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Coaching Faculty

Western Coaching brings some of the best and most successful coaches to our three campuses — all for the benefit of our students.  All coaching faculty are theologically trained, ministry experienced, and competent coaches.

Jerry Essary

Jerry Essary, D.Min., PCC, ECC, Coaching Program Director

Jerry is a professional coach that has been working with and coaching nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. He has developed materials to help clients discover, articulate, and leverage their unique designs at home, work, and play. He is a coach, mentor coach, coach training facilitator, adjunct professor, and team builder. His driving force is to see his clients have purposeful movement with clear direction.

Linda Miller

Linda Miller, MCC, D.H.L.

Linda Miller believes that successful organizations are supported by strong internal dynamics. Before becoming a coach, Linda worked for 12 years in the behavioral science field, specializing in building productive and collaborative relationships. Currently, Linda serves as an Executive Coach and Global Liaison for Coaching with The Ken Blanchard Companies. Her clients include leaders and teams from Adobe, Black and Decker, Boeing, Deloitte, Duke Energy, Edward Jones, Franklin Templeton, KPMG, NBA, Nissan, Pfizer, Scotia Bank, Wells Fargo, and MBA program staff at the University of Washington and University of Southern California.

Active in the International Coach Federation (ICF), Linda is a former board member and founding recipient of the Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation. She has co-authored two books: Coaching for Christian Leaders and Coaching in Organizations: Best Practices from The Ken Blanchard Companies.

In the not-for-profit arena, Linda and her husband have served on several church staffs, and Linda has coached a number of senior pastors and denominational leaders. In 2009, Linda was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Western Seminary based on her contribution to the Christian coaching community.

Linda lives and hikes (in the winter!) in Phoenix, AZ with her husband. They have two married daughters.

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark

Jessica is an ACC level coach currently living in Stanford, CA with her husband, Sawyer, and son, Landon. Using the Enneagram as a primary framework, Jessica is passionate about helping her clients as they navigate towards growth and transformation. In addition, she facilitates Enneagram workshops for teams, churches, & non-profits and is an internal coach for coaching students in Western Seminary’s Certificate in Transformational Coaching Program.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Westmont College, is a graduate of Western Seminary’s CTC Program, and is currently studying at the CP Enneagram Academy.

When not immersed in the coaching world, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and son, going on walks, reading, and hosting friends and family and friends.

David Cooke

David Cooke

David serves as the Lead Pastor of Cold Springs Church in Placerville, CA. David teaches and coaches leaders in his local community as well as in far off places like Mexico, Ethiopia, and Australia. He is a Professional Certified Coach and is currently finishing his doctorate, which focuses on the connections between the human brain, coaching, and Christian leadership.

Bill Graybill

Bill Graybill, PCC

Bill holds a Masters (MA) in Christian Education and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Northwest Graduate School of Ministry in Redmond, Wash., where he specialized in leadership and conflict management. Bill is a Certified Anger Management Facilitator (CAMF) and Brain Health Coach with Amen Clinics.

Currently, Bill heads up Peace Mentors, a non-profit which works with pastors and churches to build heathy teams and effective ministries. He coaches conflict resolution, leadership and team development, along with strategic planning for churches and non-profits. Bill also teaches as an adjunct faculty member of Global University and Kenya College of Ministry.

Bill is the author of Resolve Conflict God's Way: The Skills You Need to Make Peace and Coaching For Success: A Guide to the Art of Life Coaching. He has served as a local church pastor for more than 40 years and lives in Albany, OR.

Chad Hall

Chad Hall, MCC, D.Min.

Chad Hall is a Master Certified Coach who has applied coaching in a variety of contexts as a church planter and pastor, as a denominational consultant, and as an executive coach within a successful software company. He enjoys coaching ministry leaders, teams, and individuals preparing for coaching credentialing. 

Chad is the co-author of Coaching for Christian Leaders: A Practical Guide and Faith Coaching: A Conversational Approach to Helping Others Move Forward in Faith and more than thirty articles on topics related to ministry leadership, coaching, church and culture, and postmodern ministry. He is currently completing a book related to coaching workplace teams.

Chad is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College (B.A.), Duke Divinity School (M.T.S.), Princeton Seminary (Th.M.), and Western Seminary (D.Min.). He is also a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute, a Master Certified Coach (MCC), a member of the International Coach Federation, and is editor of Christian Coaching Magazine.

Perry Rhue

Perry Rhue

Perry is a professional mentor-coach to business and life coaches and a former internal Leadership Development Coach at IBM. His 30 plus years of experience in various areas of business gives him a diverse and robust background for coaching coaches and business professionals.

Perry is known for his work in mentor-coaching, executive coaching, team coaching, coach training, talent management, leadership and professional development. His expertise is helping individuals understand their unique personality traits, gifts, talents, strengths, temperament, and "blind spots". Next, he coaches them to a place of effective performance and service within their own business or organization. Perry lives in Atlanta, GA.

Ashlee Sikorski

Ashlee Sikorski

Ashlee is a PCC certified coach based in Portland, Oregon. She works with organizations to build an advantageous team culture through human connection. She is a coach and owner at Sway Leadership, a leadership development company. She holds a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from Vanguard University and a Graduate Certificate in Transformational Coaching from Western Seminary.

She also studied at the CP Enneagram Academy and is a practitioner of the Enneagram personality theory. That is what led her to found the Nine Shapes Project, which is a container to facilitate meaningful conversations. When not coaching, she loves spending time with her husband, studying art, reading, and urban farming. As a hobbyist, her and her spouse keep bees, goats, and have a seasonal garden.

Paul Thome

Paul Thome

Paul grew up in the Sacramento area of California and earned a B.A. in Speech Communications at California State University Sacramento. He attended Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and Scribe School at Peninsula Bible Church under the direction of David Roper and the late Ray Stedman. He's spent over 39 years in full-time ministry as a pastor in three different area congregations, and also serves as an adjunct professor for Western Seminary's Sacramento Campus.

Paul's passion in coaching is to help people find and discover their full, God-given potential as human beings by engaging them in powerful conversations about their values, goals, dreams, and intentions. He currently offers personal and professional coaching through LEDR Coaching and Training.

He has been married to his wife Sherri for over 45 years. They have two married adult children and nine grandchildren.