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.

Jamie Duprey

SD Coaching Coordinator


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

Nicholas Breining

Level I Coach


Nicholas is a level 1 certified Coach, and he is also serving as the Children and Youth Coordinator at the Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It has become a true joy and honor walking alongside others in their journeys through life, ministry, death, and everything in between. Currently, Nicholas is attending Dr. Don Eisenhauer’s End of Life and Grief Coach training, and this method has already been deeply moving and profound in his personal and professional life. Email him at

Jeremy Duprey

Level I Coach

Jeremy Duprey is in his twentieth year of pastoral ministry and has recently added coaching to his repertoire. After finding coaching to be an invaluable tool in his own leadership, in 2020 Duprey became a trained coach himself.
He uses coaching daily—formally and informally—and loves the brave space coaching provides for leaders to not only grow but to experience personal and professional transformation.
Wilbur Holz

Level II Coach


Pastor Wilbur Holz currently serves at Trinity Lutheran in Rapid City. He is a Level 2 Certified Coach having completed Care for Creation certification. He also did Introduction to Coach Groups as a continuing education class. Wilbur appreciates the opportunity to hear the stories of others and their faith journeys and the chance to ask powerful questions in order to help others move forward in their journeys. He loves to explore how we are to live out our calling in response to the grace and blessings of God. Contact Pastor Wilbur Holz at or by phone at 605-430-8789.

Cassandra Lamb

Level I Coach

Pr. Cassandra Lamb

Pastor Cassandra Lamb currently serves as the campus pastor at the University Lutheran Center on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. She is a Level 1 certified coach and is excited to use the art of powerful questions to help you find your next faithful step forward. Cassandra believes in living authentically and thrives on relationships. She finds much joy in being a single mother by choice and accompanying many college students! Contact her at to see if coaching could be the guide your journey needs right now.

Margie Neugebauer

Level II Coach


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 or 303.590.4403.

John Paulson

Level II Coach


John is a compassionate listener with 30 years of ministry in rural, urban, and multicultural settings. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary and has experience in strategic planning, community development, collaboration, hospital chaplaincy, and media ministry. John is a Level 2 coach with specific training in coaching mission developers.