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Spiritual Directors and Internship Coaches

Spiritual Directors are discerning and gifted persons trained to provide spiritual guidance and discipleship in the Christian tradition. They are gifted laypeople, ordained clergy, Christian educators, and/or trained counselors. The focus of Spiritual Direction is to develop awareness of the presence of God in ones life in the context of a trusted relationship. In the MASD and MDIV degree programs, students are required to meet with Spiritual Directors.

Internship Coaches are ministers and leaders with experience in international ministry, church planting, and nonprofit organizations as organizational leaders. The focus of online internship coaching is on developing students in their leadership role, utilizing various tools to increase awareness and effectiveness. In the online MAML and MDIV degree programs, students are required to meet with coaches.

Rick Adams

Rick Adams

Position: Spiritual Director

Academic Background: Riverside Community College; University of California Riverside; Portland Seminary, MDiv and Certificate in Spiritual Formation.

Interests and Expertise: Spiritual Formation, Christian Counseling, working with Seminary and Psychology students, pastors and chaplains. I also enjoy working with video and writing.

Email: rickadams7@gmail.com

Website: http://lean-into-god.com/

Jay Bryner

Jay Bryner

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Antelope, Oregon

Academic Background: MDiv, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: I work in parachurch ministry, where I supervise, coach, and disciple post-college and college students.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual Direction is the practice of gaining a better understanding of the presence and agency God in our lives through the discipline of listening with the Spiritual Director.

Speciality and Availability: Distance students. Young adults - particularly young professionals - and the relationship between faith, discernment, vocation, and our daily lives.

Email: jeremiejaybryner@gmail.com

Anne Buck

Anne Buck

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Portland, Oregon

Academic Background: MA, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: Currently in cancer recovery, primary caregiver for parent with a stroke. Volunteer at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and renewing a Spiritual Direction practice.

Other Training and Certificates: Previous Board Certified Chaplain (training at Portland Providence Medical Center), Previous Licensed Massage Therapist (additional training in Trauma Touch Therapy), Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Grief training for The Dougy Center and Camp Erin (for grieving children), Abbey of the Arts (completed online and face to face courses, workshops)

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual Direction is the offering of intentional listening and compassionate presence together with an awareness of God's presence and sacred direction.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students. Creative arts, Labyrinth Walks, exploration of spirituality and the body, grief and loss

Email: annebuck@gmail.com

Cathy Crawford

Cathy Crawford

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Ridgefield, Washington

Academic Background: MA, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: I currently serve as a Spiritual Director to students attending Portland Seminary and students attending George Fox University. I have also been working as a Spiritual Director in private practice since 2011.

Other Training and Certificates: Certified Spiritual Director - George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual direction is a unique form of counseling that helps a person live a deeper and healthier life. Listening to your life with a trained Spiritual Director can be very beneficial in discerning life choices and finding courage to move forward. Taking the time to slow down and review the circumstances of your life brings great self-awareness. This experience can bring healing to old and new wounds and resolve inner conflicts that can keep you stuck in life.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students. Personality & Spirituality, Grief Counseling

Email: cathyc0914@gmail.com

Angie Fadel

Angie Fadel

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Portland, Oregon

Academic Background: MA, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: Full-time spiritual director, workshop creator, and facilitator

Other Training and Certificates: Enneagram, Conflict Styles, Jungian Intensive Journaling, Mindfulness & Meditation training, Team building, Progoff Dream work, Transformational leadership training, Active listening skills, Non-Violent Communication

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual Direction is a place and time where therapeutic listening happens between equals. There is a problem often found in church culture that leaves us isolated and alone in our questions. I believe in the importance creating a space where we share our life experience and learn from each other. I look at Spiritual Direction as a "permission giving" of sorts. What I mean by that is...there is nothing you might say that would shock me, there is no doubt or pain expressed that would cause me to think less of you. In this way there is no topic off limits in our time together, we together, create a safe place to explore our lives, spirituality, the reasons we do what we do, and make space for more awareness and presence.

