Stephen Baldwin

Stephen has been coaching, mentoring, and developing leaders throughout more than forty years of ministry in the US and overseas. He brings passion, encouragement, insight, and experience into developing leaders, and leadership teams.

Along with his business and ministry experience, Stephen's musical and artistic background have connected him with leaders, executives, authors and artists for whom he has one passion — to see them coming alive, giving their unique talents, gifts, and artistry for the good of the world. Stephen has learned that when someone is fully alive in their life and work, the outcomes are powerful and their life is full of joy.

His journey has included singing in a rock band, touring in Italy and Spain on bicycle, and participating in collaborative learning communities in both Switzerland and Montana.

Stephen has led and coached leadership teams made up of leaders in government, medicine, law, finance, education, media, ministry and business.

Stephen and his wife Karen have been Sonship Mentors with World Harvest Mission. They were participants in and subsequently researcher-facilitators of the Pastors Summit initiative. Stephen was also a participant in the Intersect Forum which explored the high correspondence of leadership challenges in the worlds of business and ministry leadership.

These programs were part of the Center for Ministry Leadership at Covenant Theological Seminary that contributed to a broad-based, interdenominational study of sustainable leadership practices in ministry funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Drawing on research in leadership literature, and participant and focus group interviews, Stephen's doctoral research explored spiritual formation, mentoring, and peer learning among emerging pastoral leaders.

John Farkas

John founded Golden Spiral to provide clients an extraordinary way to uncover and tell their stories to the world. Assembling a group of innovative, energetic, and gifted team members, John aspires for GS to produce a work that is both transformative and inspiring, helping clients best connect with their audience. He works closely with staff and clients, providing strategic vision and creative direction.

“I’m a storyteller, and I guess I’ve always been. The process of developing narrative, regardless of its form, is magical, and bringing creative teams together to make the story come to life is a blast. I love watching something that has never been — be.”

Aside from his work at Golden Spiral, John enjoys remodeling homes, riding his bike, and spending time with his family. He remembers saving for a Macintosh 512 when he was attending The University of Wisconsin, knowing it would change his life forever.


David Hutchens

David Hutchens is a writer and "organizational storyteller" who has helped to create change through innovative learning solutions and products for some of the greatest companies in the world. 

A former advertising copywriter, David now writes about organizational structures, strategy, learning, and leadership - always with an eye toward creativity and clarity. David has offered instructional design and corporate communications solutions for organizations such as The Coca-Cola Company, IBM, NationsBank and more.

As a corporate speechwriter, David counts the CEO of The Coca-Cola Company among his clients, and has reached an international audience with messages about corporate responsibility, business ethics, and more.

David is author of the popular Learning Fables books (Pegasus Communications, Cambridge MA) – an expanding series that introduces concepts of organizational learning theory in a fun, metaphorical format. Titles such as Outlearning the Wolves, Shadows of the Neanderthal and The Lemming Dilemma, and others delightfully illustrate concepts of mental models, systems theory, organizational learning and more. Learners from many cultures are drawn to the offbeat and critically praised approach; the titles continue to spread across the globe as the books are translated into Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages.

David’s first book to a children’s market – titled “PageLand” was published by Broadman & Holman in July of 2003.

Jeff Nikkel

Trailhead Coaching’s founder and “Head Coach” began his career as a Bank Examiner with the FDIC. In that role, he conducted over 100 financial institution examinations, assessing the bank’s management team, capital adequacy, asset quality, earnings, liquidity, and overall risk profile. He specialized in commercial lending and also taught financial analysis in Washington D.C. After eight years, he moved into the private sector, where he oversaw the credit and loan review function for a group of five mid-size banks. Sensing a call to work more closely with students, he then pursued a Master’s Degree at Denver Seminary, specializing in youth and family ministry. Since then he’s been involved in writing, speaking, helping students, serving in well-established churches, and, most recently, planting a new church. All along the way, he’s been passionate about helping others succeed. His 23 years as an executive and as pastor make him uniquely suited for this position. Trailhead Coaching is the culmination of years of work, hard-knocks, experience, passion.

