James P. Osterhaus, PhD, Senior Executive Coach
Jim Osterhaus is the Senior Executive Coach with Leighton Ford Ministries. He is a dynamic executive coach and public speaker with extensive experience in helping individuals move through change, conflict, and reorganization. He brings a depth of understanding of systems and relational network thinking to his work developed from years practicing as a highly respected psychologist in Northern Virginia in addition to consulting. His experience includes a special commission established by the Vice President of the United States to consider the emotional effects of government downsizing, facilitation of the “Organizational Culture” component of the Army Staff Redesign, and workshop development and implementation for clients from the East Coast to the West Coast. He has worked extensively with large corporations, government agencies and churches – coaching leaders and leading workshops and seminars on various aspects of leadership. He was interviewed by Sam Donaldson (ABC News) as a leading expert on organizational issues. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, and many other leading publications.
He has facilitated groups and taught seminars in numerous settings including the University of San Francisco, American University, Denver Seminary, Bethel Seminary, and Trinity School for Ministry. He has also taught graduate level classes on four continents on various subjects ranging from organizational systems, to communication and conflict management. Jim has authored eleven books and written articles for magazines and trade journals around the country. He is a co-author of Thriving Through Ministry Conflict, a book that deals with ministry discord that so often derails people. He co-authored with Kevin Ford The Thing in the Bushes… Turning Organizational Blind Spots into Competitive Advantage (Pinon Press). This book was listed among Amazon’s top 500 in sales in June 2002 and was featured by Bill Hybels in Willow Creek’s leadership conference as one of the 10 best leadership books of that year.
Jim is a well-respected leader in many circles. He has demonstrated achievement as an entrepreneur and has the unique ability to bring a group of people to a deep sense of personal ownership. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from American University, degrees in counseling from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Catholic University.
In addition to his business experience, Jim has a background in full-time Christian work. He has coached dozens of ministers from diverse traditions around the country. He has teamed with Leighton Ford conducting leadership mentoring retreats around the country and in Canada. He has also led workshops for churches on a variety of subjects including leadership, marriage and friendship. He has worked in local church settings and in parachurch ministries. He has served on two church staffs where he directed counseling centers and fulfilled a host of pastoral functions. He is an active member at Truro Church, where he is involved in preaching and teaching leadership. Jim and his wife, Marcy, live in Northern Virginia. The couple has three married children and four grandchildren.
Rich Hurst, Senior Consultant
Rich Hurst is a Senior Consultant for LFM and is also the Vice President of Culture and Talent (i.e., Company Pastor) at Tempered Networks in Seattle. Prior to this position, he was the pastor of Leadership and Staff Development at McLean Bible Church outside Washington DC for fifteen years while it grew from several hundred to twenty thousand on weekends, and listed as one of the fastest growing churches in America. At the same time, Rich worked with TAG Consulting. In 2013, he left McLean Bible Church to devote more time to consulting. In 2015 a long time friend asked him to be the pastor of his company. The opportunity to take the Good News into a corporate setting has been a great adventure. Just recently he has joined the Leighton Ford Ministries team to help create graduate classes for leadership and ministry training.
In 1993, he published his first book, Giving the Ministry Away: Empowering Adults for Effective Leadership, which won an award as Leadership Book of the Year in its field. His other books include Calling (Dreamtime, 1997) with Frank Tillapaugh; Intimacy: The Search for Significance (Cook, 1997), and Getting Real: A Relational Guide To Ministry (NavPress, 2000); The Quest for Christ (Group, 2002) with Ken Baugh; The Courage to Connect (Cook, 2002); and The Goodnight Thing (Red Door Press, 2006). Rich has been published in Christianity Today, Discipleship Journal, Enrichment Journal, SAM Journal, Presbyterian Today, Group Magazine, and numerous papers.
He worked with David C. Cook Publishing as an editor and director of Strategic Adult Ministry, which hosted two of the most extensive training conventions for single adults and young adult ministry in America. An ordained minister, he has served on the pastoral staff of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA; University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA; and The Crystal Cathedral, Orange County, CA, as well as having consulted with a wide variety of churches and denominations from large and influential to small and localized, from fairly homogenous congregations to multicultural churches of various sizes.
Rich served on the boards of Bear Valley Ministries in Denver, the National Association of Single Adult Leaders, Pacific Northwest Christian Ministries, DayBreak Ministries (Washington, DC), and several national ministries. He is a leader, encourager, and Biblical teacher. He has worked with Air Force Chaplains, Adventist Singles, the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board, as well as congregations from every denomination. Rich has also worked with businesses, education institutions, and for-profits and non-profits including Health South, AOL, Georgetown University, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Chickasaw Nation, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Rich holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Rich and his wife Kim, an author and consultant as well, have two daughters. They live on a horse farm in Virginia.
Chris Joyner, Senior Executive Advisor
After graduating with a Business Degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Chris worked for Accenture Consulting in Washington, DC. With Accenture, Chris helped clients adopt, and adapt to, new systems and processes. Following his work in the business field, Chris joined the executive pastoral staff of a local church in Fairfax, Virginia where he led a team of 50 volunteers and staff. During his 10-year tenure the church grew from 200 in weekly attendance to nearly 2,000. He has spoken and led worship at many conferences and churches throughout the nation and has been featured in Worship Leader Magazine and Song Discovery. Chris also spent seven years leading corporate worship at Frontline, the nationally recognized young adult ministry of McLean Bible Church.
In 2010, Chris left full-time vocational ministry to serve leaders around the country. Since then he has worked with a broad range of organizations including: large corporations and enterprises, medium and small businesses, community nonprofits and churches. He partners with growth-minded leaders around the nation to help them tackle their most significant challenges and opportunities. Ultimately, his goal is to help leaders create alignment within their organizations so that they can drive and deliver mission-centric results.
In his work with churches, Chris’ passion is for the community of believers to recognize how God has uniquely called and gifted them to live out the Kingdom of God in their local context. Chris enjoys partnering with church leaders to help them navigate the challenges they face: the day-to-day tactical ones, the future strategic ones and the ongoing transformational ones. His gift of discernment has proved valuable in helping churches move forward into a healthy, God-led future. Chris’ expertise includes organizational and leadership development, value and purpose discovery and articulation, strategic planning and visioning, and executive leadership coaching.
Chris and his wife, Rachel, live in Charlotte, North Carolina and stay busy keeping up with their children, Grace (2001) and Andrew (2003). In addition to being an active participant in church life, Chris enjoys cooking, golfing and watching college basketball. Chris also serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations.