Meet Your Coach

Jerry Essary, DMin, PCC                           


  • Jerry Essary Coaching, Owner/Director
  • Coach Approach Ministries, Partner
  • Western Seminary, Adjunct Professor
  • Jerry has worked with ministry leaders and congregations for 38 years serving as Youth Pastor, Senior Pastor, Church Planter, Director of Missions and denominational leader. He has been involved in coaching business leaders and church and denominational leaders (individually and in teams) as they work through change, transition, and transformation. He has helped congregations and nonprofit organizations restructure, develop leadership training, and birth new ministries and congregations. Through coaching, Jerry strives to help others reach their God-given potential.

    Jerry started Jerry Essary Coaching to develop, coordinate, and deliver quality coaching and coach training for ministers, church and denominational leaders. His desire is to see purposeful movement with clear direction in the lives and work of those he coaches. Through JEC Coaching and Coach Approach Ministries, Jerry coaches and mentors hundreds of church, denominational, and business leaders.

    Jerry received his coach training and experience through Coach Approach Ministries. He is a Partner with Coach Approach Ministries as a coach/mentor coach and training facilitator. He is also and adjunct professor with Western Seminary. He writes periodically for, a blog for coaches, and he has written articles on coaching and coach training for the Baptist and Reflector, Christian Coaching Magazine and other periodicals.

    Jerry as developed and lead webinars for Tennessee Baptist Convention, Assemblies of God denomination, Purdue University and Internal Impact’s Global Coaching Certificate training programs.

    Certifications and Affiliations

    • Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
    • Member of International Coach Federation
    • Member of Tennessee Coaches Alliance
    • Certified with Myers Briggs Type Indicator
    • Coach Approach Ministries coach/mentor coach and coach training facilitator
    • Adjunct Professor Western Seminary, Portland Oregon, San Jose/Sacramento, California


    • Doctor of Ministry and Master degrees from Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies
    • BA, Union University, Jackson TN

    Jerry and Nancy live on a small farm in the Nashville, Tennessee area