Exploration in Spiritual Direction

For those registered for the Contemplative Spiritual Direction Workshop, this is an opportunity to sign up for a one-hour session with a Selah-trained Spiritual Director.

LOCATION:
Online via ZOOM

AVAILABLE DATES / TIMES:
Saturday, Dec 05 2020, one-hour slots offered at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 pm
Monday, Dec 07 2020, one-hour slots offered hourly between 10:00 am -4:00 pm
(All times are in Eastern Time)

COST:
A suggested donation of $30-50 per session.
(This trends lower than one might typically offer their director for a one-on-one session; we’re suggesting this range simply as part of your introduction to the practice! Note that this particular donation will go directly to LTI’s Selah Gifts Fund, from which we offer need-based scholarships to Selah enrollees. The spiritual directors with whom we match you are donating their time as their gift to Selah enrollees.) We realize these are trying times financially for many. If you are unable to give, you are welcome to register anyway. If you are able to make a contribution, we would be most grateful.

Christian Spiritual Direction is the practice whereby one person helps another to pay attention to God, and to God’s presence, voice, and sanctifying work in his or her life. As in the Luke passage above, it is the shared noticing of Jesus, revealed in Scripture and the daily events of a walk and a meal, attended to in feelings of disappointment and hope, of joy and burning hearts.

Spiritual direction is God-oriented rather than goal-oriented–giving one’s attention to God rather than to a particular problem that needs to be fixed or behavior that needs to be modified. It is responsive rather than directive, listening together to the Holy Spirit’s presence and ways rather than the director telling the directee what to do. It is about listening with–together noticing senses of God’s voice and direction–rather than talking to. It occurs in an atmosphere of loving trust; trusting that God is for us (not against us), in love, and that God’s work over time is about transforming us into the image of Christ, through the loving shaping of his Holy Spirit, so that we might live life fully, and to the Father’s glory.

Spiritual direction meetings between a director and directee usually occur once a month, for an hour each time.

Spiritual direction occurs in an atmosphere of prayerful listening. Often beginning and ending in silent prayer, to create an awareness of God’s presence with the director and directee, it’s common for the director to ask a directee to return to a few moments of silence in the middle of a session, again to clear away the clutter of talk and notice more deeply what the Holy Spirit may be saying.

Spiritual Direction conversations include all the “stuff” of ordinary life–vocation, relationships, circumstances, health, the life of worship and prayer and service, joys and sorrows, boredoms and adventures–and seek to notice God’s presence, work, and invitations in the midst of those.

Begin by praying. God, who is stirring this desire in you, is also working to meet that desire!

Then prayerfully make contact with potential directors, by email and/ or by phone. Ask them about their theology of spiritual direction—how do they understand what happens in the direction session? How do they try to pay attention to God’s presence? What might regular times with them look like? As you listen to their answers, notice what goes in your own internal reactions. Is there a particular director with whom you feel a desire and freedom to share more deeply? Do you sense this as a relationship where already, in your back-and-forth conversation, there’s an awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence and leading?

Once you identify a potential director, set up a time to meet. (Although in-person direction is preferable, some directors do offer direction by phone or skype.) Unless it’s clear right away that this isn’t what or who you want, you’ll meet a further one to two times, before together discerning if this is a direction relationship that the Lord is inviting you into. Then you’ll commit to a period of time together, usually a year, before further evaluation.

Clarify with the director where you will meet, how often, and how you will offer financial compensation for his or her ministry. (Some directors request a particular amount, others suggest a scale based on your ability and freedom to give, others are covered already by their ministry organization. Do be prepared to offer something, either to them or to their ministry organization, for this is a ministry for which people have invested time and money in training, and your contribution enables them to give time to it.)

