, and I would love the opportunity to coach you in any area you are passionate about!

Harry Fritzenschaft

Strategic Coordinator VCN

Houston Vineyard, TX

Harry Fritzenschaft

Harry Fritzenschaft

Strategic Coordinator VCN

Houston Vineyard, TX

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English, German

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I love partnering with pastoral leaders and transforming their thoughts into achievable goals. I love developing coaches and coaching networks to serve missional leaders.

What do I bring to coaching?
I am passionate about providing coaching support for every Vineyard pastor. I am the Strategic Coordinator for the Vineyard Coaching Network (VCN). I hold a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives from the Portland Seminary of George Fox University. My doctoral dissertation was written on the development of internal coaching networks.

Forty-five years as a financial and pastoral leader.
Twenty years as a Vineyard pastor serving locally, nationally, and internationally.
I have worked with church planters, pastors, and area, regional, and national leaders.
I have worked with pastors of churches adopting into Vineyard USA.

Herschel Rosser

Retired Lead Pastor

Mission Vineyard Church, TX

Herschel Rosser

Herschel Rosser

Retired Lead Pastor

Mission Vineyard Church, TX

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English, German

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
What I love about coaching is accompanying people to discover and apply their solutions to challenges in their lives and ministries. I am passionate about mentoring younger leaders, participating in the spiritual formation of leaders, church planting, teaching and preaching, and prayer. 

Coach training helped frame practical questions for my life and ministry and sharpened my focus on positive outcomes. This skill has proven valuable as I have coached church planters, pastors, church leaders, and apprentice leaders.

When not coaching, I love hiking, gardening, playing with grandkids, hanging out with friends, watching movies and detective shows, and reading.

What do I bring to coaching? 
I have been involved in church and ministry my whole life, planting my first church in 1975. I have been with the Vineyard since 1995. I received coaching training with Vineyard in 2011, and then further training in 2015-2016 with Jen Bertsch’s Moxy Coaching.

I have been a church planter and pastor in Germany and the US. I love coaching and have been a Vineyard coach since 2011. I enjoy coaching pastors of all ages, from young planters/pastors to those who want coaching to transition their church’s pastoral leadership. 

John Reichart

Grow Pastor

The Experience Vineyard Church, NY

John Reichart

John Reichart

Grow Pastor

The Experience Vineyard Church, NY

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?
I have enjoyed coaching married pastoral couples and staff teams.

What do I bring to coaching?
With Catholic and charismatic Episcopal roots, John spent 15 years in advertising before becoming a Vineyard church planter and pastor in 1998, serving congregations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Long Island, New York.     

A certified coach through Vineyard USA since 2012, John’s personal coaching style blends humor with “watering the seeds” of a client’s godly character when those emerge during a session.

Julia Mourer

Sr Director Human Resources/Pastor

Vineyard Cincinnati, OH

Julia Mourer

Julia Mourer

Sr Director Human Resources/Pastor

Vineyard Cincinnati, OH

Works with: Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?
I am deeply passionate about transformational leadership. I love helping leaders transition from mere surviving to thriving, particularly in ministry. My natural curiosity drives me to ask probing questions that inspire leaders to overcome obstacles and move forward. 

Watching individuals shift their perspectives and develop the ability to perceive challenges from different angles and effectively resolve them on their own brings me great fulfillment. 

What do I bring to coaching?
My coaching approach uniquely blends my HR knowledge, interpersonal skills, and spiritual perspective. My dual role as a Vineyard Pastor and an HR professional (more than 23 years) gives me a rare perspective on the intersection of organizational dynamics and spiritual development. This allows me to address challenges holistically and provide leaders with well-rounded guidance.

I am a Miami University Graduate with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies ( focus: Sociology, Black World, and Women Studies). I have 2 HR certifications, SPHR & SHRM-SCP, and the John Maxwell Method of Coaching, Speaking & DISC Consultant certifications. 

Michael Houle

Lead Pastor

Valley Vineyard Church, WI

Michael Houle

Michael Houle

Lead Pastor

Valley Vineyard Church, WI

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
My favorite part of coaching is helping people reach their life goals and make progress in areas they have not been able to breakthrough before. 

Being trained as a coach has allowed me to discover and see my church leaders accomplish their goals by walking through life’s journey and facilitating self-discovery through coaching. Also, it has grown my leadership and ministry skills, serving to empower myself and others in their gifts.

When I am not coaching I spend time outdoors and reading, but family time is what I cherish the most—with my wife, Trisha, and my two adult children.

What do I bring to coaching?
I was trained in Logan Leadership through Multiply Vineyard and have coached with Multiply Vineyard, Flourishing Leaders, and Lily Wellness Retreat.

I am passionate about leadership development, empowering people with their gifts, and discipleship. I have had the privilege of coaching church planters, rural church planters & pastors, senior pastors, senior leaders, ministry leaders, and national leaders.

