“[My coach and I] overcame obstacles and barriers together, restoring my confidence in my calling to church plant and giving me the confidence to make the hard decisions that are made by church planters. I strongly encourage every church planter and every pastor to have a coach because church planting is hard and lonely, but it is also worth it!”

Aaron LewisWalker Harbor Church, Michigan

Qualified multiplication coaches have received additional coaching training from the RCA Church Multiplication team. This prepares them to coach church planters and parenting churches through the unique challenges and opportunities that come with planting a new church.

Eddy Alemán

Email: ealeman@rca.org
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Coaching values and approach: I value coaching as a great resource for church planters in the field. I have coached many church planters and have also been coached myself. I believe that coaching is a must for every leader.

Coaching type: Church planter coaching

Methods of coaching offered: Face-to-face, phone

Hobbies: Reading and walking

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Pedro Aviles

Email: pedro.aviles@ebenezer-crc.org
Languages spoken: English, some Spanish
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Coaching experience: I have experience with church planters and pastors of existing churches.

Coaching type: Church planter coaching and parent church coaching

Methods of coaching offered: Face-to-face, Google Hangouts

Meyers-Briggs results: INTP

StrengthsFinder results: Learner, Futurist, Arranger, Connectedness, Positivity

Hobbies: Fishing, listening to music, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee
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Jeff Boersma

Email: jeff@discoverycoachingservices.com
Language spoken: English
Location: Spring Lake, Michigan

Coaching experience: I have been coaching for 15 years and have been served by four different coaches myself. I have coached business leaders, senior pastors, staff pastors, and lay leaders. I have also coached parent churches and church planters. I have coached churches and church councils. My 26 years of ordained ministry experience includes roles as senior pastor, co-pastor, and church planter.

Coaching values and approach: Coaching provides a powerful source for clarity, courage, and accountability. The foundation of content-neutral coaching (asking powerful questions, practicing attentive listening, and leaving room for silence, combined with specialized training for planters and parent churches) is the combination I bring to coaching. Coaching is a great honor because it allows the coach to serve others who are the experts in their own life and context. Coaching is an exciting process in which God’s power and the Holy Spirit’s leading are released in the context of a small Christian community. Coaching helps planters and parent churches discover God’s agenda for an area of life or ministry, and also helps that agenda become a reality.

Other certifications: Advanced certified coach through CoachNet

Coaching type: Church planter coaching and parent church coaching

Methods of coaching offered: Face-to-face, phone, Skype, Google+ hangout, or other web-based conferencing

DiSC assessment result: DI

Hobbies: Reading, exercising, skiing (all varieties)

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Fred De Jong

Email: fredadejong@gmail.com

Languages spoken: English

Location: Plainfield, Illinois

Coaching experience: I am a certified church planter coach and have been certified for more general coaching as well. I have formally and informally coached pastors, staff, and lay people in a variety of church settings (CRC and RCA). I myself have been coached for more than five years.

Coaching values and approach: I have a relational style, applying spiritual discernment to help a coachee assess his or her situation, identify goals, and develop strategic steps to achieve desired outcomes. Along the way, I provide personal encouragement and spiritual support.

Coaching type: Church planter coaching and parent church coaching

Methods of coaching offered: face-to-face, phone, video calling

Meyers-Briggs result: ENTJ (Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging)

Hobbies: Running, golf, reading

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Doug Evenhouse

Email: pastordoug7@gmail.com

Location: Eldridge, Iowa (Davenport/Quad Cities area)

Languages spoken: English

Coaching experience: I was a commercial and residential supervisor for waste management for 13 years prior to becoming a pastor. I was trained regularly in the Coaching the Refuse Truck Driver curriculum and various corporate seminars. I have experience in youth ministry and college ministry, served as an associate pastor for three years, and have been a church plant pastor since 2006. I have mentored other church plant pastors and all the leaders and staff at my current church.

Coaching values and approach: I value being Spirit led in coaching—I’m focused on helping people discern God’s direction for them and their ministry. My approach is also relational. I want to get to know the people I am coaching in order to pray for, encourage, and challenge them in whatever God is calling them to do. I help the people I coach discover God’s direction and develop a process to achieve goals through S.M.A.R.T. goals and action steps. I use CoachNet, storyboards, and other resources and experiences as coaching tools.

Coaching type: Church planter coaching and parent church coaching

Methods of coaching offered: Face-to-face, phone, video calling

DiSC assessment result: An even blend of dominant, inspiring, supportive, and cautious

Meyers-Briggs result: ESFJ (Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)

Hobbies: Biking, disc golf, fishing, reading, and listening to music. I am passionate about my grandkids, cooking out on the grill, playing “bags” or “cornhole,” and the Chicago White Sox. If I had more time and resources, I would kayak, camp, and hike in the woods more often.

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Mike Hayes

Email: mike@citychurchsf.org
Language spoken: English
Location: San Francisco, California

Coaching experience: I have been involved in coaching relationships for 20 years, both coaching church planters and being coached.

