Vicar of St John's Park wins national coaching award
31st March 2015
In a prestigious ceremony held in London on 27 March, the Revd Tina Hodges, Priest in Charge of St John’s Park, Sheffield was presented with the Life Coach of the Year Award.
The awards are organised by the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants. It takes place each year and celebrates the achievements of some of the best coaches in the industry. They describe this event as: "This isn't just any awards event, this is the Oscars for coaches trainers and consultants."
Tina is part time vicar and part time leadership coach, speaker and trainer(though more Vicar and less coaching since moving to St John's). Tina took up the role at St John’s Park is in July 2014. She has been a qualified coach for over three years and trained when she was working as a SSM for eight years at The Beacon Church of St Paul's and St Leonard's.
“I think coaching is an important skill for all vicars to develop but I feel that this is a particular niche area for me that I enjoy and can make a difference in. Being fairly new to coaching I thought maybe I'd win in the Newcomer category so I feel a bit overwhelmed at winning Life Coach of The Year, but if it opens up more doors for the kingdom then I will be delighted.”
“It is really taking the Salt and Light part of my ministry further. Also, many of the clients I work with have sustained long term trauma and abuse, so it’s quite a privilege to play a part in these people’s lives – and I am always learning!”
In total 12 award categories were recognised. Nominations could be made from anybody who felt someone was deserving of recognition, before a shortlist was then made. This was a tough process due to the quality of nominations received.
The sponsors for the awards are: The Coaching Standards Agency; the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants; Master Coach; Kensington Insurance Brokers and HCC.
(Photo courtesy of Dave Black Photography)