Dr. Jerry Christopher is currently serving as the Executive Director of Missions for Fannin Baptist Association
in onham,Texas. After mentoring pastors and church leaders for the past several years, he recently felt called to
become more proactive in individual, congregational, team, and organizational coaching. This passion led to
starting Amaxa Leadership.
Dr. Christopher has an Executive and Professional Coaching Certification from the University of Texas School
of Management Graduate Executive Coaching Program. This certification along with certification through International Coaching Federation (ICF) provides solid and reputable credentials in the coaching profession. He has
been a minister of the Gospel for over 45 years and feels a particular passion for coaching and mentoring leaders.
"It is my desire as an executive coach to encourage and give inspiration to pastors and leaders in reaching their maximum potential,"
Dr. Christopher said. "My vision is to help churches and organizations be healthy and productive in fulfilling the Great Commission.
I feel a sense of accomplishment and contentment to know that I've made a difference in someone's life. It gives me great joy to know
that I am encouraging someone to face reality and achieve their desired goals."
Dr. Christopher has been married to his wife, RaDonna, for 40 years.They have two grown children, Kaylan & Jeremy. Kaylan is a contract Writer/Editor. She is married to Major Nathan Pruess, USAF. Jeremy is an Account Executive with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club in Arlington, Texas. He is married to Jenine and they have a daughter and son, Penny and Jacob. Jerry & his wife currently reside in Bonham,Texas.
My purpose is to coach and mentor leaders to reach their maximum potential.
To encourage leaders to be healthy and proactive in their service to God and people through sharpening their skills and relationships at their desired pace.
Executive Director of Missions, Fannin Baptist Association, Bonham, TX
August 1986-June 1995
Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Burkburnett, TX
April 1984-August 1986
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Alex, OK
July 1979-April 1984
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Custer City, OK
Youth Minister, Trinity Baptist Church, El Reno, OK
Pastor, High Bridge Baptist Church, Wilburton, OK
Baptist Student Ministry Summer Missionary, Montana/South Dakota
Modelnetics Leadership Certification
Certified as an Executive & Professional Coach from the University of Texas at Dallas School of Management Professional and Executive Coaching Certification Program
Certified in Dynamas Systems from Birkman International
Coaching Teams and Groups Interactive Training
The Coach Approach to Evangelism and Discipleship Interactive Training
Valwood Christian Leadership and Congregational Coaching Certification; "Introduction to Congregational Coaching" Interactive Training, Hollifield Leadership Center, Hickory, North Carolina
Transitional Pastor Certification, Lifeway Chrsitian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee
Building for Kingdom Growth: Capital Fund Program Consultant with Eklund, May & Associates
F.A.I.T.H. Basic Sunday School Evangelism Strategy, Lifeway, Nashville, Tennessee
Training in Mentoring with Baptist General Convention of Texas and Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
Certified in Successful Christian Financial Management, Lifeway Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee
Certified as Personal Financial Counselor with Lifeway Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee
Pastoral Intentional Interim Training Process Phases 1-3, Baptist General Convention of Texas
Consulting with Churches Certification, Baptist General Convention of Texas
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Certification, Baptist General Convention of Texas
Conflict Meditation Certification, Baptist General Convention of Texas
Master Builder Certification, Glorieta, New Mexico
MasterLife I & II Certification
Continuing Witness Training (CWT) Certification
Evangelism Explosion Certification, and Trainer Evangelism Explosion, Southcliff Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
Philosophy of Ministry:
God has called me to minister to and challenge the local church in fulfilling the Great Commission. I believe the local church should follow the example of the New Testament church. It was commissioned by Jesus to evangelize the world and to make disciples.
I believe it is important that the local church fulfill Christ's commission and commandments. The ministry of the New Testament church is to build godly character in her membership, which will in turn motivate the members to be faithful in their lifestyles and proactive in fulfilling the Great Commission. I believe the following points should always be present in the church:
I am convinced my ministry is to motivate and challenge pastors and church leaders to follow the inerrant and infallible Word of God, and to be better equipped to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ. When God called me to ministry it was to be an evangelist. However, throughout my ministry, I believe that coaching and mentoring pastors and church leaders has helped accomplish my passion for evangelism.
I've found that I can be evangelistic though being a pastor to pastors. Coaching and mentoring leaders allows me the privilege of reproducing the insights and expterise God had bestowed on me to others. Over time, I've felt that my ministry gifts have been enhanced by my ministry in denominational service.
This type of ministry gives me a close working relationship with pastors and churches on a daily basis. The opportunity I've had to be evangelistic and mission-oriented has confirmed my calling and desire to help strengthen existing churches, encourage new and difficult work, and equip church leadership to be proficient in fulfilling the Great Commission.
This calling is best summed up in my mission statement which is to coach and mentor leaders to reach their maximum potential! The end result is to coach and mentor leaders, congregations, teams and organizations that will be characterized by values such as compassion, humility, integrity, resourcefulness, servanthood along with a mission/purpose, a vision.