Blackaby-Certified Coaches

Bob Royall
PCC, D.Min

Bob Royall serves as an executive spiritual leadership coach and Director of Coaching for Blackaby Ministries. Dr. Royall, a credentialed International Coach Federation coach and member of the  Associational of Ministry Guidance Professionals, has also served as a pastor, collegiate missionary, and former Director of Golden Gate (now Gateway) Seminary’s D.Min. program. His passion is to help ministry and executive marketplace leaders achieve their highest transformative potential as leaders of the organizations and people that they serve. Co-authored Spiritual Leadership Coaching.

Brett Pyle
Brett is an Executive Coach/Trainer for Blackaby Ministries International. He has vast experience in working with corporations worldwide. Brett is passionate about facilitating successful business & leadership transformations with leaders who run their own companies. He has an extensive background in consulting with corporate CEO's and brings that wisdom to his work with BMI.
Dan Walters
Dan Walters helps Christian CEOs and their key players create great businesses for a greater purpose with the C12 Group in Central Texas. For over 35 years, leaders of large organizations around the world have trusted Dan's insights in strategic planning and change management. He now helps executives who want to live at the intersection of business and faith by tapping the power of peer advisory boards, executive education, and one-on-one coaching within the context of biblical values.
Russell Grigsby

Russell is passionate about encouraging others to discover what they are designed to do, fulfill the destiny on their lives and go after their calling. He loves meeting with people one on one to hear about their stories and their calling. Along the way, Russell has been in a passionate pursuit for intimacy with God. As a follower of Jesus since 1967, Russell has had a very deep relationship with God that continues to grow daily. He is a retreat speaker and loves to teach on living with greater power and authority as a believer in Jesus. 

Julie Cannon

Julie is an enthusiastic and motivational coach with a great passion for helping individuals and families thrive in their walk with The Lord. In addition to her degree in health and wellness and serving as a certified school counselor, Julie has spent the last 20 plus years in ministry intentionally equipping and investing in others. Julie is also the author of two books. The Shared Spouse is a six-week devotional book written to assist families who are engaged in ministry. Her latest project More Than Just a Number is a devotional for girls and women that speaks to finding identity in Christ alone.

David Ludwig

David has been coaching since 2010 and is passionate about coaching pastors and leaders. His journey began when he was trying to discern God’s will for his own life, and after experiencing the benefits of coaching he decided to get training and offer to coach others. David has worked with churches for over twenty years and served on the staff of small, medium, and large churches in Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. He is currently coaching pastors and church planters across Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, helping them to take the "best" next step to align their life with God’s plans. 

Harriet Dennis

Harriet is the founder and principal consultant of Issues of Life International Ministries. She leverages over 35 years of impactful ministry experiences, ranging from pastoral leadership to global missions. She is a Bible teacher, impassioned speaker, uniquely gifted mentor and a certified spiritual leadership coach. Harriet’s passion for authentic, church leadership is the driving force behind her global undertaking to equip spiritually mature leaders who will bring transformational change in the world with His word.  She brings to bear all of her ecumenical practices to fulfill the will of God in her life and others.

Erna Kriigel

Through her experiences as a college instructor, military spouse, and ministry leader, Erna understands firsthand how disorienting change can be. Erna supports her clients as they navigate life changes and facilitates conversations to identify their goals. Her coaching is compassionate, thoughtful, and Christian-based. She looks forward to helping you achieve your next steps in your journey. Erna holds two master degrees specializing in leadership, learning theory, and online teaching. Her certifications include: Spiritual Leadership Coaching from Blackaby Ministry International and Transformational Leadership by Tony Stoltzfus. Erna lives in metro-Atlanta with her husband, Carl.  They have three adult children.

