A Lead Coach serves an important role for our partners. Through authentic relationship, a Lead Coach invests relationally in our partner and their ministry. By calling their assigned partner twice a month and meeting with them face-to-face four times a year, a Lead Coach becomes immersed in the world of the ministry leader. Celebrating with them, hurting alongside them, offering perspective, giving counsel, and keeping a pulse on the overall well-being of the leader and the organization. Lead Coaches have experience in community ministry and development, and are incredible resources and safe havens for our ministry partners.


Desire Street’s ministry partner life cycle usually lasts 3 to 5 years. During this time we work intensely to strengthen our partner’s leadership, solidify their board and organization, and build their ministry reach. After a leader goes through our life cycle and we mutually determine he or she has gained what they could from our partnership, they then become what we call Alumni. They remain in our “family” – our network of leaders – but no longer receive the intense support we gave them when they were our ministry partners.

As we have prayed to expand our reach (while also being good stewards of our resources), some of these Alumni have joined us as Lead Coaches. The guidance they received as ministry partners, coupled with their experience in the field, gives these leaders wisdom that is invaluable to others. Lead Coaches “pour into” other ministries through sharing best practices, and join our Desire Street ministry team in giving emotional and spiritual support for the journey.

Tim Mitchell

Lead Coach and Alumni

Tim is a Lead Coach who thrives in Lakeland, Florida.

Melissa Ledbetter

Lead Coach and Alumni

Lead Coach Melissa Ledbetter is thriving in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bryan Kelly

Lead Coach and Alumni

Bryan thrives as a Lead Coach in Montgomery, Alabama.


Specialty Coaches are leaders, practitioners and supporters with unique sets of skills valuable to our ministry leaders. Desire Street deploys Specialty Coaches to serve and meet specific needs of our partners or ministries within the Desire Street Network.





We shepherd our leaders by offering perspective as they navigate ministry and relational challenges. As well as reassure them of the calling God has placed on them and champion them personally and professionally. 

Spiritual and Personal Support
Spiritual Refreshment and Growth
One on One relationship with Lead Coach
Mutually Transformative Relationships


We offer our leaders tools, principles and best practices that span across leadership and organizational development as well as ministry programming. With our Thriving Index, we help assess and pin point the best ways to equip our leaders and their organizations.

Leadership Development
Organizational Coaching and Development
Fundraising Strategy and Social Capital
Thriving Index



We create safe spaces for our leaders to cultivate authentic and mutually transformative relationships. Providing a place where leaders who intimately understand the pressures, needs, celebrations and heartbreaks of this kind of work can have a sense of community is imperative for leaders to persevere!

Collaboration with other Ministries and Leaders
Annual Retreats for Strategic Partners
Access to Desire Street Network
Connection to Community