Coaching is . . .

Coaching is a relational process of coming alongside a person for the purpose of a) understanding their situation/circumstance and God-inspired dreams of a preferred future, b) exploring their thoughts about what they think they need to do,  c) drawing out into the open their priorities and next steps, and d) encouraging them to stay-the-course with a positive, faith-driven attitude, resulting in enhanced performance, situational clarity, and/or the enrichment of one’s character.

If you were involved in Jr. High sports, you might think that a coach is someone who knows more than you do, sees what you are doing wrong, tells you how to do it right, and then yells at you when you mess up. This is NOT the kind of coaching we do.

Our coaching is a series of conversations. It is particularly helpful for those who face great challenges. These conversations over a period of time help the leader become more competent, efficient, and mature.

Mentoring is . . .

While the coach is someone who walks beside and draws out, the mentor is someone who has gone before and pours in. Mentoring is quite valuable for those who find themselves in perplexing situations and want to hear from someone who may have experienced similar situations.

We have been in vocational ministry for over 46 years and have raised four children (who have given us 14 grandchildren!). We have been married for over 48 years. Ron has been a youth pastor, an assistant pastor, a church planter, a solo pastor, a staff pastor, and a church-planting missionary working with an non-profit organization. He has served on district and national boards. Besides being a faithful, supportive wife in life AND ministry, Chery has been a homemaker, taught in public schools, and served on committees and national boards. In our work, we are quite hesitant to mentor because we think you are better qualified, knowing your context and the times, to solve your problems. However, we have found that our experiences can be helpful at times.

Whom do we Coach?

Ron Coaches...

  1. Church planters

  2. Church leaders

  3. Ministry leaders

  4. Developing leaders

  5. Entrepreneurs and businessmen

  6. Couples working together in ministry

  7. Health seekers, men and women

Chery coaches...

  1. Wives of church planters

  2. Pastors' wives

  3. Women ministry leaders

  4. Wives who work together with their husbands in ministry

Coaching Qualifications

Coaching Experience

  • Actively involved in Coaching/Mentoring since 2000

  • Formal coaching hours accumulated:

    • Ron: 325+

    • Chery: 175+

Training Received for Coaching

  • 2002 Jim Griffith - one day training sponsored by VisionOhio and GBNAM, our first exposure to formal coaching

  • 2008-09 Bob Login. 4 days of training class and practice coaching with a mentor/coach, a nine month process

  • 2012 Jonathan Reitz, CoachNet

  • 2015 Jonathan Reitz, CoachNet. 4 days of class (cnLaunch and cnEssentials), homework and 8 triad coaching sessions

  • Ron is on track to becoming certified with the ICF, International Coach Federation.

Ministry Experience

We have been involved with ministry professionally for over 44 years and our ministry experiences include these:

  1. Youth pastorate - Ankenytown, OH - 2 years

  2. Associate pastorate - Elkhart, IN - 3 years

  3. Church planter/Solo pastor/Senior pastor - Bowling Green, OH - 7 years

  4. Church planter/Solo pastor/Senior pastor - Macedonia, OH - 15 years

  5. Regional Church Planting/Church planter - 15 years

  6. House Church Leader - 6 years (part-time)

  7. Staff pastor at Western Reserve Grace Church - 4 years (part-time)

  8. Coach for You LLC - Started January 1, 2017 (part-time)