Faculty - Professional Christian Coaching Institute

Christopher McCluskey, MSW, PCC, CMCC, BCC

Founder & President

Christopher is Founder and President of Professional Christian Coaching Institute. A pioneer in the field, Chris transitioned from his private psychotherapy practice, Christian Care Counseling Centers, into his coaching practice, Coaching for Christian Living, in 1998.

As a founding member in 1998 of the Advisory Board for the Christian Coaches Network, he helped launch the fledgling profession of distinctly Christian coaching and became a sought-after consultant, speaker and keynote. Called by many the 'Father of Christian Coaching', Chris is also a founding Board member of the International Christian Coaching Association and served on the original Board of Christian Coaching Magazine.

He has presented at more than 50 national & international conferences including the Christian Management Association (CMA), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), Association for Marriage & Family Ministries (AMFM) and Christian Coaches Network (CCN). 

In 2000, Chris established a Christian track at the Institute for Life Coach Training which grew into the Professional Christian Coaching Program (precursor to PCCI).

A prolific writer, he and his wife, Rachel are best-selling authors of the highly-acclaimed marriage book, When Two Become One (Revell, 2004, 2006), and have co-authored chapters in several popular Christian books. Their articles appear in numerous international magazines and on websites including ChristianityToday.com, FamilyLife.com, and Focus on the Family's PluggedIn.com. They are frequent guests on popular Christian radio and television shows.

Chris and Rachel operate Professional Christian Coaching Institute and Coaching for Christian Living from their ranch in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in south-central Missouri. Chris' passions include music, the performing arts, and nature, but most of all family. The McCluskeys homeschool their seven children.

Vicki Corrington, MEd in Counseling, CPCC, PCC

Vicki is a Professional Certified Coach and Certified Professional Christian Coach who lives with her husband, Dr. Ben Corrington, in Camden, Maine. She is a faculty member for the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, a Christian Coaches Network Advisory Board member, Women's Ministry Leader, member of her local Church Leadership Team, and International Coach Federation member.

Life Coaching, combined with praying the Word, was the process God used to transform her life and to restore her excitement about making a difference through one-on-one and/or group coaching, temperament and strength assessments, coach training, workshops and retreats. She is committed to encouraging and equipping others to bear much fruit. Vicki is passionate about coaching and praying with you for great results both in leadership and in life. For more information about Vicki, visit her website at  www.coachvicki.com

Michael J. Pfau, MEd, PCC, CPCC

Michael is Founder and President of Crossways Life Coaching, specializing in life mission, vocation, and wellness coaching. He began coaching in 2002 after serving 16 years as assistant pastor of a church he co-founded in Philadelphia.

Michael has spoken at the national Christian Coaches Network (CCN) conference and presented workshops throughout the U.S. on life purpose, career discovery, and skills for life coaching. He has served as the vocational coach for the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Michael worked and presented with best-selling author Bruce Wilkinson as part of his Dream Giver Coach Network from 2003 to 2005, helping individuals discover and live their dreams. He is a designated Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Crossways Life Coaching has grown into an international coaching business whose clients are literally changing the world. Michael is passionate about equipping others in distinctly Christian coaching to empower them in fulfilling God's call on their lives and businesses. For more information, visit his website at www.crosswayslifecoaching.com.


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Fran LaMattina, MIR, MCC

Fran is President and Founder of Strategies for Greatness, a consultative coaching practice. Over the twelve years she's been coaching, Fran has achieved her Master Coach Certification (MCC) and established a niche with organizational leaders, especially in the areas of business and life plan development.

Fran draws from 25 years of business experience in the areas of marketing, sales, finance, and operations gained from leadership in several business sectors including telecommunications, financial services and consumer products. Before creating her private coaching practice, she was Director of Marketing & Public Relations and a Partner with Ronald Blue & Co, a Christian personal financial planning firm. She has also been an adjunct professor at Psychological Studies Institute, a post-graduate counseling program, where she taught Leadership Coaching Through Life Transitions.

Fran is presently enrolled in a PhD program in Professional Coaching and Human Development with the International University of Professional Studies. She received her initial coaching education through Coach University. She holds a Masters degree in Industrial Relations from Purdue University. She also attended Dowling College where she graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Business.

Fran founded and developed the women’s ministry at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, serving on their core staff. She oversaw a staff, and more than 125 community group leaders who provide accountability, belonging and care to more than 1,000 women in the church. During her ten years at North Point, she learned and applied relevant visionary principles of leadership which flow into her day-to-day coaching of both North Point staff and individual clients and teams in her practice.

