Creating a Culture of Vibrant Faith

Learn How to Coach Leaders and Congregations

Vibrant Faith Coaching School can train you to use coaching skills and tools to develop leaders and grow spiritually vibrant congregations.

Our Program

Vibrant Faith’s Coaching School is for pastors, church leaders, and ministry staff who want to develop ministry excellence and effectiveness, and strive to grow vibrant, spiritually vital faith communities. Vibrant Faith has been providing coaching services to individuals, teams, and organizations since 2004 and launched their first coaching school in 2019. The school focuses on the eight core competencies described by the International Coaching Federation and provides tools, resources and ongoing support for students to develop a coaching practice.
Vibrant Faith’s Coaching School is an ACTP program (Accredited Coach Training Program through the International Coach Federation). We offer 136 coach-specific training hours which can lead to the ACC, PCC, and MCC credentials if desired.
Training Formats
Vibrant Faith offers training events in two formats:
  • Online: Our online classes offer a high-quality, interactive learning experience using the Zoom meeting platform. Students Get all the advantages of a typical classroom with opportunities to interact with the instructor and other students. In addition, we will receive a training manual, audio sessions to listen to, and video to watch and reflect on.  Many students appreciate being able to save on travel costs and avoid time away from work and their families.
  • On-Site: Our on-site training allows you to complete the majority of classwork during the event. You have the opportunity to immerse yourself in coach training, interact and network with other coaches and students, be less distracted from other work commitments.
In order to graduate from the program and to be eligible to apply for either your ACC or PCC credential, you will also need to participate in mentor coaching.  You may work on this requirement while also taking classes. To learn more specific information about the graduation requirements, click here.

Cost of Online Coaching School: $3,000

(The Cost of the Coaching School includes Asynchronous and Synchronous Training)

Additional Cost of Mentor Coaching: $1,000


2020 Online Training

Dates: August 17 -November 4, 2020

Coaching School includes 24 hours of asynchronous training followed by 44 hours of online synchronous training that includes webinars, online discussions, coaching demonstrations, and practice labs. Participants will typically meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons (between 1-3 pm Central Time) for 11 weeks.


Why Coaching School?

The church needs more trained and skilled individuals who are coaching churches toward a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ. Coaching training and certification is essential for that process, especially with the unique focus on congregational thriving through faith formation.

How to Register:

1 – Complete and submit the interest form (link below)
2 – You will receive an email about regarding registration and additional inquiries you may have about our program
3 – You will receive a link to select your preferred payment plan and register
4 – You will join Coaching School on Catalyst
5 – Courses will begin on August 17, 2020

Meet our Coaching School Faculty

To meet our full team of Vibrant Faith Coaches, click HERE.

Rev. Brandyn Simmons, PCC | Instructor & Mentor Coach

Coaching Focus:  Organization Development, Executive, Busienss, Leadership, NonProfit, Life Coaching

About Brandyn: Rev. Brandyn Simmons lives in Chicago, IL.  He is the Executive Director of Generations Care Partners Foundation, is the Pastor at Christ Church of Chicago, and is the owner of Generations Care Partners. Brandyn has been coaching for over 10 years. He holds the following degrees MBA, Master of Geriatrics, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry in Community Organizing Candidate, and is a Professional Certified Coach, and is certified in Mindfulness and Appreciative Inquiry.  Brandyn has also served on numerous adjudicatory board in the United Church of Christ, assisted in the revitalization of the Illinois Conference in the UCC, mentor coaching, and teaching in various coaching programs. In his free time, Brandyn enjoys hiking and writing. 

You may have read Brandyn’s published work:

  • Kindling Hope: Discovering a Life of Meaning and Igniting the World

Contact Rev. Brandyn Simmons
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Rev. Dr. Felix Villanueva, MCC | Director of Coaching School, Instructor & Mentor Coach

Coaching Focus: Clergy Coaching, Ministry Teams Coaching, Executive Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Conflict and Change Coaching, Vision and Mission Coaching

About Rev. Dr. Felix: Felix Villanueva lives in Claremont, CA. He has been coaching for 24 years. He serves many roles in coaching as a Mentor Coach with International Coach Federation, the Director of Coaching Services with Vibrant Faith, the Director of Coaching for Latin America and the Caribbean with Coaching4Today’sLeaders, and as an Associate Coach with BetterUp Coaching. Felix has also served in ministry as a US Navy Chaplain (1982-2003), a Hospice Chaplain (2003-2005), a Senior Minister at UCC La Mesa, CA (2005-2010), and in the UCC Southern California Nevada Conference (2010-Present). In his spare time he enjoys playing the Native American flute and traveling around the world.
His certifications include:
Master Certification in Coaching (MCC), International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Harrison Assessment Debriefer
DISC Assessment Debriefer
Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (EdD), Argosy University, Los Angeles, CA
Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling, Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ
Master Degree in Divinity, Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR
Bachelor Degree in Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

You may have seen Felix at these Vibrant Faith activities: The Vibrant Faith Coaching School – he is the Director in charge of the certification process.

You may have seen Felix’s published works:
Thriving in the Fire: Coaching Through the Conflicts of Change
A Guide to Effective Ministry Teams: The Pastoral Dialogical Model
Keeping the Watch: Missioning and Visioning for the Church in the 21st Century, Course Workbook

Contact Rev. Dr. Felix Villanueva
Visit his website:

Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, PCC | Instructor & Mentor Coach

Coaching Focus: Leadership Coaching; Organizational Leadership; Life Coaching; Team Coaching; Leadership Team Coaching; Coaching Through Transitions — Corporate and Personal; Mentor Coaching; HR Coaching

About Nathan: Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, D.Min, lives in Fairfax, Virginia. He is the lead pastor of a multi-site congregation in Northern Virginia. A coach for nearly two decades, he holds an International Coach Federation credential as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). He has a Doctor of Ministry in leadership, culture, and change. Nathan is a coach trainer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Coach Coordinator for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, and the owner of Summit Coaching and Behavioral Consulting LLC. Nathan is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) since 2019 through CoachNet Global and is a Certified Behavioral Consultant (DISC). He has been coaching for 18 years. Nathan also enjoys pen turning, car detailing, reading science fiction, and playing acoustic guitar.

You may have seen Nathan participating in these Vibrant Faith activities: C3 Culture of Calling Participant, and working in the Coaching School as a Mentor Coach Teacher/Facilitator 

Contact Nathan

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Our Program

Vibrant Faith’s Coaching School for pastors, church leaders, and ministry staff who want to develop ministry excellence and effectiveness and expand vibrant faith formation throughout the world.

Our Process

Our Coaching School offers a process that provides the necessary training to work toward the Associate Certified or Professional Certified credentials and become a credentialed coach.

Next Steps

Attend our Coaching School training and be part of a global training company for those called to guide others in their spiritual journeys and provide widespread impact toward vibrant faith formation.

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