Coaching values and approach: A career of 25 years in church planting and church plant supervision has given me a good sense of what questions to ask church planters and parent churches so that they may discover for themselves the goal-focused next steps best suited for their competencies, passions, and ministry contexts.

Other certifications: Church Leader Inventory and Church Leader Spouse Inventory (CLI/CLSI) coaching

Coaching type: Church planter coaching and parent church coaching

Methods of coaching offered: Phone, Skype, Google+ hangout, or other web-based conferencing

DiSC assessment result: DC

Hobbies: Fly fishing, golf, trekking

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Ben Ingebretson

Email: beningebretson@gmail.com
Language spoken: English
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Coaching experience: More than ten church planters. More than ten revitalization pastors. More than ten parent congregation leaders. More than ten years of coaching experience with leaders in the RCA, CRC, and the United Methodist Church.

Coaching type: Church planter coaching, revitalization coaching, parent church coaching

Methods of coaching offered: Any or all offered. Prefer a face-to-face meeting or Google hangout for initial sessions.

DiSC assessment result: ID

Hobbies: Running, biking, sailing, kids and family activities, tennis, travel

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Gary Jarvis

Email: garyjarvis@southblendon.org
Language spoken: English
Location: Hudsonville, MI

Coaching experience: I have been coaching small group leaders, ministry leaders, church leaders, planters, and parent churches for the past six years. I have had experience coaching about 35 different people and groups during that time. I have also trained about 18 coaches for a local congregation, and I have been certified by CoachNet to train coaches for parent churches and church plants.

Coaching type: Church planter coaching and parent church coaching

Methods of coaching offered: Face-to-face, Skype, Google+ hangout, or other web-based conferencing

DiSC assessment result: CS

Hobbies: Baseball, softball, hiking

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Ruth Kelder

Email: rkelder@crcna.org

Languages spoken: English

Location: Joliet, Illinois (Chicago area)

Coaching experience: I have coached ministry leaders and those who lead discipleship ministries for the past 15 years. During this time, I have also coached many leaders, leadership teams, and teachers using Gallup’s StrengthsFinder approach. My years as a church planter spouse and serving on staff in two church plants have given me an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities church planters face.

Coaching values and approach:

  • During coaching, both the coach and coachee have one ear turned toward the other and one toward the Holy Spirit in order to discern the Spirit’s direction.
  • Coaching engages the art of listening and asking great questions with a goal of empowering the leader.
  • The coachee sets the agenda for each session and leaves the session with defined action steps.
  • Church planters are coached using the church planting storyboard.
  • All are coached according to the natural strengths and talents God has equipped them with (StrengthsFinder).

Coaching type: Church planter coaching, parent church coaching, ministry leader coaching, discipleship strategy coaching, StrengthsFinder coaching

Other certifications: Spiritual director, StrengthsFinder coach

Methods of coaching offered: Face-to-face, phone, video calling

StrengthsFinder results: Maximizer, futuristic, activator, arranger, developer

Hobbies: Biking, traveling to visit kids and grandkids, gardening, exploring Chicago, being addicted to Starbucks

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Jim Poit

Email: drjimpoit@gmail.com
Language spoken: English
Location: Gilbert, Arizona

Coaching experience: I have many years’ experience mentoring church planters and pastors of churches that plant other churches; however, I am new to being an officially trained coach for the RCA. I have been officially coached for only the past six years, but I have had mentors during my entire 20 years of ministry.

Coaching type: Coaching parent churches

Methods of coaching offered: Face-to-face, phone, Skype, Google+ hangout, or other web-based conferencing

DiSC assessment result: IS

Hobbies: Running, hiking, kayaking, cycling, sailing

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Randy Weener

Email: rweener@rca.org
Language spoken: English
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Coaching experience: I have coached more than 25 people in the past ten years. I have been consistently coached for the past ten years by qualified, trained coaches.

Coaching values and approach:

  • Trust the Holy Spirit to be an active agent in the relationship.
  • Content-neutral as much as possible; content-rich as appropriate.
  • Coachee sets the agenda in advance to allow the coach to pray and prepare
  • Use CoachNet and storyboards as coaching tools.
  • Each session ends with clear, measurable action steps.

Coaching type: Church planter, parent church, and Kingdom Enterprise Zone leader coaching

Coaching offered: Face-to-face, phone, FaceTime

Meyers-Briggs result: INTJ

DiSC assessment result: CS 

Hobbies: Biking, kayaking, gardening, music, backpacking/camping, traveling

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee

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Mary Ann Wierks

Email: bmawierks@gmail.com
Language spoken:  English
Location: Holland, Michigan

Coaching experience: I have been coaching candidates from three different ethnic groups for the role of commissioned pastor, as well as coaching church planters. I have also done life coaching. In ministry I have been both a new church planter and a new church parent pastor.

Coaching type: Church planters

Methods of coaching offered: Face-to-face, Skype, telephone, or other web-based conferencing

DiSC assessment result: DI

Hobbies: Biking, swimming, scuba diving, powered paragliding, traveling, reading to grandchildren

Cost for coaching: To be determined between coach and coachee