Why Coaching?

Have you ever wanted to have someone journey through ministry with you? When you are stuck, would someone who listens and asks you probing questions help you move forward? That is what a coach can do for you. After over 30 years in local church ministry, I can easily say that having a coach is the most effective “tool” I possess. My coach challenges my assumptions, asks me questions I would have never thought of myself, and helps me develop a plan to get moving forward in my ministry and my personal life. I am so thankful I have someone who is on my side – cheering me on and holding me accountable for reaching my goals. In the Wesleyan Coaching Network, we have trained coaches to be that ministry partner for you. Don’t put it off another day – there’s work to do and your coach can walk that journey with you.  We’re here to help. ~Jerolyn Bogear, WCN Chair  

Being in a Coaching relationship has challenged and motivated me in so many ways. It’s not like having a mentor that simply tells you what to do.  It’s having someone push you, and ask you questions that make you think about “why” you would do something.  Is it effective? Is it helping you reach your benchmarks or goals?  How is it doing so?  My coach makes me think and not simply “do what he says”. He makes me look ahead on how my decisions will help or hinder me from reaching my desired outcome. We don’t always agree and that’s ok! That’s when the real growth happens.- Mark Leist, Encounter Church

I began being coached by a member of our leadership team that had been certified by the Wesleyan Coaching Network. I was in for a tremendous surprise. It’s had a major impact on my family life. I began “dating” my wife again. I had a family conference (1st ever!) where I offered to meet with each member individually to build into their lives. I’m already seeing significant fruit from that. I have this sense, for the first time since my children were young, that we are a family again. It is, without a doubt, at the top of my list for transformational processes. I just didn’t expect its first and greatest impact would be on my family.-  Ian Dunn, Gateway Church

I have found a great deal of value in working with a coach.  There have been many times when I was struggling with deciphering how to deal with challenges that have risen in the ministry of the church, challenges I had never faced previously, being a bit of a novice in my present position.  Her questions would often help me to clarify what exactly we were trying to accomplish, what was hindering us from getting there and next steps in dealing with the situation.  I see coaching as particularly valuable for solo pastors who need a second person to help them to think through these challenges.  When I served in multiple staff situations, there were always other individuals to bounce ideas off and find solutions but when you are alone in the process, it is much more difficult.  Her sessions also ended in praying for our situation which I found encouraging and the follow-up resume of our session would provide both a reminder of next steps as well as accountability to ensure that I followed through.  Coaching has been a great benefit to the ministry of Highland Park.- Gerry Thornton, Highland Park Wesleyan Church

Meet Our Coaches

Tim Kirkes

Tim Kirkes

I am happily married to Lisa and we’ve had the privilege of raising two boys who are now incredible young men. I started in ministry as a youth pastor in the Wesleyan church in 1990 and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1999.  I am currently the pastor at Hilltop Church in San Dimas, California where I’ve been since 2002.  I enjoy discipling those who are young in their faith and encouraging other pastors in the work God has called them to do.

David Dahlberg

David Dahlberg

David Dahlberg is Lead Pastor of Christian Faith Fellowship, Tucson, Az ( 30+ years of being a lead pastor, MDiv (Wesley Seminary), current Doctoral Student (Regent University). Dave has been a coaching pastors for a few years, mentor, and loves the ministry. He has been married to Kim 35 years, has 3 sons (married & serving the Lord), and 4 grandkids. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and their horses.

Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer became an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church in 1988. He has been the pastor of 3 Wesleyans churches including a church plant in which he served for 13 years. He holds a Masters degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a doctorate through Portland Seminary at George Fox University. His areas of expertise are missionality, multiplication, and culture change. He is a church planter assessor, trainer, and coach. He has mentored and coached pastors and leaders across the U.S.

Phil Majcher

Phil Majcher

I have been a military chaplain for over a dozen years and have used coaching in multiple situations from Soldiers, spouses, their children, service providers to military members, civilians, other clergy members and lay persons.  With coaching not being counseling but helping someone move from where they are to where they want to be, it has had a great appeal to those that want help but don’t want to be seen as weak by others.  Coaching is a force multiplier whether you are in it deep or just need to talk some ideas through to make the best decision.

