As we consider the ways we are currently navigating the waters of a changing world we recognize that we don't understand all that we are experiencing. Is your church responding and finding its way? It may be that an outside coach can provide a contextualized approach for addressing what your church is facing. Below are a few people who have experience and understand the shifting times of Church and culture. These Alliance friends will help you and your church to navigate these times.


Dave Brown

Dave Brown, Certified Trainer for PeopleMap, “Making the Shift,” and Discipleship Development Coaching

For more than two decades, David has enjoyed walking alongside teenagers, college students, and adults on the journey of faith. David’s relational approach to ministry helps people connect the stories of their lives to the larger story of God's work in the world.His doctoral work in Christian Leadership focuses on the ways that the traditions and practices of the earliest Christians can help shape and form future expressions of the church. David's approach to coaching and consulting grows out of that experience and perspective. He helped to begin Pinnacle’s Student Ministry division and has worked to expand his competency to help churches, clergy, and lay leaders discover their gifts, think theologically, and develop sustainable ministries. He is a certified trainer for PeopleMap, “Making the Shift,” and Discipleship Development Coaching. David is married to Sarah. They have three children and currently reside in Rock Hill, S.C.


Aretha Flucker

Aretha R. Flucker, Organizational Leadership Consultant & Ministry Coach

Aretha R. Flucker has helped drive and market the initiatives of organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors for many years. She embraces a transformational leadership approach for developing leaders, re-imagining organizational leadership structures, and guiding organizations in strategic planning. By evaluating all analytics and metrics in comparison with intended objectives, Aretha develops an individual plan for each organization’s needs based on vision, goals, and strategic plans. Aretha has a vision for what is possible and coaches individuals and organizations in developing individuals, teams, ministries, systems, programs, and strategies. She believes one of the best approaches to reaching audiences is through the use of social media and digital media platforms.  Aretha is nationally ordained and has established and marketed a range of spiritual and holistic formation programs at churches in both urban and suburban settings. Aretha has over a decade of experience in education as well as communications and over five years of experience in faith-based organizational leadership and marketing. She is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Boston University and has a Master's of Divinity and Education.  


Mike Gregg

Mike Gregg, Certified Disciple Development Coach

Mike Gregg founded Michael Gregg Coaching in 2011 to help clients move forward when they need clarity and direction in life decisions.  He is a Board-Certified Coach with a specialization in Personal and Life Coaching through the Center for Credentialing and Education.  Mike is a contract coach for the Center for Healthy Churches and the Center for Congregational Health. He is also a certified Disciple Development Coach through Pinnacle Leadership and a member of the Christian Coaching Network and the International Coach Federation. Mike has a passion for the local church and enjoys coaching and mentoring seminary students and new ministers as they seek to organize their time and lives around new ministry positions.


Michelle McClendon

Michelle McClendon. Spiritual Coaching, Life Coaching, Pastoral Mentoring, Educational and Administrative Consulting for churches and individuals

  • D.Min. in Christian Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary 
  • Member-Spiritual Directors International since 2014
  • Certified Pastoral Educator through Christian Educators Network (c 1995)
  • 60+ hours of Life Coaching Training through Life Coach Training Institute
  • Pastoral Intern Mentoring and Supervision Experience
  • 36 years of full-time pastoral ministry with experience in spiritual formation for all ages, pastoral care, staff supervision, mentoring, teaching/preaching, leadership development, spiritual coaching and direction, and gifts-based ministry pastoral ministry in 2000, 1200, and 100-member churches


Laura Stephens-Reed

Laura Stephens-Reed, Clergy & Congregational Coach 

Laura coaches and consults to promote well-being in clergy and congregations so that they can focus on the mission God has for them. Credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, Laura specializes in coaching clergywomen under age 45 and congregational teams that are leading visioning or ministerial search processes. (See the process for ministerial searches she developed at Laura has 15+ years of congregational ministry experience and has been a coach since 2013.


Because of the generosity of the Arcus Foundation, there are trained Peer Support Partners available to congregations interested in engaging in conversation and discernment regarding full inclusion of the LGBTQ community into the life and ministry of the local church. Clergy from across the nation have been trained and are available to support you and your church leaders, with the local church covering the logistical expenses. In order to request a peer support partner, contact , and we will work with you to find the best fit for your context from among the following individuals.

