I retired from active pastoral ministry in July 2019 after 39 years. I served smaller and larger congregations, several of which had multiple staff including associate pastors. My areas of expertise are leadership, organizational structure for missional effectiveness and strategic planning, stewardship and financial leadership, as well as staff development and supervision. I am also an effective preacher and have a passion for growing disciples who can disciple others, and coaching congregation congregational leaders in how to design discipleship systems that are relational, intentional and accountable.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McMurry University, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, where my focus was the initiation process into church membership.
I have formal training in coaching pastors and other ministry leaders, am credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, and am endorsed as a Life Coach by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency. I have also received training as a Simplified Accountable Structure (SAS) Coach (see https://kaykotan.com/sas/) and as a Missional Formation Coach through the Healthy Rhythms Institute (see https://healthyrhythms.org/training/ ) and am working toward certification as a church consultant from Church Consultation University. I am an Elder in retired relationship to the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
I've also been married to Joan since 1978!