We have a true passion for spiritual transformation and life change.

 
 

Jeff Schulte

Founder

Consultant | Guide | Speaker

Jeff gives direction and oversight to the global mission of Tin Man. Jeff’s passion is investing deeply and personally in the lives of leaders and the organizations they lead. For decades, Jeff has been a trusted friend, guide, and mentor to c-suite executives, elite athletes (college, professional and Olympic), coaches, musicians, pastors, and non-profit leaders. He is also an in-demand communicator  and small group facilitator (executive leadership teams, YPO Forum retreats, etc.). 

Jeff started and led several non-profits and was the directional leader, teaching pastor, and founder of a church with international reach that grew under his leadership from four people to more than 4,000 in eight years.  Jeff has served in leadership roles with FamilyLife, Athletes in Action, and on ministry boards including Amazima, The Compassionate Hope Foundation, Hawaiian Island Ministries, and Porters Call.

Jeff is co-author of The Voice of the Heart Bible Study and two Gold Medallion award-winning resources with over a million copies in print. He earned his Th.M. and M.Div. with highest honors from Western Seminary, his MA in counseling with honors from Liberty University, and his B.A. from Yale University where he majored in organizational behavior. 

Jeff’s own story is what brings him to the work of Tin Man. Married to Brenda for 31 years, Jeff is the father of 6 and the grandpa of two. Home for Jeff and Brenda is Nashville, TN.  

 

Robbyn Abedi

Consultant | Guide | Speaker 

Robbyn has served as a pastor for over 10 years, and currently works as the Directional Pastor at Christ City Church in Memphis, TN, where he oversees the vision and mission of the church through preaching and discipleship. Prior to being a pastor, he was a missionary for several years in Western Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. 

Working with Tin Man and helping leaders find their heart and to get their life back is something that gives life to Robbyn. A story rooted in toxic shame, compulsive addictions and hiding out, Robbyn is passionate about helping leaders learn to face the truth of who they are and find freedom in the truths of who God has made them to be.

Robbyn is married to Suzanne and they have one daughter named Charlotte. They love Memphis, eating good food, and everybody dancing to Disney "princess songs." 


 

Guides

 
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Amy Peters

Guide

Amy is a passionate member to the Tin Man team. She is a Certified Professional Recovery Coach who offers coaching to women and pre-marriage couples along with her husband Joel. After graduating high school, she completed two years of training through 24-7 Leadership Academy. After this she attended Wayland Baptist University to pursue a degree in Christian Ministry. When Amy married Joel, her focus changed to becoming a wife and mother for the next eight years. During that time she created and led Beloved, a women’s ministry focusing on heart and body health. She is now on course to complete her undergrad with a degree in ministry leadership at Williamson College.

With a deep heart for women’s ministry, Amy’s personal journey has sparked her passion for Tin Man Ministries. Through painful circumstances in her own life, Amy was introduced to Voice of the Heart. As she continues to walk through and live out her own recovery, she desires to walk with other women as they do the same.

When Amy is not meeting with other women, she is a full-time homemaker and mother of Elizabeth and Jeriah. As a family, they especially enjoy camping and exploring the outdoors.

 
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Joel Peters

Guide

Joel worked as a professional in the field of engineering for over 13 years. During that time, he discovered a passion for thinking outside the box and working with teams of people to bring solutions to the industrial world. Joel eventually realized a deeper passion to help others, using similar tools, in their path to emotion health and restoration. He has a Master’s certificate from Multnomah Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree from LeTourneau University and most recently has become a Certified Professional Recovery Coach. He as also benefited from the SRS training provided by the Sage Hill Institute.

At an early age, Joel learned how to isolate and hide his heart which led to depression and addictive behaviors. In finding freedom through recovery, Joel is passionate to help other men find the same thing. Joel and his wife, Amy, moved to Nashville in 2016 to work with Tin Man. They have visited over 22 national parks, Love Adventure and exploring new places. Someday Joel plans to ride motorcycles again…when the time is right!

