ZOOM! Coaching is the brainchild of MaryAnn McKibben Dana, a writer, speaker, and coach living in Reston, Virginia.
For twelve years, I served as a pastor in two congregations in Northern Virginia—preaching, teaching, supporting church leaders, and providing pastoral care. In 2015 I left pastoral ministry to be a full-time speaker and writer. In 2017 I added coaching to the mix.
I am author of God, Improv, and the Art of Living and Sabbath in the Suburbs and a forthcoming book about improvisation as a spiritual practice. My writing has appeared in TIME.com, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today for three years. I was honored to be recognized by the Presbyterian Writers Guild with the 2015-2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award.
I speak to groups around the country around issues of leadership and spirituality. I served as co-chair for two years of NEXT Church, a movement that seeks to call forth vital ministry in the church.
I am a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas and received my M.Div. in 2003 from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. I am the mother of three, a haphazard knitter, and a student of improv comedy.
I am in the process of being certified as an Associate Certified Coach through the ICF (International Coach Federation).
And the running? I picked up running in my late 30s as a fluke--I wanted to get fit so I could complete a mountain hike during an upcoming summer vacation. So on Valentine's Day, I downloaded the Couch to 5K app on my phone. I made it up the mountain (barely) but never stopped running.
Since then I have completed dozens of races, including two marathons, a number of half marathons, and several triathlons. My passion is sharing my enthusiasm and expertise about this friendly and accessible sport. Running can be a gateway for personal transformation--I've seen it again and again in myself, and in countless friends whose lives have been changed for the better by this crazy, beautiful sport.