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 MASF 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 non-profit 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, George Fox Evangelical 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/

Paula Gamble-Grant


Position: Spiritual Director

Academic Background: BA Speech Communication University of Washington, MA Intercultural Communication Western Seminary, Certificate in Spiritual Formation George Fox Evangelical 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: www.mysoulrefresh.com

Trey Doty

Trey Doty

Position: Internship Coach

Academic Background: BS, George Fox University; MDiv, George Fox Evangelical 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


Lynn Clouser Holt

Lynn Clouser Holt

Position: Spiritual Director, Lead Pastor, North Valley Friends Church

Academic Background: MDiv. George Fox Evangelical Seminary; Certification of Spiritual Formation & Discipleship & Certified Spiritual Director, GFES; 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

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

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

Paul Rhoads

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Position: Internship Coach

Academic Background: BA in Biblical Lit.,  Multnomah University;  M.Div. Talbot School of Theology, BIOLA University; 2 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 non-profit 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


Website: soulformation.org

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, George Fox Evangelical 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

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