Lionel Church
Sustainable Growth Consultant

Let’s build a socially & environmentally responsible economy.


The work performed by every one of us is powerful and shapes the world.

If you want to create a socially just and environmentally regenerative world, you must put to use all of your skills and creativity as a member of a team doing work that matters.

Hi, I’m Lionel Church.

My mission is to help social & environmental responsibility become the norm.

I was a founding partner of Food Revolution Network with Ocean & John Robbins, where I supported their vision—healthy, sustainable, ethical food for everyone—from the time it was an idea until it grew to over 500,000 registered members. My primary contributions were implementing product, technology and operations and then hiring team to run that function. My goal was to set the organization up with strong foundations that would carry them to a prosperous future of positive social and environmental contribution.

Next, I founded Gratis as an expression of my life mission: To create a business culture that uses its power to actively solve social & environmental problems.

Now, as an entrepreneur and a consultant, I help organizations pursue highly effective operations while advancing social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

If you support what I’m doing,

Let’s connect.


What I Offer

Consulting for Businesses

My clients believe the purpose of business is to create as much value in the world as possible for all people and the natural world. I help clients increase positive societal contributions, environmental stewardship, financial prosperity, and ease of operations in their business.

Coaching for Professionals

I coach socially and environmentally conscious professionals who want to change the world for the better. We work to get them contributing more than ever before to make their organizations stronger and get them anchored in a sense of agency over their own life and career development.

Corporate Advising

I serve on boards of companies that are working toward growth that benefits society, workers, and the environment in addition to financial gain.

If you’re interested in working with me, please schedule a conversation to introduce yourself!

Professional style

How I Work

Listen, Learn & Improve

With all of Lionel’s services, the approach is listening-driven and the aim of his work is for each leader to build the effectiveness of their organization by recognizing strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

Lionel learned this approach in a 2-year executive training program.

Operations Orientation

Operations are the underpinnings of how your organization actually accomplishes the work it sets out to do, and how it delivers a result to your customers. Without getting this right, there is no business. We frame all work in the context of how it will affect the operations of the organization so that improvements stick long-term.

Lionel developed his operations orientation through a training in Economics & family entrepreneurship role-models.

Communication First

Communication is paramount to effective operations and successful teamwork. Lionel brings principles of effective communication into all assessments of organizational effectiveness.

Lionel studies communication & conflict resolution methodologies which emphasize clear communication and resolving interpersonal disagreements.

Total Benefit

Businesses play a giant role in the world affecting employment, shaping community, defining society itself, and changing the natural world. The goal of Lionel’s work with any client is to recommend steps that improve the total benefit of all stakeholders.

Lionel helps companies pursue socially responsible & environmentally sustainable business practices as a way for organizations to align their interests with the long-term interests of society and the natural world.


Ocean Robbins

CEO, Food Revolution Network

“I am Ocean Robbins, CEO and Co-Founder of Food Revolution Network. We help everyone who eats to stand for healthy, ethical, sustainable food for all.


The first key leader in our organization was Lionel Church. He started as our only employee, and went on to guide and assist in all of our hiring and development over the course of 6 years. During that time, Lionel came to serve as COO, and he helped to grow the organization from nothing to a multi 7-figure online community with nearly 20 staff and 500,000+ members.


Lionel has provided tremendous innovation, creativity, systems thinking, and willingness to step into just about every role in order to optimize our success. He helped to grow our team from a “solo-preneurship” to a real, thriving organization, demonstrating leadership with budgets, systems, roles, hiring an outstanding team, and building the infrastructure for us to accomplish our dreams.


This has benefited me and our organization by allowing me to focus ever more of my energies in my zone of genius, enabling us to do more and serve more than I could have ever imagined. I am forever grateful for Lionel’s dedication, perseverance, and leadership.”

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    "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

    – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Author, The Little Prince

    "The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else."

    – Eric Ries, Author, The Lean Startup

    "The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing."

    – Seth Godin, Author & Ethical Marketing Genius

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