Healthy Church Initiative (H.C.I.)

Our Team

HCI - Healthy Church Initiative

About Us:

How We Got Started:
Approximately 80% of churches today are either stagnating or in decline. The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) was formed to help revitalize these churches and fulfill The Great Commission. Bob Farr, the creator of HCI, has assembled a “dream team” of coaches and consultants that are backed by a proven process that drives results within judicatories and congregations. He has collaborated for years with individuals like Paul Borden, Doug Anderson and David Hyatt to refine the HCI process and prepare it for national distribution. After having successfully implemented this process in the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for several years, we are prepared to share this established system with other conferences and denominations. If you are ready to begin the process of growing fruitful congregations, we’re ready to help. You are invited to learn more about the HCI process by contacting us directly or by attending any of our upcoming Orientation events. Denomination, conference and church leaders may attend this two day session to meet the coaches and consultants as well as learn about the proven revitalization components. Our mission is to lead people to actively follow Jesus Christ…if this is your mission as well, contact us to learn about partnering through The Healthy Church Initiative.

Meet the Executive Team:

Bob Farr is the Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence at the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri and he attended seminary at Perkins School of Theology. Bob first served in the Missouri Conference at Randolph Memorial in Kansas City. He also started a new church in Lee’s Summit called Grace United Methodist and his latest appointment was at Church of the Shepherd in St. Charles where he led the congregation through relocation. Bob shares his vast experience and knowledge by leading the Pastor Leadership Development program, consulting with churches, helping with relocations as well as handling mergers and new church starts. He is the architect of the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI), a program which has been adopted by 12 other United Methodist conferences. In addition to his mission-focused work with churches, Bob is the author of “Renovate or Die – 10 Ways to Focus Your Church in Mission”. Bob is married to Susan and they reside in Marthasville, Missouri. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Tammy is the Executive Assistant to Bob Farr, Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence. She is also known as the “glue” behind the HCI process. Tammy assists in the day to day operations of HCI, is a member of the HCI Executive Team, HCI Web Administrator as well as liaison for the National HCI program. She has served as lay member on several weekend consultations. Through Congregational Excellence she is involved with established church congregational transformation, new church development, legal issues, curriculum writing, training of pastors,  pastoral leadership development and Hispanic Ministries.  She is the conference’s state regional administrator of Missioninsite, a demographics resource and the 360 Readiness Program. She has four years of study in Business Management, 29+years of administrative experience, is a business owner and has a corporate background. She is a certified UMC Secretary of the Professional Association of UMC Secretaries Institute (PAUMCS) co-sponsored by General Council of Finance/Administration and the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She coaches other professional assistants. Tammy is married and has three children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, teaching, farming, art, photography and traveling.

David is the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) Coach Coordinator for all consultations, coaching and Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) and helped develop the HCI process with Bob Farr in the early years. He serves on the executive team for HCI and the Small Church Initiative (SCI) and also adds value through consulting, coaching and teaching. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, David received a bachelor of arts from Vanderbilt University and a doctor of ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary. He served for six years as an associate in an inner-city church in St. Louis and then twenty years in Manchester, Missouri as a Disciples of Christ pastor. David left the local pastorate and began helping churches in his own business, Effective Ministries Coaching and Consulting, in 2003 following two years at Lay Renewal Ministries in St. Louis. He received his certification as a Christian Leadership Coach from Valwood in 2005 and is a full-time coach and consultant for pastors and churches in a number of denominations. Living in St. Louis, David is married to Bonnie. They have two grown children and two grandchildren who live in Kansas City.

Kay serves as the Small Church Initiative (SCI) Coordinator and is also a member of the executive team. She acts as a coach and consultant for churches in the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) process as well. Kay is also the founder of You Unlimited in Independence, Missouri. Her vast experience and knowledge come from fifteen years in corporate banking, followed by seven years as a business owner and her current role as a certified coach, trainer, speaker and author. Kay penned “Full Schedules, Barren Souls” as well as co-authored “Insights on Productivity” and “Renovate or Die – Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission.” She is an Advanced Coach U Graduate, an Associate Certified Coach of the International Coaching Federation, a member of the Heartland Coaching Association and a Certified GO System Trainer. Kay is married to her husband Bob and is mother to their son, Cameron.

Phil coordinates the consultation weekends, coaches for The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) and leads groups as well. He became a student minister in 1968 and became an ordained elder in 1973. He served as a district superintendent for seven years. Phil was also trained in the art of fundraising by the Suddes Group.


Doug Anderson joined the HCI in 2010 as a consultant and advisor to the Executive team. Doug is the Associate Director of Church Development in the Indiana Annual Conference. He previously served with the  Bishop Rueben Job Center as Leadership Development at Dakota Wesleyan University. Doug was district superintendent and pastor of several growing churches in the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has led a variety of practical church seminars and consultations for the past 20 years and is well versed in issues surrounding hospitality and how to retain guests in your church. He is a member of the Academy for Spiritual Formation of the Upper Room and the co-author of The Race to Reach Out.