Lee Bezotte

Co-Lead Pastor

Mercy Vineyard Church, IL

Lee Bezotte

Lee Bezotte

Co-Lead Pastor

Mercy Vineyard Church, IL

Works with: Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?

I love helping pastors get from where they are to where they believe is God’s best for their lives, their churches, and their families.

I love the cooperative aspect of coaching as we discover together what the Holy Spirit has deposited into the heart of the leader.

What do I bring to coaching?
With over 30 years of serving in ministry, I bring tremendous empathy and experience, with a passion for coaching pastors and church planters to reach their desired destination.
I hold an Associate Certified Coach certification with the International Coaching Federation. Also, Certified Professional Leadership Coach certification and Certified Professional Life Coach certification from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute. I pastor alongside my wife at Mercy Vineyard Church in Moline, Illinois.
 
Areas of Expertise:
I have been coaching since 2018.
I have served in ministry since 1992 and planted the church I’m pastoring in 2011.
Experienced author and entrepreneur.

Lisa Evans

Pastor/Ministry Leader

Oasis Vineyard Church, UT

Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans

Pastor/Ministry Leader

Oasis Vineyard Church, UT

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: MST

What do I love about coaching?
One of my greatest privileges and joys has been coming alongside others in a coaching relationship and seeing folks make progress that leads to success in their God-given goals and desires.

What do I bring to coaching?

Ministry has been a massive part of my life for fifty years. Helping lead Oasis Vineyard Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, for thirty-seven years was full of many blessings, opportunities, and excellent and challenging seasons. I have been married for forty-four years with three married children and three adorable grandchildren.

I have been a trained Spiritual Director since 2014.

I have been a Coach and Mentor Coach with Vineyard Missions Coaching for the past ten years. Certified Coach with Logan Leadership. Mentor Coach Training with Vineyard Missions Coaching. Numerous Webinars relating to Coaching.

Lyle Peluso

Lead Pastor

Dothan Vineyard Church, AL

Lyle Peluso

Lyle Peluso

Lead Pastor

Dothan Vineyard Church, AL

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
Coaching is my passion, I enjoy watching my coachee’s growth from one session to another – progress through the process.

What do I bring to coaching?
I have over 40 years of pastoral experience as a church planter and missionary.

I have coached transition pastors, both leaving and entering, church planters, Missions partnership leaders, pastors seeking church systems, and church health.

Marvin Suarez

Lead Pastor

Iglesia La Viña de Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Marvin Suarez

Marvin Suarez

Lead Pastor

Iglesia La Viña de Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English, Spanish

Timezone: AST

What do I love about coaching? 
I love to walk alongside other people while helping them discover their next steps. I love to witness how people, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, take care of their leadership, spiritual, and personal development and how that helps them unfold their purpose in life.

When I’m not coaching, I enjoy jogging. 

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What do I bring to coaching?
I have done training through Logan Leadership and coached pastors and church planters for Vineyard USA. I am passionate about leadership development, teaching, preaching, and compassion. 

I graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering. I worked for over ten years as an engineer. I also completed a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, CO.

I planted the church in Mayaguez and four other churches in PR. I have devoted the past twenty-three years to developing leaders and church planters for the local Caribbean and US churches.

Mary Holmström

Ministry Lead

Mercy Vineyard, MN

Mary Holmström

Mary Holmström

Ministry Lead

Mercy Vineyard, MN

Works with: Individuals

Language: English, French, German

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I relish those aha moments in my clients’ faces, physical releases, and vocal inflections when the scales fall from their eyes. There is nothing like getting to the core of your purpose, uncovering gifts and talents, discovering strengths and weaknesses, and just knowing what you didn’t know three seconds ago. Those Kairos moments are like finding the buried treasure of life. To be a part of that witness is priceless and an honor.

What do I bring to coaching?
My passion and strength lie in transformative partnerships one powerful conversation at a time, designed to address steep personal or professional challenges and complex transitions, while helping you identify blind spots and using tailored tools and strategies that get you clarity and results in real time. 

Areas of Expertise: 
CPC, ICF-ACC, ELI-MP, CTDS / Specializing in one-on-one life transitional coaching 

Administrative & Operations Director – Mercy Vineyard Church in Minneapolis, MN

20+ years Corporate C-Suite Support Strategist Fortune 100 & 500 companies

20+ years SAG-AFTRA Actor – Entertainment Industry  

Multiple small-term missions – Uganda, Israel, Guatemala, Bolivia, New York

3 years full-time ministry with Jews for Jesus – Department of Mobile Evangelism

Theological study with Torchbearers Bible School, United Kingdom and Germany BA in German Linguistics & Broadcast Journalism 
 
Writer – Self-published Christian children’s book author

Mary-Margaret LeRoy

Pastor of Kids Ministry and Outreach

Vineyard Church of Augusta, GA

Mary-Margaret LeRoy

Mary-Margaret LeRoy

Pastor of Kids Ministry and Outreach

Vineyard Church of Augusta, GA

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?
I love helping people move forward. It’s wonderful to see someone with a goal, ask them a few questions and see the light come on and hear them tell me how they’re going to get there.
When I’m not coaching, I spend time strength training and cooking; one necessitates the other!

