Rodney Cox, Founder & President (Email)
Rodney Cox, one of the country’s emerging leaders in the strengths movement, is the author of such titles as Leading From Your Strengths (three-book series), Love and Money, Different By Design, The Discovery Kit and Incredible Creatures Adventure Kit (DVD Series), which have touched more than 325,000 church leaders, teams, couples and children worldwide.
He founded Ministry Insights International in 2001 to bring personality assessment tools to the Christian market.
As a thriving manager for a major national tools supplier during the 1980s and 1990s, Rodney observed personality differences in his distributors who succeeded and those who did not. A friend who worked as a consultant introduced him to the use of behavioral assessments as a means to better screen potential franchise owners. Soon, Rodney moved into full-time consulting, working with employers to hire and retain employees based on their strengths. He routinely used world-class behavioral assessments developed by Target Training International (TTI) with his clients to achieve excellent results.
A special partnership led Rodney and TTI to develop an advanced internet delivery system for their assessments, which was patented in 2001. Rodney felt called to apply what he’d learned in the strengths-based movement to serve Christians, noting devastation among churches with conflict, personality decisions, and hiring decisions gone awry in the local church. The patented profiling system, used so successfully for millions in the worldwide business community, is the foundation for what would become Ministry Insights’ strengths-based profiles.
Rodney re-purposed the profiles for the Christian community and today leverages them to build unity in the church, ministries, Christian marriages, and families. Ministry Insights’ first and core profile, Leading From Your Strengths (LFYS), was introduced in 2001. Soon, the ministry developed additional profiles, books, trainings, and resources to help Christian organizations and individuals build strong leaders, teams, marriages, and families.
Today, Rodney serves as president of Ministry Insights. A prominent, gregarious speaker and a man after God’s own heart, Rodney is universally characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful men in the strengths movement. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married since 1984 and live in Scottsdale, AZ. They have two grown daughters and one son-in-law.
Leigh Clark, Executive Administrator (Email)
Leigh joined the Ministry Insights team in February 2010. She brings a diverse range of marketplace experience to the ministry both as a manager and entrepreneur, allowing her to relate to the broad range of clients we serve. Leigh worked for ten years as a buyer in the cable industry (Comcast Communications) and prior to that, for a decade as a project manager in the construction industry in the Midwest. Along the way, she put her entrepreneurial skills to use in design, sales, and marketing as owner of TearWear, a line of beachwear carried in 600 national department stores including JC Penney, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Montgomery Ward’s, Sears and various parent companies.
Leigh is a certified professional behavior analyst (CPBA), certified professional values analyst (CPVA), and holds both Level I and Level II Certifications for Leading From Your Strengths. She and her husband Michael have been married since 1996 and reside in Scottsdale, AZ where together they work in biblical community outreach through a local restaurant.
Patty Russell, Bookkeeper (Email)
Patty brings the expertise of a small business owner to the Ministry Insights team, having owned, managed, and operated her own horse training and boarding facility for many years. She has also used her skills to provide administrative and bookkeeping support for small businesses ranging from life coaching/ business development to a ladies online fashion outlet and an upscale retail boutique. In her spare time, Patty cultivates her creative side as a jewelry artist. She and her husband have two grown children.
Kathy Widenhouse, Senior Communications Consultant (Email)
Kathy, a development copywriter, specializes in producing materials for the faith-based market. She also provides strategic consultation to help organizations get their message out and get results.
Kathy began writing in earnest in 1996 when planning for a second career after serving for 20 years as a flutist with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C. Her years of volunteer work and time on four nonprofit boards drew her to the faith-based niche, partnering with dozens of small to mid-sized organizations to clarify their message and build stronger audiences. As Ministry Insights’ Senior Communications Consultant, she works to develop effective web, electronic, and social media communications.
Along the way, 100+ articles with Kathy’s byline have appeared in more than 40 periodicals, both print and online. She has also written 5 books (more than 100,000 in print.) Read more about her work with faith-based organizations at her website, www.nonprofitcopywriter.com.
President, Ministry Insights International, Scottsdale, AZ
John Trent Ph.D.
Psychologist; award-winning author and speaker; president of StrongFamilies, Phoenix, AZ
John Michael, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Professional Counseling Associates, Meza, AZ
Eric Tooker, J.D.
Attorney; President and CEO, MCS Biotech Resources, Scottsdale, AZ