COACHES & MENTORS
Dr. John Stanko
John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972.
Since then John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries and earned his doctorate in the same from Liberty Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas in 1995.
In 2011, he completed a second Doctor of Ministry Degree at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. John has taught extensively on time management, life purpose, and creativity. He has also conducted leadership and purpose training throughout the United States and in 42 countries.
John founded a personal and leadership development company called PurposeQuest in 2001 and today travels the world to consult, speak and inspire leaders. Between 2001 and 2008, he spent six months a year in Africa, where he still enjoys visiting and working. Currently, most of his efforts are focused on his ministry partners in Kenya. John is also a part-time instructor for Ottawa University in Kansas where he teaches Bible and leadership classes.
John is a prolific writer and has published 60 books – including a verse-by-verse commentary on the entire New Testament – as well as numerous articles and publications around the world. He serves as a creative and life-purpose coach for people in many nations. His daily and weekly blog posts have a large following as does his work on other social media outlets. He is currently working on an Old Testament commentary called Purpose Study Bible.
John has been married since 1974 to Kathryn Stanko, and they have two adult children and two grandchildren. In 2009, John was appointed the administrative pastor for discipleship at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh where he served for five years. In 2014, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city, and to the city.
Sally Mahihu is the proprietor of the law firm Bowyer Mahihu and Co. Advocates and has been an advocate of the High Court of Kenya for 36 years. She is a graduate of Bristol University (U.K.) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is also an arbitrator and certified mediator.
Sally is a member of the board of governors of St. Andrews Turi and a board of directors of the Help a Child organization among others. She is also a member of several professional bodies and business networks.
She is an international motivational speaker, a seasoned, passionate, inspirational mentor, and a certified personal coach (CPC). She is also a minister on various aspects such as relationships, marriage, life skills, career, spiritual calling, purpose, and destiny, both within the church sphere and in the marketplace.
As an ambassador for women’s empowerment, Sally is the founder of The Seasoned Woman a forum that brings women in the marketplace together in an interactive space to engage in topical issues. These engagements are through talks, panel sessions, mentorship, and coaching programs.
Her vision is to raise an army of seasoned women who will embrace their seasons of life and allow those seasons to mold and sculpt them into vessels of purpose, strength, honor, and dignity. This will enable them to conquer and command their mountains of influence and as a result, become significant voices of positive transformation for a better society and nation.
Her work and contribution through her seasoned woman vision have seen her recognized nationally and internationally and is a recipient of the Messenger of Hope Award from the I Change Nations (ICN) organization, USA.
She is a published author of 7 books, (a 5 book series titled Seasoned for Destiny, Seasoned Servanthood, and Moving from Distress to Destiny). She is married and blessed with 2 children.
Pastor Maureen Shana
Pastor Beryl Maureen Shana is an author, business consultant, trainer, entrepreneur, counsellor, and conference speaker who sits on various boards.
She is the visionary and founder of Women Unlimited, a network that helps women with self-discovery and equips them with skills to overcome challenges in their lives.
The network has interacted with more than 15,000 women in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and the United Kingdom.
Pastor Maureen is married to Dr. Goodwill Shana and together they founded Word of Life International Ministries whose membership base is over 15,000 in 35 branches established on 3 continents.
She is also the CEO and founder of Unlocking Potential Consulting, a human development organization that is dedicated to helping individuals, team leaders, and organizations realize their potential through various methods with a specific focus on enhancing result-based management and performance.
She was awarded the 2004 Business Woman of the Year Award from Empretec as well as the 2nd runner-up for the Matebeleland Region Entrepreneur of the Year by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce in 2010. The Matabeleland AIDS Council also recognized her among the 10 most influential women in Bulawayo in 2011.
In 2014, Pastor Maureen was inducted into the Women’s Heritage Society, which is a symbolic preservation, historical recognition, and honor bestowed upon any woman in the world who has lived a life that inspires another life. In 2012, she was selected by Micah Challenge to be one of only five global champions of Woman to Woman a registered organization in the U.K. that aims to empower women and girls to be change-makers.
She is fueled by a desire to see women discover purpose, unlock potential, exceed limitations, and birth destiny. She believes that when someone discovers their purpose and particularly women and girls they are unstoppable.
Rev Simon Mwangi
Rev. Simon is a mission strategist with a passion for seeing God’s glory established in the marketplace.
He is very passionate about the marketplace and believes the Church was called to operate outside its four walls.
It’s this passion and calling that has led him to the nations. Nations he has ministered in are India, Singapore (Hong Kong), China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, England, USA, Israel, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, DRC Congo, Ethiopia, Egypt and East African countries Uganda, Tanzania and extensively in many counties in Kenya.
He is currently the Associate Pastor at Parklands Baptist Church where he has served in the pastoral and missionary ministry since 1993.
Rev. Simon worked at the Kenya Railways Mechanical Engineering department, taught at the NYS Advanced Engineering School, and also taught A-Level mathematics and physics.
He studied at Kenya Baptist Theological Seminary, Kenya Technical Teachers College, Wayland Baptist University USA, and Lome Missionary Strategy Seminary.
He is an author of the book Precious Pearls, a conference speaker, and a minister in many marketplace organizations helping key leaders in government and business to embrace the Kingdom of God.
Rev. Simon believes that Jesus has a word for the marketplace person and that word in season is medicine. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his family.