What do I bring to coaching?
I have been trained in coaching by Multiply Vineyard and Light University and have coached with Multiply Vineyard and Flourishing Leaders for four years. Additionally, I have completed the training course Coaching Today’s Children and Adolescents: Issues and Strategies.

I have experience with church planters, pastors, and people going through deconstruction. 

Geoff Bynum

Lead Pastor

The Vineyard Church, TX

Geoff Bynum

Geoff Bynum

Lead Pastor

The Vineyard Church, TX

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I love coming alongside individuals and teams, helping them gain the clarity, courage, and capacity to move forward with their God-given goals and dreams.  I especially love helping people live and lead from deep wholeness as they pursue a deeply successful life with Jesus at the center.

What do I bring to coaching?
I bring over 35 years of experience in business management and church leadership, along with a decade of leadership coaching and mentoring inside and outside the church. I help individuals and teams move past barriers to growth while maintaining a Kingdom perspective on what success really is. I have a bachelor’s degree in communications, a diploma in ministry and theology, certification in leadership coaching, and a master’s degree in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership.
 
Areas of Expertise:
Fifteen years of business experience, including management and leadership.
Twenty-two years of church leadership, including church planting and serving as lead pastor for over 17 years.

Rick Colquhoun

Founding pastor

Vineyard Community Church, NY

Rick Colquhoun

Rick Colquhoun

Founding pastor

Vineyard Community Church, NY

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?
As a pastor for over 35 years, I have always loved helping individuals to grow into their destinies. I had a “Barnabus” in my life and want to be a “son of encouragement” as well. 

My coaching training has helped me become a much better listener and trust the Holy Spirit’s voice in guiding sessions. I have been privileged to coach potential church planters, senior pastors, area pastors, and an internationally known worship leader. I have also coached clients wanting to start a real estate investment business (which I now do part-time).

When I’m not coaching, my wife and I love to travel to visit our four adult kids and four grandkids. I also play golf several times a week.

What do I bring to coaching?
I have been part of the Vineyard since joining the Anaheim Vineyard staff in 1986. I planted a Vineyard back home in NY in 1997, where I served on the Regional Church Planting team and as Area Leader. After transitioning out of 30 years of pastoral ministry, I moved back to Central NY, launched a successful investment property business, and am now focusing on developing his coaching ministry. 

I earned an MA from Fuller Seminary’s School of World Mission with a concentration in Leadership. I was a certified coach serving Vineyard’s Healthy Church Task Force and was trained by Multiply Vineyard. I am pursuing certification from Grandview University in Coaching, Mentoring, and Leadership.

As a former Vineyard church planter and Area Leader, I am passionate about seeing Vineyard leaders thrive in ministry. I have always been passionate about church planting and love coaching.

Clint Morgan

Pastor-At-Large

Vineyard Manhattan, NY

Clint Morgan

Clint Morgan

Pastor-At-Large

Vineyard Manhattan, NY

Works with: Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?

What do I bring to coaching?
I have pastored churches in the New York city area since 1988. I have always been a bi-vocational pastor; I own a brand communications design firm in Manhattan. I have been certified as a coach through Vineyard and Logan Leadership since 2013.

Clint Schwartz

Lead Pastor

Lighthouse Vineyard Church, IN

Clint Schwartz

Clint Schwartz

Lead Pastor

Lighthouse Vineyard Church, IN

Works with: Couples, Groups

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?
I love helping people work through challenges and develop an attainable action plan. It’s great to see individuals making progress towards their goals, and I find that helping people work through problems is very rewarding to me!
I have mentored individuals for most of my career, but coaching has brought an aspect of assisting others that I haven’t used in the past. I am passionate about Evangelism, Outreach, Missions, Young Adults and worship, and much more!
When I’m not helping coach people through problems and challenges, I really enjoy backpacking and canoeing, and pretty much any time I can get outside into God’s country.

What do I bring to coaching?
My experience in coaching has been chiefly with church planters; however, as an Executive Pastor, I spent a lot of time mentoring/coaching staff members. I worked for a hospital as the Director of Information Systems for 15 years before being called into full-time Ministry for a Vineyard church in 2007.

As the Executive Pastor, I was able to help our church grow from 300 to 1,500 people over the next 11 years. In 2018, my wife & I followed the call to launch Lighthouse Vineyard Church in Elkhart, IN, where I am the Lead Pastor today.

I am passionate about helping church planters and anyone struggling with ministry matters. I enjoy helping church planters and churches struggling to understand their finances.