Fran has been an active member and officer on the boards of several organizations including Ministry Ventures, The Lighthouse Family Retreat, Psychological Studies Institute, Half Time of Georgia, Whitefield Academy, The Christian Coaching Network, Denver Ministries and her neighborhood association.

Fran is single and lives in Roswell, GA, a northern suburb of Atlanta.

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Gary Wood, PCC, CMCC, BCC

Gary Wood has decades of experience and expertise in business, non-profit and ministry environments. Over that time he has played a respected role in training, developing and building into the lives of hundreds of leaders who make significant contributions worldwide.

Since 1998, through his professional coaching firm, G.E. Wood & Associates, Gary has worked with an international clientele of executives, leaders and professionals across a broad range of personal, professional and organizational concerns.

He is frequently retained to help individuals deal with burnout and by corporate, government, small business, nonprofit and ministry leaders to get clarity and find solutions to problems that are impacting progress on causes, projects and programs of importance.

Gary is the immediate Past President and Director of Christian Coaches Network, a professional support organization of several hundred Christian coaches, many of whom were trained at PCCI.

Gary is a designated Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a Certified Master Christian Coach through Christian Coaches Network.

Gary works from his office in the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada. He is married to Alice who he fell for in Grade 8. Visit his website at www.gewood.com.

Jory Fisher, JD, PCC

Jory is Founder and President of Jory Fisher & Associates, Inc., a coaching and mentoring firm based in Bel Air, MD, and featured host of the popular internet radio show "Heart & Soul for Women of Faith: Reflections on Purpose, Passion & Prosperity." Jory specializes in helping Christian businesswomen gain confidence, clarity, and clients so they can joyfully fulfill their divine purpose and glorify God through success.

Jory earned her law degree from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree from Middlebury College, and her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University. She practiced law for fifteen years before joining Liberty University School of Law as a charter faculty member and serving as Associate Dean for Career & Professional Development. From 2003 to 2006, she also served as a faculty member for the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Course on Professionalism.

Jory is certified as a Christian coach, a life coach, health coach, career management coach, marketing coach, a True Purpose™ coach, and as an administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™. Her website is www.JoryFisher.com where archives of "Heart & Soul" can be accessed.


Kim is the founder and President of LifeRenewal Ministries. An accomplished coach, drawing out people’s deepest dreams and helping them become a reality is one of her greatest delights.

Kim is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Career Management Specialist (CCMS), Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), Professional Speaker and Trainer, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition to her instruction here at Professional Christian Coaching Institute, Kim also serves on the faculty of Career Coach Academy.

A multi-passionate entrepreneur and coach, you can learn more about her endeavors at www.WorkStrategically.com, www.lifecoachingforchristianwomen.com, and www.Speeches2Go.com.

Kim is happily married to her husband Ron, and they have two beautiful children, Bethany and Jonathan, and two energetic miniature poodles, Bob and Ralph. The Averys enjoy running, biking, hiking, and ministering to the community in which they live.

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Susan Whitcomb, PCC

Susan Whitcomb is a prominent figure in the world of career management, job search, and Christian career coaching. She brings 20 years' experience to the table when it comes to supporting people in discovering their calling and transforming their job into a J.O.B.—a Journey Of Becoming... all that God intended you to be!

Susan is the founder of The Academies, Inc., including Career Coach Academy, Christian Coach Academy, Job Search Academy, and Leadership Coach Academy. Her coach training organizations have trained and credentialed hundreds of professionals worldwide.

Known as the Career Coach’s Coach, she is the author of seven popular careers books, including Resume Magic, Interview Magic, Job Search Magic, 30-Day Job Promotion, The Christian’s Career Journey and The Twitter Job Search Guide.

A regular guest expert on career coaching for Crown Financial Ministries’ MoneyLife™ broadcast, Susan’s career wisdom has also been heard on hundreds of radio stations nationwide, as well as several NPR affiliates. A popular speaker, she has also keynoted at multiple careers conferences, including Crossroads Career® Network, the nation’s leading career/jobseeker ministry.

Susan has earned her Professional Certified Coach designation from International Coach Federation and holds credentials as a Certified Career Management Coach, Certified Professional Christian Coach, Certified Job Search Strategist, Certified Life Coach, Certified Leadership Coach, Certified Personal Branding Strategist, Certified Online ID Strategist, and Certified G3 Coach (Get Clear, Get Found, Get Hired!).
Her brand revolves around inspiring and equipping coaches with the tools, tenacity, and truths that will transform their passions into profit while also making a dramatic difference in the world!

