About Sara

ST_LittleHi, I’m Sara Thomas. I am a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder) Coach, trained ICF Leadership Coach, and pastor. I coach busy and overwhelmed individuals and teams to become courageous difference-makers. As you clarify your talents, claim your purpose, and act with intentionality, you’ll have the courage you need to excel at work and life.

If you want to take the next step toward becoming a courageous difference maker, you’re in the right spot.

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Now is the time for you to expand your impact, influence, and experience as a courageous difference maker.

To your success!

“A coach listens with a sense of commitment.”

“Coaches are committed to the results of every conversation. They stand for and with the client’s capability and talent.”

“Coaches stand for and with the client’s capability and talent.”

“They are stakeholders in their client’s success.”¹

If you really want to know…

Education

I love to learn.

My formal education occurred in three states and in four disciplines. My undergraduate degree is from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Ask me sometime why I spent four years taking science classes (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) and have a Communication degree.

I have two Master’s degrees. (Yeah, I know…)

My first is a Master of Science in University Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. My second is a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

In March 2015, I earned my doctorate with a focus on Missional Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. I also claimed the name my nephews gave me when I started my doctoral studies: “Rev. Doc. ‘Ra.” (I think it sounds more like a name for a rapper!) Research for my dissertation, “A Missional Approach to Discipleship in the United Methodist Church,” gave me the opportunity to explore transformational stories through the threefold rhythm of scripture, service, and celebration. It’s also where I recognized coaching was a transformational leadership skill.

Professional

I am a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, trained (ICF) Leadership Coach and Ordained Elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). I currently help oversee the 121 churches in the greater Columbus, Ohio area.

I’ve served as a pastor for four mid-size and large local churches in suburban and urban settings. I also served at a General Agency of the church where I had the privilege of resourcing local church and annual conference leaders in the task of making disciples and changing the world.

My passions in ministry come from my time serving with youth, in the mission field, along with starting new places for people to worship and encounter the love of Jesus. Teaching and preaching also rank high on my list of joys in ministry. Nothing compares to witnessing people encountering the love of Jesus.

I worked with new students and their families at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for five years before serving in leadership in the church.

Technology

I’m a digital native, adopting the Apple platform as an eight-year-old. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Yes, that means I’ve never written a paper on a typewriter. Millennials, I know you haven’t either. But, I’m just old enough to be a Gen Xer. Computers were not mainstream when I was a kid. Technology fascinates me, as does design. Adobe products (PhotoShop, Illustrator, and InDesign) are toys and tools I love to play with along with engaging in the ever-changing world of social media.

Etc. 

I’m originally from Michigan, where my family still calls home. I’ve lived in the greater Nashville (TN) area, greater Cincinnati (OH) area, and currently call Columbus, Ohio home. When we have an opportunity to connect, ask me how I learned to navigate the Big 10 rivalry between the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University…especially now that I live Columbus, Ohio.

  1. Gallup, “Fundamentals of Coaching Guide” Digital Edition. Accessed 07.01.2017.
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A place to risk

As a Leadership and Certified Gallup CliftonStrengths Coach, I will challenge and support you in taking your next step as a leader…whatever it may be.

Here’s one thing I know: our next steps are often a place of risk.

Those steps can be as routine as a conversation with a colleague, staring at a blank page on your computer screen, or preparing a list of things to do. Or, your next step may be as challenging as identifying a new career, navigating changes in executive leadership, or speaking truth (with care) to authority.

Whatever your next step in leadership may be, I’m here to coach you to lead with courage.

This is your playground to risk courageous leadership.

What’s your next courageous step? Contact me to setup a time for a complimentary, 30-minute laser coaching session. Not ready to test drive coaching? Download “7 Courageous Questions Leaders Should Ask”

To your success!

Why this blog?

This blog is designed to be your source for insight, guidance, and interruptions (yes, interruptions!) as you seek to lead with courage, make a difference, and excel at work & life.

It’s time to be a courageous difference maker.

Let’s get started!

Sara Thomas Gallup Certified Strengths Coach