Who Is Christian Coaches Network International?

Christian Coaches Network International is the leading credentialing agency in the field of professional Christian coaching. We exist to empower, equip, and connect Christian coaches and people interested in becoming a Christian Coach. Our mission is to provide education, community, and resources to Christian Coaches worldwide.   Since 1998, CCNI has advocated and promoted the highest standards of excellence and ethics in professional practice. As such, CCNI recognizes and promotes faith-based coach training programs built on the solid concepts of this emerging discipline. CCNI credentials coaches who meet the rigor of professionalism and honor the role of faith in their professional practice. CCNI also helps individual coaches stay connected to the information they need to succeed in their profession and their business.

What Is Christian Coaching?

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”  (International Coaching Federation)

Christian coaching is a professional relationship focused on empowering a person or group to effect change, create new awareness, move into action, and step into abundant Christian life in business and in personal areas.

Christian coaching is an approach to the practice of professional coaching, whether focused on personal or professional growth, which integrates the biblical worldview when working with clients to recognize their potential and effect personal change. The biblical worldview is given priority over existing theories of human nature, motivation, personal change, growth and development, and frames the perspectives by which coaching is offered.

As Christian Coaches, we shift from a humanistic philosophy to one based on God’s presence dwelling in us and through us.

The centerpiece of Christian coaching is the client’s awareness of where God is leading him or her. Therefore, the expression of faith can at times be as important as the skill of coaching itself. With this perspective in mind, we support the following definitions for Christian Coaching:

A Christian coach employs the skills of professional coaching to enable clients to effect change, create new awareness, and move into action, while keeping in mind the bigger picture of humanity as taught by a biblical worldview.

Since clientele vary in their walks of life and perspectives on faith, the coach chooses frameworks that best suit the client’s agenda. The biblical perspective remains the lens from which the coach views the client, but the integration of that perspective is sensitively adapted to the individuality of the client.

The primary distinction in Christian coaching is based in the precept that God seeks active involvement in the lives of humans.  Christian coaching enables the coach to:

  • invite the Holy Spirit into the conversation in a three way partnership;
  • ask the Holy Spirit to guide the coaching conversation;
  • directly ask questions pertaining to the integration of faith;
  • encourage the client to consider God’s will and plan;
  • allow the expression of the client’s faith to grow;
  • challenge the client to view life from a biblical perspective;
  • create awareness, design  actions, and formulate  solutions using scriptural references; and,
  • encourage the client’s transformation into the image of Christ.

Click here to read a detailed description of Christian Coaching distinctions.

How CCNI Supports Christian Coaches

Christian Coaches Network International welcomes Bible believing coaches who profess the Lordship of Jesus Christ and aspire to live according to His teachings. As a group, we aim to focus on shared beliefs and values, while supporting one another in professional association.

Click the links to view CCNI’s What We Believe Statement  , CCNI Christian Coaching Competencies, and our CCNI Ethics Policy. The statements in these documents are the foundation upon which the senior leadership of Christian Coaches Network International stands.

Meet the CCNI Team

Melodee Claassen CCGC

Melodee Claassen CCGC

Operations Manager

Meet the CCNI Board of Directors

Jenny Karr,CPLC

Jenny Karr,CPLC


Jenny has a passion to train, equip, and support people in ministry whether that be through fundraising coaching, on-site and virtual trainings, personal financial partnership, or hosting someone on furlough. She considers it a privilege and an honor to get to work with people around the world who bring Heaven to Earth. Outside of work, she is blessed to spend time with her husband and daughter in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Michael Marx, PCC, CPCC, MBA

Dr. Michael Marx, PCC, CPCC, MBA

Immediate Past President

Michael is an ICF Professional Certified Coach specializing in business coaching and corporate consultation. Dr. Marx currently serves as the leader of the ICF ‘Global Community of Practice on Ethics.’ He also serves on the ICF Independent Review Board. Additionally, he is the past-president of Christian Coaches Network International and the author of Ethics and Risk Management for Christian Coaches (2016). Learn more about Michael at www.BlazingNewTrailsCoaching.com


Open Position. If interested, please contact Michael Marx for information.

Deborah Luxton

Deborah Luxton


Debbie’s clients are high-achieving women with many successes. Even so, they also struggle with perfectionism, control, keeping up appearances, desiring a deeper walk with God and a desire to step into their God-given calling.  She is passionate about equipping executive women to put down their appearances, to stay authentic and be victorious in the impact God created and designed them for. She conducts retreats for women who lead and transformation of those things that keep them battling life and helping them to step into impacting those God has called them to serve; their true purpose.  Her specialties include: Building, leading and managing teams, driving process improvement, strengthening spiritual depth, teaching, mentoring, speaking, and coaching.  Debbie Luxton is a professionally trained life coach, John Maxwell Team founding partner and certified leadership coach, women’s mentor, author and women’s retreat leader.

Debbie has over 30 years experience building and leading corporate and volunteer teams.  She and her husband have led the local Celebrate Recovery ministry in Washington, MO since 2006

Vern Card, FCPA FCGA

Vern Card, FCPA FCGA


Vern Card FCPA FCGA is a professional accountant, professional manager, corporate and personal developer and business advisors focusing on Christian business owners globally. He is president and founder of Down East Management Inc. since 1998 (www.demiconsulting.com). Vern has immense experience in multiple positions and industries.

Vern is an anchor member of the Convene CEO peer to peer forum. He was one of the founding directors of CCNI and was part of the CCNI team to obtain the 501c non profit status. He is currently heading up a team assessing the viability of establishing the Celebrate Recovery program for his community.  He resides in the St. Stephen, NB Canada/Calais, Maine border community.

Debbie Fawcett

Debbie Fawcett

Co-Director, Membership

Debbie is a trained life coach who helps people reach their dreams, move from where they are to where they want to be, and get a new perspective on life. She is also a dedicated and reliable team player with diversified skill sets covering Disaster Preparation, Human Resources, Library Assistant, Administrative Support, Typesetting and Desktop Publishing. Debbie is proficient in prioritizing and completing tasks in a timely manner and is able to creatively research and recommend solutions to enhance productivity.
Renee Oscarson

Renee Oscarson

Director, Education/Leadership

Renee recently retired from a career in higher education. She is an expert in aging and family studies and has taught face-to-face and online courses on adult & lifespan development, gerontology, family studies and grief and loss. Additionally, she has obtained coaching-related grants. She applied a “coach-approach” to community issues to help rural communities develop healthier environments for older adults. Because she recognizes the value of a non-expert, coaching approach, she has taken numerous classes to develop professional coaching competencies. Dr. Oscarson aims to assist older adults and their family members through focusing on life coaching and consulting for family caregivers and to promote communities that are friendly for all ages. Her vision involves building on her past opportunities and skills in order to help prepare rural communities for an aging population.

Director, Marketing

Open Position. Contact Michael Marx if interested.

Director, Credentialling

Open Position. If interested contact Michael Marx for information.

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