2019-2021 Coaching Team


REV. DR. LAURIE J. FERGUSON’S vocational calling is to work with leaders who are seeking to transform themselves and their organizations in a time of difficult challenge. Focusing on building resilience and creating adaptive skills, she uses coaching, consulting, facilitation, and teaching to help people move forward in new ways. She brings a biblical and theological lens, along with training in organizational and personal change theory and group dynamics.

Ferguson has over 30 years of experience as a Presbyterian pastor, and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is certified as a professional certified coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Ferguson began teaching coaching skills for the Lilly-funded pastoral excellence project in New York City in 2000, and began coaching professionally in 2002. She worked with Auburn Seminary where she was the senior fellow for coaching, and provided leadership for their Coach Training Program as the lead faculty. She coaches and does process consulting with individual leaders, congregations, and judicatories.

Ferguson, MDiv’ 80, earned her AB from Smith College and her PhD from Adelphi University. She is a member of the Hudson River Presbytery and lives in Rockland County, New York. Learn more about her at lauriejferguson.com.



REV. SHELLEY S. SMITH earned her Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary, St. Davids, Pennsylvania in 2011. She is currently serving as the senior pastor of the historic Ferry Avenue United Methodist Church, Camden, New Jersey. Ministry growth at Ferry Avenue UMC is founded on the mission of the congregation to love God, love our neighbor and love our neighborhood.

Smith serves the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church as clergy, as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and as circuit leader for the UMC clergy in Camden and Gloucester County. In June 2018, she was one of six clergy to accompany the resident bishop to Tanzania, East Africa to initiate a 5-year pastor’s school.

Smith is a certified leadership/life coach with Holmes Coaching Group, Crofton, Maryland. She specializes in clergy and leadership coaching for various denominations. Her coaching practice has expanded to receiving clients from Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. She has served as an adjunct professor at Eastern’s School of Christian Ministries, Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa.


REV. LOIS ANNICH’S career has been a rich blend of pastoral ministry, pastoral counseling, coaching, chaplaincy, and consulting with faith communities, non-profits, and businesses. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Annich frequently leads workshops and retreats on topics related to healthy, sustainable leadership. She’s a certified coach in the International Coach Federation, a pastoral psychotherapist in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and a teacher of yoga and meditation. Annich loves great theater and great books; yoga and exercise; and, most importantly, her husband, two grown children and quirky rescue dog. Learn more about her at loisannich.com.


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