Meet our Coach Trainers


Rev. Dr. Laurie J. Ferguson is a Presbyterian minister, licensed clinical psychologist, and a coach credentialed by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). As the Senior Research Fellow for Coaching and Director of the Residential Coaching Program at Auburn Seminary, Dr. Ferguson has coached church leaders and supervised coaches since 2005. She is an adjunct lecturer at Auburn and Union Seminaries, teaching classes and conducting workshops on using coaching skills in congregations and judicatories. In 2006, Dr. Ferguson created a coaching skills curriculum and used it to train leaders from more than 25 Presbyterian judicatories and in national PC(USA) groups, such as the Interim Pastor Faculty Network, and the national Pastoral Care Network. In her private practice, Dr. Ferguson does individual and group coaching with clergy, judicatory executives, and church administrators. She is currently working on a book that outlines coaching skills for church leadership. She earned her PhD from Adelphi University, a MDiv from Princeton Seminary, and her AB from Smith College.

Philip C. Bergey is credentialed by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Phil’s primary’s focus is coaching executives, pastors, leaders, and teams who are transforming systems in non‑profit and business settings. In his approach to training coaches, Phil draws from a range of evidence-­based theories with personal style emphasizing humor, vulnerability, and intuition to create an environment for deep listening and insightful conversation. Those who work with Phil consistently cite his capacity to build trust quickly, help clients gain clear perspective, and move individuals and groups forward in addressing complex agenda. Phil received an Evidence-Based Coaching Certificate through Fielding Graduate University. He Earned a MA in Human Development from Fielding, and a MA in Theological Studies with a concentration in theology and ethics from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He is currently a PhD candidate in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding. During his free time, Phil enjoys reading and being in nature. He and his life partner, Evon, are parents of three married children and have a grand‑dog and grand­-bunny.

Chris Holmes was credentialed Chris Holmes as an Associate Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) in 2008, and the United Methodist Church endorsed Chris for the ministry of coaching in 2009. He is a pastor with 26 years of experience serving small to large churches and has seven years serving as District Superintendent in the Baltimore-­Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Chris has played a pivotal role in developing the coaching ministry in the Baltimore­-Washington Conference. “As a leadership coach, I come beside denominational leaders and pastors to help them get sharply focused and committed to what they need to do in ministry and then lead boldly with courage.” Chris co-­authored the Coach Approach Skills Training (CAST) manuals used by the General Board of Discipleship in the training of Bishops, District Superintendents, and Directors of Connection Ministries in the basic coaching skills. Chris has written numerous articles on coaching and serves as an adviser to several United Methodist Conferences in utilizing the basic skills of coaching in ministry at all levels of the church. He is the president­elect for the newly formed Maryland Chapter of the International Coaching Federation and a founding member of the Methodist Coaching Connection. Chris and Margaret have been married for more than 30 years and have three grown children. Chris is also a watercolor artist with paintings, prints, and posters for sale in a variety of galleries and stores.