Speciality and Availability: Local or Distance Students. I specialize in people deconstructing their faith, reconstructing and/or still not sure where they will end up. I meet with people dealing with trauma and identity crisis. Empowering women to step into their roles as leaders

Email: angiefadel@gmail.com

Paula Gamble-Grant

Paula

Position: Spiritual Director

Academic Background: BA in Speech Communication University of Washington; MA in Intercultural Communication Western Seminary; Certificate in Spiritual Formation Portland Seminary

Interests and Expertise: Paula loves helping others attend to God's loving and leading in their lives and creatively utilizes her music, writing and communication skills to foster environments where people can abide more closely with God. She also now serves as a Spiritual Director to M.A. and PsyD students and will help co-facilitate a DMin class in spiritual leadership this fall. She is a trained supervisor, and is a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association

Email: paula@mysoulrefresh.com

Website: mysoulrefresh.com

Becky Grisell

Becky Grisell

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Greenville, South Carolina

Academic Background: MDiv, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: I am a Spiritual Director, Coach, mentor, and counselor in a variety of contexts and amongst a diverse population, with Christians and those who do not call themselves Christians.

Other Training and Certificates: Certified in the Enneagram at the Institute of Conscious Being

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: I am passionate about people, relationships, and the capacity to be able to create, inspire, and illuminate sacred spaces as a conduit of God’s Kingdom. As a Spiritual Director I offer a space and time to explore, reflect upon, and deepen one’s relationship with the Divine; discover ways to integrate faith and a relationship with God into ordinary and daily life; as well as uncover new awakenings and stirrings within.

Speciality and Availability: Distance Students. 

Email: bgrisell@gmail.com

Trey Doty

Trey Doty

Position: Internship Coach

Academic Background: BS, George Fox University; MDiv, Portland Seminary; CPE Residency, Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center; Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Development, Portland State University; Creative Results Management CORE Coach Training

Interests and Expertise: Nonprofit Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Communication, Church Planting, and Community Development, Coaching, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, and First Responder Wellness

Email: trey.doty@responderlife.org

Phone: 503.320.8775

Website: responderlife.org

Rich Handley

Rich Handley

Position: Internship Coach

Academic Background: BS in Religious Education, Mississippi College; Master of Social Work, University of Southern Mississippi, Master of Religious Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Doctor of Business Administration, Nova Southeastern University; Board Certified Diplomate-American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Texas; Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Texas; Certified Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i®), Certified/Co-author-Emotional Quotient 360 (EQ-360®), Certified Corporate Health Promotion Director-Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research.

Interests and Expertise: Emotional Intelligence assessment, training, coaching, development.  Leadership/Emotional Intelligence Instructor – University of Texas Center for Professional Education-Austin; Coach – McCombs School of Business – MBA Program – University of Texas-Austin; Co-author, Emotional Quotient 360 (EQ-360®), Co-author -Optimizing People; Co-author- Benchmark of Organizational Emotional Intelligence™ assessment, Co-author, The EQ-Interview™, Co-author – The Behavioral Health Survey, Author Executive Presence – The Leadership “X-Factor” Workbook, Applying Emotional Intelligence to Your Leadership Workbook; Best Practices In Emotional Intelligence- Author - Chapter: “Advanced EQ-i® Interpretation Techniques”, Linking Emotional Intelligence and Performance at Work-Chapter: Co-author-“The Impact of Emotional Intelligence on Performance”, Competency & Emotional Intelligence Quarterly Journal of Performance Through People- “Leveraging Corporate Performance By Profiling Behaviors, Skills, & Emotional Intelligence”

Email: dean@equniversity.com

Office210-865-8373

Lynn Clouser Holt

Lynn Clouser Holt

Position: Spiritual Director

Academic Background: MDiv, Portland Seminary; Certification of Spiritual Formation & Discipleship & Certified Spiritual Director; Certification of Spiritual Direction, The Society of Missionaries of Mercy; Recorded Quaker Minister, Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)

Interests and Expertise: Convener of Come to the Water Conference a professional conference for women in pastoral ministry. Spiritual direction.

