Bio

Photo credit: Jeana Rutledge Photography.

Rev. Laura Stephens-Reed believes in the power of the local congregation to change individuals and communities in the name of Christ. Her call is to increase churches’ effectiveness by promoting well-being in them and in their leaders.

Laura attempts to be faithful to this call primarily through coaching clergy and consulting with congregations across the ecumenical spectrum. She has been credentialed as a Certified Christian Leadership Coach by Coach Approach Ministries and as an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. She has also been trained as a Congregational Consultant and an Intentional Interim Minister by the Center for Congregational Health. An ordained minister since 2002, Laura understands the opportunities and challenges in churches. She has served congregations in a variety of settled and interim roles, including pastor, associate pastor, and minister with age-specific groups. She is affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and holds Ministerial Standing in the Alabama-Northwest Florida Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and she is a member and contract employee of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In addition, Laura has been on staff and consulted with congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Methodist Church and has coached pastors in ten denominations. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Laura lives in Northport, Alabama, with her husband Matt, a United Methodist pastor, and their four-year-old son. She loves going to the playground and to music class, listening to audiobooks, watching tv and movies, and cheering on SEC football teams.

Want to learn more about Laura’s logo – which is the guiding image for her ministry – and its creator? Click here.

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