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Spiritual Directors and Leadership 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.

Leadership Coaches are ministers and leaders with experience in international ministry, church planting, and nonprofit organizations as organizational leaders. The focus of coaching is on developing students in their leadership role, utilizing various tools to increase awareness and effectiveness.

Richard S. Adams

Rick Adams

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Portland, Oregon

Work/Ministry Context: Though retired, I enjoy God-centered conversations with my bride and others, grandchildren, working on my website, reading, writing and video editing.

Academic Background: MDiv and Certificate in Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Frankly, I am uncomfortable with the term spiritual director. I believe formation is a meeting between individuals who desire God’s influence to permeate their lives. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. Mt 18:20. God is the Spiritual Director.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance Students. Over the years I have met with mostly pastors, chaplains, and students, but I enjoy any conversation focused on moving closer to the Lord.

Email: rickadams7@gmail.com

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

Kayla Allen

Kayla Allen

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Fairfax, VA

Academic Background: MA, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: I am the Equipping Pastor at Fairfax Community Church (located in metro Washington, DC). My ministry includes creating discipleship classes, seminars, workshops and retreats. Previously, I served as the Groups Pastor for 7 years and spent 5 years working with a parachurch campus ministry.

Other Training and Certificates: Certified Lay Counselor, Lay Counselor Institute

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: As a director I partner with directees to create a safe space for listening, questions and storytelling. In this sacred space all is welcome as we seek God together on a journey of discovery and growth. Together we will listen as we seek where God may be drawing the directee to grow in wholeness and freedom.

Speciality and Availability: Distance Students. Men and women of all ages and stages. I especially enjoy working with people experiencing life transitions. I have experience in helping people understand their story, where God is in it and what it might look like to live a better story.

Email: kaylaannallen@gmail.com

Tim Benkert

Tim Benkert

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Ohio

Academic Background: MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary

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

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance Students. I count it a blessing to serve as a Spiritual Director via phone conversations.

Email: tbenkert@gmail.com

Nathan Bettger

Kayla Allen

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Oshkosh, WI

Academic Background: MDiv, Portland Seminary

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

Other Training and Certificates: Board Certified Chaplain; Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, Portland Seminary

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.

Speciality and Availability: Distance Students. Nathan's work with women and men of many different denominations and faiths deeply informs his spiritual direction practice. 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

Lacy Finn Borgo

Lacy Borgo

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Montrose, Colorado

Academic Background: DMin, Leadership and Spiritual Formation, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: Spiritual director for children and caregivers at Haven House. Spiritual director and teacher for Good Ministries. Teacher and spiritual director for the Renovaré Institute. Teacher and spiritual director at Fuller Seminary and Portland Seminary.

Other Training and Certificates: Certificate in Spiritual Formation, Renovaré

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.

Speciality and Availability: Distance students. Many of my directees are missionaries, ministers, especially children's ministers, and parents. I have been a short term missionary in Kazakhstan. Much of my work and teaching has been in children's spirituality. I live on a small farm in western Colorado where the rhythms of the earth have given shape and substance to my life.

Email: lacy@gooddirtministries.org

Margaret Brown

Lacy Borgo

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Tualatin, Oregon

Academic Background: MA, Portland Seminary

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.

Other Training and Certificates: Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Portland Seminary

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

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students. I really love working with students in the seminary and the PsyD Program

Email: margaret.brown@cru.org

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 Cedergreen

Cathy Cedergreen

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Portland, Oregon

Academic Background: MA, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: I worked for 8 1/2 years as a pastor working mainly with church care ministries, before resigning 2 years ago for a sabbatical. My time led to the decision to focus on the place where my heart beats the strongest. I am currently building up clients for spiritual direction, I am part of the team for reFresh ministries (offers spiritual direction and retreats), and I volunteer to teach classes on spiritual formation/ enneagram at my local church.

Other Training and Certificates: Certified Spiritual Director, Portland Seminary

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: I believe spiritual direction is a unique form of listening where both director and directee are drawn together to hear the invitation and heartbeat of God in the present moment.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students. Trauma and the Arts. I am most interested in working with people who are walking in the midst of spiritual transition in their life, hungry for more, longing for deeper intimacy with God, willing to release known practices/knowledge/perceptions to receive more. My time as a pastor also created a deep passion for individuals in ministry who have few safe places to be vulnerable about their own spiritual life.

Email: ccedergreen10@georgefox.edu

Kristin Chaney

Kristin Chaney

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Salem, Oregon

Academic Background: MA, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: Licensed Pastor at West Salem Foursquare Church (small groups, spiritual formation, pastoral care) & 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 directee's and to witness God at work in their lives.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students.Leaders and Pastors, Young People, Those in crisis.

