More than 20 years ago, I was challenged to return to complete the college education I had begun immediately after high school graduation. It didn't take me long to accept that challenge and enroll in a local community college. Education became my passion.
After earning my AA, I began studying Organizational Behavior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. My experience there intensified my passion for learning, especially in the subjects of listening and positive psychology. Professors at Rollins served as my mentors, helping me discover future pathways to take and suggesting ideas I'd never even dreamed about
One road led to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University. There I was accepted into the MPOD program - Master's of Positive Organization Development and Change. It was an honor to be part of this prestigious program that was home to the likes of Dr. David Cooperrider, co-creator of Appreciative Inquiry and Dr. Richard Boyatzis, renowned thought leader on the subject of Emotional Intelligence.
At the same time, I was serving full-time in ministry (Administration) at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Oviedo, FL. My post-graduation goal was to serve the church at large in the areas of visioning, ministry action planning, strategic planning, leadership development, positive organizational development, governance, and structure.
Recently I was commissioned as a Certified Coach of the Southeastern District of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
I moved to North Carolina eight years ago and have since come to realize that congregations spend precious resources to help determine what God is calling them to be. However, most never move past that initial step and become disenchanted. Finding your uniqueness to impact the community around you is a joyful journey and one that is better when you have someone with you.
So, let's talk. I'd love to guide you on that journey -- encouraging, listening, praising, and giving glory to God, together. -- Chris
"The Good News According to Rock-n-Roll: Commentaries on Rock-n-Roll and Folk songs to Strengthen your Christian Faith."
"Be Quick to Listen: Practice the Spiritual Discipline of Christian Listening" with Dr. Rick Bommelje (Rollins College, Winter Park, FL)