Tony Stoltzfus, Founder
Tony StoltzfusThe Founder and Director of Curriculum Development of LMI, Tony specializes in helping senior ministry and business leaders engage God in difficult circumstances and finish well. A lifelong student of personal change and personality type, Tony is a highly-sought-after transformational coach with a worldwide clientele.

A pioneer in the Christian coaching movement, Tony has trained thousands of coaches, co-founded an international coaching school and created a wide range of leadership resources used around the world. He is the author of ten books, including Coaching Questions, the top-selling coaching how-to on

Tony developed, an on-line Christian coaching bookstore and publisher of Christian coaching resources, and is creator of The Calling Journey, a reasearch-based online calling timelining tool.

Tony travels widely, leading workshops and speaking on heart transformation and coaching. He is known as a speaker for an interactive, adult learning approach to training that fully engages participants, and for a high level of personal transparency. He and his wife Kathy have two grown children and reside in Redding, California. He enjoys being in nature, watching the stars, reading, laughter and projects around the house.

Kathy Stoltzfus, Director

Kasthy StoltzfusAs LMI's Director, Kathy is responsible for day-to-day operations, leading our staff and volunteers and growing our organization. Kathy brings long experience in the ministry world to the LMI team, having served on staff at churches, retreat centers and para-church ministries. She holds training classes for Wellspring Group, which uses retreats and group coaching to help participants get in touch with their deep desires and live from the heart. A certified coach and trained in spiritual direction and inner healing, Kathy also works with LMI participants individually and offers spiritual formation retreats and coach training courses to participants. She is a co-author of the book, Questions for Jesus, and manages the Coach22 Christian coaching bookstore.

Kathy also maintains a group of clients through her own personal coaching practice, which focuses on helping women experience deeper intimacy in prayer and discover how to live out of their deepest desires.

Kathy has a degree in landscape architecture and has done graduate studies in spiritual direction at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. She and her husband Tony have two grown children and live in Redding, California.

Dave Smith, LMI Coaching Director

Dave Smith, Coach Drawing from life lessons, a career in occupational ministry and business ownership, Dave helps individuals hurdle the obstacles that rob them of the joy and passion of a life lived with a sense of destiny. He specializes in coaching spiritual formation and the inner life, encouraging coachees to become aware of and live out of the heart. In addition to coaching LMI's follow-up teams, Dave serves on the LMI board.

Dave was certified as a coach through Western Theological Seminary in Sacramento, CA. In addition to his work for LMI, he serves as a coach for The Calling Journey, has his own coaching business 3D Coaching, and is working towards an Associate Coaching credential with International Coaching Federation (ICF).

After four years on the Board of Elders for Foothill Community Church in Roseville, CA, Dave joined the staff as Senior Associate Pastor. In the capacity of Senior Associate Dave oversaw the training and equipping ministries of the church.

Dave also served two years as a member of the executive leadership team for a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and later served as the COO of a newly formed for-profit construction company, founded by Habitat. During this time he oversaw the successful completion of two light commercial projects and thirteen single family residences including the infrastructure for two small subdivisions.

Dave lives in Redding, CA with his wife Luanne and two teenagers. They have two adult children, two teenage boys, and three grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys walking and hiking, golfing, building things, reading good books, writing, conversations with friends, and just hanging out with his family. One of his dreams is to own a Victory motorcycle and go on some really cool road trips.

Wendy O'Brien, Administrative Assistant

Wendy OBrien Wendy handles the shipping and admin for Coach22 as well as doing administrative work for the many workshops LMI puts on.

Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, Wendy has a long history of working behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly. Before moving to Redding in 2015, she spent 10 years in Florida where she worked for an RV/Golf resort as the Leisure Services Coordinator. In that role she managed all the recreational facilities, booked meetings, ordered supplies, published their bi-weekly newsletter, updated their website and generally keeping things in the community running well.

After losing her husband to a heart attack in 2010, Wendy decided that life was too short not to do the things she really wanted to do and set off to start fulfilling her “bucket list” which included traveling around the world with a missionary friend and coming to Redding to attend Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry.

Wendy has a passion for seeing people find healing – emotional as well as physical – and is excited about Meta-Formation’s ministry model. She has two grown children, one grandson and a dog named Ziva whom she can’t imagine doing life without.

Holly Nichols, Executive Assistant

Holly Nichols As LMI’s Executive Assistant, Holly organizes and assists in any way possible with scheduling, developing projects and communicating with those involved at LMI. Holly has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College in New York,and prior to joining LMI, she lived overseas in Asia for several years. She brings her multicultural experience and love of people and leadership training to the team. Holly is passionate about equipping others to fulfill their callings and dreams by learning how to live a healthy lifestyle emotionally and spiritually.

Holly is always open to adventure and loves spending quality time with friends, enjoying a good bonfire, and exploring new cities in her travels. She currently resides in Redding.

Sarah Herring, Contemplative Retreat Leader

Sarah HerringSarah Herring's heart desire is to embrace the journey of transformation that Christ brings to the deepest places of the soul, both in her life and as a fellow pilgrim on the path with others.  She brings a background of training and experience as a spiritual director, counselor, retreat facilitator, college professor and life coach.  Her own story of growth in the midst of great challenge informs her perspective on the goodness of God in the midst of struggle.  She values contemplation, encounter, presence, and authenticity in her relationships with God and others.

Sarah co-leads LMI retreats and offers spiritual direction to participants. She is co-author of the book, Questions for Jesus, which shows readers how to pray their deepest desires.

A long-time resident of Redding, California, Sarah enjoys being in nature, working with healing oils and being part of a team.

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