Email: lynn@northvalleyfriends.org

Office: 503-538-5340

Jennifer Lichtenberg

Jennifer Lichtenberg

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Portland, Oregon

Academic Background: MTS, Regent College

Work/Ministry Context: I am the Program Coordinator for George Fox University Graduate School of Counseling where I am involved in coordinating the needs of the Counseling programs for both the graduate students and faculty. 

Other Training and Certificates: Trained in listening and healing prayer and Theophostic prayer.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: My Spiritual direction practice involves creating an environment where directees have space to explore their concerns, hopes, dreams, failures and joys. All range of emotions and all topics are welcome! "Seeing" and "hearing" are essential parts of the spiritual direction process: My desire is to help directees see themselves as God sees them and to hear God's voice and direction for themselves.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance Students. Single women, missionaries serving in international contexts especially in campus ministry, artists, those serving in para-church organizations, those disillusioned or disappointed by God or life's circumstances

Email: jenniferlichtenberg@gmail.com

Phone: 971-221-5956

Deborah Loyd

Deborah Loyd

Position: Internship Coach

Academic Background: BA in Biblical Studies, Excelsior College; MA in Exegetical Theology, Western Seminary; DMin candidate, Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University

Interests and Expertise: Co-founder and Pastor Emeritus, The Bridge Church of Portland; Co-founder of Women's Convergence. Interests include Emerging Culture, Urban Church Planting, Leadership Development, Mentoring Women Church Planters

Email: dloyd@georgefox.edu, deborahloyd@gmail.com

Office: 503.516.1415

Dianna Mcintyre

Dianna McIntyre

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Newberg, Oregon

Academic Background: MA, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: I am currently retired, but enjoy providing spiritual direction for Portland Seminary and George Fox University Psy.D. students.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: My desire is to provide a space where people feel welcomed, accepted, valued, and loved so they can better open themselves to a deeper understanding of how God relates to them. Through listening to the person I’m meeting with and listening to the Holy Spirit I endeavor to ask questions that, I hope, will help the person think more deeply about their understanding of and responses to God. My deepest desire is to see every person fully know how deeply God loves and accepts them. I also know we are all on the journey of life and that God’s work in each of us is progressive, but absolutely sure.

Speciality and Availability: Local and distance students. Most of the spiritual direction I have done has been with graduate students. I also have quite a bit of experience with international students seeking spiritual direction. In addition, I've been through several bouts of cancer and feel like I could walk with someone who may find themselves headed down that path as well.

Email: diannaleemcintyre@gmail.com

Jason Minnix

Jason Minnix

Position: Spiritual Director

Academic Background: MASF from George Fox Seminary, BA Philosophy from Univ. of Texas at Austin

Interests and Expertise: Cultivating the Art of Spiritual Discernment, Bee Keeping, Horseplay

Email: jasonminnix@gmail.com

Phone: 512.520.7840

Website:  stonespringswellness.com

Jean Nevills

Jean Nevills

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon

Academic Background: MA, Western Evangelical Seminary; BA, Oregon College of Education

Other Trainings or Certificates: Certificate in Spiritual Formation, Renovare Institute; Certificate in the Art of Spiritual Direction, Namaste; Trained Supervisor, Together In The Mystery.

Work/Ministry Context: For me marriage and mothering, a family business and community life are the natural arenas for ongoing spiritual transformation, spiritual practices, and living life with God in a Jesus way. Visit me at www.sheepdoglife.com, a ministry of hospitality, direction, supervision, and retreat. I am also an instructor/collaborator at Portland Seminary in the Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual Direction, SFAD 571& 572.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: A spiritual director is someone who can help me notice, hear, and grow closer to God in freedom with integrity and joy… someone who can listen when I’m struggling, when I’m grieving, when I’m longing for more…someone who understands my journey just enough to walk with me but not get in the way of the Mystery of God. See more at www.sheepdoglife.com

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students. I enjoy working with women and men, business laborers and professionals, clergy and laity, as well as Undergraduate/Graduate/Doctoral Students. Experienced in Ignatian, Benedictine, Centering, and Breath Prayer; Lectio Divina; Women’s and Men’s spirituality; Rule of Life; Grief; Silent and Facilitated Retreats.

