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Brendan McClenahan

Church starters are constantly in a state of discernment, wondering what to do next, how to gather people, and how to tend to their souls. Above it all, they wonder how God is working and partnering with them. Too often, church starters are left to discern on their own. I've been working with church starters and those discerning starting a church as part of Cyclical INC and Fuller Seminary to help them gain greater clarity about their leadership, their desires, their challenges, and their spiritual health. If you're seeking to disciple others, discern God's mission in your neighborhood, gather people, or structure contextual expressions of community and worship, I would be honored to join you as a coach. Fill out the contact form to get a hold of me and we can have a free consultation to see if we're a good fit.

Dan Steigerwald PCC

I help pioneering leaders and pastors engage fresh ways to lead and multiply mission-shaped communities while tending to their holistic formation along the way. Having worked for 30+ years in cross-cultural missions, church planting and pastoring, I know personally how hard and soul-depleting ministry can become. Using the language of Ephesians 4:11, I can identify with the challenges that grate on the souls of shepherd- and teacher-oriented leaders. And, I’m also equally familiar with the stresses that plague leaders of apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic orientation. In short, my heart goes out to both those in nurturing roles and those in advancement roles - I want to help these leaders flourish and lead well over the long haul. As a coach, I am credentialed at the PCC level under the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson works with leaders discerning their call to creative expressions of the church, helping to develop their vocational identity as well as explore ideas for new worshipping communities. As a bi-vocational pastor who also works in homeless services, Drew is committed to supporting the flourishing of all people. When not coaching, Drew enjoys rock climbing, running, and brewing beer. Drew received his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological seminary and current serves as the pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church in Washington.

Jeya So

Rev. Jeya So is one of the co-founding and co-lead pastors of Anchor City Church, a third-culture community in San Diego, CA planted through the PC(USA). She also works as a coach, cohort leader, and in other capacities, with church leaders in several denominations and organizations, including the PC(USA)’s 1001 New Worshipping Communities, Cyclical Inc. and ISAAC (Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity) and is a contributing author to “Sustaining Grace: Innovative Ecosystems for New Faith Communities.” Although ordained through the PC(USA), Jeya's grew up in a charismatic/pentecostal church and she has experience with other denominations/traditions including Episcopalian, Lutheran, United Methodist and non-denominational church leaders. Jeya has been coaching church planters since 2014, working in particular with women, teams, those working in cross-cultural contexts, and those discerning their particular call. Jeya is in the process of certification through the International Coaching Federation.

Justin Beck

Justin is a trained coach through the PCUSA. He has worked with church discerners and starters in a variety of contexts. He enjoys helping people work towards their goals and assisting them in tapping into their unrealized potential.

Nina Lau-Branson

Nina currently works as a coach, consultant and spiritual director (with both individuals and groups). She works with Cyclical Inc, a hub and network for ecclesial innovators and church planters, the De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary, CenterQuest, an ecumenical spiritual direction program, Center for Council, an organization that focuses on community building and communication in a wide variety of settings, and has her own private practice. Her credentials include an MBA in finance and a CPA earned while working with Price Waterhouse Coopers in their entrepreneurial services group. Nina’s coaching and consulting work is rooted in years of experience in organizational leadership, in for-profit and non-profit organizations, including work on boards and in senior management. Organizations include Fuller Seminary, Ten Thousand Villages, various denominational groups, a youth entrepreneurship non-profit, software companies and other for profit businesses. She has completed training in spiritual direction and is certified by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in mediation and conflict transformation. During the past 20 years she has pursued a particular passion for communion with God, especially listening for the voice of God, and engaging spiritual practices that enable availability to the Holy. These varied sets of experiences and skills are brought to bear in her work with leaders and communities. Areas of Expertise

  • I work with individuals and groups toward:
  • Discernment of God’s presence and initiatives
  • Spiritual formation and practices
  • Awareness of matters around race and ethnicity
  • Organizational and leadership development
  • Social enterprise development

Rev. Erik Samuelson, ACC

Erik Samuelson, ACC is a leadership and transformation coach who works with individuals, teams, companies, churches, non-profits, and educational institutions. He is the founder of "Come Alive Coaching" which offers coaching, workshops, practices, and resources to individuals and communities looking to deepen their impact, launch or renew their organization, and develop leaders. Erik is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is certified in new and renewal ministry in the denomination. He has led, consulted, and/or coached a number of new ministry starts, missional communities, networks, and congregational renewal efforts. He holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation, and is in process toward the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential. Erik also does coaching through Vibrant Faith. More information can be found at and

Rex McDaniel

After college (Occidental) and following seminary (Fuller) I served first as a youth pastor (9 years) and then as pastor (31 years) in three Presbyterian churches. My wife, for nearly 50 years and I have raised two children and now play a role in the care and maturation of three granddaughters. Since retirement I have focused on helping persons inhabit the next incarnation of the gift they are from God to the world.