Spiritual Direction & Coaching

What is Spiritual Direction & Coaching?

Spiritual Direction and Coaching is a different way of helping people than counseling or therapy.  The key difference is that I do not diagnose or treat psychological disorders.  Instead, my approach involves coming alongside people and helping them find their way.  We do this by identifying unrecognized strengths and resources.  So if you are feeling lost there are many issues that I can help with.

What’s your background and training?

Obviously, I am the pastor of a church.  So, I hold degrees in theology and ministry and have been working with adults, young people and couples in crisis since 1999.  I also have training in the specific areas of career development, grief care, life coaching and marriage enrichment.   Some of my training and education facts are listed at the very bottom of this page.

In addition to ministry and coaching experience, I have also been able to work in several other occupations.  I have worked as a cook, a welder, an insurance and financial rep, and a security contractor.  These jobs, in addition to my primary career, have helped me understand many different walks of life.

How do I know if I need counseling or what you offer?

During our first session, we spend time answering that very question.  First, we make sure that I understand your story and your situation.  Then, I will outline how I can help.  If your situation is beyond my abilities, then I will help you get connected to the right person.  If I can help, then we identify the goals you want to reach and a plan to realize those goals.

Where do you meet people for sessions?

My office is at the church I currently serve.  At present, I am the pastor of Evanston Avenue Baptist Church, in Muskegon, MI.  If you want to get directions to the church click here.  If you would like to find out more about our church, check out our website here.

So what do I do now?

If you would like to check my availability to meet with you or if you would like to schedule a phone call to find out more, please email me here.

Education and Training Highlights:

-Bachelor of Arts, Dordt College, 1999
-Master of Arts, Trinity International University, 2016
-Ordained by the Baptist General Council
-Life Coach Training Institute Alumni
-Dynamic Communicators Workshop Alumni
-Premarriage Awareness Inventory Administrator.
-Taylor Johnston Temperament Analysis Administrator
-Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Administrator
-Strongs Interest Inventory Administrator.