Dan Motz

Lead Pastor

Mountain Coast Vineyard, AK

Dan Motz

Dan Motz

Lead Pastor

Mountain Coast Vineyard, AK

Works with: Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: AST

What do I love about coaching? 
I love coming alongside people and stepping into their stories. I love engaging in conversations and asking questions that allow people to unpack their situations and thoughts. I love the process of guided discovery and there’s nothing better than participating in an “ah-ha” moment.

When I’m not coaching, I like to hike, fish, bike, snowboard, play guitar, listen to music, and pray.

What do I bring to coaching?
My training with the Vineyard has helped me understand the nuance between coaching, mentoring, and pastoring. It has helped me fine-tune my listening skills with the Spirit and the other person. My favorite thing about my training is growing in discerning the difference between the person and the issue people are working through. 

I love the process of discipleship, especially in a small group context. I find great joy in seeing people connect with Jesus and grow their faith.

Donald Milton

Pastor Emeritus

New Life Vineyard, MI

Donald Milton

Donald Milton

Pastor Emeritus

New Life Vineyard, MI

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?
Why I love coaching…. I see as a call from God to give back what others have given me.

What do I bring to coaching?
I am a certified Coach, Spiritual Director, and Mentor. Over the last four years, I have mentored Pastors for Vineyard Well-Being. I have multiple decades of experience being a lead Pastor and working on leadership development in business and ministry.  

My primary focus is helping Pastors develop systems and leadership strategies to move them forward intentionally and practically. 

Gabe Quintana

Lead Pastor

Vineyard Arlington, TX

Gabe Quintana

Gabe Quintana

Lead Pastor

Vineyard Arlington, TX

Works with: Groups, Individuals

Language: English, Spanish

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I love coming alongside pastors and leaders to help them see what Jesus is already doing in their lives and ministries.

I love using my natural curiosity to ask questions and draw out the gold that’s inside of each person I encounter. 

What do I bring to coaching?
I have a deep love for the local church and a sense of calling to support the men and women called to shepherd in their local contexts.

I currently serve as the Co-Lead Pastor of the Vineyard Church in Arlington, Texas alongside my incredible wife, Ceceilia. I am an ordained Vineyard Pastor, a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and hold a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Leadership.

 

Areas of Expertise:
-15 years as a youth and young adult pastor
-10 years as a Vineyard pastor serving locally, regionally and nationally. 
-I have worked with youth/next gen pastors, as well as pastors in the midst of leadership transition
-Experienced in delivering coaching one-on-one, as well as in cohorts and teams

Jane Yamaguchi

Pastor Emeritus

Canyon View Vineyard Church, CO

Jane Yamaguchi

Jane Yamaguchi

Pastor Emeritus

Canyon View Vineyard Church, CO

Works with: Couples, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: MST

What do I love about coaching:
I love to walk alongside people, hear their stories, and watch the Holy Spirit lead. Through coaching, I have learned how to listen more effectively and ask better questions.

I am passionate about adoption, life and ministry transitions, balancing schedules, and holistic health (spiritual, mental, and physical).

I also love outdoor activities like hiking, camping, skiing, and gardening. My greatest joy is being Mamash (grandma’s name) to five beautiful grandchildren.

What do I bring to coaching:
 I was trained through Multiply VIneyard’s Laser Coach training and as a spiritual director through Sustainable Faith. I have over 25 years of pastoring with my husband as a church planter and taking over a large church. I’ve been in the support role of a senior pastor’s wife and have spent much of my time behind the scenes in administrative and support roles.

I also practiced as a CPA for 23 years, and we have raised 4 children, 2 of which were adopted.  I feel that I could be helpful in ministry and life transitions, managing family and ministry balance, and managing stress and finances. 

Areas of expertise;
Finances and fundraising
Managing change
Priorities and Planning
Managing stress
Relational dynamics of leadership

Janet Berry

Lead Pastor

Mercy Vineyard Buena Park, CA

Janet Berry

Janet Berry

Lead Pastor

Mercy Vineyard Buena Park, CA

Works with: Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: PST

What do I love about coaching? 
I love partnering with the Holy Spirit to draw out God’s best in others. Coaching has transformed my view and approach to pastoral ministry, people care, and organizational leadership.

When I’m not coaching, I run a nonprofit and coach adults and children in Biblical social activism. I recently started Cookies for Causes to develop an income stream to provide educational support and services for homeless and group home-fostered students in Buena Park.

What do I bring to coaching?
I have received training through Bob Logan Leadership and Multiply Vineyard Laser Coaching. I have coached pastors, ministry leaders, educators, students, parents, nonprofit leaders, and church lay leaders through Mercy Vineyard Buena Park and Mercy Triumphs Inc for the last five years.

I am passionate about church leadership, preaching, missional church leadership development, Biblical studies, and Biblical social activism.

Jay Powers

Professional Coach

Vineyard Church of Jackson, MS

Jay Powers

Jay Powers

Professional Coach

Vineyard Church of Jackson, MS

Works with: Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
Coaching is not merely a profession for me; it’s a calling. I am inspired by the opportunity to affirm, validate, encourage, challenge, and support those God puts in my path. I enjoy collaborating and being a team player, aiming to get to the heart of the matter quickly. The intentional balance of challenge and support allows me to witness my clients’ transformation of thought and action.