Patty Geyer
Patty is a founder of Victory Coaching International and has been a business coach for 16 years. She is very committed to coaching pastors and ministry leaders walking the tight rope of “being” in a relationship with God and “doing” ministry. Patty has been a Vistage International Chair for 14 years, authored two books, and professionally speaks for Vistage International, TEC Canada, Convene and several organizations and churches. She earned a master’s degree in Psychological Sciences from California Baptist University and is on the Leadership Team and Workplace Ministry Team at Saddleback Church, CA. Patty lives in San Clemente, CA with her husband Mike and stepdaughter Megan.
Kim Massie

Kim has enjoyed 21 years in the industrial supply industry helping manufacturing clients solve inventory challenges.  During this time, she was given the amazing privilege of serving Christ for 25 years at Bible Study Fellowship as a group leader, teaching leader and area team member.  Through BSF God gave her two passions and goals; helping women find spiritual freedom and fulfillment in Jesus Christ and strengthening the Body of Christ by developing spiritual leaders for God’s Kingdom.  Her hope is to leave a legacy of generations who do the same, for the glory of Jesus Christ. 

Justus Murimi

Justus Murimi is a passionate speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and joy bomber extraordinaire.  His heart is to see the world set on fire with the joy of the Lord.  He is passionate about leaders walking in their true calling. He is married to his beautiful bride Stephanie and they have 3 young boys, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Moses. He loves fire pits, BBQ, and books on leadership. 

Gigi Pace

Gigi is the founder of Created to Soar Coaching & Consulting. She’s spent the majority of her professional career as an HR leader. In 2019, she stepped out in faith to pursue her calling as a Spiritual Life Coach, combining her professional experience with sharing the good news Christ’s love. Her desire is to help women find relief, gain confidence, and reach their potential by aligning with God’s agenda.  

In addition to being certified as a Spiritual Leadership Coach by Blackaby Ministries, she is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a LifeChange Certified Biblical Counselor.

Greg Atchison

"After 40 years of combined military, corporate, and academic experience, Greg answered God’s call to become a C12 Managing Chair and see God’s kingdom advanced in the lives of business owners and their companies. Greg has been active in small group ministries for more than 25 years. He is a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Wentzville and teaches Sunday School when needed. A life-long learner, Greg has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. In addition to Blackaby certification, he holds a Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation and accumulated more than 1,000 hours of coaching."

Dr. Robert Wilson

God called Robert to work in international missions after 19 years as an equine veterinarian. Currently, he is involved in directing and teaching Bible Institutes in Central and South America with World Reach Ministry. Over the last twenty-five years, he has taught marriage and family conferences, expository preaching, and how to study the Bible inductively. Robert also works to promote and expand church revitalization through the Embers to a Flame Ministry. He is training pastors in Latin America to coach churches towards spiritual vitality and coaching men to pursue God’s agenda. His cross cultural experience brings a valuable perspective into the coaching experience.

Dr. Larry Grays

Dr. Grays has spent over 30 years coaching, encouraging and equipping men to discover and fulfil God’s direction for their life. It’s his desire to help people thrive spiritually in their personal and professional lives. He’s been used across racial and cultural lines to help people develop a plan for loving God and loving others with their God-given missions. He’s worked in corporate america, retail management and church leadership. Currently Larry is part of Regal Theatre’s team of Theatre Church Consultants. He’s also been a church planter, an urban strategist for the North American Mission Board and worked in management for Walmart.

Nancy Kellogg
Nancy connects women to God’s heart, encouraging and equipping them to discover His purposes for their home, ministry, and marketplace. After a 22 year career as a Real Estate Broker, and Women’s Ministry Director for 7 years, she now teaches classes for spiritual transformation, coaching and mentoring women through their spiritual journey. Nancy’s on the Women’s CORE Team at her church, a retreat and conference speaker and writer. Married 50 years, with three children and two grandchildren, she’s continually advancing this generation towards God’s restoration. Founder of Kindred Spirit Coaching, she’s a Colson Fellow and certified by Creative Results Management and Blackaby Ministries.
Mark Millman

Mark desires to see coaching improve the lives of people. By helping people ask the right questions to make adjustments he has helped many people. His niche is helping people with career transitions and working with owners of small businesses. In addition, Mark has many years of experience coaching church planters, pastors, and church leaders.

Mark currently serves as a Church Planting Catalyst with the North American Mission Board. He also has his own business, Next Step Resourcing, LLC, which is focused on coaching leaders in the marketplace. Mark is certified in numerous assessment tools including the DISC and the Hogan Assessment. Mark is a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach.

