Team Expertise and Resources

The team of Coaches fulfill the role of biblical Advisors / Guides / Shepherds / Consultants, to provide wise counsel, valuable insights, accurate and applicable research and resources, careful listening, tender encouragement, thought provoking dialogue, crucial accountability, and effective leadership. The Coaches also fulfill the biblical role of Pastors and Teachers as needed. The Coaches' knowledge, wisdom, skills, and spiritual gifting are well validated.

Methods

We are able to provide Coaching and resources on-site at your location, or remotely through webinars, video, phone, teleconferences, social media events, and soon through virtual reality methods.

Scope

The team has excellent relationships and valuable wide and deep resources throughout the U.S. and Europe.

To The Churches team has ministered, coached, consulted, assisted, and partnered in various Protestant Christian venues, denominations, cultures, and socio-economic areas – including, but not limited to:

  • Baptist
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian
  • Non-Denominational
  • Wesleyan

We have been involved with churches, para-church organizations, Christian small groups, individuals, secular non-profits, corporations, and medium to small businesses.

Coaching / Consulting Team

Our Leadership Team (shown below) leads and oversees the ministry, including providing Coaching / Consulting. We have several additional Coaches / Consultants on our team who are excellent ministry leaders, church leaders, and educational leaders. We assess who on our team is the best fit for each situation, so you get the highest quality support possible.

See our Services list for how we help build up Christians and the Church. For coaching/consulting, speaking, and/or resources needs, contact us.

 


Leadership Team

To the churches - Gary Avant

Gary Avánt, M.Ed. – President, Lead Coach / Consultant

Gary has been an effective key advisor and leader in multiple churches. He has fellowshipped, worshipped, ministered, and coached / advised in multiple denominational and non-denominational churches and with Christians of various doctrinal perspectives – consequently, he is knowledgeable about and sensitive to the differences and unifying principles with the overall Church.

Experience

Ministry

Gary has been a Church Coach / Advisor / Guide for 13+ years, including being with Navigators Church Coaching organization for 3 years.

He has been a Senior Pastor Advisor, Pastoral Staff Advisor, Discipleship Ministry Leader, Evangelism Team Leader, Youth Group Leader, and Christian Business Group Leader (President and Board Member).

Gary has worked in various capacities with many ministries including but not limited to The Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ / Momentum Europe, Christian Executive Officers (CEO), Business Leaders Action Strategy Team, and city-wide strategic ministry involving several large and small cities.

In ministry, Gary has a strong academic and practitioner background in leadership, church development and dynamics, apologetics, discipleship, church history, theology, and dynamic prayer.

Business

In business he has been President / CEO of Wisdom Matrix (business consulting agency) for 18+ years, specializing in marketing solutions, leadership strategy advising, project management, organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and training solutions including online training and e-learning.

Gary has been on Christian Executive Officers (CEO) Board for over 10 years, and served as President of the organization for 2 years.

Gary has worked with a wide variety of clients and projects including churches, para-church organizations, non-profits, Fortune 500, corporations, small businesses, startups, academic institutions (colleges, universities), international companies, and U.S. military.

Author and Speaker

Gary has spoken in multiple venues including Churches, professional groups, and small to medium parachurch and business groups. He has several articles and online presentations published.

Some notable venues in which Gary has spoken:

  • United States Pentagon, Washington D.C.
  • Christian Podcast Central - in-studio videos and podcasts distributed on the internet.
  • Christian Executive Officers (CEO) - as periodic speaker, President of group, and Board member.
  • Several churches in California.
  • Several business events and trainings in San Diego.
  • Geneva College – Pittsburgh, PA

Education

  • Three years with Navigator’s Church Coaching Ministry (Navigators)
  • Ten years focused study of Apologetics (several curriculum) - Christian foundations and multiple other religions and philosophies.
  • Masters degree in Education (San Diego State University)
  • Bachelors degree in Counseling, with a minor in Sociology (Geneva College)
  • Certification in International Business (University of Phoenix)
  • Certifications in several organizational disciplines (Leadership Dynamics, Organizational Solutions, Technology Solutions, Process Solutions)

Personal

He is a dedicated studier of the Bible and Biblical theology, prayer warrior, apologist, and a voracious reader and learner. He is constantly seeking to walk close with Christ, and deepen and widen his understanding of God’s will and kingdom.

His hobbies include writing, history, art design, photography, guitar, 3-dimensional chess, sailing, various sports, travel, and hiking.

Gary and his wife attend Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, CA - led by Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah.

To the churches - Dana Avant

Dana Avánt, A.A. – Vice President, Associate Coach / Consultant

Dana has been an effective key advisor and support laborer in several churches including denominational and non-denominational churches. She has worked in various capacities with many churches and ministries including but not limited to Professional Women’s Fellowship (PWF), Campus Crusade for Christ / Momentum Europe, and Rancho Agua Viva. She worked for INJOY ministry with John Maxwell, the well known Christian teacher, traveling around the United States with him and his team to many churches and Christian events with their focus being leadership dynamics.

Experience

Ministry

Dana has been a key advisor and support laborer in several churches including denominational and non-denominational churches. She has worked in various capacities with many churches and ministries including but not limited to Professional Women’s Fellowship (PWF), Campus Crusade for Christ / Momentum Europe, and Rancho Agua Viva. She worked for INJOY ministry with John Maxwell, the well known Christian teacher, traveling around the United States with him and his team to many churches and Christian events with their focus being leadership dynamics.

