Carl Koch, DA

Carl Koch

Carl Koch, DA, is an author, speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director and consultant on servant leadership development.

From 2001 to 2006, he served as the first director of the MA in Servant Leadership Program at Viterbo University -- 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 served as a senior editor and writer at Saint Mary's Press for 16 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), and John Baptist de La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education (Paulist, 2004).

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 retired in 2011 after six years as Director of Ring Lake Ranch, an ecumenical retreat center in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming ( He still conducts servant-leadership training and retreats, especially focused on his latest book, Leading Like Francis - Building God's House (New City Press, 2014).

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

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