Tony Stoltzfus Bio

A pioneer in the Christian coaching movement, Tony has trained thousands of coaches, co-founded an international coaching school and created a wide range of leadership resources used around the world. He is the author of ten books, including Coaching Questions, the top-selling coaching how-to on A lifelong student of personal change and personality type, Tony is a highly-sought-after transformational coach with a worldwide clientele. Tony specializes in helping senior ministry and business leaders engage God in difficult circumstances and finish well.

As the Founder and Executive Director of the Leadership MetaFormation Institute, Tony trains leaders to coach and live from the heart. LMI provides innovative, interactive training in identifying the deep desires and beliefs that drive behavior, and teaches simple and powerful ways to meet Jesus and experience transformation in the midst of those desires.

Tony operates, an on-line Christian coaching bookstore and publisher of Christian coaching resources, and is creator of The Calling Journey, a research-based online calling timelining tool. He is also the founder of the Bethel Coaching Program, which trains lay coaches, and helped found Coaching Mission International, a non-proft that provides coaching and coach training for missions.

Coach Training
In 15 years as a coach trainer, Tony has delivered over a hundred coaching workshops, and hundreds more class- and tele-class training sessions. While trainees remember his passion for people, transparency and skill as a trainer, he is most known for championing “training like you coach”–-a philosophy of interaction, asking and showing instead of telling that makes training highly interactive, very engaging and lots of fun.

While he no longer offers introductory coaching workshops, many of Tony's open source courses are available through coaches and organizations around the country. He does offer advanced courses in coaching the heart through the Leadership MetaFormation Institute, including:

  • Transforming the Heart
    A dynamic introduction to the place of desires in human behavior, simple and powerful ways of filling desire in relationship with God, and how to coach the emotional brain to identify and fill desires.
  • Relating from the Heart
    Tony takes the tools for living from the heart and applies them to relationships, taking leadership practices like feedback, transparency and conflict management to new depths through experiencing God touching the heart within them.
  • Living from the Heart
    In this powerful experience of healing and finding meaning in suffering, you'll rewrite your life story from the perspective of heaven--and learn to help others do so as well.
LMI training uses music, the arts, drama, learning games, brain science--and coaching principles--to help leaders engage God from the heart. It's mission is to train 100,000 leaders in 25 years to transform others and build organizational cultures of heart transformation.

Books and Materials
Tony is the author of tenbooks (including the best-selling Coaching Questions and Leadership Coaching). He has also created numerous training manuals, courses and a variety of training CDs and DVDs. He has written extensively on advanced coaching topics like calling discovery, stages in calling development and coaching leaders through transitions. His most recent book, The Invitation shows how to live from the heart, coach the heart, and meet Jesus in your deepest desires.

He resides in Redding, California with his wife Kathy and is part of the Bethel Church community. He enjoys being in nature, watching the stars, reading, laughter and projects around the house.