|Meet the Team
|Rev. Dr. Don Nations
is the founder of DNA Coaching. Supported by specialists in education,
research, statistics and analysis, he coordinates the ministry of DNA
Coaching and serves as its Lead Coach.
years of local church ministry, during which he planted a church and
led successful transformation efforts in several churches, he
transitioned to serving as a full-time coach and consultant in January,
2006. He is a graduate of Florida Southern College (B.S.), Asbury
Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and Columbia Theological Seminary (D.
Min.). Don has extensive training in church consulting, church
planting, assessment, psychology and coaching leaders. He has led
seminars and workshops on small group leadership, financial planning,
advertising and marketing, reaching pre-Christian people, starting new
worship services and many other subjects.
the author of Practical Pragmatic Church Growth, a book designed to
help leaders bring added life and vitality to their church. He is also
the author of The Church Transformation Survey, a tool for assessing
the health and vitality of local congregations, and The Church
Transformation Survey Workbook, a workbook designed to help
congregations improve their effectiveness in ministry. Don has
published devotional material in The Upper Room and on the Internet.
His other publications range from articles on ministry with and to
those infected/affected with HIV/AIDS to culture change and ethics. He
has held numerous leadership positions in the Florida Conference of the
United Methodist Church.
Don has completed
Consultant I and II training with Bill Easum and the Vision Discernment
and Congregational Mission Assessment training (level I and II) with
Tom Bandy. Don has served as a focus coach at Church Multiplication
Training Center’s (CMTC) Church Planter’s Boot Camp and has completed
the National Coaching Certification process with Inquest Christian
Ministries. He is a certified coach for the Natural Church Development
system of approaching church transformation. He has worked with Jim
Griffith in the area of church planting. He also is a Certified Human
Behavior Consultant through Personality Insights.
is married to Susan and they have four sons and a daughter. Susan is an
elementary literacy coach, author, speaker and national consultant in
the field of early childhood literacy and reading instruction. She was
also named “Teacher of the Year” for her school system in 2004.
is available to consult with churches, coach pastors, assess ministry
candidates, lead workshops, conduct self-understanding and
team-building events and work with judicatories, districts,
associations and denominations. He is also available to coach business
leaders, conduct sales training and consult with businesses on
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|Rev. Dr. Rick Nations
is a certified Transitional Pastor. He has served as Transitional
Senior Pastor in churches (in different denominations) facing pressing
challenges in transitioning from a traditional, inward focused church
to a more outward focusing church seeking to meet the unique needs of
entirely different demographic areas.
consulted with staff and members of churches in different
denominations, as well as with school systems, in one or more of the
following areas; effective leadership and administration, program/staff
training and evaluation, spiritual gifts discernment and utilization,
fiscal planning and responsibility, data review and analyses, and
crisis management. He has worked ex-tensively in the area of
Discipleship and the training/ nurturing/coaching of Search Teams. Rick
is a trained Coach (by Bob Logan, CoachNet.org), an Associate with DNA
Coaching, a Natural Church Development Coach (Florida United Methodist
Conference), and the Founder of Christian Professional Services
(established 1984 to provide evaluation, management, pro-fessional
development, and leadership consulting services in a variety of
educational and other non-profit settings).
been the Field Supervisor (and Adjunct) for the Doctor of Ministry
program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Credentialed to
the Graduate Faculty at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) he
taught graduate courses for more than 20 years in measurement,
assessment, evaluation, and research methods. He also has taught
doctoral students for the last 10 years at Argosy University (Sarasota
Campus) in the areas of Comprehensive Planning & Implementation,
Program Evaluation Methods, and in Qualitative Research and Evaluation.
He continues to serve on multiple doctoral committees, including as
Chair. And, he has served the School Board of Sarasota County (FL) as a
Mentor to new Administrators.
Rick’s educational background
includes A.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees as well as additional
education in various fields including work at New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary. He has been ordained for 16 years.
is married to Betty, who collaborates with him and provides various
kinds of support in the ministry and secular work previously mentioned.
Their 46+ year marriage has produced two sons who have gone on to marry
and provide Rick and Betty with the world’s 9 best grandchildren!
is available to consult with, mentor and/or coach pastors, church
staff, church member teams, and groups of churches (e.g., districts,
associations, presbyteries, conferences, conventions) seeking
assistance with issues related to servant leadership, administration,
management, assessment/evaluation of programs/staff, and resolution of
conflict/crisis, as well as lead workshops/seminars in a variety of
areas (e.g., transi-tioning a church, conflict/crisis resolution, team
building, branding, calling pastoral staff, comprehensive planning).
|Mr. David Nations
David Nations provides statistical analysis and support for DNA
Coaching. Since receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and
Systems Engineering and his Master's in Statistics (both from the
University of Florida), he has lived and worked in Florida, North
Carolina, and Arizona. David has held a variety of jobs in Quality
Management, Engineering, and Process Improvement for battery,
automotive, aerospace, and defense companies. He is currently employed
as a Senior Industrial Engineer in Melbourne, FL.
