Jim P. Osterhaus, Ph.D is Senior Executive Coach for Leighton Ford Ministries, where he supports pastors and ministry leaders as they navigate organizational, communication, change, and conflict issues.
His latest book, Avoiding Pastoral Pitfalls (Hendrickson, 2021), deals with the practical issues of ministry. He has authored or co-authored fifteen other books dealing with leadership, relationships, and conflict, including Thriving Through Ministry Conflict (Zondervan, 2010).
Jim has extensive and diverse experience as an executive coach, public speaker, organizational consultant, and church counseling director. His experience includes a special commission from the Vice President of the United States to consider the emotional effects of government downsizing, facilitation of the Organizational Culture component of the U.S. Army Staff redesign, and teaching seminars at Denver Seminary, Bethel Seminary, and Trinity School of Ministry. Jim has also teamed with Leighton Ford to conduct ministry leadership mentoring retreats in the United States and Canada.
He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from American University and degrees in counseling from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Catholic University. Jim and his wife, Marcy, have three children and six grandchildren. They live in northern Virginia.