Dick joined Ministry Coaching in 2011 as President. For the past 30 years, Dick has committed his life to
Dick is committed to serving Christian leaders and he has held positions of senior leadership within Generous Giving, InterVarsity and at Young Life as Vice-President of Advancement. Previously, Dick was Director of Counseling and Pastoral Care at Cherry Hills Community Church, a 4,000 member congregation in Colorado. As well, Dick managed his own private marriage and family counseling practice and founded La Vie Counseling center, growing it to become Southern California’s largest Christian counseling center. Dick is a life-coach and also pours into pastors through his weekend, intensive retreats.
Dick holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor in Humanities from Miami University. Dick is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Dick and his wife Nancy live in Breckenridge, CO. They have two sons and love snowsports, fly fishing, good books and meals with friends.
Laurel Emory, Ph.D.
Enthusiastic about critical thinking within organizational contexts, Laurel presents a unique paradigm as a coach with the ability to analyze systems and processes at both the institutional and personal levels.
With a listening ear and astute discernment, Laurel excels in understanding and connecting with the needs of her clients. Devoted to the awareness and development of leadership ethos, Laurel has been a coach and mentor long before she joined Ministry Coaching International.
Laurel’s career spans over 20 years of experience in strategy, administration, and operations, primarily in healthcare and education, in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Through her own boutique firm, she consulted clients in strategy and business management, as well as provided executive coaching for leadership development. Prior to starting her own company, Laurel was the Chief of Staff at a $1-billion healthcare company where she oversaw
Laurel has a Ph.D. in the disciplines of Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Development, as well as an M.B.A.
Laurel lives in San Luis Obispo County, California with her husband, Corey. In addition to reading, writing, fly fishing, and traveling, she loves sinking her toes into the cool sandy beaches of the Pacific while watching the sunset.
Throughout his career, Dan Foster has successfully helped executives, small business owners, and sales professionals increase their influence, make better decisions, and achieve the results they desire. He loves helping leaders live and lead with greater intentionality and purpose.
After succeeding as a licensed real estate broker, Dan developed his leadership and coaching skills while growing a sales team and managing two local branches for a top real estate company in the Pacific Northwest. Dan expanded the company into new geographic markets, gained top market share in those markets, and won several awards for operational excellence. Dan’s success is largely attributed to the strong coaching culture he fostered within the company.
Dan earned his MBA at George Fox University in 2005. Dan and his wife Sarah live in Newberg, Oregon, where they are raising their two children, Emma and Jackson. They are actively involved in their local church and community. In his free time, Dan enjoys writing, the outdoors, spending time with his children, and traveling with his wife.
Gavin helps his clients and their organizations find meaning, purpose, and a path to success in their work. He believes a leader’s primary job is to connect people to their purpose, to empower them to do worthwhile work, and lead them in achieving their goals. Gavin works alongside his clients to help them fulfill their aspirations while leading their organizations to success.
Before joining Building Champions and Ministry Coaching International, Gavin served as President and CEO for Inglis Foundation, an organization dedicated to enabling both people with disabilities and those who care for them to live life to the fullest. Partnering with the board and leadership team, Gavin dramatically enhanced the organization by improving financial sustainability, implementing a successful culture change initiative, and instituting leadership development and succession planning processes.
Throughout his career, Gavin has held many CEO, COO, Vice-President, and Director roles leading the areas of marketing, human resources, general management, and strategic planning. He directed operations, facilities, and finances as Executive Vice President and COO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, leading the organization in their mission to provide exceptional care to patients in 43 locations, with a team of 10,000 healthcare professionals and generating $1B in revenue. He also served as President and CEO of Mercy Health System, overseeing five hospitals, physician practices, academic programs, and home care services employing over 5,000 staff.
Gavin’s leadership background extends to e-commerce in his former role as President and CEO of AssetTRADE.COM, where he stabilized an early start-up and launched the organization to the Internet marketplace, receiving recognition by Forbes as one of the “Best of the Web.” Formerly, Gavin served in various Vice President leadership positions at University of Pennsylvania Health System where he reported to the CEO of a $2.1B academic health system. Through these roles, he developed extensive experience in board leadership and development.
In his role with MCI, Gavin desires to help leaders and their organizations achieve greatness while becoming their best selves. He recognizes that business and personal success is built upon a foundation of trust. And, he believes trust is earned by seeking to understand, acting with integrity, and leading with courage. With a focus on values-based cultures, Gavin excels in turning around struggling organizations and building healthy, sustainable businesses.