He has been married to Lianne for 20 years and has three wonderful children – Garrett, 18; Alison, 15; and Ashley, 13.

When Jeff isn’t coaching, he loves to read, fly-fish, golf, hike, watch movies, and spend quality time with his family.


Brandon Omahen

Brandon first began fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and in small lakes and streams across the Northeast at the age of 4. Growing up chasing everything from sunfish and perch to tuna he landed at Colorado College years later where he started his fly fishing career. He joined the Cutthroat Anglers team in 2010.

Always up for some exploring, he's constantly ready to fish new water. Brandon's relaxed and patient demeanor coupled with his sense of humor make him a great teacher and guide, and enjoyable to spend time with on the water.

In the winter he spends his time performing avalanche control work at Winter Park Resort, and traveling the West in search of the deepest turns possible.

Heidi Petak

I’m a communication coach, helping people communicate bravely on stage and in their professional and personal relationships. I coach clients privately and through Hippo Solutions, an actor-based corporate training company, as well as teach communication courses at Williamson College.

While I really am a “doctor,” my 4 kids are quick to tell you I’m “not the kind of doctor who looks in your ears.” I earned a PhD in communication specializing in Theatre Arts Studies from Regent University, an M.A. in communication from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in Broadcasting from John Brown University.

In my past life I was a radio DJ and went by April Kelly for country music (it sounded good with a southern accent) and Lauren West for classic rock (I could say it with a bit of “gravel” before I announced Zeppelin). I have voiced hundreds of commercials and other projects and have been the voice of those phone systems that make you press “1” and then “5” then “star 3” and never let you talk to a real person.  Now, when I call them, I annoy myself.

I’m also a writer, with devotionals and scripts published by Word, Brentwood Benson, and Lillenas. One of my most-loved jobs was as the creative director of Fellowship Bible Church in Northwest Arkansas where I was given countless opportunities in acting, writing, and directing. I now serve on the board of Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) and still use drama and role-plays when I coach and speak.

I’m married to Brian, the pastor of Outreach and Missional Living at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN. We have four boys who challenge my communication skills daily with conversations about bodily functions.  And, in case you’re curious, my last name is pronounced “Pea-tack,”  but Siri thinks it’s “Pet-ick.”


Derek Young

Derek Young is a voice of clarity in this new, multi-cultural/multi-generational business arena! He inspires audiences to transform their results by transforming how they view culture, diversity, and leadership. As a motivational speaker, leadership trainer and corporate leader for some of the world’s greatest organizations, his unique people skills strategies have positively impacted millions of consumers and thousands of employees. His ten year run as a stand-up comedian makes him the ideal choice for conferences, retreats, awards banquets and special events where the event planner wants the audience to be energized and entertained!

His expertise has been shaped through 25+ years as a change agent and thought leader for the nation’s #1 Family Dining Chain—Cracker Barrel, the nation’s #1 Discount Retail Chain—Dollar General, the nation’s #1 Corporate Diversity Pipeline INROADS, the nation’s #3 Telecommunications Company—Sprint, and the nation’s Central Bank—the Federal Reserve. His uncanny insight into human and organizational development enables him to immediately connect with C-Suite, middle management, and front-line leaders to produce greater innovation.

As President of Young Motivation Group, Derek has been privileged to serve great organizations like AT&T, Best Buy, CAT Financial, Johnson and Johnson, Loews Hotel, NASBA, Prudential, Skanska, the State of Tennessee, and Tractor Supply. His Traffic Light Action Plan® is a unique and powerful tool that captures commitment and produces lasting success. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a lifelong Cardinals baseball fan, the great loves of his life are his wife Allyson and their four children. Derek travels from Music City USA—Nashville, TN. His personal motto for success is God first, others second and dreams third.