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.

Rebecca Sherfey, M.A.

Rebecca Sherfey, M.A.

Pre-Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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.
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.

Katelyn J. Jennings, MS, NCC

Pre-Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Katelyn Jennings is a Nationally Certified Counselor with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Carson-Newman University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Behavioral Health Concentration from Tusculum College, and an Associate of Science in Psychology from Walters State Community College.  She has a passion for working with children and dedicated much of her high school and college years to volunteering as a preschool aide.  She enjoys giving back to her hometown of Greeneville, TN through volunteer work with the Isaiah 117 House which provides a safe space and necessities for children awaiting DCS placement.  She was recently contracted with Thrive at Free Will Baptist Family Ministries as an A&D Therapist for their Adolescent Treatment Program.  Her goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for clients through the use of person-centered, mindful practices.

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.

Ruth-Ann Soodeen

Life Advancement Coach – Leadership Coaching

Bio coming soon! 

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.

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.

Taz Goodin

Relationship Coach Intern

Taz is our Relationship Coach intern while she finishes her certification in Life Coaching ICF, an Internationally Accredited Course (ACTP).  Taz has a passion for serving families and facilitating growth in areas of communication and connection, whether marriage, parent-child relations or co-parenting. Her passion comes from a life of experience in adoption, foster caring, co-parenting and having to navigate relationships through many seasons in life. Taz builds her coaching relationships believing the best of her clients and having faith that with the right tools, an open heart, and dedication, every relationship can thrive. Her mission is to build stronger communities in Christ, one family at a time. Taz was born in South Africa and speaks fluent Afrikaans. Her family moved to New Zealand when she was 13, which is where she met then married her kiwi husband in 2009. She also studied and lived abroad in Arkansas, USA. She loves and respects the diversity that different cultures bring. She now lives in Australia with her husband and two boys. As a family they love adventure, bike rides, beach trips and camping. Taz grew up in a Christian household but dedicated her life to God in 2008, at the age of 22. As a believer and follower of Jesus, her mission is to serve families to help them come back to the basic foundations of relationships as 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 states….’Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in Evil but Rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ With the help of our heavenly Father, this growing process can become our reality.

Kayla Rivera

Social Media Manager/Marketing Intern

My name is Kayla Rivera! I am a recent graduate from Liberty University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration: Digital Marketing and Advertising. I am excited to join the Thrive Life Advancement Ministry Team as a Social Media Manager and Marketing Intern.

Currently, I live in West Virginia and am part of family of five. I love Jesus and have been following Him since I was 13. I enjoy serving in various capacities at my local church. One of my favorite aspects of ministry is being able to connect with people personally and I hope to transfer that into my role serving as a social media manager. My hobbies include photography, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

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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