Sterling E. Freeman is a leadership coach, organizational and cultural change agent, facilitator, counselor, and public speaker. Having been in Christian ministry since 1996, Sterling brings a pastoral orientation to this work, and is inclined toward deep listening, holding empathy, and meeting people where they are.

As the former director of a nonprofit, Sterling has worked with leaders across multiple sectors in the nonprofit world. He has also served a church as a pastor in a ministry which centered a theology of liberation and justice. Sterling is a frequent consultant with Auburn Seminary (New York, NY) where he works on various projects focused on building capacity among social justice advocates and leaders. Sterling holds a Master of Divinity from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a BA in Economics from Davidson College, certificates in business strategy and economics from the London School of Economics, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Global Leadership from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

Sterling serves on the board of the African American Heritage House at Chautauqua Institution in western New York. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter Joia.