The coaches in our synod will work with both lay and rostered leaders to discover a way forward through difficult situations or challenges that are a barrier to the possibilities you envision for your community of faith.  For more information about ELCA Coaching, please visit

All of our coaches have been trained by an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC) who has been developed as a Coach Trainer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). 

Coaching as a discipline is a powerful asset to leaders who are working through complex issues, solving difficult problems, moving through challenging transitions, or simply wanting to grow in some specific area of faith, life or work.  

If you would like to connect with an ELCA trained coach in the Southwestern Texas Synod or in the national coaching network, please complete this Synod Coaching Intake Request Form. If you are interested in becoming a trained coach, please let us know

Meet the Southwestern Texas Synod Coaches

Initial conversation (no cost) - most coaches receive compensation for their work and can utilize a sliding fee scale. If you need a coach, we will work with you to make it happen!

The Rev. Carolyn Albert Donovan
The Rev. Gary Conklin
The Rev. Jake Fain
The Rev. Anna Gordy
The Rev. Lisa Hoelscher
The Rev. Drew Ingram
The Rev. Cheryl Kester Schmidt
Deacon Darcy Mittelstaedt
The Rev. Dr. Sarah Nye
The Rev. Allyson Pryor
The Rev. Aaron Richter
The Rev. Ann Schlossnagle
The Rev. Don Taylor
The Rev. Lea Walker Clark
The Rev. Lauren Dow Wegner
The Rev. Mike Widner
The Rev. Ellen Williams