Rev. Dr. Claude Kayler is an ordained United Methodist pastor with over 35 years of experience in the local church. Claude has served in churches large and small, rural and suburban, contemporary and traditional, as a solo pastor, a staff member, an associate pastor, and a senior pastor.
From 1990-1999, Claude served as the founding pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Today Good Shepherd is one of the largest churches in United Methodism with over 2000 in weekly attendance.
Claude is passionate about Jesus, relationships, teaching, the local church, and the Mission of God. He recently traveled to Tanzania to teach pastors and theology students, and to Cambodia to conduct training seminars for church leaders.
Educated at UNC-Chapel Hill (BA), Duke Divinity School (M.Div.), and Asbury Theological Seminary (D.Min.), Claude has also been trained by Intentional Impact, Griffith Coaching, and the Center for Congregational Health. He has been certified by Paradigm Personality Labs to administer and interpret the “Workplace Big Five” personality profile.
Claude’s passion for coaching and consulting stems from his own personal experience. “In both my personal and professional life, I have never made a significant change,” he says, “without help from a coach, mentor, or consultant. These persons have offered fresh eyes and fresh perspectives. Their support and accountability empowered me to do what I could not do by myself. I would love to be for others what these persons have been to me.”
Claude is married to Lorie Kayler, a public health grant writer and owner of Lorie Kayler and Associates. Claude and Lorie live at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. They have two grown children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
To bring out the best in churches and church leaders.
Leadership is hard; church leadership is harder; and church leadership in today’s rapidly changing world is the hardest it’s ever been.
Preaching is not the only thing—but studies show that good preaching is still one of the main things people are looking for in a church.