The Academy of Artful Leadership helps gifted leaders continue to grow through hosted conversations around key themes in ministry, peer learning, and individual coaching. The outcome is greater clarity and calculated movement toward transformational congregational leadership.
The Academy utilizes a “coach approach” process, which means that instead of relying on instruction from a teacher or prescriptions from a consultant, a coach helps to mine the expertise and internal wisdom of congregational leaders. This “coach approach” process helps leaders discern the God-sized things that need to happen, develop a plan to get there, and celebrate with them when they do.
Rev. Rachel Heyduck is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church for the last 15 years. However, her life in ministry started several years before that after graduating from college, with an undergrad in Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development; she moved to Texas as a US2 Missionary. During her two years of service in the US (that is where the name US2 comes from) at United Community Center, she heard a call to professional ministry. She worked for several years at a domestic violence shelter as a child advocate and began seminary. From there, Rachel has worked at the Central Texas Conference Office as the Director of Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission (CTCYM), and then as an associate pastor in Waco, TX and Euless, TX with a congregation that was in the middle of relocating. Rachel has just recently moved to full-time coaching as her current venture in ministry.
Rachel’s vastly diverse work experience makes her ideal to coach leaders in a large variety of settings. As a coach, she walks with leaders to accept who they are, where they are, and what they have available. Then together, they chart a path and trajectory for flight. Coaching often involves some pushing, but the ultimate goal is to see people soar. She is a member of ICF.
Rachel is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Brite Divinity School. She currently resides in Waxahachie, TX, where her husband serves as an Elder in a nearby church. She is the proud step-mom of Robbie, 32, and mom to Eliza, ten and Liam, eight. She loves animals, especially their two cats and beta fish, reading, traveling, crafting, puzzles, and time with friends and family.
Rev. Chris Holmes, PCC, has been coaching church leaders across many denominations since 2008, with over 1000 hours coaching laity, clergy, denominational leaders and bishops. In the United Methodist Church he leads the coaching team working with new district superintendents and directors of connectional ministry, as well as several conference leadership cabinets.
Chris authored, along with George Howard, the Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST) for ministry, which is an approved training program of the International Coach Federation. CAST has now trained over 1000 church leaders in the basic and advanced skills of coaching for ministry. He also is co-creator and faculty for Auburn Seminary’s coach training and author of The Art of Coaching Clergy, as well as many articles on coaching.
As a founding member of the Maryland Chapter of the International Coach Federation, Chris served as President from 2012-2014. Prior to coaching, he pastored churches for 26 years and served as District Superintendent of the Annapolis District in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Chris and Margaret have been married for over 35 years, have three grown children. Chris is an accomplished watercolor artist.
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