Spiritual Directors and Leadership Coaches

Leadership Coaches

Portland Seminary Leadership Coaches are experienced practitioners with enterprenuerial backgrounds in church planting and leadership, nonprofit development and management, and a variety of national and global ministries. Students in programs with a leadership emphasis are paired with coaches for a year to develop their leadership skills, utilizing various tools to increase awareness and effectiveness.

Trey Doty

Trey Doty

Academic Background: MDiv, Portland Seminary; BS, George Fox University; CPE Residency, Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center

Certifications: Nonprofit Development, Portland State University; Creative Results Management CORE Coach Training

Expertise and Interests: Nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, communication, church planting, community development, c oaching, law enforcement chaplaincy, and first responder wellness

Email:  tdoty@georgefox.edu  


Deborah Loyd

Academic Background: DMin, Bakke Graduate University; MA, Western Seminary; BA, Excelsior College

Church Affiliations: Co-founder and Pastor Emeritus,  The Bridge Church of Portland; c o-founder of  Women's Convergence

Expertise and Interests: Emerging culture, urban church planting, leadership development, mentoring women church planters

Email:   dloyd@georgefox.edu


Dan Steigerwald

Academic Background: DMin, Portland Seminary; MDiv, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Amsterdam; BS, Pennsylvania State University

Certifications: Certified Coach, Creative Results Management CORE and EXCEL Coach Training Programs

Church Affiliation:   Founder and Pastor Emeritus, Crossroads Church of The Hague

Expertise and Interests: Coaching, mentoring and training church planters and missional leaders; writing (author,   Grow Where You're Planted: Collected Stories on the Hallmarks of Maturing Church); creation care

Email:   dsteigerwald@georgefox.edu

Spiritual Directors

Portland Seminary Spiritual Directors are discerning 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 life in the context of a trusted relationship. As a part of spiritual formation at the seminary, all first year students meet with a spiritual director for six sessions over the course of the school year. 

Tim Benkert

Tim Benkert

Work/Ministry Context: Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1996 after graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary with my MDiv. After serving as a Pastor for over two decades I went on medical leave in 2016 due to deteriorating vision with glaucoma.

Other Training and Certificates: Certificate, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship and Certified Spiritual Director, Portland Seminary

Email: tbenkert@gmail.com    Location:  Ohio

Nathan Bettger

Nathan Bettger

Work/Ministry Context:  Full-time board certified hospital chaplain and a certified spiritual director.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Nathan has a deep heart for the integration of spirituality/experience of God, psychology, and living in community, especially as they affect one's professional practice/calling, learning, relationships, and personal growth. Nathan has also done extensive work helping individuals learn to: grieve well; to articulate their spiritual life authentically; and to apply the Enneagram, life stages, and themes within Celtic spirituality to one's faith journey.

Email: bettger2@gmail.com    Location:  Oshkosh, WI    WebsiteNateBettger.com

Lacy Borgo

Lacy Finn Borgo

Work/Ministry Context:  Spiritual director for children and caregivers at Haven House. Spiritual director and teacher for Good Ministries, the Renovaré Institute, Fuller Seminary, and Portland Seminary. Spiritual Director Supervisor training through Mercy Center.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual Direction is the grace of accompanying another in their life with God. The two primary movements in spiritual direction are "to recognize" and "to respond." As a spiritual director, my role is to attend my directee and the Spirit, opening the space for the directee to recognize and respond to the movements of God in his or her life, others, and the world.

Email: lacy@gooddirtministries.org    Location:  Montrose, Colorado   Website: GoodDirtMinistries.org 

Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown

Work/Ministry Context: I work with Cru in the Leadership Development department of the campus ministry. I coach and mentor staff with Cru who are front lines missionaries. I am also involved in discipleship/wholeness emphasis at our church here in Portland.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Simple, relational, attention to the spiritual dimension of life

Email: margaret.brown@cru.org    Location:  Tualatin, Oregon

Jay Bryner

Jay Bryner

Work/Ministry Context:  I work in parachurch ministry, where I supervise, coach, and disciple post-college and college students. I enjoy working with young adults - particularly young professionals - and the relationship between faith, discernment, vocation, and our daily lives.

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.

Email: jeremiejaybryner@gmail.com    Location:   Antelope, Oregon  Website: JayBryner.com

Kristin Chaney

Kristin Chaney

Work/Ministry Context: Licensed Pastor at West Salem Foursquare Church & Certified Spiritual Director

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: My desire is to walk along side people to nurture a deeper awareness of the presence of God in everyday life. I enjoy working with other pastors and leaders through the rigors of ministry life as a spiritual companion, in a career path that can often be isolating and lonely. As a pastor, I have worked with issues of suicide and domestic violence and feel called to walk with people through dark times and in the trenches. My passion is to listen to the heart of my directees and to witness God at work in their lives.

Email: kristin@chaneyfamily.info    Location: Salem, Oregon

Cathy Crawford

Cathy Crawford

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

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.