Email: kristin@chaneyfamily.info

Phone: 503-881-6344

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

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

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: Certified Spiritual Director, Portland Seminary; Ordained Minister, The Bridge Christian Church; Certified in Jung Intensive Journaling and Progoff Dream Work, The Bridge Christian Church; Certified in Deconstruction and Reconstruction of personal faith and church, The Bridge Christian Church; RAINN (rape, abuse, incest national network) online training completion, RAINN; Domestic violence online training completion,  National Center On Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health;Gender Identity and Spiritual Practice and Racial Equality and Intersectional Feminism,National Center On Domestic Violence, Trauma Mental Health; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Intermediate Immersion, Cameron Whitten

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

Location: Portland, Oregon

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

Work/Ministry Context: I am the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer for reFresh (www.mysoulrefresh.com) and am the Coordinator of Spiritual Direction Ministries at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, OR. I offer one-on-one and group spiritual direction and supervision. I facilitate contemplative retreats and create resources to help people live in their own God-given rhythms. My work is to help you live fully alive in the present moment.

Other Training and Certificates: Certified Supervisor for Spiritual Directors; Focusing I and Somatic Experiencing - Level I

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: God designed us to live fully in His image (Gen 1:27) – to be transformed to the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18). Participating in a Spiritual Direction relationship is the process of intentionally caring for your soul as you seek to grow toward living fully and freely in the Imago Dei (Image of God). It involves, along with a soul companion, attending to the things that are keeping you from who you were created to be – learning to let God love and gently invite you and free you toward an abundant life (John 10:10). It is my job in this process to help you pay attention to how you’re connecting to and/or resisting God. The real director in the process is the Holy Spirit – I only listen in, gently helping you overhear yourself, extending true en-courage-ment to look honestly at your whole self with the hope that you will receive every embrace the Lord has for you. Jesus Christ is the source, center, means and end of this journey.

Speciality and Availability: Local or Distance Students. Ministry leaders trying to live an authentic rhythm; anyone who feels disoriented by their faith; people longing for "something more"

Email: paula@mysoulrefresh.com

Website: mysoulrefresh.com

Kathi Gatlin

Kathi

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Newberg, Oregon

Academic BackgroundM.A. in Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary; M.Ed, George Fox University.

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. One of her favorite things is walking alongside individuals and groups, while witnessing the beauty of God bringing forth a depth of vulnerability, both individually and communally.

Other Training and Certificates: Certificate of Spiritual Direction, Portland Seminary

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. In this, the goal is to help the directee pay attention to God’s personal communication in their life.

Speciality and Availability: Local and distance students. Kathi enjoys hosting spiritual conversations through times that may feel very much like deconstruction or dissonance between beliefs and experience of God. Often times, we do not know what to do when our experience of God is different than what we have held true about God from Scripture or the teachings of organized religion. To be able to listen deeply in these true struggles requires a safe and sacred space. Many who meet with Kathi are walking through transition, loss, grief, anxiety, and an awakened hunger for more of God.

Email:  kathi@boldlyloved.org

Website: www.boldlyloved.org

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

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

Teresa Heesacker

Becky Grisell

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Newberg, Oregon

Academic Background: MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy, George Fox University

Work/Ministry Context: Currently, I work as a Christian Counselor serving everything family. I incorporate spiritual direction into my counseling practice with clients who are seeking a closer relationship with and understanding of God. Topics often pondered are suffering, ones humanity and divinity, the trinity and noticing the ways God meets people where they are at in their lives.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: I can think of no greater invitation into a loving, accepting and growing relationship than coming and following the One who made us, saved us and walks with us -- Abba Father, Jesus Savior and Holy Spirit. As a spiritual director since 2012, I see myself as a witness to directee's discovery of a closer and more intimate spiritual connection. I utilize a holistic approach to spiritual direction, one that incorporates the body, mind as well as the soul.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance Students. Of special interest is folks focusing on personal growth, healing, family relationships and resilience from trauma.

Email: teresa.d.heesacker@gmail.com

Jo Helsabeck

Jo Helsabeck

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Newberg, Oregon

Academic Background: Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: I am a retired pastor in the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends denomination.

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Accompanying students on their spiritual journeys through listening, praying together, and seeking Christ's healing touch in areas of spiritual wounds frames my approach to the direction experience.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance Students. I have been blessed to serve as a spiritual director for George Fox seminary students since 2004. I am willing to meet with students in person or by video conferencing.

Email: jhelsabeck@georgefox.edu

Lynn Clouser Holt

Lynn Clouser Holt

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Newberg, Oregon

Academic Background: MDiv, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: Adjunct professor at George Fox University - Art of Spiritual Direction & Practicum, Church History & Theology Survey for Psychologists; Spiritual Director & Supervisor; 20+ years pastoral ministry among Friends. Partners in Boldly Loved (boldlyloved.org) which nurtures ministry leaders and soul companions from various occupations and faith traditions.

Other Training and Certificates: Certificate of Spiritual Formation & Discipleship; Mercy Center, Centering Prayer Intensive; Mercy Center, Colorado & George Fox University Certification 

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Lynn has been formed in the Quaker tradition of listening and discernment and an intentional practice of Centering Prayer. As we listen together, I believe the Spirit helps us know how to love, what to do, and who to be. Our responding to God will invite our faithfulness & obedience to be the hands and feet, eyes and ears of Christ in our world.