AVAILABLE SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS:

Click on the profile photos below to learn more about each spiritual director.
Maureen Alianza

Phoenix, AZ

Claire Andrews

Christiansburg, VA

Gil Banton

Columbia, CT

Julie Commander

Auburn, AL

Brenda Dinell

Chandler, AZ

Toni Donnelly

Phoenix, AZ

Ann Gemmel
Ann Gemmel

Wheaton, IL

Corbett Heimburger

St. Louis, MO

Meg Howard

Dorado, Puerto Rico

Dan Huie

Seattle, WA

Renee Huie

Seattle, WA

Kate Laymon

Citrus Heights, CA

Leslea Linebarger

Southborough, MA

Becky Magnuson

Columbia, SC

Susan Marks

Charlottesville, VA

Tamara Murphy

Bridgeport, CT

Andrew Osmun

New Haven, CT

Celah Pence

Harrisonburg, VA

Raquel Rogers

Fuquay Varina, NC

Debbie Sanders

Farmville, VA

STEP 1: SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

Click the Schedule Now button below to open a new browser window with a Sign-up Genius Page . There you will find available time slots to meet with the Spiritual Directors listed above. Reserve a time slot and then return to this page to complete your registration.

STEP 2: FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING REGISTRATION FORM
Important: Make sure you include the correct Spiritual Director’s name and time slot that you reserved in step 1. 
Fill out my online form.

Maureen Alianza

Phoenix, Arizona

(602) 509-4823
offered - in person, phone, Zoom

 Maureen is a trained Spiritual Director through the Selah Program sponsored by Leadership Transformation Inc. She finds the contemplative setting a rich one for quieting and listening. She enjoys cultivating this setting and finds it to be a gentle place for experiencing the nearness and guidance of God. She also works as an RN in Phoenix’s inner city with vulnerable populations. Maureen co-founded a non-profit organizing with her husband that has worked for the past 18 year with an underserved tribal group in the Philippines.

Claire Andrews

Christiansburg, VA

offered - in person, Facetime, Skype
Claire is a Spiritual Director currently residing in Christiansburg, Virginia. Claire has been in ministry for twenty years and recently stepped away from a church staff position to pursue a long-term calling to open a retreat house. Claire and her husband, Chris, hope to open Kerith Retreat somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains in late 2021. Claire’s passionate about helping others lean into the triune God, listening to the One who loves us dearly and who will give us direction if we will become still enough to hear Him.

Gil Banton

Columbia, CT

(804) 994-4098

Rev. Gil Banton is a full time campus missionary and part time spiritual director. He and his family live in Connecticut and enjoys all things outdoors. He discovered the contemplative stream of meeting with God during a pivotal time in his life and remains thankful that he can continue to grow closer to God. He enjoys helping people deeply connect with God.

Julie Commander

Auburn, AL

(334) 704-8188
offered - in person, phone, Skype

For me, spiritual direction is similar to going home once a month – I get to sit on the front porch with my Dear Ones and have an unhurried conversation about how we are doing together. In sessions with directees, I seek to be a gentle companion, holding the door open for recognizing and responding to God’s movement in their lives. My background includes a Masters in Agency Counseling and work as a bereavement counselor. I enjoy reading, gardening, experiencing spiritual community, and spending time with our family of young adults and their spouses.

Brenda Dinell

Chandler, Arizona

480-695-7876
offered - by phone, Skype, Facetime, Zoom

My passion is to facilitate spiritual formation in others. I have my Master of Divinity Degree in Spiritual Formation from Phoenix Seminary. I am certified as a Spiritual Director through the Selah program and am a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association. I am currently in the Doctor of Ministry program at Phoenix Seminary where I serve as an Adjunct Professor Online and as the Faculty Support Administrator. I also serve on the Leadership Team of the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona. I would love to talk with you about how God is moving in your life.

Toni Donnelly

Phoenix, AZ

offered - in person, Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Phone

Spiritual Director, Enneagram Coach, Retreat/Workshop Leader/Speaker: Toni is a trained Spiritual Director who graduated from the SELAH Program sponsored by Leadership Transformation Inc. Toni’s passion is to create a safe and sacred space to listen well and to accompany individuals who desire to notice what God is doing in their lives, deepen their relationship with God and explore spiritual discipline practices that refresh and renew their love for God. Toni lives in Phoenix and is available to provide spiritual direction face to face, through a zoom platform, or by phone.

