Jim Merhaut is the Founder and Director of Coaching to Connect, a training and coaching service offered to individuals, organizations, and couples. Jim is a professional executive and life coach and holds a certification credential from the International Coach Federation. He is also a leadership consultant & trainer, writer, retreat leader and is internationally known for his coaching, speaking, and expertise in lifelong faith formation. He holds a Master of Science degree in Religious Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is an award-winning author and co-author of nine books and dozens of other publications. Jim’s most recent contribution was to the Lifelong Faith book, Seasons of Adult Faith Formation. He was also the principal writer and project coordinator for Families on a Mission: A Family Service and Mission Experience.
Jim has over 3 decades of Church ministry experience. He most recently served as the Project Coordinator for Lifelong Faith Formation Services at the Center for Ministry Development and was the President and CEO of Villa Maria Education & Spirituality Center. Jim offers keynotes, retreats, and workshops specializing in ministry leadership, marriage skills, lifelong faith formation and spirituality. He is also a professional musician and recording artist with singer/songwriter, JD Eicher. Jim and his wife, Debbie, have five children and reside in Youngstown, Ohio where they enjoy organic gardening, walks in the park, and pursuing a simple lifestyle.