 

Sarah Aughtman

Guide

Sarah is a therapist in Nashville, TN , and recently joined Tin Man to further engage herself in the call of helping women recover their hearts and lives in the Church.  She speaks to groups, mentors and counsels one-on-one, and facilitates women’s small groups.  In addition to working with women, Sarah has a heart, passion and gifting to work with teenage girls.

Sarah attended Auburn University and received an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Once she graduated, she worked on staff at Legacy School of Discipleship, a training program in Alabama for college students. Afterwards, she moved to Nashville to get her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has been practicing ever since.  

Sarah enjoys having people over— mostly on her back porch! And though she left the city of Auburn, she will never leave behind her love for the Auburn Tigers... War Eagle!

 
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Sarah Lawrence Allen

Guide

Sarah Lawrence has experience in both ministry and clinical settings and currently sees clients for individual, couples, and group therapy as a therapist at Sage Hill Counseling in Memphis, Tennessee.  She completed training in The Spiritual Root System through Sage Hill Counseling in 2015, and it began a journey of recovery that has continued to present.  She is passionate about sharing her experience, strength, and hope from her own journey in recovery and delights in watching others recover their true selves.  

One of her favorite worship bands is United Pursuit, and they capture Sarah Lawrence’s heart in their song, Head to the Heart, “From the head to the heart you take me on a journey, of letting go and getting lost in you.  My heart is open wide; I will receive your light.  You give me faith like a child, in your my heart runs wide.  More than words, more than good ideas, I found your love in the open field.” Nature, outdoors, and play have been places where Sarah Lawrence has experienced both freedom to be herself and healing through God’s presence, love, and delight. She desires to create space for others to experience the same.

Sarah Lawrence is excited about joining you in the journey of recovering your heart as you connect more deeply with yourself, others, God, and creation.  

 
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Todd Wermers

Guide

Todd has served as a pastor in the local church for over 15 years, and currently is the Senior Pastor at Powell’s Chapel Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. In addition to being a pastor, Todd has worked for six years logging thousands of hours doing individual, marital, and experiential therapy at the Center for Professional Excellence, a treatment center for men struggling with addiction and mental issues that prevent them from living fully.

Todd has a passion to help pastors discover how God uniquely created them to serve the body of Christ and to help men work through the “stuff of life” holding them back. He is uniquely gifted at discipling men through their stories of brokenness and helping them experience healing in areas of their lives they never thought possible.  

Todd has been married to Jennifer of 10 years and they have 2 beautiful children, Tennysen and Cedar.

 
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Brandon Addison

Guide

Brandon is an entrepreneur, church planter, and currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Neighborhood Church and City Leader for Made to Flourish Network in Denver. In addition to pastoring, Brandon coaches leaders and consults organizations in the Front Range in maximizing their health and increasing their capacity. Prior to being a pastor, Brandon worked in leadership and organizational development for the federal government and private sector.

His passion for longstanding personal transformation and flourishing organizations brings him to Tin Man. Coming out of his own family of origin story and past experience of organizational pain, Addison longs to see high-capacity leaders experience more of their heart and how they were created to be so they can bring all of who they are to the people they love and serve.

Brandon attended the University of Georgia, studying psychology and organizational development.  Later, Addison pursued a master’s of divinity at Covenant Seminary while serving as a fellow at the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute.  He is married to Amy for over 10 years and often can be found chasing his two children Aidan and Ansley in their backyard and scheming new adventures with them.

 
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Betsy Ekle

Guide

Betsy joins the Tin Man team as a Spiritual Director and Guide to women on the journey of recovery of their hearts. A proud “Army Brat,” teacher, and former missionary, Betsy attended 10 schools by 10th grade has moved 26 times. Her life story reads like a map where she can trace a familiar rhythm of co-dependent coping mechanisms that paralleled a routine of moving from place to place. In 2009, Betsy entered recovery after recognizing her need for healing and has since participated in and/or facilitated recovery ministry work. One of her specialties is working with women in some aspect of life transition or physical relocation.