Donna Lewis
For 16+ years, Donna Lewis worked for a Fortune 200 company, building leaders, developing successors, and transforming teams/cultures. She understands the difficulties of living Christian convictions while working in a spiritually dark place. Her coaching mission is to help Christians live as “Daniels” in this postmodern world. Donna is the founder of Live Up! Ministries. In addition to being certified as a Spiritual Leadership Coach by Blackaby Ministries International, she is a certified associate coach with the International Coach Federation. Her area of expertise is emotional intelligence (EQ), certified both as an EQ assessor and in Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ).
Verna Verity

Verna’s driving passion to point people to the activity of God in and around them has led to the establishment of her new coaching practice Canvas and Clay – Life and Leadership Coaching’. With over thirty years experience facilitating groups, building teams, and investing in the lives of leaders and their organizations, Verna seeks to take God’s word and the BMI coaching principles, and make them practical and applicable in every situation.

With a background in medical science, leadership, and pastoral ministry, Verna has come to deeply and humbly understand what it means to be someone God can work through.

Mike Chitwood
M.Div, M.S., ACC

For over twelve years Mike Chitwood served as an Army Chaplain advising Military Commanders regarding the morale and strategic impacts related to their Soldier’s mission. Also, Mike researched suicide prevention programs. His presentations are the foundation where over 10,000 Soldiers received suicide prevention training.

Before the Army, Mike advised National Championship-winning collegiate coaches. His role required tactful communication informing these coaches of their financial and legal limits. Through his counsel Mike maintained healthy relationships with each coach.

Combined, being a Blackaby Certified Coach, Four Lenses Facilitator, and this diverse experience Mike strives to help groups strategically communicate and lead together.


Randy Millwood

With decades invested in consulting and coaching Christian leaders, Randy has learned that who we are matters more than what we do. Through soul coaching Randy helps clients recognize and respond in faith to the familiar whispers and nudges of God. The result? Authentic and lasting spiritual transformation that impacts the people and the organizations they serve. He also leads workshops and retreats, delights in his family, and even transforms into an occasional Santa!

Josh Bonner
D.Min, M.Div
Josh Bonner has served as the senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Rapid City, South Dakota since 2015.  He also serves in numerous ministry roles at various denominational levels within the Southern Baptist Convention.  His passion is to help ministry and executive professionals achieve their highest potential as leaders of the organizations and people they serve. 
Randy Harrod
Randy is the Managing Chair for C12 in the East Central Florida area where he facilitates and leads small groups of Christian CEOs and Executives by helping them experience life changes that would bring about the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose for them in the marketplace. C12's unique platform for business development combines structured curriculum, like-minded peer counsel and accountability, and one-on-one coaching to shape great businesses for a greater purpose. He is a CPA with 35 years’ experience in both public and corporate accounting and is well versed across all areas of operations, corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, financial practices and strategic planning.
Steve Van Ooteghem

Steve holds an MBA from Indiana University and is the Managing Chairman of several C12 Executive Roundtables for Christian business owners/CEOs in Houston.  He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict.

He has owned multiple businesses following his 17-year corporate career and has experience running businesses using worldly practices.  His perspective changed when he became involved with The C12 Group, the nation’s largest invitation-only executive roundtable for Christian business owners/CEOs, and learned to lead by following the Lord’s direction and principles. Steve’s life experience and participation in The C12 Group have given him a valuable perspective to share. His focus is helping business owners and marketplace leaders discover and stay on God’s Agenda.