Email: j-nevills@msn.com

Phone: 503-628-4582

Paul Rhoads

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Position: Internship Coach

Academic Background: BA in Biblical Lit.,  Multnomah University; MDiv, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; two years graduate work in Near Eastern Studies, UCLA; Certified Coach, Creative Results Management CORE.

Interests and Expertise: My passion is to help kingdom leaders connect so deeply with God that their lives and ministries are transformed by the encounter. I do this through coaching, mentoring, and spiritual direction. I also consult with small nonprofit ministries. I am an associate director with SoulFormation where I help to lead the Academy of Spiritual Formation and Direction, a 20-month process to help leaders become intentional about their own relationship with God and become a soul friend to others.

Email: paul.rhoads@me.com

Office360.513.4714

Websitesoulformation.org

Jeff Savage

Jeff Savage 

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Springfield, Oregon

Academic BackgroundDoctor of Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary; M.Div., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: I am currently pastor of the First Baptist Church of Springfield, Oregon (an American Baptist congregation), where I have served for 29 years. I am also a spiritual director, couples facilitator, and retreat host (sacredspacevida.com).

Other Training and Certificates: Franciscan Spiritual Center, Milwaukie, OR

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: I believe spiritual direction is a relationship of sacred trust, formed as we, together, listen to God speaking in your story. My role in this practice is to invite you to awaken to the Spirit’s presence, carry you faithfully in prayer, and assist you in discerning the way forward in the abundant life of God in Christ Jesus. Two Biblical stories give shape to the direction I offer: the Prophet Elijah’s flight to God (1 Kings 19) and a paralyzed man’s journey to Jesus (Mark 2:1-12). Together they illustrate what it means to companion someone along the way to God and entrust them to God’s love each step of the journey. I would be honored to walk beside you in this way.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students. Much of my work involves walking with clergy, individuals who are in the process of discerning a call to ministry, and folks who are wrestling with shifts in their relationship with God.

Email: JLSav1957@gmail.com

Dan Steigerwald

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Position: Internship Coach

Academic Background: BS in Mineral Economics, Pennsylvania State University; MDiv, Tyndale Theological Seminary (Amsterdam); DMin, Leadership in the Emerging Culture, Portland Seminary; Certified Coach, Creative Results Management CORE and EXCEL Coach Training Programs. Author of Growing Local Missionaries: Equipping Churches to Sow Shalom in Their Own Cultural Backyard.

Interests and Expertise: Coaching, mentoring and training church planters and missional leaders; Writing (author, Grow Where You're Planted: Collected Stories on the Hallmarks of Maturing Church); Founder and Pastor Emeritus, Crossroads Church of The Hague; Creation care, hiking and biking in the great outdoors; spending time with my wife and daughters.

Email: dsteigerwald@georgefox.edu; dsteiger@christianassociates.org

Office: 503-432-1825

Jan Taylor

Jan Taylor

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Salem, Oregon

Academic Background: MA in Counseling, Lewis and Clark University.

Work/Ministry Context: I am a retired therapist who now enjoys sitting in deep conversation with others in a focused spiritual context. As a part of that, I am available to George Fox students in both the Seminary and the Doctorate of Psychology programs. I also work with individuals who are unrelated to the school, as well as facilitate silent retreats and a small contemplative listening group.

Other Training and Certificates: I was trained by Sr. Pat McCrann, SNJM, through Namaste of Portland. She no longer does this training, having retired, but still offers retreat spaces in the Portland area. I also have a certificate from the Living School, a two-year course that focuses on teachings from the Christian mystics. This was created within The Center for Action and Contemplation and taught by Fa. Richard Rohr, James Finley, and Cynthia Bourgeaut

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: As I sit with an individual, it is with the intent to facilitate that individual's relationship with God in whatever way God seems to be nudging or drawing them. Where do they notice God in the everyday aspects of life, the nitty-gritty difficulties, or growth asking to be celebrated? It is an accompanying. The Holy Spirit is the director.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students. 

Email: jantaylorsd@comcast.net 

Phone: 971-239-8231

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