Susan’s websites are www.careercoachacademy.com, www.susanwhitcomb.com, www.christiancareerjourney.com and www.theacademies.com.

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Anne Denmark, M. Ed., PCC

Anne Denmark sees every day as a ‘gift of discovery’ from God.

Through her business Life Discovery Coaching, Anne encourages the self-discovery of your inner world – where life really simmers – in order to maximize effectiveness in your outer world.

Using Relationship Coaching she optimizes interpersonal discoveries to build better dynamics and people skills.

Anne is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a member of the Christian Coaches Network (CCN) and a Certified Discipleship Coach with Blueprint for Life.

She earned a B.A. Sc. in Child Development, at the University of Guelph, Canada and a Master’s of Education degree focusing on Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma

She serves on the staff of Speak Up with Confidence Seminars.
  • She teaches both the original and advanced seminars offering specific training in creativity and learning styles
Anne is a gifted communicator registered with Speak Up Speaker Services.
  • She loves team-teaching with her best friend and husband, Dr. Don Denmark to strengthen marriages
Work experience includes both business and ministry.
  • She founded a service company, co-owned and operated a Christian book store and served on staff as Christian Education Director and Family Life Coordinator at several churches

As the mother of three young adults and the grandmother of three lively grandchildren, she knows the depths of a mother’s prayers. Anne celebrates 38 years of marriage to Don, a gentleman of discipline who uses his gift of medical administration to improve the delivery of healthcare.

They recently relocated to Tucson, AZ, and are planning their first hot air balloon ride over the high Sonoran Desert.

Visit her website: www.lifediscoverycoaching.com

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Cheryl Scanlan, PCC, CPCC

Former executive with a multi-million dollar firm in New York, Cheryl Scanlan, PCC, CPCC combines a strong business acumen with a passion for the Christian coaching industry, to facilitate the development of confident ambassadors for Christ in both corporate and ministry environments. She is a coach, mentor, leadership developer and trainer at her church formerly serving in the capacities of Women's Minister and Care Director. Additionally, Cheryl is a member of the International Coach Federation and Christian Coaches Network.

Cheryl began coaching in 2004 after a long battle with a difficult disease served as a Divine incubator for growing a focused love for the Lord and His church body. In 2003, her husband and best friend of 25 years, Tom, was the first to suggest life coaching as a possible vehicle of ministry to the body. Cheryl now mentors other coaches, coaches individuals from all walks of life, develops and teaches curricula and has most recently developed a children's series. But her passion is for seeing God's people walk in step with Him. An ardent student of God's Word, she is a trained Precept Bible Teacher and has studied the Word inductively for over 10 years.

Over the past five years, Cheryl has developed two curricula. One for professional development called ACT! with 30 CCEs approved by ICF and one for personal development called Promised Land Living, a 6 month to 1 year process for intense development of top leaders in the church body. Both curricula are used as the primary tools for developing coaches and leaders at her church. Pastors, elders and lay leaders have all benefitted from the skills developed, honed and refined through ACT! and PLL.

 For more information about Cheryl, visit her websites:

www.wayoflifecoaching.com and www.littlemustardseedstories.com

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Mary Sorrentino, ACC 

Mary is the Founder and President of Joy on Purpose Life Coaching, specializing in supporting those who support others in life’s most difficult circumstances. With more than 2 decades of leadership experience in women’s ministries, Mary’s passion for shining the light of God’s truth into all corners of life is evident in her Bible study series, Joy on Purpose: Reclaiming God’s Gift of Joy, and Joy in the Battle: A Christian Woman’s Strength for Spiritual Warfare. .

Before launching her coaching practice, Mary had over 20 years of business experience, including 13 years in corporate Information Technology where she managed support teams as well as systems, and provided technical training to the end-user community. Her more recent technology endeavors include creating corporate websites, developing Internet Ezines and designing consistent, professional online corporate identities for small businesses. Mary’s unique passion for people as well as technology led her to establish CoachTech Services, a division of Joy on Purpose Life Coaching, providing technical consulting and services to coaches and other small business owners and entrepreneurs..

Mary is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation,  and an active member of the Christian Coaches Network and the International Christian Coaching Association. She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and their black lab, Abraham. (Abraham actually got his name from Mary’s life verse - Romans 4:18-21 -which originally inspired her to use her own life challenges as a springboard to helping others find joy ~ “against all hope.”)