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Darlene Biggs
Darlene has a passion for helping others find joy and truly experience God's grace and forgiveness. After a devastating family situation in 2011, Darlene discovered life coaching to help her work through the trauma. She has personally experienced the redemptive power of coaching by working through beliefs and challenges in her past. Her 25+ years of experience in financial services has given her a strong understanding of balancing daily life struggles. God has blessed her with a ministry to women, many who struggle with the hurt of past sexual sins. By addressing core issues such as fear, guilt, and shame, her heart is to help others experience real life change.
Bonnie Mock
Bonnie believes that what produces effective/successful leadership is recognizing where one's core identity lies. She uses her passion/call to help leaders, come to that place of recognition through Leadership Coaching. With 33 years combined experience in full-time ministry as well as customer relations and management within a corporation, Bonnie has interfaced with diverse cultures and different levels of management. Bonnie is also a women's retreat speaker and has spoken for women's groups throughout the years.
Sean Donnelly
M. Div, SWA

Sean Donnelly is grateful to serve as the senior pastor for the folks at Black Hills Baptist Church. He has also functioned as the moderator for his association and president for his convention. One of the greatest achievements for Sean is working with the area churches and developing an inter-denominational alliance for the purpose of serving the needy in the community. Sean has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as the chairman for the alliance of churches and works with both pastors, lay people, and clients to help people bridge out of poverty and into stability.

Joel Gunn

Joel was exposed to teamwork, leadership, and management while working at a Fortune 500 company. He is a seasoned corporate trainer, and he operated a consulting company that primarily served the manufacturing sector. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who has used his acquired skill set to help clients develop techniques to improve efficiency, streamline operations, and implement technology. Joel currently holds degrees in electronics engineering, occupational education, and ministry. Joel and his wife, Christiana, have 3 children. 

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Annie Bifulco

Annie has a desire to see local church leaders and their families rise out of isolation into a fresh and thriving fellowship with a big God and His connected body.  With and inside look into the blessings and challenges of family life in ministry, she knows the power of God's redeeming grace through the darkest situations.  She is passionate about helping the families of church leaders each embrace their true identities in Christ and pursue His calling on them as individuals and co-laborers for the Kingdom of God.  It is her hope that anyone and everyone God brings into her life will be loved, listened to, and led to Truth.

David Drawdy
David has 25 years of leadership experience, both in ministry and business. He is passionate about coming alongside pastors and leaders and teaching them to overcome their hurts, frustrations, addictions, and struggles. He desires to help people experience new levels of intimacy with God so they can reach their full potential and see their ministries flourish. David’s desire is to create a safe outlet for pastors and families to have someone to go to with their hurts, frustrations, addictions, struggles and loneliness, to help them find answers and healing.
Connie Lincecum
Connie is passionate about helping others understand God’s Word and know God’s character to trust Him more through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She has mentored, coached and taught people of all ages ranging from marketplace leaders to children’s ministry. Through 30+ years of Corporate Operational leadership combined with 15+ years of lay ministry, Connie has experience with many seasons of life and related challenges. Connie would be honored to come alongside you as you strive to grow deeper in your relationship with Christ, positively impacting your life and leadership.
Susan Park

Susan has 20+ years of experience coaching business owners, ministry leaders, and individuals who desire CLARITY in strategic planning/decision making, and COURAGE to take the next step. God has gifted her in leadership development, creative idea design, and building connection. She has served in full-time ministry, the small business community, and the corporate world. Susan has a passion for God’s restoration to blended families, and to stop the generational repeat of divorce.

Jayme Hull
Jayme has mentored young adults and their parents for over 20 years. She is passionate about coaching her clients to develop the next generation of leaders in their church and workplace. A graduate of New York University and an entrepreneur, Jayme’s focus is to encourage and inspire others to discover a fresh approach to Experiencing God‘s purpose in their daily lives.
Steve Ford
God’s leading has landed Steve in a place where his heart’s desire is to help Christian leaders who want to be and do all God desires. To this desire, he brings 35+ years of experience in engineering management, entrepreneurship, church planting, and pastoral ministry. Through one on one coaching and a network of spiritual leadership coaching groups, Steve enjoys facilitating those bright moments when a Christian leader confidently hears from God and takes the next step in following Him.
Claudio Perez
Claudio is an active Chief Executive Officer and Investor currently serving as CEO of the AGAPE Network with partnerships in HMO’s, ACO’s, and National Networks. Because of his active role as CEO, Claudio understands, coaches, and inspires other chief executives and elected officials to fulfill God’s divine purpose in their personal and professional lives. He has received the prestigious Congressional Award in Washington for outstanding leadership and invaluable service to the community.