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Senior Faculty

Dr. Susan Currie

Director of Selah & Associate for Spiritual Formation
In additional to directing Selah, Susan engages in spiritual formation ministries, particularly at the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and in retreat leadership and spiritual companionship, with individuals, local churches, and wider church and parachurch bodies. She recently authored NPWL’s Bible Study entitled “Revelation: Awaiting the Bridegroom” (Presbyterians for Renewal, 2010). Susan and her husband, Dave, live in Hamilton, MA and are graced with three children, Catherine, Roy, and Elspeth.

D.Min. and MATS., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA

Certificate in Spiritual Direction, CFDM Northwest

 

Dr. Steve Macchia

Founder & President of Leadership Transformations, Inc.
Steve became the founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI) on July 1, 2003.  He is the author of several books, including Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP Books 2012), Becoming a Healthy Church (Baker Books, 1999),  the Becoming A Healthy Church Workbook (Baker Books, 2001), Becoming A Healthy Disciple (Baker Books, 2004), the Becoming A Healthy Disciple Small Group Study and Worship Guide (LTI publication, 2004), and Becoming A Healthy Team (Baker Books, 2005). As a part of his LTI portfolio, he also serves at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as the Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple Building. Steve and his wife, Ruth, have two children, Nathan and Rebekah, and make their home in Lexington, MA.

D.Min. and M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Spiritual Direction Training, SSJE, Boston, MA

Detailed Biography
Articles by Stephen Macchia

 

Dr. Jeremy Stefano

Jeremy serves with Leadership Transformations in the role of minister of spiritual formation. Spiritual direction has proved to be pivotal in his own life and is foundational to his pastoral ministry. In addition to offering spiritual direction, Jeremy leads retreats, and teaches classes in spiritual formation. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served churches as local pastor, interim pastor and as a visiting Bible teacher in Southern Africa and North America. He and Bethany, his wife of 27 years, have been blessed with eight children and make their home in Massachusetts.

D.Min. in Leadership & Spiritual Formation, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, OR

Licentiate in Theology, Cape Town Baptist Seminary, South Africa
Master of Christian Studies. Regent College, Canada

 

Angela Wisdom

Angela has been committed to training ministry leaders for more than 17 years in a variety of church, parachurch and seminary contexts. She has been faculty for Selah since the program began in 2007 and counts witnessing the birth and development of this ministry as one of the greatest joys of her life. "To see ministry leaders attending to the Holy Spirit and ministering from a place of rest and increasing wholeness and trust in the Lord is incredible" she reflects. "The testimonies we continue to hear from graduates about God's faithfulness in their lives and in the lives of the individuals they serve as a result of their spiritual direction training motivates us to continue to listen to the ways the Lord is leading us to steward Selah well." Previously, she served as Vice President of Training for Maranatha! Music in San Clemente, CA. She received her formal spiritual direction and supervision education from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband Jeff and their two sons.

MA Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Talbot School of Theology, CA

DR. Ted Wueste

Ted serves as Executive Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix. He practices spiritual direction as a part of his pastoral ministry as well as with those in the broader Christian community. Ted also teaches as adjunct faculty in the Spiritual Formation Program at Phoenix Seminary, and helps lead the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona. He co-authored a Study Guide for Mansions of the Heart, a book which applies the paradigm found in Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. Ted planted and was lead pastor of a church in Texas for almost 10 years before moving to the Phoenix area where he lives with his wife, Jenifer, and children, Trey and Claire.

D.Min. in Leadership, Phoenix Seminary, AZ

Master of Sacred Theology, Dallas Seminary, TX
Master of Divinity, Western Seminary, OR

Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA
Certificate in Spiritual Direction, New Way Ministries, CO

 

additional faculty

Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

Adele is the copastor with her husband, Doug, at Redeemer Community Church in Wellesley, MA. She has served in other pastoral and missions positions both stateside and overseas. She taught, as adjunct faculty. at Wheaton College and at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Adele currently serves on the board of the Hildegard Fund - a nonprofit granting organization committed to developing a "new economy and a new soul." She is the author of The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook (IVP), Invitations from God (IVP), and her next book comes out in 2015. She is an accomplished retreat leader and a spiritual director.

MA in Theology, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Residency Studies at L'Abri Fellowship, Huemoz, Switzerland
Spiritual Direction Training, LaSalette, Ipswich, MA


John French

John has been in spiritual direction for 25 years, and feels called to companion others in their life of faith over the long haul, having pastored the same congregation for 32 years. He offers spiritual direction as part of that ministry, modeling his call on that of Eugene Peterson, with whom he spent a sabbatical early in his ministry. John and his wife Janet have three grown children, and two adorable grandchildren!

M.Div., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Spiritual Direction Training, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington D.C.


Gayle Heaslip

Gayle is a spiritual director who has previously served as a pastor and as a therapist. She feels called to provide environments for people to explore their faith in greater depth and to serve as a companion in that process, providing individual and group spiritual direction and soul care retreats. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three grown children, and eight lively grandchildren.

M.A. in Counseling, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA

Dr. Genalin Niere

Genalin is a spiritual director based in the Chicago area and a council member of the Evangelical Center for Spiritual Wisdom (ECSW), which oversees the ministry of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors' Association (ESDA).  She works at the Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center in Naperville, IL, having previously interned at Boston University's Danielson Institute.

 

Psy.D, Wheaton College, IL

MA Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Talbot School of Theology, CA

 

Br. David Vryhof

Br. David Vryhof, SSJE, is an Episcopal priest and a member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a religious order for men based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He presently serves as the Novice Guardian in his community, overseeing the formation of new men entering the Society. He is an experienced spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader.

M.Div., General Theological Seminary, NY
MA Education of the Deaf, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C.
Spiritual Direction Training, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington D.C.


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What Others Are Saying...
"Selah has changed my life. Thank you for all you have done."

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"I have received more personal and ministry support and encouragement in the past year in Selah than in the previous 20 years. I really am grateful for you all!"

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"One of the things I so appreciate about Selah is the fact that I see no contradiction between what I read about spiritual direction and what I see being so beautifully modeled by the faculty. Thank you."

-- Jim Ennis
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"Thanks again … Selah has been life changing for me… and live giving.  I long to see this imparted to others in the local church, it is so freeing."

-- Deb Bellevue

"Spiritual direction takes place when two people agree to give their full attention to what God is doing in one (or both) of their lives and seek to respond in faith ... whether planned or unplanned, three convictions underpin these meetings: (1) God is always doing something: an active grace is shaping this life into a mature salvation; (2) responding to God is not sheer guesswork: the Christian community has acquired wisdom through the centuries that provides guidance; and (3) each soul is unique: no wisdom can simply be applied without discerning the particulars of this life, this situation."

-- Eugene Peterson
 
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