Betsy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Biblical Studies from Evangel University, and is an Alumni of the Witherspoon Institute in Washington D.C.. She trained and is certified in Spiritual Root System and is currently working toward certifications in both Spiritual Direction and Recovery Coaching.

“My own journey and ongoing training has helped me to identify my most basic of needs: to belong and matter. As a nomadic codependent, those needs in my life were not met in healthy ways.  But I have learned and experienced that change is possible. There is hope!  I’m excited to walk with others who long to find and reclaim their hearts.”

Betsy has been married to her husband, Pete, for 18 years and has two children ages 14 (Josie) and 10 (Sam). Now based in the Nashville area, she’s learning how to create roots, hang pictures and is working on writing her first book.

 
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Jamin Carter

Guide

Jamin is a pastor, educator and artist in Memphis. Always interested in more than one thing at a time, he has spent the past 14 years working bi-vocationally in ministry and education. As a pastor his passions include community, vision and ministry to the poor. In educational consulting, Jamin leads students and educators across the country through dynamic behavioral work that teaches skills of self-regulation in social and cooperative learning environments.

Finding himself powerless to control his interior life forced Jamin to look for a new path, one of surrender and heart. Walking alongside other leaders on this journey is where he finds great passion to be a guide with Tin Man.

Jamin has a masters in education and a bachelors of fine art. He lives with his wife Becky, son Benjamin and daughter Malea. They love being disconnected from technology, taking walks and gardening.


 

Support Staff

 
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Catherine M. Doyle

Chief Financial Officer

Catherine serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Tin Man Ministries since January 2019 when Compassionate Hope Foundation and Tin Man Ministries merged their ministries. Catherine Doyle oversees all aspects of Compassionate Hope and Tin Man’s financial matters and relationships, including financial reporting to the board of directors and leadership team, external financial reporting, banking relations, and treasury management. Catherine also manages the independent audit process and preparation of tax returns. In addition, she provides overall support to Jeff Schulte, Founder and the Board of Directors. Catherine also serves as the board of director’s Treasurer.

Prior to joining Compassionate Hope in 2011, Catherine was the Chief Financial Officer for Saint Thomas Hospital and Corporate Controller for Saint Thomas Health Services where she managed over a billion dollars in net revenues. She was responsible for accounting, accounts payable, budget and reporting, medical records, payroll, and the revenue cycle, which included a staff of over 250 employees. Prior to Saint Thomas, Catherine was a senior manager with Ernst & Young LLP for 14 years where she specialized in healthcare audit and business advisory services. She was engaged by clients to provide audit services as well as help define strategic direction, prepare new business plans, streamline financial and procedural polices, and create accounting systems to increase/strengthen internal controls.

Catherine has also been involved with various charitable and educational organizations. She has served on numerous boards either in the capacity of board president or treasurer. Catherine has taken mission trips for Compassionate Hope Foundation in Thailand, Laos and Uganda. This year Catherine is walking along-side an executive nonprofit consultant to lead a medical mission trip to the Philippines to serve the least-of-these. Catherine and her husband John have been married for 20 years and have three active teenagers, two grown children and three grandchildren. They reside in Dallas, TX.

 
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Jeff Tikson

Director of Operations

Jeff has an MBA from the University of Virginia and 30+ years working with nonprofits as a board member, staff person, and consultant. He has also worked with national media companies like Time Life and Doubleday Bookclubs, helping create Christian products for a broader audience.

Today, Jeff builds on his operational and fundraising experience to help create a more effective, strategic, and financially secure ministry.

 Jeff and his wife, Peggy, have been married for 30 years and are in the process of moving to Nashville. They have three sons and one daughter-in-law.