Rev. Eric Pugh
Eric is a native Ohioan, who grew up in Central Ohio, attended The Ohio State University earning a BS in Biological Sciences. Eric served 8 years in Parks and Recreation Management in Ohio and Texas, prior to answering his call to ministry. Eric has been in full-time ministry with the United Methodist Church since 2005, serving in Youth, Young Adult, Family, Missions. Currently he serves as the Executive Pastor for John Wesley UMC in Houston, Tx. Eric is an ordained Deacon in the UMC, with an MTS from SMU - Perkins School of Theology. He is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in Chicago. Eric has been married for 21 years and has 3 teenage daughters. Eric is an outdoor and travel enthusiast. He is passionate about helping others discover their God given gifts, answer their unique call to ministry and achieve their goals. Eric is an excellent communicator, with great interpersonal skills which allow him to lead in small and large group settings.
Eric has been informally coaching for more than 20 years, beginning with his time in Parks and Recreation. In 2021, Eric completed the National Youth Ministry Coaching Program, and is a certified coach through that program, which focuses on the Enneagram as the primary coaching tool. Eric has coached individuals, small groups, and teams. Eric is passionate about helping everyone discover their unique giftedness and how they fit in the whole. Eric is capable of coaching both lay and clergy.
My spiritual roots have been enriched by having grown my faith initially in the Catholic churches I was raised in and then the Methodist churches I have been a part of since marrying Jim, in 1982, before he attended seminary. Life is best for me when I am outdoors with family or friends. I can be found gardening, visiting with people, cooking for family, or taking photos of nature, all of which are my joys. Ministry with Jim has blessed me with friends, who feel like family, across the Texas Annual Conference. We have moved from parsonage life to improving and our own 65-year-old home and yards, which we enjoy tremendously. While our three grown children, daughter-in-law and granddaughter have never lived in this house, we are always glad when they come “home”.
The Enneagram stands out as a personality tool that leads to better self-awareness, better awareness of others (and compassion for others) as well as offering us paths to living out of our best self (the part of us which reflects our Creator). Paying attention to how we are present in the world with an eye toward our spiritual growth is enriched when Enneagram wisdom is engaged. Teaching the Enneagram pairs with my work as a spiritual director in that it opens our hearts, minds, and bodies to how God is calling to be more Christ-like in this world. Enneagram workshops are lively experiences of teaching and dialogue where we see the Enneagram dynamics through each other’s experiences. My certification as an Enneagram facilitator has come under the auspice of Dr. Jerome Wagner, founder of the International Enneagram Association, as well as the Enneagram Spectrum (Chicago, IL).
Rev. Dr. Steve Stutz
The Rev. Dr. Steve Stutz is an ordained Lutheran minister who has served rural/small town congregations in west Texas, as well suburban/inner city congregations in the metro Houston area. He has worked extensively with clergy and congregations of the Texas Annual Conference in a wide variety of consulting roles since 2014. He is a certified church consultant through the Society for Church Consulting and teaches at the Houston Graduate School of Theology.
The Enneagram is a model of the human psyche which is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types. The Enneagram can be a catalyst for organizational development at individual, team, and organizational levels because it has the ability to reflect deep motivators and change behaviors which enhance leaders’ ability to understand and lead themselves, their team, or their organization. Dr. Stutz has taught the Enneagram to students at the Houston Graduate School of Theology since 2015 and uses the methodology in spiritual direction and clergy coaching contexts.