Rev. James "Rod" Kelley

Rod has been in ministry with the United Methodist Church more than 30 years. An eighteen plus career on Active Duty as a USN Chaplain combined with local church pastorates make up those years. In 2008, Rev. Kelley retired from full-time pastoral ministry. During those last years of professional ministry, Rod did special studies for certification in Spiritual Formation and Intentional Interim Ministry within the UMC. 


Since 2008 Rev. Kelley has actively participated in the Missouri Conference's Healthy Church Initiative serving as workshop leaders, HCI weekend consultant, and HCI coach for both pastors and churches. His coaching approach is characterized by an effort to ask effective questions to stimulate the client's creativity as well as providing his clients a helpful and supportive accountability. He believes passionately that the Church of Jesus Christ is God's primary and only plan for bringing the Kingdom of God to fruition on earth. Rev. Kelley's parish experience, as well as his U.S. Navy assignments, have given him opportunity to minister in a wide variety of situations resulting in a rather extensive experience in many diverse settings. 


Steve White

Steve was a partner at Arthur Young and the founder of several management consulting firms. Currently he helps churches and companies develop strategic plans, and he writes books. He has a workshop based on his book, Please Change Your Mind: Because You Are What You Think, that can be done with church leaders who are looking to change the results of their ministry. Steve lives in Atlanta with his wife Sherrie, and their cat Cashmere. 

Gretta Barton

Gretta is a church consultant specializing in the areas of Hospitality, Connections, Event Planning, and Getting People to Serve. She is on staff at Morning Star, the largest UMC in the Missouri conference and has experience speaking to groups, working with teams, and training others to achieve results. 

Kaycee Parker

Born and raised in a small town in Illinois, Kaycee has always loved to write. Shortly after earning a degree in Journalism she got her start in marketing. Fast forward a few years and Kaycee moved to the St. Louis area to continue her career in communications. She, her husband Nick, and their daughter Elle are happy to call "The Lou" their home. 

Kaycee has been known to communicate the launch of multisite church locations, promote multi-million-dollar generosity initiatives, create communication protocol and systems, standardize an organization's style and branding, update and improve marketing collateral, and take every opportunity to save money without losing quality. 

Now, with 10+ years of experience, a list of her favorite things would include: writing, layout and design, branding, and learning the newest ways to communicate creatively. And with her most recent position as Communications Director for a multisite megachurch in the St. Louis area, she dearly loves to help churches communicate well! Learn more about Kaycee HERE

In addition to Ken, Kay and David - we at L4T have other Strategic Partners and organizations who are available to work with you and your ministry. 

          Primary Strategic Partners


Dr. David P. Hyatt, PCC

"My mission in life is to help pastors, churches and people to actually live their God-given potential."


Born in Nashville, Tennessee, David received a BA from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary (1974). He served six years as an associate in an inner-city church in St. Louis and then twenty years in Manchester, MO, as a Disciples of Christ pastor. 


David left the local pastorate and began helping churches in his own business, Effective Ministries Coaching and Consulting in 2003, following two years at Lay Renewal Ministries in St. Louis. He received his certification as a Christian Leadership Coach from Valwood Coaching in March, 2005. He has helped develop the Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) and Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) in the Missouri Annual Conference of the UMC and is part of a team that is taking HCI to other conferences interested in transformation and growing their churches. 


David is very excited about the tremendous possibility of working with pastors and lay leaders through the innovative and very personal approach of Leadership4Transformation. He sees that our team has put together a very dynamic offering of tools and services that can be used by any church, pastor, or denomination. David has been coaching for many years and has over 2000 hours of coaching. 


Living in St. Louis, MO, David is married to Bonnie and they have two grown children and two grandchildren in Kansas City. He enjoys playing golf and watching sports on TV.


Kay Kotan, PCC

Kay Kotan is a credentialed coach, consultant, speaker and author. 


Her vast experience and knowledge come from fifteen years in corporate banking, followed by seventeen years as a business owner and entrepreneur. She is the author of seven books including: Full Schedules, Barren Souls as well as the co-author of the following books:

  • Insights on Productivity
  • Strategic Ministry Planning workbook
  • Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission
  • Ministry 3.0
  • Get Their Name


She is a CoachU and Advanced CoachU graduate, a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation, certified Coaching4Clergy trainer and faculty member. She is the creator and consultant of the Small Church Initiative coordinator and serves on the HCI Executive team for the MO Annual Conference of the UMC. She is most proud to be the wife of Bob for over twenty years and the mother of their son, Cameron. 


Great joy is derived from assisting her clients in discovering shifts and possibilities to take their lives and ministries to the next level and beyond their wildest dreams. Mrs. Kotan has a keen eye for quickly identifying issues that have stopped clients from moving forward and reaching their goals. The intricate balance between work and home life as well as working with focus and purpose as an alternative of just "puttin' in time" are some of her favorite training and speaking topics. She has strong positions on the subjects of family values, living with integrity and simplicity as well as the value of being a life-long learner. All of which is indicated in her workshops, seminars, retreats and keynote presentations.