Email:  cathyc0914@gmail.com   Location:   Ridgefield, Washington

Angie Fadel

Angie Fadel

Work/Ministry Context: Full-time spiritual director, archery, mindfulness, and labyrinth workshop creator, and facilitator of Jungian journaling and dream work. I work with people of all faiths and journey with the LGBTQIA community to help restore or find a spiritual practice that brings life.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction:  Spiritual Direction is a place and time where therapeutic listening happens between equals. 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.

Email:  angiefadel@gmail.com    Location: Portland, Oregon


Kathi Gatlin

Work/Ministry Context: Kathi is a certified spiritual director, writer, spiritual formation group facilitator, retreat speaker, leadership mentor, and adjunct professor at George Fox University. She founded Boldly Loved (boldlyloved.org) and is currently working with others in developing the Companioning Conference. 

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual direction is an ongoing relationship where two people sit together in God’s presence while deeply listening to what God is doing in the directee’s life. We don’t try to come up with solutions to the struggles along the way but listen to what God has to say about living life in the midst of the struggles within God's presence. 

Email:  kathi@boldlyloved.org   Location: Newberg , Oregon   Website:   www.boldlyloved.org 

Becky Grisell

Becky Grisell

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.

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.

Email: bgrisell@gmail.com    Location: Greenville, South Carolina   Website: CascadeMinistries.org (after August 15)

Lynn Clouser Holt

Lynn Clouser Holt

Work/Ministry Context: Lynn is called to the ministry of presence and soul accompaniment as a spiritual director, supervisor of spiritual directors, educator, and Quaker pastor. She serves as Adjunct Faculty at George Fox University and is a partner in Boldly Loved and the Companioning Center which nurtures leaders and soul companions from various occupations and faith traditions. 

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: God comes disguised as our life and unless we stop and listen we may not notice the invitations and movements of God. In a relationship of soul accompaniment, God is the director and sacred space is hosted for another as they express their experience and journey with God. Lynn often partners with those wrestling with deep questions of faith who seek faithful living in a post-modern and post-Christian world.

Email : lynn@boldlyloved.org   Location: Newberg, Oregon   Websites: BoldlyLoved.org and  CompanioningCenter.org

Laura Hudson

Laura Hudson

Work/Ministry Context:  I am an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament (Teaching Elder) at First Presbyterian Church in La Grande, Oregon, co-pastoring with my husband.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual Direction is listening and attending, with great awareness of mystery and honoring of the other, to and for the directee's relationship with Jesus Christ. Together we discern God's purpose, presence, and power in that relationship, which shapes the whole of one's mind-body-spirit in particular and profound ways.

Email: ellyhudson@gmail.com    Location: La Grande, Oregon

Sheldon Hurst

Sheldon Hurst

Work/Ministry Context:  I am a Spiritual Director, serving individuals in the greater Portland area. I also serve as Art Curator for the ArtReach Gallery at First Congregational UCC in Portland. I create art exhibitions that serve the church and the Portland community as spiritual formation.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Sharing the dynamics of the individual's spiritual journey is my focus. Attention is given to interaction with our Sacred Writings and to the creative work of art, poetry, and music as they serve to deepen personal life and understanding in the context of the religious tradition that feeds the soul.

Email: drsheldonhurst@gmail.com   Location:  Portland, Oregon 

Bob Marshall

Robert Marshall 

Work/Ministry Context: Bob is a recently retired Navy Chaplain with years of spiritually walking with any who said, "Chaplain, may I talk with you?" After retirement, this context has continued along with training in the area of spiritual direction.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual Direction is being with the one who senses transcendence and seeks answers. My role is to offer a safe and quiet setting for the seeker to hear and respond to the One calling.

Email: rwmarshalll@gmail.com     Location: Kitsap Peninsula, Washington

Terra McDaniel

Terra McDaniel

Work/Ministry Context: I am the pastoral leader of New Table, a contemplative liturgical community. We gather for worship, community, dialogue around culture and faith, table fellowship, and spiritual practices.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: The world seems noisier and more chaotic than ever these days. Spiritual direction is about pausing to surface questions and hopes and joys and fears. My role is not to be an expert who has all the right answers but to be a support, resource, and fellow traveler. My hope is to host a space for us to listen together for the Spirit’s invitations and gifts for you in this season of your journey.

Email: hello@terramcdaniel.com    Location: Austin, Texas   Website: terramcdaniel.com 

Dianna McIntyre

Dianna Mcintyre

Work/Ministry Context:  I am currently retired, but enjoy providing spiritual direction for Portland Seminary students, and have 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.

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. 

Email: diannaleemcintyre@gmail.com    Location: Newberg, Oregon  

Brenda Nagunst

Brenda Nagunst

Work/Ministry Context: I’m a retired US Air Force aircraft mechanic.  I’ve been a pastor in the Free Methodist Church since 2005.  I was a prison chaplain in Alaska for 8 years.  I’m currently the associate pastor at the Chewelah Free Methodist Church, a spiritual director, and living off grid on 20 acres in the forest.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Spiritual Direction is the opportunity to join another spiritual sojourner to intentionally listen to the movements of the Holy Spirit in their life.  Together we discover God’s presence and leading.

