JOHN VANDERZEE, MDIV, DMIN
I am a graduate of Calvin University (BA, 1970), Andover Newton Theological School (MDiv, 1977), and Bethany Theological Seminary (DMin, 1993) with an emphasis in pastoral care and counseling. My Doctor of Ministry project resulted in a book, Ministry to Persons with Chronic Illnesses, published by Augsburg/Fortress Press.
I was ordained in 1977 to the United Church of Christ and three years later switched to the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a way of returning to my Reformed theological roots.
From 1979 to 2014 I was a hospital chaplain, certified in the Association of Professional Chaplains. I served in three hospitals—most recently as Director of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, where I served for 24 years. After retiring from IU Health in 2014, I worked as a transitional pastor for two different Presbyterian congregations from 2014 through 2020.
In January of 2020 I enrolled in The Coaching Institute at Columbia Theological Seminary (TCI@CTS) which utilizes the “co-active model” of coaching.* I completed sixty hours of in-person and on-line training, and graduated in July of 2020. I am a member of the International Coaching Federation and am presently on their certification track.
I don't consider myself a “Christian coach” but rather a coach who happens to be Christian. Therefore, I believe that this “co-active” (mutual) discovery and choice-making that distinguishes coaching is empowered and enriched by the Spirit of God. While my theology informs my coaching, how I engage with clients spiritually is dependent upon their own religious beliefs or lack thereof. In short, I do not impose my faith on my clients, but I'm comfortable engaging in broad issues of faith if my client so chooses.
“I believe that this “co-active” (mutual) discovery and choice-making that distinguishes coaching is empowered and enriched by the Spirit of God.”
*Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl, Laura Whitworth, Co-Active Coaching, 4th Edition, Nicholas
Brealey Publishing, 2018.