Meet Chad Hall


Chad Hall is a coach, writer, and leader whose aim is to draw out the best from people so that our world looks a bit more like heaven and bit less like hell.  To this aim, he wears several hats vocationally: he’s the President of Coach Approach Ministries, a Partner with StrongLead, LLC, and President of The Catawba Valley Leadership Foundation.

His mission is to engage in open conversations that make a difference.

Chad is the author of Coaching for Christians Leaders: A Practical Guide (2007) and Faith Coaching: A Conversational Approach to Helping Others Move Forward in Faith (2009), both of which are cornerstone texts in the field of Christian coaching.  His 2015 eBook The Coaching Mindset: 8 Ways to Think Like a Coach is still plugging along as an Amazon Bestseller in three categories and his 2016 eBook Coach the Person, Not the Problem is also a consistent Amazon bestseller.  He's the editor of Christian Coaching Magazine, has written for Leadership Journal on a variety of issues, and contributed a chapter to The Professional Coach's Desk Reference (Springer).

Chad is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College (BA in Religion), Duke Divinity School (MTS), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM).  He earned his doctorate (D.Min.) at Western Seminary with research focused on the integration of positive psychology into Christian ministry.  Over his career Chad has served as a pastor, church planter, and denominational consultant.  He's also worked as an internal coach at technology leader SAS (Cary, NC). 

He lives in Hickory, NC with his wife Holly and their three growing children.  For fun he enjoys tagging along with his kids' sporting ventures, restoring his '88 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, roasting his own coffee beans, and hiking the beautiful landscape of the Appalachian mountains.


Want to know more?  Here's Chad's complete CV:


Chad Hall, MCC

2070 2nd Street Drive NW
Hickory, NC 28601 |

2017-present    Partner with StrongLead, LLC
2009-present    Teaching Faculty and Director of Coaching, Western Seminary (
2007-present    President of Coach Approach Ministries (

2007-2009    Global Consultant and Executive Coach, SAS Institute in Cary, NC
1999-2007    Sr. Consultant and Team Leader, Baptist State Convention of NC in Cary, NC
1995-1998    Pastor, Mt. Adar Baptist Church in Mebane, NC
1993-1995    Associate Pastor, Lakeview Baptist Church in Hickory, NC

2017    D.Min., Western Seminary
2000    Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary
1998    M.T.S., magna cum laude, Duke University Divinity School
1995    B.A., Religion, Lenoir-Rhyne University (formerly known as Lenoir-Rhyne College)

Additional study at Princeton University (History Department) and University of NC at Chapel Hill (Religion Department and Business School).

2012        Master Certified Coach designee from International Coach Federation
1998        Princeton Doctoral Fellow
1996-1998    George L. Balentine Scholarship for effective leaders and faithful pastors at Duke             Divinity School
1997        Patello Scholarship for Middle East Travel Seminar at Duke Divinity School
1995        Rudisill Award as top graduate in field at Lenoir-Rhyne College

2001-present    Executive coach for leaders of churches, para church organizations and businesses.              Clients include: Assemblies of God (USA), Mid-America Synod of the Presbyterian             Church (USA), Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, NC) Crosspointe Church (Cary, NC),             Union Gospel Mission (Portland, OR), Babcock and Wilcox, Schneider Electric, John             Calvin Presbytery (PCUSA), Baptist General Association of Virginia, Urban Youth             Workers Institute, and Wachovia.  

2010-present    Editor, Christian Coaching Magazine

2006-2009     Adjunct Faculty, Western Seminary in Portland, OR

2003-2007    Leadership Team Member, Sustaining Pastoral Excellence through Lilly Endowment

2000-2003     Leadership Team Member, Pulpit & Pew: Research on Pastoral Leadership through             Duke University


Christian Coaching: A Practical Guide for Ministry Leaders, co-author Linda Miller (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2007)

FaithCoaching: A Conversational Approach to Helping Others Move Forward in Faith, co-authors Bill Copper and Kathryn McElveen, foreword by William H. Willimon (Coach Approach Ministries, 2009)  

The Coaching Mindset: 8 Ways to Think Like a Coach (Kindle Direct Publishing, 2015)

Coa ch the Person, Not the Problem: A Simple Guide to Coaching for Transformation (Kindle Direct Publishing, 2017)

Book Chapters
“Coaching and Spirituality.” The Professional Coach’s Desk Reference. Ed. Susan English (New York, Springer Publishing, forthcoming in Fall of 2018)
“Measuring Success, Developing Leaders.” Emergent Patterns of Congregational Life and Leadership in the Developing World: Personal Reflections from a Research Odyssey. Ed. Donald E. Miller. (Durham, NC: Duke Divinity School, 2003)
Published Articles
“Church… Virtually,” Leadership Journal (Fall 2009)
“Locally Grown Leadership,” Leadership Journal (Spring 2009)
“Assessments: Using Inventories and Profiling Tools in Coaching,” Journal of Christian Coaching (Summer 2008)
“Leadership Heroes!” Leadership Journal (Winter 2008)
“Unlocking the Unknown Leader,” Journal of Christian Coaching (Spring 2008)
“Missional: Possible – Steps to Transform a Consumer Church into a Missional Church,” Leadership Journal (Winter 2007)
“Lead from Your Strengths,” Leadership Journal (Fall 2007)
“A Coach Approach to Ministry Leadership,” Net Results (May/June 2007)
“A Theology of Coaching,” Net Results (January/February 2007)
“The Good to Great Pastor: An Interview with Jim Collins,” Leadership Journal (Spring 2006), conducted interview and wrote piece
 “All in the Family Is Now Gray’s Anatomy,” Leadership Journal (Fall 2006)
“Desperate Times: A Leadership Forum,” Leadership Journal (Winter 2006), co-conducted interview and wrote piece
“Coaching From the Sideline,” Leadership Journal (Spring 2005)
“Innovative: What Does That Mean?” Biblical Recorder (December 30, 2004)
“When Orphans Became Heirs: J.R. Graves and the Landmark Baptists,” Baptist History and Heritage (Winter 2002): 112 - 127


The New Christians by Tony Jones and Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears.  Leadership Journal (Summer 2008)
The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch.  Leadership Journal (Winter 2007)
Religion and the American Civil War edited by Randall M. Miller, Harry S. Stout, and Charles Reagan Wilson. Koinonia: The Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate Forum (Fall 1999)

Online Articles

“The Missional Leaders,” Leadership Journal Online (January 2008)
 “The Rise of the New Bishops,” Out of Ur: Conversations for Ministry Leaders (Dec 2007)
“What Leaders Can Learn from Rob Bell,” Leadership Journal Online (November 2007)
“Heresy on Tour?,” Out of Ur: Conversations for Ministry Leaders (November 2007)
“Living with Less,” Out of Ur: Conversations for Ministry Leaders (October 2007)
“Missional Ice Cream,” Out of Ur: Conversations for Ministry Leaders (August 2007)
“The Disappearing Middle: What the Growing Gap in Our Culture Means for Churches, Leaders, and Volunteers,” Leadership Journal Online (July 2007)
“NASCAR and the Emerging Church,” Leadership Journal Online (October 2005)