Gail Edmonson

Katy, TX

Gail Edmonson serves her church community as Director of Leadership Development and Spiritual Formation. She is passionate about offering opportunities for others to know and encounter Him in meaningful ways. She received spiritual direction training through LeadershipTransformations’ Selah Certificate Program. She is also a Member of Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.

Ann Gemmel

Ann T. Gemmel

Wheaton, IL

(630) 251-4854
offered - in person, phone, Facetime, Zoom

 As a woman who has journeyed with Jesus for over 40 years, Ann’s life continues to be deeply transformed by the wonders of the gospel and feels called by the Lord to companion others in their pursuit of God’s heart through the practice of contemplative spiritual direction. She is also trained in Ignatian spiritual practices. Ann is a wife, mother of 5, and Gigi of 7. Ann finds joy in lively conversation with friends old and new over a good cup of coffee or tea, long walks in nature, and getting lost in a good book.

Corbett Heimburger

St.Louis, MO

(314) 281-9723
offered - in person, phone, Skype, Zoom
My name is Corbett Heimburger. I am a pastor and Selah-trained Spiritual Director. What amazes me is that God reaches us where we are, no matter how broken we may be. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me.” Jesus understands us so well that he whispers words that will awaken, renew and call us forward. My calling is to companion a seeker of God as she or he learns to sense God’s presence and love, hear his invitations and know the sweetness of surrender to God. I welcome spending an hour with you.

Meg Howard

Puerto Rico

(617) 605-1152
offered - in person, phone, Skype, Facetime, Zoom

 I am a trained spiritual director who seeks to offer a safe and nurturing space to explore what is going on in the very personal realm of one’s heart, mind, and soul. I am committed to helping others recognize the presence and leading of God in their lives. Spiritual direction is confidential and respectful. I seek to discern the Spirit’s leading alongside you. I respect each man or woman deeply and hope to serve as an encouraging companion for each person’s sacred journey with God. Please learn more at: meghoward.com

Dan Huie

Seattle, WA

(206) 235-4107
offered - in person, phone, Skype

“…on terms of friendship with God”, is how St Teresa of Avila describes prayer. Through spiritual direction we explore the beauty and mystery of all that God’s invitation offers us and how we might respond. I came to spiritual direction striving after what I needed to do. I found God inviting me to do less; to rest, to be loved. My journey has given me a passion for serving church leaders, the LGBT community, and anyone wanting to receive their belovedness. Big plusses in my life are hiking, skiing, flowers, my wife Renee and our two adult sons.

Renee Huie

Seattle, WA

(206) 784-3814
offered - in person, phone, Skype

For as long as I can remember, my heart’s desire has been to be with other’s in their spiritual journey. My own journey has fueled a deep knowing of God’s unconditional love that I long to share with others. I am passionate about developing the ministry that both my husband and I are involved in with offering spiritual direction and the Spiritual Exercises. I also enjoy being social, working on puzzles, reading and all things outdoors. Dan and I have two grown sons.

Kate Laymon

Citrus Heights, CA

(805) 996-0841
offered - in person, phone, Skype, Zoom

I aim to create an open, authentic, hospitable space for you to explore the dynamics of your relationship with God. My hope is that through spiritual direction you would experience the love of God more deeply and become more fully and simply yourself.
I am a wife and mother of two young children and my own journey has been punctuated by periods of doubt, depression, and darkness, as well as redemption, increasing joy and an ever deepening sense that I am loved unconditionally.
I’d love to be a friend for wherever you find yourself on your journey.

Leslea Linebarger

Southborough, MA

(508) 624-0802

“Take off your shoes, for this is holy ground.” This is how it feels in spiritual direction as I walk alongside others and watch them discover God’s love anew. Even pain and doubt can be redeemed as God weaves our messy threads into something of beauty. A 2013 graduate of Selah, I currently serve on the Guidance Team of epiphany New England, an online community of spiritual directors. I offer direction in person and online and also find life through kayaking, bird watching, and choral singing. We are blessed with children and now grandchildren, with whom I enjoy doing anything.