David Peterson

David Peterson

In my thirty-plus years of experience in the corporate world, I have extensive experience in all aspects of business. I have always studied and pursued personal productivity with a focus on vision, goals, and organization.  Although I am not a Pastor, I have consistently volunteered and led in most aspects of the Church. Faith has always been a part of my life but, over the past few years, it has become everything. Coaching has allowed me to integrate the many aspects of my training and experience together with the gifts and purpose that God has designed me for.  I am excited to be able to come alongside Church leaders and help them to achieve clarity, focus, and realization of goals, both personally and for the organizations that they lead.

Dennis Harmeson

Dennis Harmeson

Pastor Dennis is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. He holds an A.S. in Christian Ministries, B.S. in Biblical Studies, is a certified coach in the Wesleyan Coaching Network, and a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Seminary. Pastor Dennis is involved in the community and is the President of the Zephyrhills Ministerial Association. His desire is to see families changed through the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Dennis is married to Rebecca since October of 2000, and they have three children. Dennis is an avid sports fan (Braves, Falcons, and Seminoles), speaks sarcasm fluently and enjoys spending time with family and friends in his free time. His specialization is in time management.

Scott Ramsey

Scott Ramsey

I am an ordained pastor in the Pacific Southwest District of the Wesleyan Church with eighteen years experience, serving in the areas of youth ministry, assimilation, first impressions, adult small groups, leadership development, preaching, coaching and healthcare chaplaincy. I am passionate about helping people find their leadership strengths and narrowing their focus to achieve maximum impact for organizations and career development. I enjoy working with both seasoned leaders and emerging leaders helping each be able to work together in strong and healthy teams to achieve the organization’s mission while building leaders for the future. I provide both individual coaching services and team workshops that focus on strategic next generational leadership development.

Mike Black

Mike Black

I currently serve as the Executive Pastor of Family Life Wesleyan Church in Williamston, Michigan. I’ve served previously as a Senior Pastor and Staff Pastor completing forty years of active, full-time ministry. I’m married and have three grown children and four grandchildren. My hobbies include home repairs, walking, and outdoor activities. I’ve served for several years as the DBMD chair in the West Michigan District, leading and working with the Church Planter Assessment Center in West Michigan, and as a part of the early development team for the Wesleyan Church Coaching network. My passion is assisting others in the journey of discovering how they may more effectively use their gifts and experiences in ministry.

Kimberly O'Brien

Kimberly O'Brien

Kimberly is an ICF certified coach and the founder of Leadership Coaching Academy. She has been coaching pastors of church plants and pastors of churches that want to experience growth since 2016. Kimberly has been in church leadership since 2009, leading multiple outreach programs and soliciting volunteers. She is also on the Church Health and Assessment Team for her district and has been asked to lead the church plant assessment centre for church planters. She is  certified to administer and interpret DISC assessments.

Matthew Lawrence

Matthew Lawrence

Matthew Lawrence has been in Christian Ministry for 20 years and has served as an Assistant Pastor and Missionary.  He has also been coaching for 3 years.  His passion and purpose is to develop Christian Leaders who live more abundantly, live more missionally, and lead more effectively.

Brady Stephens

Brady Stephens

Brady has coached more than 200 hours since 2013 and is also a coach trainer.  He has extensive experience in growing small churches and in managing parachurch ministries, especially evangelistic ministries.  Before he was a pastor, Brady was a police officer and is frequently called upon to teach churches how to respond to an armed threat.

Joanne Solis-Walker

Joanne Solis-Walker

Joanne Solis-Walker is an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church. She has a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Development with an emphasis in Ecclesial Leadership. Her professional experience is in theological education with expertise in innovative programming and curriculum design. Joanne’s coaching experience is in Spanish and English and encompasses multi-ethnic ministry, leadership development, entrepreneurial startups and educational ventures.

Matt Bohannon

Matt Bohannon

Matt Bohannon has been serving as the Lead Pastor of New Hope Community Church in Escondido, CA since 2015. He has his BS in Business Management from Cal Poly Pomona and his Masters of Divinity from Azusa Pacific University. Matt is a Commissioned Ministry Coach and enjoys coaching as an integral part of ministry in God’s Kingdom. He and his wife, Manya, have two sons and when Matt isn’t doing ministry he is most likely going on adventures with his family.

To Receive more information about being coached- contact
Jerolyn Bogear: bogearj@wesleyan.org.