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Laurie J Ferguson is a Presbyterian minister, licensed clinical psychologist, and a coach credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) 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 trained and coached church leaders and supervised coaches for over eighteen years. In 2006 Dr. Ferguson created a coaching skills curriculum and used it to train leaders from more than twenty-five Presbyterian judicatories and in national PC(USA) groups. She also conducts workshops on using coaching skills in congregations and judicatories.

Her research interests focus on developing resilience and transformational leadership. She teaches and leads trainings on these topics. In her private practice, Dr. Ferguson does individual and group coaching with clergy, judicatory executives, and church administrators. She earned her PhD from Adelphi University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her AB from Smith College.

Phil Bergey has a vocational calling to partner with leaders who want to transform themselves and the organizations they lead. He is passionate about working with leaders of all ages. Through coaching, consulting, facilitating, and teaching, Phil helps leaders gain new perspectives of themselves and their work. Phil is a Partner with Design Group International as well as team leader of two Convene Now CEO cohort learning teams. Phil is also affiliated faculty with the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, teaching in an organizational dynamics master’s program. He works from his home base in the Lancaster PA area.

Phil’s process coaching approach grew out of more than 30 years of leadership experience, which includes being a business partner in a 3-generation family business, leading a 300-year-old religious organization for over a decade, serving senior leadership roles in systems as large as 100,000 members, starting and transitioning businesses, as well as advising many religious leaders, non-profit boards, and business owners.

Phil is certified (PCC) by International Coach Federation as well as with Taylor Protocols’ Core Values Index, Integrated iEQ9 Enneagram, LIFO, and Genos International’s emotional intelligence programs. Phil was a fellow in two multi-year programs funded by the Lilly Endowment and Louisville Institute. Phil’s academic training includes a PhD in Human & Organizational Systems, an MA in Human Development, an MA in Theology & Ethics, and a BA in History & Philosophy.

Phil is married to Evon. Together they have three adult sons and are grandparents to Nora, Susie, Simon and one on the way. Among other things, Phil enjoys rivers, raptors, and reading.

Chris Holmes has been coaching church leaders across many denominations since 2008, with over 1000 hours coaching laity, clergy, denominational leaders and bishops. In the United Methodist Church he leads the coaching team working with new district superintendents and directors of connectional ministry, and works widely in three other denominations in the US as well as the Church of Scotland and African University in Zimbabwe.

The Art of Coaching Clergy: A Handbook for Church Leaders, Clergy and Coaches, written by Chris, was published in 2018 and is available on Amazon. Chris co-created the Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST) for ministry, which is an approved training program of the International Coach Federation. CAST has now trained over 1000 church leaders in the basic and advanced skills of coaching for ministry.

As a founding member of the Maryland Chapter of the International Coach Federation, Chris served as President from 2012-2014. Prior to coaching, he pastored churches for 26 years and served as District Superintendent of the Annapolis District in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Chris and Margaret have been married for over 35 years, have three grown children, and Chris is an accomplished watercolor artist.


Youngsook Charlene Kang, PCC is a Coach credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and endorsed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist church for the ministry of coaching.  She is currently Superintendent of Leadership Development and Director of Connectional Ministries, Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Previously she served as District Superintendent of the Metropolitan District of the Rocky Mountain Conference. She also served as Deputy General Secretary for Mission Context & Relationship at the General Board of Global Ministries.

She is currently Mountain Sky Conference Coaching program Coordinator, providing coaching services to individuals and groups.  She is an intercultural competency trainer as well as a qualified administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI is a cross-cultural tool for assessing intercultural competence at the individual, group and organizational level.


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