Coaching allows me to connect with individuals at a deeper level, guiding them through personal and professional growth. The joy I find in watching the “lights come on” in my clients’ thinking and actions is inspiring, and it fuels my commitment to our trans-formative journey.

What do I bring to coaching?
I aim to be fully present through every coaching session, engaging my clients with empathy and understanding. Whether you’re seeking personal transformation, professional development, or both, I invite you to join me in exploring the potential that awaits you. Together, we’ll navigate the path toward your entire self, aligning with the wisdom, strength, and clarity you need to thrive.

With over 6,000 hours of paid coaching experience and recognition as a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, I bring expertise and knowledge to my coaching practice. My academic background includes an MBA and 200 hours of post-graduate coaching training. I also carry the valuable insight and skills developed during my 26-year career as an HR professional.

I enjoy working with the following client situations:
Executive
Mid-Career
Work/Life Balance
Emerging Leaders
Transition

Jeri Heilmann

Co-Lead Pastor

Vineyard Altoona, PA

Jeri Heilmann

Jeri Heilmann

Co-Lead Pastor

Vineyard Altoona, PA

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching? 
What I love about coaching is that I get to partner with the coachee and the Holy Spirit to help the coachee get unstuck and receive revelation. As we unpack and explore their thinking, it often feels like a holy space. Also, I love bringing vision to bear in action, so being part of that process with someone feels perfect. Coaching has helped me in all areas of my life. It has helped me step back, listen well, ask questions, and help other people come to solutions for themselves. It also has grown my faith as I hatched God reveal things to people they couldn’t see before.

When I’m not coaching, I love spending time with my family, perfecting my sourdough technique, thrift shopping, creating functional art, and watching the sunrise.e

What do I bring to coaching?
I love shepherding people. I love to look at a vision and figure out how to implement it. I love to help people get unstuck so they can move forward. I’m passionate about assisting leaders to grow in spiritual and emotional health through coaching and spiritual disciplines.

I have coached business owners, pastors, ministry leaders, and teachers. I love working with pastors, women pastors, bi-vocational pastors, business owners, couples, church planters, and group coaching.

Jeri Howe

Teaching Pastor

Lakeshore Vineyard Church, MI

Jeri Howe

Jeri Howe

Teaching Pastor

Lakeshore Vineyard Church, MI

Works with: Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?
I love affirming how God has designed each individual uniquely and helping people discover not what sounds good or what works for other people, but what works for them, honoring how God has uniquely made them.

Coaching training has helped me become a better listener. It has also opened my eyes to the fact that one solution does not fit all and that the person who has to execute the solution needs to be part of formulating the plan of action.

When I’m not coaching I love to play guitar, sing, watch movies, walk, bike for ice cream, learn new things, and travel.

What do I bring to coaching?
I was recently trained through Multiply Vineyard Laser Coaching and am currently coaching some people going through life transitions. 

I am passionate about teaching, worship, and leader development and would be excited to walk alongside you as a coach in your spiritual and life journey.

Jimmy John Morris

Lead Pastor

Mountain Vineyard, WA

Jimmy John Morris

Jimmy John Morris

Lead Pastor

Mountain Vineyard, WA

Works with: Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: PST

What do I love about coaching?

There is something wonderful about coming alongside someone and encouraging what God is doing in and through their lives. As I coach I love helping others identify goals and clarify action steps as they identify what is important for themselves and the communities that they are serving It is a blessing to see people meet their own goals as they serve in their called mission field.

What do I bring to coaching?

I love partnering with people and the Holy Spirit as they serve their church communities. I hold an MA in Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University. I also am certified as a coach through Logan Leadership and am a Mission Coach with Multiply Vineyard, where I am currently serving. My wife, Donna, and I have been serving in ministry together for over 35 years and are called to Equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph 4:12).
 
Areas of Expertise:
Local church:
I have been investing in the Vineyard movement for 30 years & have served as:
o   Worship & youth pastor
o   Associate Pastor
o   Currently the Senior Pastor at Mountain Vineyard in Kent, WA.

Regional Leadership Team (NW) & National/Vineyard USA for 25+ years – including:
·      NW Regional Worship Leader/National Worship Task Force
·      NW Regional Youth/National Worship Task Force
·      MC – Regional & National conferences & retreats
·      Currently Area Leader – NW Region
·      Currently NW Region worship coordinator
·      Currently Vineyard Coaching Network (VCN)

Robert Stovall

Lead Pastor

Hope Vineyard Church, MO

Robert Stovall

Robert Stovall

Lead Pastor

Hope Vineyard Church, MO

Works with: Couples, Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I have coached a wide variety of people – Pastors, ministry leaders, church planters, missionary leaders and Pastors and leaders from other countries.

