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“My passion is working with people in ministry…” 

— Barbara Solsaa


We have a passion for working with people in ministry! 

— Barbara Solsaa


“My passion is working with people in ministry…” 

— Barbara Solsaa

MEET THE COACHES


 

Barbara Solsaa

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Having worked with pastors in a variety of settings for over 25 years, I have a unique understanding of many of the day to day issues pastors face – balance with work and family – taking their Sabbath – getting ministries going in their churches – feeling stuck – feeling lonely and isolated.

My passion is working with people in ministry, helping them to prioritize the myriad of expectations in their lives, getting them reconnected with the passions that initially drew them into the ministry to begin with.

 

My Story

As a former therapist, many pastors shared their concerns with me but it didn't feel like they needed therapy to get over something in their past but rather support and encouragement to find better ways of moving forward in their ministries in order to support sustainability and longevity in their calls.

When I discovered coaching, I immediately set my course to enroll in a Christian coaching program with the sole intent of supporting my sisters and brothers in the ministry.

God has truly blessed this ministry, walking alongside ministry professionals through the coaching process.

A little about me personally is that I am married to a wonderful man, Arvin and together we have three beautiful daughters – Natasha, Nastia and Annie. I am a passionate reader, I love to knit, walking in the woods reenergizes me and connecting with friends is life giving.

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Karna Marks

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Karna Marks

For the past 19 years, it has been my joy to partner with the people of Immanuel in Pepin, WI, a beautiful little village in Mississippi bluff country, a congregation in the Lutheran tradition with the gifts of individuals from many different faith backgrounds.

I come to coaching out of a spirit of gratitude. I was not a pastor at Immanuel very long, when I realized that, in the midst of a busy life in parish ministry, I needed space to reflect and think, create and clarify goals, and find ways to be a creative, responsive partner in ministry and leadership.

 

I am forever thankful for a team of faithful people who challenged and supported me, asked hard questions, prayed with me, and encouraged me to be authentic, and have fun along the way too -- a spiritual director, Sister Monica Mai, a mentor, Pastor Marshall Hall, and a coach, Dr. Larry Foster. They introduced me to a life giving way to live, lead, and learn! Always thankful for the grace that lights the way, I continue to explore balance, mindfulness, and living with good courage. I am thankful for the work of Dr. Brené Brown, family systems theory as a lens for understanding, contemplative prayer practices – and my treadmill!

I’m married to Steve and we have two grown children, Dylan and Karolina. We love spending time with family and friends, riding our tandem bike, reading good books, and chasing after our dogs, Scout and Jem.

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Tammy L. Devine

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Tammy Devine

Deacon Tammy Devine is the Wellness Manager for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving the church through Portico Benefit Services.

Tammy is a strategic and systemic whole person promoter of well-being, through education and inspiration throughout the ELCA. Devine collaborates with thought leaders to facilitate and motivate whole person lifestyle choices and serves as an external wellness consultant and coach to integrate well-being throughout the ELCA.

Devine is a registered nurse, (BA, Augustana University, Sioux Falls), and holds a Master’s in leadership from Luther Seminary. She has completed preparation as a parish nurse/coordinator, and  completed Coach training through Auburn Theological Seminary and is ICF certified as a spiritual coach.

 

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Now that you know about us...we would love to get to know you!

We would love to be given the opportunity to get to know you better and to work with you – figuring out where you want to go and how to get there! We would love to go on that journey with you, empowering you to:

  • clarify your goals
  • create action plans
  • overcome roadblocks and
  • reach your goals

Contact us today, and together we can explore and discover the wonderful plans God has for you!

 

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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