Peer Support Team:

April Baker is one of the pastors of Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., where she has served for the past twelve years. She is involved with several local and international organizations that are working for peace and justice for the earth and all of its inhabitants. Among the delights in her ministry are the students at Vanderbilt Divinity School with whom she works as they fulfill their field education requirement for the Master of Divinity degree.

Valerie Burton serves as the Minister for Christian Formation at Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Ala. She is a graduate of Belmont University, Nashville, and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She has served churches in Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama for 25 years.

Dorisanne Cooper is the pastor of Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., where she has served since July 2014. She previously served as pastor of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas from 2002-2014. Her and her husband, David, have a son, Adam and a dog, Lucy.

Jason Crosby is minister for preaching, pastoral care, and administration at Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. Prior to joining the Crescent Hill staff, Jason served as an Interim Minister at the First Baptist Church of Battle Creek, Mich, worked as a Community Organizer with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in Ann Arbor, Mich., and was a Project Coordinator with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Jason is married to Kate and is the father of two young children, Brooks and Millie Lou. He also has two dogs, Wynona and Lucinda.

Kadia Edwards is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA since 2009. She is a member of the inaugural class of the group Project Rising Sun which is a leadership formation academy for young pastors that is funded through Funds for Theological Education.  

Joe Glaze works in an intentional pastoral interim, serving churches in transition. He has extensive experience as a pastor, urban social minister, and theological educator. Joe has worked with many churches in addressing issues of human sexuality, welcome, affirmation and inclusion. He has ordained standing with American Baptist Churches USA and the United Church of Christ.

David Grebel currently serves as the Director of Extended Education at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. An active member of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, he designs and leads worship for the church’s Agape Meal for the economically distressed.

Greg Griffey is an endorsed chaplain with the Alliance of Baptists. Newly relocated to San Francisco, Calif., Greg he previously served as a hospice chaplain in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of a new book, Rereading Appalachia.

Michelle McClendon serves as the ARCUS Grant administrative team member and is currently Associate Pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C. She is a teacher, facilitator, and life coach and spiritual director.

Tim Moore holds the title of writer-in-residence at Sardis Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., where he was pastor for 19 years. He is currently a member of the Alliance board, where he also served in the early 1990s.

Ann Anshus Quattlebaum is a former president of the Alliance and an active member of First Baptist Greenville, S.C., serving as coordinator of the church’s Stephen Ministry. A retired clinical social worker, she is grandmother to seven beautiful children.

Susan Rogers is a graduate of the McAfee School of Theology (2008) and currently serves as planting pastor of The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla. She also has experience in leadership coaching, youth ministry and occupational therapy. She is married and has two children.

Cody Sanders is pastor of Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. He is author of Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians Can Learn from LGBTQ Livesand editor of the 2nd edition of Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Resource for Congregations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

Sally Sarratt is senior co-pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Candler School of Theology. Prior to pursuing theological education, she received her MBA from the University of Virginia and spent ten years in brand management and operations.

Guy Sayles is a writer, speaker, teacher, and consultant. He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Asheville, N.C., for thirteen years, is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Mars Hill University and an adjunct member of the faculty of the Divinity School at Gardner Webb University. He is also a consultant with the Center for Healthy Churches.

Mahan Siler's vocational life happens to fall into roughly two equal parts: 27 years as pastor; 27 years working with pastors. His last congregation as pastor was Pullen Memorial Baptist Church (1983-1998), Raleigh, N.C. He and his wife, Janice, live close to family in Asheville, N.C.

Jorene Swift currently serves at Bread Fellowship, Fort Worth, Texas and before that as the Minister of Congregational Care at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth for twenty years before her recent retirement. She is a past coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas, past President of the board of Tarrant Churches Together and now serves on that board.

Alliance Staff:

Carole Collins serves the Alliance of Baptists as director of operations and finance, and uses her accounting and management skills to give financial and administrative leadership to the team.

Paula Clayton Dempsey is director for partnership relations for the Alliance of Baptists, building connections with existing and prospective Alliance ministry partners and denominational partners.

Jason Smith serves the Alliance as congregational engagement specialist, workings collaboratively with partner congregations and Alliance leadership on development strategy and forming relationships.

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