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About Bob Harris

Robert A. (Bob) Harris is mostly retired but has been a Professional Certified Coach member of the International Coach Federation who has spent over 1400 hours coaching clients. He is especially qualified to work with pastors who are new to a church. As a Presbyterian Interim Pastor and called pastor he has helped four churches do major turnarounds. When he entered the system they were conflicted and dysfunctional. After he worked with them, they were energized with new vision and unity and had a clear sense of being a team. 

A graduate of the highly regarded Georgetown University Coaching Certification program, he has additional training in organizational and family systems, conflict management, discerning an organizational vision, and organizing to achieve one’s vision. A parish pastor for 40 years, he offers deep understanding of people, their hungers of spirit, their foibles, and their potentialities.
He has been coaching pastors and other leaders since 2004.
He wants to help people grow in heart, mind, and spirit. Leaders trying to navigate the chaotic whitewater of our society will find in Bob a calming, grounded presence who can help them not only survive, but thrive.


Experience and Training

  • Certificate in Leadership Coaching - Georgetown University Center for Professional Development - 2004
  • Trained Facilitator - EQi 2.0 - Emotional Intelligence instrument - 2014
  • Trained Facilitator - Church Assessment Tool (CAT Scan) - Holy Cow Consulting - 2014
  • Trained Facilitator – Healthy Congregations Workshop – uses Peter Steinke’s systems approach to congregations
  • 40 years experience as parish pastor - coaching, counseling, leading, planning, including serving as interim pastor in four churches (helping them develop clear mission, vision, solve problems, etc..
  • Led interim pastors groups in both National Capital and Baltimore Presbyteries
  • B.S. Physics, Missouri University of Science and Technology (aka in 1963 as Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy)
  • M.Div., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • corporate experience with A.T.&T., McDonnell Aircraft.

Interests and Abilities 

  • special training in dealing with organizations, conflict between persons in systems, leadership training, developing a vision for the organization, turning around an organization that is dis-spirited and discouraged.
  • an ability to ask tough questions and draw forth a person’s best stuff.
  • a passionate interest in helping persons grow in mind and spirit.
  • ability to help people address ethical issues.
  • a generous spirit and sense of humor.


  • National Capital Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
  • Formerly member of the International Coach Federation - Professional Certified Coach

On a personal note – Bob has been married to Mary Helen since 1963.  Their two sons and wives each have two children.  Bob and Mary Helen enjoy international travel, interesting foods, and are active in community affairs.