Christie Latona joined the HCI in 2011 as a coach. She is the owner of Greatness Unlimited, Coaching People and Their Organizations to Thrive. Christie is currently working with Paul Nixon on the Readiness 360 assessment which embodies the belief that the most fruitful church multiplication efforts come from healthy congregations with strong leadership, spiritual intensity, dynamic relationships, missional alignment and cultural openness. Path 1 serves in an advisory role for the Readiness 360. She graduated from Swarthmore College with honors and her affiliations include the International Coaching Federation and Coachville where she is both a founding member and part of the R&D Team. She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband, Peter, and their three children: Melina, Andrew, and Christopher.
Meet the Coaches and Consultants:

Rod serves as a workshop leader, weekend consultant and coach for the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI). In addition to his undergraduate degrees, he holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with additional work at St. Paul’s Seminary. Rod also received his Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Salve Regina University. Earlier in his life Rod served in the U.S. Navy Chaplains Corps. His military decorations and awards include: Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards). Retiring in 1998, Rod returned to more traditional ministry and he has been serving in various capacities since that time.

Kendall serves as District Superintendent of Heartland Central District. He enjoys preaching and teaching at churches around the state. Hel grew up in Kansas, earning a bachelor of science in mathematics from Southwestern College (a Methodist institution) in Winfield, Kansas. Before joining the ministry, he worked as a computer programmer for AT&T and was a manager of TG&Y stores.Kendall earned his Master’s of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in 1988. He started his career as youth pastor and then served churches of various sizes. Kendall was superintendent of the Ozarks South District from 2006 to 2008. Within the Conference, he has served on the Congregational Development Team, the Conference Finance and Administration Team and the Pathways Task Force. Kendall and his wife Gale enjoy living in Columbia. In his free time, he is an avid music fan, and enjoys building and showing model boats.

Jim is a coach and group leader for The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI). He graduated in 1994 from St. Paul School of Theology. Prior to entering the ministry, he worked at KBFL radio station as sports director and morning disc-jockey. Later he worked at the Cantlon Funeral Homes as a funeral director, embalmer, cemetery manager and paramedic. Jim also serves as lead pastor of SunRise Church in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. SunRise is a multi-site church providing six worship services each weekend in three separate locations. Jim is married to his wife, Beth, and together they have four grown children and three grandchildren. He enjoys spending his free time being grandpa, bicycling, and doing home remodeling projects.

Bart serves as a coach and consultant for The Healthy Church Initiative (HCI). He is also writing a brief theological rationale for HCI. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from William Jewell College as well as a master of divinity and doctor of philosophy from Southern Baptist Seminary. He also had the honor of being a visiting student/scholar at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford in England. Bart has served for many years as a senior or interim pastor of various churches. Since 2007 he has acted as district superintendent of the Ozarks North District in Springfield, Missouri. Bart has two children: Sam and Molly. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travelling, cooking and occasionally, woodworking.

Awakening and blessing the God shaped possibilities in every pastor and congregation is the heart of new HCI coach, Lucinda Holmes. Whether as the former Executive Pastor of Worship and Ministerial Development at The Church of the Resurrection, leading national workshops on leadership and worship or serving as the part-time interim pastor at the newly transplanted Crossroads UMC in the Kansas East Annual Conference, Rev. Holmes ministry joy is found as she coaches and mentors others to their unique call of God resulting in the growth and vitality of congregations. In addition Lucinda is a certified trainer for Arbinger Institute well-known for leader development in large corporations in the business sector. Before returning to the Kansas City area, Rev. Holmes served as District Superintendent and pastor of congregations in the Oklahoma Annual Conference.

Bill serves as a workshop leader, weekend consultant and coach for the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI). In addition to his undergraduate degrees, he holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Saint Paul School of Theology. Following graduation from Truman State University (Northeast MO State University) Bill served as a classroom teacher in the Ritenour School District, St. Ann, MO; He went on to work in the field of training and development for Sigma Tau Gamma Inc, Shade Information Systems and Colgate Palmolive Co. Prior to entering seminary he also served as a United Methodist Lay Speaker while working as a Project Superintendent for Acuff & Rhodes Home Builders. Before retirement in 2010, Bill served the following United Methodist churches: Napoleon, Wellington, Broadway-Springfield, Aldersgate-Nixa, Cameron, and Sikeston and as the Superintendent – Mark Twain District, MO Conference. Bill is married to his wife, Marti, and together they have three grown children and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending his free time being grandpa, fishing, and serving as a member of United Methodist NOMADS mission agency.

Sharon serves as the Associate Director, Church Development, Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church,
Sharon Washington has served as Associate Director of Church Development for the Indiana Conference of the UMCleading conference strategies for transforming existing congregations of various sizes. Sharon came to Indiana inJuly 2009 from North Carolina where since May 2006 she served as an associate pastor of the Word Tabernacle Church, a new, independent congregation with more than 1,500 members, in Rocky Mount. There she assisted in establishing a new church start in a marginalized community. Previously, she served as chaplain at two hospitals in Atlanta, Ga., and as a lay pastor in Bluefields, Nicaragua. She served as a pastoral intern with Eastern
Seminary at Iglesia del Barrio, a UMC start in Philadelphia and as a short-term missionary in Mexico. Prior to her call to pastoral ministry, she worked in pharmaceutical research and development for AstraZeneca in Newark, DE, from 1992 to 1999. She graduated from Duke University at Durham, NC in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Engineering and fro Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (of the American Baptist Churches USA now Palmer Seminary) in 2002 with a M. Div. degree.
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