Whether personal, pastoral or strategic, I love watching Jesus bring breakthroughs in people’s lives and ministries.

What do I bring to coaching?
As a Pastor for 33 years, I have seen almost everything in ministry. I enjoy listening to people and helping them discover and accomplish God’s vision for them, their church, or their project.

Ray Maldonado

Missions Regional Coordinator

Lakeland Vineyard, FL

Ray Maldonado

Ray Maldonado

Missions Regional Coordinator

Lakeland Vineyard, FL

Works with: Individuals

Language: English, Spanish

Timezone: EST

What do I love about coaching?
I love to serve church and ministry leaders by coaching them toward achieving the goals and dreams that God has put in their hearts and ministries.

What do I bring to coaching?
I am passionate about providing coaching and mentor support for every Vineyard pastor. Currently, I serve as the Caribbean Region missions coordinator. I served for 29 years as a church planter and pastor. I am certified through the Vineyard as a coach. I have a doctorate in Transformational Leadership for the Urban Church from Bakke Graduate University. My dissertation was on the multi-ethnicity of the Vineyard and Evangelical Covenant denominations.
 
Areas of Expertise:
41 years as a mission and pastoral leader
19 years as a Vineyard pastor serving both locally and nationally
I have worked with church planters, pastors, and area, regional, and national leaders in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America.
I am experienced in delivering coaching one-on-one.
I can coach you in English and Spanish.

Joe Holda

Co-Lead Pastor

Vineyard Church DeKalb, IL

Joe Holda

Joe Holda

Co-Lead Pastor

Vineyard Church DeKalb, IL

Works with: Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: CST

What do I love about coaching?
I love to help others discover, release, and implement God’s purposes in their lives.
When I’m not coaching, I enjoy watching and attending soccer matches, as well as most other sports. I like to cook (and eat), and I like to travel with my wife.

What do I bring to coaching?
I have been trained with the Logan Leadership Missional Coach Training, Logan Leadership Mentor Coach Training, and Multiply Vineyard Mentor Coach Training. I have done coaching for Multiply Vineyard, Vineyard Wellness, Bolivia Missions Partnership, Vineyard UK, and private coaching.

I’m passionate about coaching non-traditional forms of church, re-plants, and churches in crisis. I enjoy working with people who like to think outside of the box.

Rachel Ramos

Ministry Leader

Vineyard Pomona, CA

Rachel Ramos

Rachel Ramos

Ministry Leader

Vineyard Pomona, CA

Works with: Individuals

Language: English, Spanish

Timezone: PST

What do I love about coaching?
I love the way coaching provides a respectful, honoring, safe space for us to successfully develop and attain desired personal, life, and ministry goals through discovery and the setting of action steps.

I love the way the Holy Spirit uses coaching to encourage, guide, affirm, and move us toward His will for us and our desire to live for God.

When not coaching, I enjoy being an Abuela (Grandma), teaching preschoolers at church, and being a friend/mentor to younger people.

What do I bring to coaching?
In addition to eight years of coaching experience and training, I have learned to partner with the Holy Spirit in every coaching session because He is the ultimate Coach and source of wisdom, strength, and blessing that helps us achieve our purpose.

Areas of Expertise:
·        35 years of ministry experience (church planting, worship, teaching)
·        33 years in public education (teacher, administrator)
·        Leadership
·        Bilingual (Spanish)
·        Parenting/Grandparenting

Aisha Oyarekhua

Compassion and Justice Coordinator

Valley Vineyard Church, CA

Aisha Oyarekhua

Aisha Oyarekhua

Compassion and Justice Coordinator

Valley Vineyard Church, CA

Works with: Groups, Individuals

Language: English

Timezone: PST

What do I love about coaching?
I love collaborating with leaders to improve their leadership capacity and influence in a way that helps them move from success (adding value to themselves) to significance (adding value to others). I love the space that coaching provides for the Holy Spirit to work, helping leaders unlock their full potential so they can live purpose-driven lives.

When I am not coaching, advocating for the rights of the poor, doing Spiritual Direction, or speaking, I am out hiking and visiting National parks.

What do I bring to coaching?
Where you GO is determined by how you GROW. If you want to grow your life, relationships, career, or ministry, you must first grow yourself. You need a personal growth plan that gives you the power to live the life you imagine.” (Valorie Burton).

Personal growth and leadership coaching is my jam. I am passionate about working with leaders to improve their leadership capacity and the quality of their influence because leadership is influence. I use a transformative methodology, which is a holistic approach to personal development and growth that focuses on helping make meaningful and lasting changes in a leader’s personal life which leads to a ripple effect of positive change in their professional life and ministry.

I am currently the Compassion & Justice Specialist at Vineyard USA Missions. I hold a Master Certified Professional Coach (M.C.P.C) certification, and I am a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the International Coaching Christian Institute, and the John Maxwell Leadership Team.

