Coaching On Demand

What is Coaching

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Ministry coaches are conversation partners who listen deeply, ask thoughtful questions, make reflective observations, and help church leaders develop a plan of action.

How Does it Work

Clergy and congregational leaders may schedule a 45-minute Coaching on Demand session using the link below. Sessions may be scheduled up to three weeks in advance. Daytime, evening and weekend times are available, though you may need to check availability of several coaches to find your preferred time.

When you schedule, you will receive a confirmation email from your coach with contact information. Coaches will connect with their clients via video conferencing or phone.

Each coach has their own style, but most will begin by asking what you wish to talk about during the session, and then guide the conversation by asking questions, making observations, and guiding the client toward an action plan to address the stated need.

What is the Cost

Coaching on Demand sessions are being offered at no cost to WPAUMC clergy and congregational leaders. At this time, to extend our availability to as many people as possible, we ask that an individual schedule no more than two Coaching on Demand sessions with a specific coach.

If you wish to develop an ongoing coaching relationship – with monthly or biweekly coaching sessions – please discuss entering a coaching contract with your preferred coach. Most of our coaches offer ongoing coaching contracts in addition to Coaching on Demand, and will be happy to provide information and costs. You may use a clergy accountable reimbursement account or continuing education funds to offset the cost of coaching contracts.

Questions about Coaching on Demand or coaching in general?
Contact Rob Wilson or Susan Moudry

Our Coaches:

Steve Cordle

Steve Cordle is the founding and lead pastor of Crossroads UM Church, a small group-based congregation with five locations in the Pittsburgh area. He has been coaching pastors in the U.S. and Europe for fifteen years, primarily dealing with church growth, small group discipleship, strategy, and church planting
coaching contract inquiries:

Alyce Dunn

Alyce Weaver Dunn is a trained in Co-Active coaching through the Holmes Coaching Group and is completing requirements for ICF (International Coaching Federation) accreditation.  She has served for 33 years in ministry in Western PA including 22 years at local churches and 8 years as a District Superintendent.  She is currently serving as the WPA Director of Connectional Ministries.  She is available to coach clergy and laity who want to grow in leadership and faith.   
coaching contract inquiries:

Ron Geisler

Ron Geisler is a trained leadership coach currently completing requirements for ICF (International Coaching Federation) accreditation.  He has been a pastor for over 25 years, a professor, a spiritual entrepreneur, and a trainer in Christian discipleship. Recently, Ron began Rebound Life Coaching to support individuals, churches, and businesses as they develop rebound strategies to move from failures and challenge to success. Ron coaches both individuals and groups in leadership, spiritual formation, and rebound strategies.
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Tim Goodman

Tim Goodman is a trained leadership coach completing International Coach Federation requirements towards certification. He has experience coaching discipleship, personal development, conflict, and leadership. He serves at Beaver UMC which will become a merged congregation on July 1, 2020 and has had the opportunity to be in ministry at small church and large church settings. 
coaching contract inquiries:

Chris Livermore

Chris Livermore is a Certified Life Coach with CoachNet and an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team.  Chris has 35 years of pastoral ministry in multi-point, multi-campus, and multi-staff congregations.  He coaches Pastors, CEOs, Managers, Entrepreneurs, and Teams.
coaching contract inquiries:

Sandra Marsh-McClain

Sandra Marsh-McClain retired from full-time ministry in 2018, serving 25 years in small, medium and large congregations and as part-time consultant for WPAUMC.  She continues pulpit supply and interim pastor appointments, and offers workshops and strategic planning for congregations.  Sandra received coaching training and uses these skills in her current role at Pennsylvania Women Work.  In addition to theological education, Sandra earned a Master of Science in Human Resources Management with concentration in Organizational Development, Learning and Change.

Seth McClymonds

Seth McClymonds is a trained leadership coach and currently completing requirements to seek ICF (International Coaching Federation) accreditation.  He has served in different ministry positions over the last twenty years.  Seth coaches individuals and groups through different ministry and leadership opportunities. 
coaching contract inquiries:

Amanda Mitchell

Amanda Mitchell is a trained and certified ministry coach. She serves as the Conference Coordinator of Young People’s Ministry for WPAUMC. Amanda has experience coaching young people and other individuals to think about leadership in a different way and experience fulfillment in their lives.
coaching contract inquiries:

Alan Morrison

Rev. Alan J Morrison s a trained coach completing requirements to seek ICF (International Coaching Federation) accreditation.  He has 30 years experience as a United Methodist pastor including eight years on GCFA staff facilitating church business administrators.  Coaching topics include discipleship, ministry practice, life issues, leadership, administrative matters, and financial practices. 
coaching contract inquiries:

Ed Saxman

Rev. Dr. Ed Saxman is an Associated Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Lead Pastor at Grace UMC in Grove City, Pa., and founder of Kiln-Fired Coaching. Ed has 31 year of pastoral ministry in a variety of church settings and sizes. Ed's coaching of individuals and groups includesexploring values, establishing a path, enhancing growth, and experiencing success in the many facets of life and ministry. 
coaching contract inquiries:

Amy Wagner

Rev. Amy Wagner is a trained leadership coach currently completing requirements to seek ICF (International Coaching Federation) accreditation.  She serves as the Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization for WPAUMC.  Amy coaches both individuals and groups in ministry practice, leadership, revitalization, and innovation. 
coaching contract inquiries:

Chris Whitehead

Chris Whitehead is the lead pastor of Charter Oak Church, a multi-site church with four locations. Chris has experience in coaching pastors and churches in a variety of settings around leadership development, discipleship, and strategic planning.