Stobickan Authors

Kurt Bickel

is the Church Coach and the owner of Strobickan Publishing LLC.. In addition, Kurt is a partner in Cornerstone Consulting, developers of the Cornerstone Factor.Learn more about Kurt and explore the possibility of having him consult with your organization by visiting

Les Stroh

has nearly forty years experience as an educator, trainer, executive, manager, consultant and entrepreneur. Les works with people at all levels of an organization to help them clarify their mission and vision and gain the skills necessary to make that mission and vision come alive. His work with churches, schools, volunteer organizations, for-profit companies, and community leadership programs has focused primarily on strategic and operational planning, board governance, leadership and management development and team dynamics.

Les leads people within an organization to define their own path to greater success and significance. His clients develop understanding and skills in dealing with the dynamics of organizational life. His planning process is currently used by congregations, schools, regional and national church judicatories, businesses and not-for-profit agencies.

Les has a Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development. He has taught classes, lead workshops, and been a speaker at numerous international, national and local events on the topics of leadership development, empowerment, communication skills, group development, board governance, experiential learning and facilitation skills.

In 1991, Les founded CORNERSTONE which is dedicated to “empowering people in organizations for quality of life, product and service.” CORNERSTONE, which has partners in Orlando, FL, Rochester, NY and St. Louis, MO offers experientially based consulting and training services in human relations and organizational effectiveness.

Les is a senior consultant with University Associates Consulting and Training Services. His expertise includes team building, group development, board governance, meeting facilitation, planning systems and skill development in group leadership.

For 36 years, Les has been married to Deborah who is an artist ( and early childhood educator. They reside in St. Louis and love to get away and just be together reading, walking and talking.

Richard Bimler

served as president of Wheat Ridge Ministries for 15 years and stepped down from the position on December 31, 2005. Prior to joining Wheat Ridge, he served The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in a variety of capacities, including Executive Director of the Planning Council for Mission and Ministry, Executive Director of major LCMS Youth Gatherings, Executive Director of the Board for Youth Services and Assistant to the President (Youth, Evangelism, Social Ministry) in the Minnesota South District. He began his lifelong career in the church serving as youth director in Houston, Texas, and then as Director of Christian Education in Mission, Kansas.

A graduate of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, Rich also holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and honorary doctorates from Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, and Concordia University, Irvine, California.

Rich has written numerous books, articles and educational materials dealing with youth ministry as well as humor, team ministry and family life. Among his many publications are Let There Be Laughter, Angels Can Fly Because They Take Themselves Lightly and Miracles in the Middle.

A world traveler, Rich has been involved in consultations, presentations and training events in 17 countries outside the United States. He is a member of numerous local, national and international organizations and serves on various boards. In 2004, Rich received the “Outstanding Executive Award” from the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) and in 2005 was presented the Wittenberg Award from The Luther Institute in Washington, DC.

Rich and his wife, Hazel, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.