About Carl Koch

Carl Koch is a speaker, retreat leader, writer, spiritual director, and consultant on servant leadership development.

He retired in 2011 after six years as Director of Ring Lake Ranch, an ecumenical retreat center in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming [www.ringlake.org].

He still conducts servant-leadership training for medical centers and educational institutions and facilitates retreats.

For thirty-eight years, Koch was a high school and then university teacher and administrator, having taught all levels from eighth graders to doctoral students.

Koch served as a senior editor and writer at Saint Mary's Press for sixteen years. He has authored 36 books and many journal articles. Among his books are: A Popular History of the Catholic Church (Saint Mary's Press, 1996), Journalkeeping: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice (Sorin, 2004), Creating a Christian Lifestyle (Saint Mary's Press, 1996), Garden of a Thousand Gates: Pathways to Prayer (Saint Mary's Press, 1998), and John Baptist de La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education (Paulist, 2004). His article "Only Witnesses" was published in ABC-CLIO's academic web text, World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy.

Leading Like Francis – Building God's House, his latest book, has just been published by New City Press.

From 2001 to 2006 Koch served as the first director of the MA in Servant Leadership Program at Viterbo University. This was the first graduate program in servant-leadership in the country. During these years he was also the program director at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI.

Koch holds master degrees in religious education, spirituality and human development, and English and a doctorate in English from the University of Michigan.

His wife, Joyce, and he live in La Crosse, WI, and enjoy cooking, singing, kayaking, playing with their two rescue dogs, and walking.