Speciality and Availability: Local and distance students. Given my years of experience as a pastor and teacher of spiritual direction I often companion pastoral leaders, students and those in spiritual crisis. I like sitting with people in the midst of transition and deep questions.

Email: lynn@boldlyloved.org

Laura Hudson

Laura Hudson

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: La Grande, Oregon

Academic Background: MDiv, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary; BA, Lewis & Clark College

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.

Other Training and Certificates: 

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.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance Students. While I seek to open the ancient tool of spiritual direction to mainline church-goers, many of whom are seeking a new level of relationship with God beyond what they were taught growing up.

Email: ellyhudson@gmail.com

Sheldon Hurst

Sheldon Hurst

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Portland, Oregon

Academic BackgroundDMin, Andover Newton Theological SchoolMDiv, Andover Newton Theological SchoolBA, Wheaton College, IL

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.

Other Training and Certificates: Interfaith Studies (1 year) Chaplaincy Institute, Berkeley, CA; Spiritual Direction (2 years), Chaplaincy Institute, Berkeley, CA; Academy for Spiritual Formation (2 year program), Clinical Pastoral Education: 3 units

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.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance Students. Students who are eager to discover how our experiences and insights can shape us in meaningful ways.

Email: drsheldonhurst@gmail.com

Phone: 503-748-9419

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

Blanca Lytle

Blanca Lytle

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Windham, Maine

Academic Background: MA in Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary

Work/Ministry Context: Reaching out to individuals in recovery from alcohol or drugs abuse.. 

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: Open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and Prayer.

Speciality and Availability: Distance Students. Students going through trial, change or trying to overcome addiction.

Email: blytle10@georgefox.edu

Phone: 503-639-2696

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

Eunice Oyungu

Eunice Oyungu

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Manassas, VA

Academic Background: MA in Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary

Other Training or Certificates: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support (ICISF accredited), Pastoral Crisis Intervention (ICISF accredited), Chaplaincy Basic Training (CSI)

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 answer calls on a hot line (5 hours a week) where I speak to people going through crisis. I also do Spiritual Direction.

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 drawn 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.

Speciality and Availability: Distance students. People in transition, pain, crisis.

Email: eoyungu@yahoo.com

Kristie Sartell

Kristie Sartell

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Portland, Oregon

Academic Background: MA in Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary

Other Training or Certificates: Certificate, Theophostic Prayer Ministry

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: My role as a Spiritual Director is to listen to your life and remind you from time to time what your soul is saying. My hope is for you to encounter more of yourself and more of God through our friendship.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance students. My passions include; shame, spiritual abuse, depression, identity, and inner healing.

Email: ksartell@georgefox.edu

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

Elaine Saville

Elaine Saville

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon

Academic Background: M.Div; MA in Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary; Doctor of Christian Counseling (in process)

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

Other Training and Certificates: Licensed through: National Christian Counselors Assoc., Trauma Informed Services Certificate (PSU), Biblical Counseling (Trinity Life Bible College); Member, Evangelical Spiritual Directors

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.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance. I love working with all people. I have a diverse clientele in my spiritual direction and counseling practice.

Email: elaine@allegraministries.com

Vicki Scheib

Vicki Scheib

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: York, PA

Academic Background: DMin in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary; MA in Bible, Columbia Biblical Seminary; BSN, York College

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.

Other Training and Certificates: Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, Living Word Community Church

Philosophy of Spiritual Direction: My approach is Christocentric, contemplative and nondirective. I maintain an open stance to whatever the directee brings to our session as we notice, together, what God is doing. I have been trained in the Ignatian tradition and, when appropriate, utilize a variety of spiritual practices to deepen the directee's awareness of and intimacy with God.

Speciality and Availability: Distance students. I predominantly provide spiritual direction to pastors and ministry leaders.

Email: vicki.343@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

Winslow Thurston

Winslow Thurston

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Salem/Keiser, OR

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.

Other Training and Certificates: Certificate in Spiritual Direction, SoulFormation; Certificate in Spiritual Direction, NewWay Ministries and Dr. Larry Crabb. Training in Ignatian Exercises.

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). So, the assumption is that the Spirit is the true Director and we are transformed as we listen to him together.

Speciality and Availability: Local and long distance. A passion for shepherding shepherds.

Email: pastorwinslow@gmail.com

Sierra Neiman Westbrook

Sheldon Hurst

Position: Spiritual Director

Location: Portland, Oregon

Academic Background: MDiv, Portland Seminary

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 aimed at providing spiritual direction and retreats for young-adult women.

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

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.

Speciality and Availability: Local and Distance Students. I specialize in spiritual direction for women in their 20s and 30s, who may be seeking to understand God's presence and guidance in regard to: relationships, young-adult life transitions, doubts about faith, changes in relationship with God and/or in theological views, identifying giftedness/sense of calling, and relating to God in seasons of despair.

Email: sierraneiman@gmail.com

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