Julie Markese

Julie Markese serves as department director of Church Coaching and the Thrive Church Network for the Illinois Assemblies of God, focusing on coaching pastors and teams in strategic planning and systems development.  An ordained minister and certified leadership coach, she is passionate about helping people realize their potential and achieve their personal goals.  Julie often shares from her unique experiences as a pastor’s wife, staff pastor, missionary, mother, and widow.


Coach Training Will Continue

I have stepped down from my position as Director of Thrive Coaching for the Illinois Assemblies of God as of the end of December. However, I will continue to offer classes. These will now be web-based, making them more convenient for many of you.

I’m planning to offer Class 501: Foundations for Christian Coaching in February or March 2018. The class will be on the Zoom web platform. Each session will be 90 minutes and each class will last 8 weeks. You will receive sixteen credit hours toward certification with Coach Approach Ministries and the International Coach Federation.

I am no longer subsidized by the Illinois Assemblies of God, but I can still offer this class at the discounted rate of $250.

If you would like to know more, or would like to sign up for this 501 class, please email me at:

I can give you more information then.



Alexandria Austin

Serves as administrative assistant to Julie Markese and manager of the Thrive Church Network website. She lives and works in the Portland, Oregon area after graduating Evangel University. Since studying management and marketing, she has used her skills in online marketing strategy, social media management, and client services. She also owns a small candle shop, Midland Co. Alexandria enjoys working with small businesses, churches, and non-profits that are making their mark in the world.