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 Board of Directors

Rich Weigel

Rich Weigel


Executive, Leadership, and Life Coach.

Dr. Weigel has 4 university degrees, and is a national trainer for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Influencer, and Crucial Conversations. He has served as a member or officer for several educational organizations and has also helped with a number of state sponsored committees for education. He has post-doctoral credits from a few colleges and universities in the areas of business, education, and leadership. 

Jenny Karr,CPLC

Jenny Karr,CPLC

Immediate Past President

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.
Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson

President Elect

Joe Donaldson lives in Federal Way, WA where has serves as the Administrative Pastor at Journey Church. Joe has been a Leadership Development coach for over 7 years. He is a Certified Christian Leadership Coach and a certified church consultant. Joe and Julie have been married over 40 years. Their daughter and her family (including three grandchildren) live in Portland, OR.

Deborah Luxton

Deborah Luxton


Debbie’s passion is to help pastors wives and other women called to lead, embrace their influence. She fully understands the struggles with perfectionism, control, keeping up appearances, desiring a deeper walk with God and a desire to step into your God-given calling.
She conducts intimate retreats for pastors wives.  Debbie is a professionally trained life coach, John Maxwell Team founding partner and certified leadership coach, 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 a Celebrate Recovery ministry since 2006.

Brian Bennett, ACC

Brian Bennett, ACC

Director, Strategy and Treasurer

Brian seeks to be a blessing in the world by empowering leaders and organizations to perform today and prepare for tomorrow.  He brings management and executive perspective from his experience serving in pastoral ministry as an executive pastor before joining Kingdom Capital as the Director of the Leadership Institute.  Kingdom Capital is a values-driven private investment and philanthropic firm.  Brain holds master’s degrees in both Christian Ministry and Organizational Leadership, and is in the final steps of completing an MBA (fall 2019)

Georgina Niemeyer

Georgina Niemeyer

Director, Membership

Georgina is a passionate learner with an insatiable desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to walk alongside others in the truth. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and is an ACE Certified Health Coach. She currently resides in southern California with her husband and five children. 

Susan Litwiller, CCLC

Susan Litwiller, CCLC

Director, Education/Leadership

Susan has been a member of CCNI since 2007 and is the founder of Shame to Shine ministries. Her passion is to serve single mothers through coaching and life skills programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, MBA with an emphasis in Leadership, and recently completed her Education Specialist Degree. Susan loves to learn and share ideas with others as well as serving at her local church. Her latest endeavor is studying and applying brain science strategies into her coaching methods. She encourages others to live their destinies by helping them to discover and live from their inner beauty, has taken numerous classes to develop professional coaching competencies. 

Brett Combs

Brett Combs


Brett graduated with honors from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  He earned a bachelor of science degree with a double major in Accounting & Economics.  He co-founded and managed two highly successful entertainment software publishing and development companies in the 90s and 2000s.

Brett’s passion for technology eventually led him to create a website development company that primarily focuses on web design for life coaches.  He brings a diverse set of skills and talents to CCNI with his expertise in WordPress develop, app development, project management, digital marketing, and search engine optimization.  He is currently pursuing professional coaching competencies to coach men with addiction issues.

Brett serves as a board member and treasurer of Woodman of the World Camp 11, a local civic organization.  Share Ministries, a North Texas Food Bank, is another organization Brett passionately give his time.  He manages Share’s digital marketing and serves on its board of directors for the past three years.  Brett is a father, grandfather, and live in McKinney, Texas.



Director, Credentialing

Kimberly is from Ontario, Canada and began coaching in 2015 when she resigned from her position as a learning specialist in the federal government. She and her husband Jeff have over 20 years of ministry experience and have four children who also help out with ministry initiatives. As the Director of Coaching for the Wesleyan Church of Canada, Kimberly is working towards promoting training and coaching to all pastors and ministry leaders within the denomination and beyond so that churches thrive as the love of Jesus is shared.

Meet the CCNI Team

Debbie Fawcett

Debbie Fawcett

Director of Operations

Robin Crick

Robin Crick


TerryAnn Porter

TerryAnn Porter

Tech Support

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