Becky Magnuson

Columbia, SC

offered - in person, Zoom

My passion is to companion with others on their journey with the triune God and to come alongside them as they discover His personal offer of love and overflowing hope (Romans 15:13).

I first encountered contemplative practices over 20 years ago. God’s Presence and guidance have provided a firm foundation to my roles in the corporate world, in ministry, and as a wife.

Since 2000 I have been in vocational ministry, living and serving internationally in a variety of roles. Currently based in Columbia, South Carolina, I offer spiritual direction to cross-cultural workers and the local Christian community.

Susan Marks

Charlottesville, VA

offered - in person, Zoom

What a privilege it is to enter sacred space to seek God on behalf of another soul! God has used the ministry of spiritual direction to tune my heart to His very real and loving Presence. My prayer is that those whom I companion will likewise experience God’s Presence and love, discern God’s invitations, and be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to walk into their calling.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.”— Ephesians 1:18a

Tamara Murphy

Bridgeport, CT

offered - in person, phone, Skype, Zoom

Tamara Hill Murphy lives with her husband Brian, an Anglican priest, in Bridgeport, CT. She is a freelance writer and a Spiritual Director and is currently learning how to parent her four adult children. One of Tamara’s greatest honors is to bear witness to the invitations the Holy Spirit gives God’s children to become more like Jesus and more like the true self their Creator has always imagined for the sake of the whole world.

Andrew G. Osmun

New Haven, CT

Cell: 203-804-4190
Home: 203-283-9071
offered - in person, phone, Skype, written correspondence

A follower, disciple of Jesus since 1971. Episcopal Priest. Selah Graduate 2011. Trustee of Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders. Member, Fellowship of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE). Advocacy in Criminal Legal reform organizations. Family is Criminal Legal system impacted.

Served Episcopal Churches in McKeesport, PA, Chester, Vermont, Milford, CT, Bridgeport, CT and East Haven, CT.

Books that reflect my heart: Solace of Fierce Landscapes by Belden C. Lane, You Set My Spirit Free, A 40 day journey with John of the Cross, by David Hazard, The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Celah Pence

Harrisonburg, VA,

(540) 246-9182
offered - in person, phone, Skype, Facetime, Zoom

I live in Virginia, in sight of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I am a piano teacher, spiritual director, and mother of four adult children. It is a sacred privilege to sit in spiritual direction with another believer, listening to her story. God is present and participating in this conversation. As we become silent and attentive to Him, He begins to reveal Himself and His ways. Directees may discover lost or hidden things: longing, resistance, hurt, fear, unobserved growth, a new sense of belonging and purpose… God directs this meaningful process.

Raquel Rogers

Fuquay Varina, NC

offered - in person, Facetime, Zoom

I discovered the gift of silence and listening in a group setting. An awakening started that led towards a deep journey of transformation, then a strong call to the ministry of spiritual direction. I am passionate about the spiritual journey, how God transforms us, and the humbling joyful gift of walking in discernment with others. As I have encountered many hardships and transitions in life, God has been revealing how He is present to me – sometimes in the most unlikely places. I am a contemplative mom in seminary, with a spunky life filled family, loving others along the way.

Debbie Sanders

Farmville, VA

offered - in person, phone, Skype, Facetime

Debbie Sanders offers contemplative spiritual direction to ministers, missionary couples & lay leaders. As a very seasoned Christian leader, she is available to help you with hearing God’s voice. She has deep experience in Christian ministry: leading mission trips, working with US military families and young people, and serving with Young Life while living and traveling internationally. With her husband, Debbie is working to create a retreat centre on a small farm in southern Virginia called The Shepherd’s Tavern. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Judson University (IL) where she also earned a Master of Leadership in Ministry.

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