Our Team

Lincoln Shelton, MA, LPC, MHSP

Lincoln Shelton, MA, LPC, MHSP

Founder, CEO, Life Advancement Coach

Lincoln is an ordained minister with 20 years of ministerial experience. He possesses a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Christian Counseling and an Associate of Science in Religion and Church Ministries. Lincoln is Licensed professional counselor with a mental health service provider designation, a certified Professional Life Coach and Life Purpose Life Coach. This has given him a unique perspective in the areas of psychology, counseling and life coaching. His education and experiences have led him to develop an integrated model of coaching that he believes will empower his clients to become who God has created them to be and to thrive.

Melissa Parker, M. Ed., NBC-HWC, B.S.

Melissa Parker, M. Ed., NBC-HWC

COO, Life Advancement Coach

Melissa holds a Masters of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Positive Coaching and a graduate certificate in Positive Psychology from the University of Missouri. She is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, with additional training in life and career coaching. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management. Melissa became a follower of Jesus at a young age. As she has grown in faith and wisdom, she has seen more and more clearly God’s perfect, complete provision, faithfulness, and mercy. Melissa is married to her high school sweetheart since 2003. Together they have three children. Her delight and mission as part of the Thrive LAM team is to reflect God’s character and love in the world by encouraging others follow Him more closely and personally. She joyfully engages with her clients to help them understand what it means to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,” (Mark 12:30) and how to live that out.

Sharon Kennedy, M.A.

Life Advancement Coach – Soul Care Coaching

Sharon has been married to husband for 21 years. She has two kids; one in high school and one in college. She holds a BA in Communication and an MA in Education, and she is a certified child life/play therapist. She was also an elementary school teacher back in the day and homeschooled her two children during their middle school years.
Sharon is a huge dog lover and actively volunteers with her local canine rescue. She regularly fosters dogs and loves walking and hiking near her home in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado.
Sharon became a believer in Christ as an adult, in her 30’s. As her faith grew and her mind aligned with what God says to be true, her life and relationships changed dramatically – for the better!
Today, Sharon is a certified life coach who is extremely passionate about working with others around achieving their goals, as well as partnering with them to gain understanding and clarity around God’s best plan for their lives.

Melissa Miller, CPT

Melissa Miller, CPT

Health & Fitness Coach
Melissa is a NASM certified personal trainer who also has her certification in CPR and AED. Her personal commitment to her faith, family and to health and wellness guides her passion as a personal trainer. Her mission is to empower her clients to transform their health and increase their physical abilities so that they can thrive. She is dedicated to each client and their specific needs and goals. Her desire is to help her clients reach their fullest potential and become who God has created them to be.

Janice Pauley, CPLC, CCBC

Life Advancement Coach – Soul Care Coaching and Lifestyle Coaching

Janice is originally from London, England and now resides in West Virginia, USA as an American citizen with her husband of 9 years. Janice holds a degree in Therapeutic Counseling and has worked in the field of Bereavement Counseling for many years. She is now a Certified Professional Life Coach, as well as a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Coach and offers individual and group coaching. She became a Christian in March, 2000. The Scripture that helped her to make her life long commitment to Christ was Jeremiah 29:11 Her faith continues to grow as she puts her trust in her Lord Jesus Christ. She thanks God for the wonderful gifts He has equipped her with, so she is able to do what she loves, which is helping others who are struggling with self-doubt, anxiety, negative thinking, lack of self esteem and feeling stuck in life. Her hope is to walk along side of them to bring hope and fulfillment for their future.

Heath M. Schnelle, M. Div.

Heath M. Schnelle, M. Div.

Life Advancement Coach – Kingdom Coaching, Leadership Coaching

Heath is an ordained minister with over ten years of pastoral experience. He currently serves as the Minister of Adult Christian Education at Boones Creek Christian Church in Johnson City, but has also served as Executive Pastor at First Christian Church in Johnson City, and Small Group Minister at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland. He possesses a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Pastoral Ministry from Manhattan Christian College. Heath is a certified Lifeforming Leadership Coach whose area of expertise is leadership development. He is passionate about building and developing leaders to fulfill their purpose and potential.

Rebecca Sherfey, M.A.

Rebecca Sherfey, M.A.

Life Advancement Coach – Marriage and Relationship Coaching
Rebecca holds a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University and a Bachelors of Science in Human Services with an emphasis in Counseling and a minor in Psychology. Rebecca has additional training in mental health and relationship coaching. Rebecca became a follower of Jesus at a young age, but as she has matured in her walk she has grown in faith and wisdom, and has seen clearly where God has guided her steps and has provided for her and her family. Rebecca has been married since 2011 and together they have two children. She is passionate about helping others to develop healthy relationships by giving the tools to help a relationship mirror the ultimate design that God intended marriage to be, to reflect God in your relationship.

Philip Gray, B.S.

Life Advancement Coach Intern

Philip is an intern Life Coach serving at Recovery Soldiers Ministries: a men’s Christ-centered residential recovery home to help drug addicts and alcoholics recover and be free from substance use disorders. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology double majoring in Christian Counseling and Addictions and Recovery. He is currently in the masters program at Liberty University Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys playing disc golf. God called him out of darkness in 2008 and into His marvelous light and he feels led to help others experience God changing their lives and walking with them in their growth.

Thrive Life Advancement Ministries

It is our mission to help each individual advance to the potential for which God has created them. We want our Life Advancement Ministry Beneficiaries (LAMBS) to Thrive!

"If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?"


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Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659

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