Areas of Expertise:
8 years in Pastoral Ministry (Discipleship and Compassion and Justice)
9 years – Anger Management Coach, helping people work on their emotions and get to their anger’s root cause.
14 years– Valley Vineyard Church
2 years – Compassion & Justice Specialist Vineyard USA Missions
2 years – Leadership Team Member, Black Pastors and Leaders Association
20 years – Attorney specializing in Compassion and Justice
Experienced in delivering coaching one-on-one and groups
Experienced in personal growth and leadership development training. 

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Our team of coaches are experts in their areas and some of the best that the Vineyard has to offer. 

Interested in becoming a Vineyard Coach? Email Harry Fritzenschaft to learn more about the requirements and expectations. 

We are currently in the process of building a network of Spiritual Directors to serve Vineyard pastors and leaders.

Interested? Fill out the Spiritual Direction Interest form to stay connected whether you’re interested in receiving spiritual direction or are a Spiritual Director who might want to participate.

At times, we can all use someone on our side to provide new perspectives, help us sort out a dilemma, process with us while we discern a decision, or encourage us as we grow toward a new level of maturity or effectiveness.

Pastors, especially, can grow isolated in their leadership roles and benefit from a trusted, confidential coach who is on their side. To meet this need, the Vineyard has formed a network of trained coaches with experience in local church ministry and leadership. 

What happens in a coaching session?

In coaching, you bring the topic or dilemma to discuss, and the coach brings the expertise in the process of getting unstuck and moving forward. A coaching session is a 30-60 minute intentional conversation with a well-trained leader who listens well, asks insightful questions, and opens up new perspectives. Your coach won’t be the expert telling you want to do; they will be the partner in the trenches with you as you hear God and take action to move forward.

When would I want a coach?

Coaching can be helpful at any point, whether for your personal life or your leadership. There are also times when you might find the extra support especially beneficial:

  • When you’re beginning a new ministry, such as planting a church.
  • When you want to grow in your leadership.
  • When you’re in a leadership transition, such as a pastoral succession, moving to a new ministry area, or taking a sabbatical.
  • When your ministry is going well, but you are scraping bottom in an essential area, such as work/life balance, refreshment, exercise, health, friendships, or creativity.  

What's the cost?

Costs vary depending on the coach, but it will often be $50 to $75 per session. If you’re a Vineyard church planter, Multiply Vineyard will cover the cost for 6 months of coaching through the Vineyard Coaching Network.

How do I get started?

Visit our listing of coaches on the ‘Find a Coach’ tab on this page to see who we have available, and then use the Request a Coach link to contact us. Let us know if there are specific coaches you’d be interested in talking with. We’ll get back to you and help you find a good fit.

Who leads Vineyard Coaching?

Vineyard Coaching is an initiative of Pastoral Health & Formation

Meet Harry Fritzenschaft, Vineyard USA's Strategic Coaching Coordinator

Harry is the Pastor of Finance Administration at the Houston Vineyard. He is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has completed a DMin dissertation on coaching networks.

Mentor, Coach, Therapist or Spiritual Director?

Bob Hyatt, Director of Equipping and Spiritual Formation for the Ecclesia Network, outlines the difference between them and why you need one

The Blues Brothers may not have said it first, but they certainly said it best: Everybody needs somebody. For the leader, this is especially true. The loneliness and difficulties inherent in ministry can lead us further and further into isolation. And for those of us in pastoral leadership, the anxiety, depression and poor decisions that can be brought on by isolation mean we should avoid isolation at all costs. 

So, you need someone, but who?

There are four main options for leaders seeking to connect with someone who can help them in leadership and ministry.

The first is a mentor. A mentor is one who gives you the benefit of his or her experience and learning. You ask them questions and they tell you theiranswers. Like a mother or father-figure, they invest in you by giving you their time and their stories. The expertise in the relationship lies with them as does, by and large, the agenda. They have some lessons they think you will benefit from learning. The problem is, mentors are few and far between- if you want one, you’ll need to pursue him or her. Find someone whose life and ministry you admire and want to emulate, and then ask them for some of their time. Don’t be surprised if they say no- if you see value in having some of their time, chances are others do too. You may have to ask more than once. 

The second is a coach. A coach is vastly different than a mentor. While a mentor tells you their stories and comes to the relationship with their own agenda, a coach flips that and works completely on your agenda. Their concern is in asking what your goals are, and then asking good, open-ended questions which will help you figure out how you are going to get there. Good coaches ask rather than tell. The expertise in the relationship lies with you, the client, and your agenda- you are the only one who knows where you want to go, and what you’ll have to do to get there. The coach is merely there to help you figure it out. The good news is there’s an abundance of coaches out there. But since most of them don’t work for free, you’ll have to invest if you want good coaching. And trust me, there’s a difference between good coaching (client-focused, question-based) and poor coaching (coach-focused, with more telling than asking). 

