Building Up and Serving the Body of Christ

Coaching is an intentional relationship in which a trained coach uses powerful questions, strategic listening, and accountability to uncover and utilize your strengths and insights to accomplish your goals. Coaching has many applications for ministry in the church. Here are just a few:

  • Starting new ministries or congregations
  • Congregational redevelopment or renewal
  • Natural Church Development
  • Stewardship
  • Discipleship
  • Leadership development
  • First call

Contact one of the certified coaches in the South Dakota Synod below!

Guiding principles of Coaches in the ELCA

    • God’s mission and the work of the Holy Spirit are the heart of coaching.
    • Coaching is a ministry of accompaniment and encouragement.
    • God provides everything needed to accomplish God’s purposes for every leader and congregation.
    • Effective leadership is adaptive leadership. Coaching facilitates adaptive leadership.
Kevin Bergeson

Level I Coach

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Kevin Bergeson is a Level I coach fascinated by large congregation ministry and deep connection to a local community. He’s married to Amber, also an ELCA pastor, and dad to Veda and Elsie. You can contact Kevin at kbergeson@bethlehemaberdeen.org.

Bob Chell

Level II Coach

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I am a certified level two coach in Mission Development. The bulk of my career was as a campus pastor. I ended my career serving as Pastor of St. Dysmas Lutheran located behind the walls of the SD State Penitentiary. I also have a Masters in Counseling degree from the University of South Dakota. If you are interested in exploring coaching with me I’d like to meet, at no charge to you, to talk with you about what you would like to achieve and how I might be of help. My email is bchell@hotmail.com. My phone is (605) 690-7870

Tammy Craker

Level I Coach

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Tammy is a Level I certified coach.  She has served churches in rural communities for the last decade.  She is happy to talk to you about how coaching could be what you need to achieve.  You can reach her at her cell phone (605) 765-4043 or email tammy.craker@gmail.com.

Jamie Duprey

Level II Coach

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Jamie Duprey is a Level II life coach, optimist, reading specialist, basketball coach, and most importantly, wife and mother. Jamie loves laughing loudly and connecting deeply. She is excited to support individuals and church communities through coaching. You can expect commitment, compassion, and charisma when connecting with Jamie. Please email her at coachduprey12@gmail.com.

Nancy Eckels

Level I Coach

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Nancy Eckels is a Level I coach working toward Level II certification. She is committed to helping disciples and congregations live into their baptismal calling through vocation, devotion, discipleship, and service. A former educator and now ordained pastor, Nancy will walk alongside you and help you explore the mystery of God’s grace as you journey. Please email her at neckels001@luthersem.edu.

Scott Hackler

Level II Coach

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A Level II certified coach, Scott has served in ministry for over three decades in a wide variety of settings…Developer/Redeveloper, Rural, Urban and Suburban…as a Youth Director, Associate and Senior Pastor.  He has experience and skills particularly in leadership, strategic planning, stewardship, and discipleship. He can be contacted at pastorscott@brandonlutheran.org and 605.582.3401.

Constanze Hagmaier

Level I Coach

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A level I certified coach, Constanze has served in ordained ministry for almost two decades in a variety of settings such as shared multiple points, solo pastorate, and staff settings. She is passionate about walking along side of people of all ages and from all walks of life. She loves to listen, ask, and share in their story as they partner with God on their journey through life. Constanze can be reached at pastorconstanze@tlcmadison.com or at (605)256-2771.

Rebel Hurd

Level II Coach

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Rebel is a believer in the promise, a lover of people, sees Christ in their eyes, and dreams of being the church with all of God’s people. She is grounded in the Word and walks alongside those who live on the margins and those who serve on the margins. Level II trained with a Mission Development and Congregational Vitality emphasis, genuine, compassionate, and confidential. Contact Rebel at rebel@churchonthestreetsf.org.

Mary Mortenson

Level II Coach

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Mary Mortenson is a Level 2 coach, with expertise in congregational development and redevelopment; however, she is available for all coaching opportunities, including group work.  Contact info: mary@sparklight.org; 605-496-5841.

Margie Neugebauer

Level II Coach

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Margie Neugebauer is a certified Level 2 Life Coach. A grandmother, and leader for Christ, she is living her dream in the Black Hills. Margie has a passion for connecting with individuals and congregations through Development and Congregational Vitality. Using the GiFT process, she has trained and coached several congregations already. Margie is eager to empower others to grow and her expertise areas include: transformational change, leadership development, and capacity building. Contact Margie at margeneugebauer@gmail.com or 303.590.4403.

Erik Olson

Level II Coach

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Rhonda Wellsandt Zell

Level II Coach

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Rhonda Wellsandt Zell is a level II coach with an emphasis in Mission Development/Redeveloper. She is a teacher, quilter, Redevelopment pastor and has a passion for creativity and spirituality. Coaching is an opportunity to walk alongside individuals and congregations as they explore the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Contact Rhonda at Wellzell2@gmail.com.