Dana has a strong track record in wisdom teaching, discipleship, women’s leadership coaching, women's ministry, music ministry, and prayer.

In churches, Christian organizations, and in business she also has specialized in organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and administration support guidance.

Business

In business she has been Vice-President / Lead Technology Consultant of Wisdom Matrix (business consulting agency) for 18+ years, specializing in marketing solutions, leadership strategy advising, project management, organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and training solutions including online training and e-learning.

Dana has been involved with a Christian business women’s organization, Professional Women’s Fellowship (PWF) and served on the Board for 5 years, on the Marketing and Technology committee.

Gary has worked with a wide variety of clients and projects including churches, para-church organizations, non-profits, Global 1000, corporations, small businesses, startups, and international companies.

Education

  • Associate degree in Computer Science (National College)
  • Certifications in several disciplines (Organizational Solutions, Technology Solutions)

Personal

She is a dedicated pray-er, and a voracious reader and learner, constantly seeking to deepen and widen her understanding and wisdom. She is constantly seeking to walk close with Christ, and deepen and widen his understanding of God’s will and kingdom.

Her hobbies include art history, personal clothing and jewelry design, various sports, travel, and hiking.

Dana and her husband attend Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, CA - led by Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah.

To the churches - Tim Russell

Timothy Russell, M.Div. – Coach / Consultant

Tim has been a Pastor, key advisor, and leader in multiple churches, ministries, and Christian education venues. He has experience with Christian churches, organizations, and individuals of various denominations and doctrinal perspectives – consequently, he is knowledgeable about and sensitive to the differences and unifying principles with the overall Church.

Experience

Ministry

Tim has been an effective Christian leader in various venues for 30+ years, including ministry and advising roles as Teacher, Pastor, Chaplain, Board / Cabinet Member, Director of Church Relations, and President / Head of School of several academic institutions (ranging from High School to Post-Secondary education).

Tim has worked in various capacities with many ministries including but not limited to Geneva College, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Trinity Christian School, Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies (MCUTS), Westminster Academy, Revelation 7:9 Task Force, and Lexington Christian Academy.

In ministry, Tim has a strong academic and practitioner background in pastoral care, leadership, discipleship, church development and dynamics, church history, church and societal diversity, theology, dynamic prayer, and financial management.

Business

In business Tim has been in operational and management roles for Christian ministries and academic insttutions including multiple financial, planning, and implementation responsibilities.

He has been on the Management Advisor Team of Wisdom Matrix (business consulting agency) for 10+ years – providing business management advice and spiritual guidance. The company specializes in marketing solutions, leadership strategy advising, project management, organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and training solutions including online training and e-learning.

Author and Speaker

Tim has spoken in multiple venues including Churches, academic institutions, Christian conferences, and on the internet (podcasts). He has several sermons and interviews online.

Some notable venues in which Tim has spoken:

  • Point Loma University – San Diego, CA
  • St. Stephens Church – San Diego, CA – Bishop McKinney presiding.
  • E.A.R. Podcast – available on Spotify, Apple Store, Google Play, and others.
  • Various churches throughout the U.S.A.
  • Various colleges and universities throughout the U.S.A.
  • International organizations – throughout Great Britain, Cyprus, Switzerland, and France.

Education

  • PhD track – Completed all 16 required courses and qualifying exams in the PhD Historical Theology track (Westminster Theological Seminary)
  • Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree (Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary)
  • Bachelors degree in English/Education (Geneva College)

Connections

Tim has deep ties to various areas on the U.S. East Coast, includng Pennsylvania, Memphis (TN), and Boston (MA), where he has lived, worked, traveled, and ministered in various capacities.

Tim has deep ties to the U.S. West Coast. He has ministered in San Diego for 30+ years, through his preaching ministry at Point Loma University, his relationship by marriage (through his wife Kathe) to Bishop Dr. George Dallas McKinney of St. Stephens (COGIC), where Tim has preached multiple times, and his business advisory and ministry guidance relationship with Wisdom Matrix company and To The Churches ministry. He also has many ongoing relationships with Christians and organizations throughout California, including Los Angeles and Northern California.

Tim is very well connected throughout the U.S.A. and internationally with individuals and organizations across the strata of society including spiritual, academic, cultural, political, and economic. Some notable individual relationship connections with Tim are:

Spiritual / Educational

  • Point Loma University (San Diego, CA)
  • Rev. Dr. George Dallas McKinney, Bishop, St. Stephen’s COGIC (San Diego, CA)
  • His Grace the Rev. Dr. N. T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham and Canon Theologiae, Westminster Abbey (England)
  • The Rev. Dr. John Gerstner, theologian
  • The Rev Dr. R. C. Sproul, theologian
  • Shirley Hoogstra, President, CCCU (Council of Christian Colleges and Universities)

Political / Cultural

  • Rev. Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain (U.S. Senate)
  • The Hon. Jack Kemp, U.S. Congressman and Secretary of HUD
  • Faith Whittlelsley, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland
  • Cal Thomas. syndicated columnist
  • George Gallup, pollster and writer
  • Kevin Johnson, former Mayor of Sacramento and NBA player (Phoenix Sun)
  • Kirk Whalum, musician

Personal

Tim is a dedicated studier of the Bible and Biblical theology, prayer warrior, and a voracious reader and learner. He is constantly seeking to walk close with Christ, and deepen and widen his understanding of God’s will and kingdom.

His hobbies include travel, history, literature, music, and theology.

Tim and his wife attend Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN, where Tim is also a Pastor.