Carl Koch was the first director of the MA in Servant Leadership Program at Viterbo University and the program coordinator at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Thirty-eight years of working in schools and sixteen years in the publishing business convinced him that the most effective leaders were servant leaders. His pilgrimage to Assisi convinced him that Francis of Assisi exemplified servant leadership for all of us no matter what our roles in life.
Although he continues to conduct servant-leadership training for medical and educational institutions and facilitates retreats, Carl retired in 2011 after six years as Director of Ring Lake Ranch, an ecumenical retreat center in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming.
Carl has authored 36 books and many journal articles, most on topics of adult spiritual development, moral decision making, and writing. Among his books are: A Popular History of the Catholic Church (Saint Mary’s Press), Journalkeeping: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice (Sorin), Growing in Christian Morality (Saint Mary’s Press), and John Baptist de La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education (Paulist Classics).
He holds master degrees in religious education, spirituality, and English and a doctorate in English from the University of Michigan. Carl and his wife, Joyce, live in Minocqua, WI and enjoy cooking, singing, kayaking, playing with their two dogs, and walking.