Beyond mentors and coaches, there are therapists and spiritual directors. 

therapist is someone who listens to your stories and gives you the benefit of their learning. The vast majority of them, working with a cognitive-behavioral orientation, are focused on your current thinking and beliefs that lead to issues and problems in your life. The agenda is set by you, and the problems you’d like help untangling. They ask what you are thinking when you do such and such, or when such and such happens, and then help you adjust that thinking to achieve different outcomes. Good therapists ask good, open-ended questions and spend a lot of time listening, but ultimately the expertise in the relationship lies with them, as they diagnose the thinking errors they are hearing and help you come up with alternate ways of looking at things. While a mentor is (hopefully) a long-range or even life-long relationship, and a coach a mid-range one year to two year relationship, a relationship with a therapist can range from weeks to months to years, depending on the need. There are a lot of therapists out there, but finding one that “fits” can sometime take a couple of tries. 

Lastly, a spiritual director is something of a combination of all three of the above. Like a coach or therapist, the agenda is set by you and what you feel is important to talk about. But like a mentor, they may share the benefits of what they have learned, particularly as it relates to listening to God and living the spiritual life. Their concern is helping you to hear God and figure out what it looks like to respond appropriately. The agenda is ostensibly set by you, but really by God, as He is invited to be at the center of the conversation, directing, nudging, speaking. The expertise in the relationship is spread between you, as you relate what it is you are hearing from God, the spiritual director, as he or she expertly helps you listen and tune your ears to hear the voice of God, and God Himself, as He directs the conversation and relationship in a way which brings formation in your life. 

I was lucky that God brought me into just such a relationship at just the right time. I was about 6 years or so into a church plant and staring down the barrel of burnout. I hadn’t yet fallen off the cliff, but I could see it fast approaching and knew that if I didn’t get some help, I would surely tumble over. I knew of a man in town who had spent years in ministry and after getting his doctorate in spiritual formation had transitioned to being a coach and spiritual director to pastors. So, after seeking him out, I told him over coffee the state my soul was in. 

We talked for awhile that day and I immediately felt encouraged. I was encouraged to know I had an objective listener, one who was willing to listen to me complain about my situation and gently, so gently, push back on the pieces I was maybe fooling myself about. I came back the next month, and in fact nearly every month in the nine years since. It was bracing to find support, counsel, a listening ear, and a wise presence all in one place. He has helped me listen to God, and figure out what I should do in response. What my coach/spiritual director has provided for me has been invaluable, and so certainly worth the roughly $75 a month our church paid to support what he is doing. 

So- back to the beginning. Everybody needs somebody. Most of us need a mentor or a coach. Many of us could use a therapist. Nearly all of us need a spiritual director. 

If you are in the first few years of pastoring, you may think your top need is a mentor- someone to tell you what they did so you can do the same. That’s not going to be as helpful as you believe. Mentors are at their best when they are sharing life lessons with us, not ministry strategies that may or may not translate into our own context. Seek out a coach instead- maybe one who has done something similar to what you are doing, so there can be a bit of mentoring mixed in, but who will ask you the good questions that will help you define your priorities, goals and ways to get there. Church planters especially need coaches, as they often have vague-yet-exciting ideas about what they want to do and create. A coach can help you drill down to nuts and bolts, and see the best way to achieve what you want to achieve.

 Additionally, coaches can help those who have been pastoring for awhile but are beginning to realize that what got them where they are probably won’t take them any further. They know they are facing more complex ministry issues than they have had to in the past, and need someone to help them figure out how to make it all work. A good coach can you unlock your thinking, clarify what’s really important, and see the way forward.

If you are deep in the weeds of ministry, seek out a good mentor or a therapist. A mentor can provide a sympathetic ear (they’ve been there, after all) and let you know how they were able to endure what you going through and answer the questions you are currently facing. Or maybe a therapist if you sense that what you are experiencing is more than simply the rigors of ministry and may, in fact, be depression or higher-than-normal levels of anxiety. A therapist also provides a good listening ear, some concrete solutions and strategies, and truth be told, they’re a lot easier to find than a mentor. 

But wherever you are in ministry, you need a spiritual director- someone to help you hear the voice of God over the din of ministry. A spiritual director can come in many shapes- maybe another pastor who will be a sounding board and who will commit to helping you discern how God is speaking in your life. Or maybe someone who works formally as a director and has training. 

It’s possible to find someone who will combine the best aspects of mentoring, coaching and spiritual direction. Someone who’s been-there-and-done-that when it comes to your stage in life and stage in ministry, someone who’s trained as a coach and knows the coaching process, but also is keenly aware that they best thing they can do, even more than helping you figure out your own goals and how to reach them,  is help you listen for the voice of God and figure out how to respond appropriately. 

But whoever you find, I would urge you to find someone. Loneliness is rampant in ministry, and between the increasing number of people being trained as coaches and spiritual directors, in addition to technologies like Skype or FaceTime, there’s just no reason why everybody can’t have somebody