Visit Mary’s websites at: www.joyonpurpose.com and www.coachtechservices.com

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Bryan Pettet, MA, ACC

Bryan is a 3rd generation ordained minister and a missionary with the Assemblies of God.  His ministry niche background is in turning around broken churches and he has pastored in Kansas and remote parts of Alaska.  He currently works in New Mexico with the state leadership of the Assemblies of God to coach pastors and church leadership to greater health.  A recent project included working 70% of New Mexico Assemblies of God churches through a two-year cohort group-coaching journey, which resulted in numerous testimonies of increased health and growth.

His missionary niche is intercultural ministry and he has a Master’s degree in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Intercultural Ministry.  He is uniquely connected at the local, state, and national levels to train and coach intercultural leaders.

Bryan is a musician, avid reader and has many outdoor passions (from fishing to falconry to 100 mile long bike rides). His wife Traci is an award winning public school teacher and they have 2 girls.

For more information about him, visit his website at http://bryanpettetcoaching.com

Michael Marx, MBA, EdD, PCC

Michael Marx is a Professional Certified Coach specializing in business coaching and corporate consultation. A gifted teacher, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from ORU, an MBA from Louisiana State, and an EdD in Adult Education from Regent University. His passion is adult learning and he serves on the faculties of Liberty University (teaching International Business) and Concordia University (teaching International Finance), in addition to Professional Christian Coaching Institute.

Michael and his wife, Joy, lived in Germany for 23 years where they worked as "tent making missionaries" and they have only recently moved back to the United States. Irrepressibly adventurous, they travel the U.S. and Canada in an RV, working their virtual businesses and coaching/teaching via distance. 

A strong advocate for professionalism in Christian coaching, Michael served on the ICF Global Ethics & Standards Committee and on the Ethics subcommittee for educating coaches on ethical practices. He also serves as president for the North American division of International Neuroscience Management Education (INME), providing access to the latest research on learning, coaching and the brain. A noted expert on the effects of fear on adult learning, his doctoral dissertation was on the promotion of learning in adult mentoring & coaching dyadic settings.

Michael often speaks and conducts workshops on trust building, conflict management, time management, and one-to-one learning. Hobbies include RC helicopters, snow skiing, and dog sledding. He can be found on the web at www.dyadic-coaching.com. Information on his neuroscience resources is at www.inme.us, and you can follow his adventures with Joy and their dog, Angel, at www.travelswithangel.wordpress.org.

Charles N. Hooper, Jr M.Div., PCC

Charles is the President and Founder of Hooper Leadership Coaching LLC.  He has a passion and proven track record for coaching leaders according to their unique design so they can maximize their character, calling and competency.

Throughout his career, Charles has held several senior level and executive leadership roles in the nonprofit sector.  He understands the unique desires, challenges and needs of C-Level Christian leaders.  He attended Samford University and studied Human Relations.  

After working at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Campus Outreach, he completed a Masters of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School.  He is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America and loves being a "pastor-coach to leaders."

Charles is also the Director of Life on Life Ministries at Perimeter Church in Atlanta.  He trains and coaches senior pastors so they can "ignite a movement of life on life missional discipleship in churches worldwide".  He has had the privilege of equipping and coaching leaders from Kenya, China, Brazil, Poland, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Thailand, Guatemala, England, Kazakhstan, Turkey and United States.

Charles has authored three group coaching workbooks: Foundations for Life, The Ignition Guide, and The Life on Life Guide.

He is happily married to Jill and has six sons.  They live in Johns Creek, Georgia.  For more information visit his website at http://www.hoopercoaching.com.

Rachel McCluskey

Rachel McCluskey is Dean of Students for Professional Christian Coaching Institute and co-leader and technical consultant for the bi-monthly business support group The Christian Coaches’ Power Lunch. She is a life coach specializing in work with women around parenting and vision for motherhood.

She and her husband, Chris speak at national conferences, churches, and marriage retreats and have been interviewed on numerous radio programs and magazines on marriage, sexuality, parenting, and life coaching. Rachel and Chris are best-selling authors of When Two Become One and are contributing authors in several Christian books on marriage and parenting. A former public school educator and now homeschooling mom of seven children, her greatest enjoyment is spending time as a family and learning together. Rachel’s interests include reading, theology, health, gourmet cooking, animals, and enjoys finding ways to turn the simple things in life into celebrations.

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