Leading and encouraging.

Each of our ministry partners is paired with a Lead Coach—a peer who’s “been there” and can identify closely with what the leader is experiencing. The Lead Coach walks with them through the ups and downs of ministry. 

Lead Coaches have experience in community ministry and development, and are incredible resources and safe havens for our ministry partners – some of our Alumni have even 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. 


Uniting Neighborhoods For Change

Lead Coaches

Through authentic relationships, Lead Coaches invests relationally in our partners and their ministries. 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. 

Ron Carter

Lead Coach
Birmingham, Alabama

Bryan Kelly

Lead Coach & Alumni
Montgomery, Alabama


Melissa Ledbetter

Lead Coach & Alumni
El Paso, Texas

Tim Mitchell

Lead Coach & Alumni
Lakeland, Florida

Dana Thomas

Lead Coach
Houston, Texas

How Coaches Support Our Partners

Specialty Coaches

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 their ministries. We also offer annual Cohorts to provide intensive training by our Specialty Coaches on topics pertinent to our leaders’ needs

Dan Crain

One Race & Loving Freely, Atlanta, GA


Neverthirst, Birmingham, AL

Neal Salzman

The Rest Initiative, Atlanta GA

Angie Winn

Winn Summit Strategies, Orlando FL

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