About the Searching for the Called creator
Rev. Laura Stephens-Reed believes in the power of the local church to change individuals and communities in the name of Christ. Her call is to increase churches’ effectiveness by promoting well-being in congregations and in the people who lead them.
Laura has been credentialed as a Certified Christian Leadership Coach by Coach Approach Ministries and as an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. She has also been trained as a Congregational Consultant and an Intentional Interim Minister by the Center for Congregational Health. An ordained minister since 2002, Laura has served churches in a variety of settled and interim roles, including pastor, associate pastor, and minister with age-specific groups. She is affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and holds Ministerial Standing in the Alabama-Northwest Florida Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and she is a member and contract employee of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In addition, Laura has been on staff and consulted with congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Methodist Church and has coached pastors in ten denominations. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Laura lives in Northport, Alabama, with her husband Matt, a United Methodist pastor, and their four-year-old son. She loves going to the playground and to music class, listening to audiobooks, watching tv and movies, and cheering on SEC football teams.