Email: bnagunst15@georgefox.edu   Location: Valley, WA

Jean Nevills

Jean Nevills

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. I am also a praxis instructor/collaborator at Fuller Seminary for the Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction. 

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. 

Email: j-nevills@msn.com     Location: Hillsboro, Oregon  Website:  www.jeannevills.com 

Eunice Oyungu

Eunice Oyungu

Work/Ministry Context:  I lead a Life Group at my church where I get many opportunities to walk alongside hurting people. I am a chaplain trained in individual/Pastoral crisis intervention and support. I volunteer on a hot line to assist people in crisis. 

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction:  God speaks to us all the time through all the changing scenes of life. But we don't always hear Him because of all the noise around us. In Spiritual Direction we find a friend who will walk alongside us; someone who will listen with us in a quiet safe space - a space where we can draw near to God to hear what He is saying to us. As we converse together this friend asks Spirit led questions that direct our focus to God's movement in our ordinary activities. We thus move into spiritual growth and intimacy with Him.

Email: eoyungu@yahoo.com    Location:   Manassas, VA

Kristie Sartell

Kristie Sartell

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction:  Spiritual Direction is a friendship focused on you and your experience in God. My aim is to provide spiritual hospitality by being gracious, non-biased, and trusting. Listening to another person's inner life is a privilege. I especially enjoy listening to leaders who need a safe space to talk openly.

Expertise and passions:   Healing prayer, Identity, and freedom from shame

Email: kristiewsartell@yahoo.com     Location:   Portland, Oregon


Jeff Savage

Jeff Savage

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). 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.

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.

Email: JLSav1957@gmail.com     Location:   Springfield, Oregon    Website: SacredSpaceVida.com

Elaine Saville

Elaine Saville

Work/Ministry Context: Pastor, Spiritual Director, Pastoral Counselor, Retreat Speaker, Teacher

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Each of us has a unique adventure set before us, one of exploration, revelation, and celebration of God. In spiritual direction the director helps activate, clarify, and encourage the directee's adventure of living in an intimate, dynamic relationship with the Trinity in ever deepening and expanding ways.

Email:  elaine@allegraministries.com    Location:  Hillsboro, Oregon    Website: AllegraMinistries.com


Vicki Scheib

Vicki Scheib

Work/Ministry Context:  I am an instructor for the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. I also provide spiritual direction supervision and spiritual direction at Kavanna House, a spiritual formation center in York, PA.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: I take great joy in creating the kind of space where you can pause and notice the presence and work of God in your everyday life. As a director I will ask you questions that allow you to listen to your life and listen to God. I particularly enjoy accompanying pastors and leaders who, by the isolating nature of their work, often experience loneliness and wonder who can share their burdens. As one who made the hard decision to leave church staff, I often provide direction to those who have experienced the pain of church life or find themselves transitioning from church employment to a new season of life. 

Email: vickischeib@gmail.com    Location:  York, PA

Jan Taylor

Jan Taylor

Work/Ministry Context:  I am a retired therapist who now enjoys sitting in deep conversation with others in a focused spiritual context.  I work with George Fox students in the Seminary and the Doctorate of Psychology programs. I facilitate silent retreats and a small contemplative listening group.

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.

Email: jantaylorsd@comcast.net    Location:   Salem, Oregon

Winslow Thurston

Winslow Thurston

Work/Ministry Context:  After serving as a pastor for over 30 years I felt that God was calling me to a more specialized work as a spiritual director. I am now practicing spiritual direction full time from my home office in Keizer, OR.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Every believer needs companions who walk with him or her to recognize the deceitfulness of the heart and the transformative work of the Holy Spirit. Hence the need for spiritual direction. Spiritual Direction is an intentional conversation where we focus on another’s relationship with God. It springs from a conviction that the Holy Spirit is always at work to form us to become more like Jesus (2 Cor. 3:18, Gal. 4:19). 

Email: pastorwinslow@gmail.com    Location: Salem/Keiser, OR   Website: SoulFormation.org

Sierra Neiman Westbrook

Sierra Neiman Westbrook

Work/Ministry Context:  I am an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate classes in spiritual formation, biblical studies, and theology at George Fox University. I am also the founding director of Eden Spiritual Care, a non-profit organization providing spiritual direction and retreats for young-adult women.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: As your spiritual director, I will partner with you in “listening” and “watching” for God in your life. I'm especially interested in how theology of lament, feminist studies, and narrative pastoral care intersect to enrich a person’s relationship with God.  I specialize in spiritual direction for women in their 20s and 30s.

Email: swestbrook@georgefox.edu    Location:    Portland, Oregon   Website: EdenSpiritualCare.org