David and his wife Heather reside in Orlando, FL, with their four children, Rachel, Joshua, Hannah, and Michael.
|Mr. David Stewart
Stewart has served as a Student Ministry Director since June 15,
1985. He is originally from Canton, Mississippi. (The filming
location for A Time To Kill, My Dog Skip and Oh Brother Where Art
David received his bachelor's degree
from Mississippi State University. He has successfully completed
the United Methodist Youth Ministry Certification program (attending
graduate classes at Emory University's Candler School of Theology,
Garrett Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern University and United
Seminary of Ohio)
David has served the United
Methodist Church on several levels (including being the adult
representative for the Southeastern United States on The United
Methodist National Youth Ministry Organization).
designed worship services for 5,000 students at Youth 95 and for 10,000
students at Youth 99. David has had several articles printed in
youth ministry publications and has helped develop worship and study
materials for The United Methodist Publishing House. His latest
book series (COMBOS: For Youth Groups) provides six month-long themes
with the works for youth groups.
David created the Crosswalk Student Ministry model. The website CrosswalkStudentMinistry.com will soon allow other youth groups to develop their own version of CSM.
|Ms. Laurie 'Lou' McDonald
is a digital media specialist and provides technical, graphic media and
internet development expertise for DNA coaching. She has over 20 years
experience in programing and has worked in internet development for 16
years. She is fluent in a number of programing languages including
Perl, Java and PHP.
She is an award winning graphic
artist and website designer whose work in PhotoShop and CGI
animation has appeared in periodicals as well as independent film.
She has an associates degree in English from State College of Florida,
leaving in 1994 to pursue internet development and research full
time. She has a background in youth and children's ministry and
has received evangelism training from a number
of organizations including Youth for Christ, Campus Crusade for
Christ and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association.
Lou's diverse background has been integral in her work in Internet Ministry through her digital media website, Lousworld.com.
She has published a number of articles on the topic of technology as an
evangelism tool, working to help churches develop relevant outreach to
the technology generation.
|Mr. Jonathan Smith
Smith brings perspective from a variety of ministry experiences. Most
recently he has been a Bible teacher in a Christian high school. He
served as an associate pastor for five years in a transforming mid-size
congregation, starting and leading a small group ministry, training
hospitality volunteers, working with Christian education, and
functioning in administrative roles, participating in a fundraising and
building campaign, and restructuring the congregation. He was a pastor
of a small town congregation and student pastor in two rural
congregations. He has been a hospital and hospice chaplain. He taught
high school in Jamaica and in a parochial school in Indiana. He and his
wife served a house parents in a children’s home. They were volunteers
on staff at a church camp, and Jonathan has been a volunteer in KAIROS
Jonathan has a BS from Asbury
College and an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has been
trained for Worshipful Work (integrating decision making back into a
worship/discernment model), and as a result, assisted those
facilitating the delegate sessions merging two denominations. He has
training in Natural Church Development, and used the tools for
assessment and planning. Jonathan has received training for mediation
and for church planting. He has attended numerous conferences for
leadership, small groups, children’s ministry, preaching, and leading a
church through change at venues such as Willow Creek and Saddleback.
Jonathan is married, and with Cindi, has two sons. Cindi is a social
worker, who works as a counselor and case manager. Andrew is a recent
college graduate, and Luke is in high school. The family presently
makes residence in North Port, FL, and in the past have enjoyed rural,
small town, and urban settings in Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania,
Arkansas, and Kansas.
Jonathan has special interest in church planting and developing small
groups in existing congregations to promote healthy growth.
|Dr. Dan White
Dan White has been a missionary working with Hispanics for 15 years in
Paraguay, Peru, Washington DC and North Carolina. He has
successfully founded two congregations, a seminary for the Methodist
Bishop of Peru and was a key part of the design team to found a
seminary for Hispanic pastors in the United States. His consulting work
has connected him with over 20 Hispanic congregations and the founding
of an underground seminary in Cuba. A certified coach, he also
holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Doctor of
Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary in Leadership Development Across