About Your Coach

Amy Carroll, founder of Next Step Coaching Services, spent years in the classroom before beginning her 17-year career as a speaker, writer, podcaster and coach.  Amy’s love for teaching as well as her experiences as a speaker and author fuel her desire to pass on what she’s learned to other communicators. Her belief in the power of collaborative learning keeps her on a constant quest for learning from and sharing with her coaching clients.

Amy’s  knack for breaking big ideas into small, understandable parts contribute to her appeal as a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries.  She is the author of Breaking Up with Perfect and Exhale as well as contributor to several other books.  Amy enjoys interacting with the Proverbs 31 Ministries community through her monthly “Encouragement for Today” devotions. And because she loves a great story more than almost anything, one of her favorite jobs is co-hosting Grit ‘n’ Grace the Podcast.

Amy also believes strongly in a heart of service. “No more diva speakers!” is her battle cry. She has decades of experience in women’s ministry as a Sunday school teacher, women’s ministry director, and team participant. Watching other leaders and volunteering in these positions have given her invaluable insights to share with communicators about the needs of women in their churches.  

Amy and her husband Barry love laughing, sunning on North Carolina beaches, filling their home with music, and texting their adult children.  Amy is a voracious reader who has to be self-disciplined about housework and cooking in the midst of a book so that her sweet hubby won’t suffer neglect.  Her favorite food is anything someone else cooked.