About Us

Since 2005, we have trained thousands of people to use coaching to improve the lives of those they lead, love, and serve.

Executive Members

Chad Hall, DMin, MCC
President and Co-Founder

Chad Hall has been coaching leaders in ministry and business since 2002. He has applied coaching first as a denominational leader with the Baptist State Convention of NC, later as an internal coach with software leader SAS Institute, and for nearly a decade as the Director of Coaching for Western Seminary. He has also served as a pastor and church planter. He lives in Hickory, NC with his wife Holly, three growing children and Buster the wonder dog. Chad also serves as an Owner/Executive Partner with the coaching firm StrongLead, LLC.

Brian Miller, PCC
Executive Director

Brian coaches lots of leaders. With clarity and confidence, Brian’s clients lean into their strengths and become even more fruitful. Serving as the Executive Director for Coach Approach, Brian now leads the charge in helping bring CAM’s vision to reality through day-to-day execution and strategic direction. Looking to Jesus as his guide, Brian loves to train coaches who change individual lives and communities. He has been married for over 25 years to the love of his life, Danelle, and they have three wonderful children. They reside in Casey, IL.

We're on a mission -
To train the best coaches in the world

We are pioneers and prophets in the world of Christian coaching – a collection of coaches and coach trainers who train the best Christian coaches in the world.

Each year we equip hundreds of people worldwide to coach others as they find their way with God – be that in business, ministry, community or any arena of life.

If you’re ready to make a difference through the power of coaching, you’re in the right place. Welcome to the movement!

Our Team

Danelle Miller, CCLC
Operations Director

Danelle has worn multiple hats at Coach Approach over the years. Her roles as registrar for our coach training, record keeper of our students and clients, and program manager help CAM work stronger as a team. Danelle creates and manages the operations and systems that keep CAM running smoothly. Her understanding of the nuts and bolts of our company helps coaches achieve their coach training goals. She is the wife of our Executive Director, Brian Miller, and enjoys working with him as a team. The Millers have three kids who are quickly flying the nest, making their home in Casey, IL a much quieter place these days.



Mary Ward, ACC, CCLC
CCLC Manager

For most of her adult life, people have asked Mary, "What do I do about..?" and she has shared information, resources, and training opportunities. As a Department of Defense certified Core Trainer/Facilitator, she facilitates problem solving meetings, personal and professional vision and mission development, organizational team building, and conducts leadership training for Army Family Programs. After her first CAM coach training, she learned how coaching helps people achieve their goals and overcome challenges. This led her to become an ICF ACC. Now she prefers empowering her clients to learn something new through coaching. Mary and her retired Army husband, David, reside in Evans, Georgia.

Elizabeth Hammond
Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth helps CAM run smoothly as the administrative assistant to our courses, The Coaching Exchange and resources such as our blog and podcasts. Her eye for detail and aim towards excellence make her an essential part of the team. She and her husband, Chris, have two children and live in Fairfax, VA.

Michael Cheuk, Ph. D, ACC
CCMAG Editor

For over twenty years, Michael has served as a youth pastor, a campus minister, an associate and senior pastor serving churches and denominations in Virginia and elsewhere. He has the privilege of coaching inspirational faith leaders, and facilitating and consulting in congregations and organizations. Michael is the editor for Christian Coaching Magazine.

Terri Straka
Executive Admin

Terri works alongside the President of CAM, Chad Hall, and our CCLC Manager, Mary Ward. She helps manage communications and keeps her eyes on the details to help CAM work as a team. Terri and her husband, Jamie, live in the foothills of North Carolina (aka God's country) and have two grown children.

Mentor coaches

Laura Stephens-Reed, PCC, CMC
Mentor Coach and Instructor

Laura helps leaders and organizations to harness the opportunities and overcome the challenges presented by current or anticipated transitions in circumstance and mindset. An ordained minister since 2002, she works primarily with North American clergy and congregations across the ecumenical spectrum. Laura lives in Moulton, Alabama, with her husband and son. She likes to write, read multiple books at one time, and play with her family's new puppy Bagel.

David Cooke, PCC
Mentor Coach and Instructor

David loves investing in ministry leaders so they can live well and lead well. David has been a Lead Pastor in Placerville, CA since 1998 and is adjunct faculty with Western Seminary in their coaching program. He also is passionate about connecting leaders in peer mentoring and coaching networks through Leadership Connection. He has been married to Pam since 1987 and has five children. For fun David runs slowly, rides motorcycles on mountain roads, plays golf with friends, and loves a good conversation.

Janice Lee Fitzgerald, PCC, CMC
Mentor Coach

Janice coaches highly motivated ministry leaders striving to provide faith-filled, creative and effective leadership in congregations and middle governing bodies. A Certified Mentor Coach, an increasing portion of her practice is devoted to group and individual mentor coaching. She is a Minister of Word & Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) based in Rochester, NY, who has served as a transitional ministry specialist in congregations in the PC(USA), the United Church of Christ and the Reformed Church in America – often drawing on her background as a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse manager. In quiet moments, you might find her quilting.

Jerry Essary, PCC
HPP Mentor Coach

Jerry is a professional coach who has been working with and coaching nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. He has developed materials to help a client discover, articulate, and leverage their unique design at home, work, and play. He is a coach, mentor coach, coach training facilitator, adjunct professor, and team builder. His driving force is to see his clients have purposeful movement with clear direction. Jerry lives near Nashville, TN.

Perry Rhue, PCC, CPCC
ECC Mentor Coach

Perry is a professional mentor-coach (coaching Sherpa) to business and life coaches and a former internal Leadership Development Coach at IBM. His 30 plus years of experience in various areas of business gives him a diverse and robust background for coaching coaches and business professionals. Perry is known for his work in executive coaching, team coaching, coach training, talent management, leadership, and professional development. Perry is also an Editorial Board Member of choice, The Magazine of Professional Coaching. Perry lives in Atlanta, GA.

Legacy Partners

Linda Miller, MCC
Co-Founder

Linda is a pioneer in the coaching profession, both in the Christian and business communities. Serving The Ken Blanchard Companies as global liaison for coaching, Linda is known for her work in coach training, executive coaching and as an international speaker. In addition to her book with Hall, she also recently co-authored Coaching in Organizations: Best Practices from The Ken Blanchard Companies (2008, Wiley and Sons). She and her husband live in Phoenix, AZ and have two adult daughters.

Jane Creswell, MCC
Co-Founder

Jane has felt called as a missionary to the business world since college. She became the founder of IBM Coaches’ Network and started Internal Impact to extend internal coaching to organizations globally. She is author of Christ-Centered Coaching: 7 Benefits for Ministry Leaders (2006, Chalice Press) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coaching for Excellence (Oct 2008, Alpha Books/Penguin). Jane and her husband call West Lafayette, IN home; they have 2 adult sons.

Bill Copper, CCLC
Co-Founder

Bill is one of the founders of Coach Approach Ministries. He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, a Certified Church Administrator with The Church Network, and certified Strengths Coach with the Gallup Organization. He frequently writes, speaks, and coaches a variety of leaders, and consults in the areas of developing a coaching culture and organizational development for non-profits. Bill lives in Daytona Beach, FL.