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.

Availability is limited, so please sign up as soon as you are able to commit. If all slots are full or these times don’t work for you, you are welcome to contact someone from our list of spiritual directors (graduates from our Selah Certificate in Spiritual Direction program) and inquire with them directly for spiritual direction.

LOCATION:
Online via ZOOM

AVAILABLE DATES / TIMES:
Thursday, October 21 2021, one-hour slots offered at 2:00PM & 3:30PM
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021, one-hour slots offered at 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM

(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.
Amy Alves
Amy Alves

Oxford, MA

Gil Banton

Columbia, CT

Ann Gemmel
Ann Gemmel

Wheaton, IL

Roger Hornbeck

Glendale, AZ

Kate Laymon

Citrus Heights, CA

Clara Louie

Ardmore, PA

Tamara Murphy

Bridgeport, CT

Sylvia McGuire

Colorado Springs, CO

David Nichols
David Nichols

Bryan, TX

Brenda Nickerson

Surrey, BC, Canada

Celah Pence

Harrisonburg, VA

Joanna Polarek

Port Jervis, NY

Nina Whitnah

Paoli, PA

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.

FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING REGISTRATION FORM:
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Amy Alves

Amy Alves

Oxford, MA

offered - in person, Facetime, Zoom

Throughout my life, getting to know God and listening to others has been a part of who I am. I have a background in Life Coaching through the AACC and also cherish my experience going through Selah’s spiritual direction certificate program. It’s a joy for me to companion people on their personal journey with Jesus; watching and responding to His loving invitations! When I’m not providing spiritual direction I love savoring quality ice cream, being out in nature, and spending time with my husband and four beautiful children.

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.

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.

Roger Hornbeck

Phoenix, AZ

offered - in person, Skype, Zoom

Spiritual direction offers a safe space in a hurried, word-filled world, to pause, listen, and become present to ourself and God. It is an honor to walk with those on this journey of discovery. I love helping others develop spiritual habits and draw closer to God as they become like Jesus for the sake of others.
Sharon and I were married in 1974, have four adult children and nine grandchildren. We have served as pastors since 1980 and currently reside in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. I have a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, have been trained as a Spiritual Director through Selah, a Certificate Program from Leadership Transformations, and I am presently working on a DMin with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation at Phoenix Seminary. I am available for Spiritual Direction or Spiritual Formation Coaching sessions either in person in Glendale or by Skype or Zoom.

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.

Clara Louie

Ardmore, PA

(610) 348-8905
offered - in person, Skype, Zoom

My calling is to come alongside others to help them recognize that they are already deeply loved by the Triune God! As a spiritual director, I hope to provide that sacred space for individuals to hear and to receive that pronouncement, “You are my beloved!” over and over again in their life circumstances, along their spiritual journeys, and in the deep core of their being. And out of that core identity in Christ, they may live, move, have their being, and respond to God’s calling for them with freedom, boldness, love and gratitude.

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.

Sylvia McGuire

Colorado Springs, CO

offered - in person, Skype, Facetime, Zoom

As a watercolor artist who loves beauty, adventure, and Jesus, I enjoy creative ways of experiencing God daily. My primary practice is that of spiritual direction, and within this practice I coach people in the Enneagram as well as lead creative soul care retreats and guide people through the 9-month “retreat in everyday life” called The Ignatian Exercises. My desire is to companion you in an increased awareness of the beautiful ways that God has created you uniquely, in the image of the Trinity, as you seek to be transformed daily into wholeness.

David Nichols

David Nichols

Bryan, TX

(979) 402-6040
offered - in person, phone, Skype, Zoom

As a missionary with OMF for almost 35 years (the first 26 in Asia), I have a particular passion to walk with those in cross-cultural ministry and in other supported type of ministries. I also have a heart for those involved in or training for a ministry of theological education since we started and led a Seminary in the Philippines for many years. I am willing to meet via zoom, skype or your preferred app and in person.

Brenda Nickerson

Surrey, BC, Canada

(630)440-6400
offered - in person, phone, Skype, Facetime, Zoom

As a Canadian born, naturalized American, God has traveled with me through much transition and has been “my portion” on the journey. Being in a youth ministry/missionary calling with my husband, I find joy in walking alongside younger believers and women in any season in life or ministry. Especially with recent significant shifts in our world many are feeling the need for discernment and deepening. If you’d like to seek the Lord together for such a time as this on your journey, I invite you to connect. I currently live near Vancouver, Canada, offering spiritual direction online or in person.

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.

Joanna Polarek

Port Jervis, New York

(808) 226-5589
offered - in person, Facetime, Zoom

Hello! My name is Joanna. I recently completed my certificate in Spiritual Direction. This journey has deepened my faith and love for my relationship with our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I work in the Spiritual Life Development Department for The Salvation Army Eastern Territorial Headquarters. Providing spiritual direction within my field is a gift. They complement each other with my passion for sharing and encouraging others to connect in their faith with spiritual practices and rhythms. I love spending time with my husband and two daughters. I enjoy reading, working out, and eating a good meal with friends.

Nina Whitnah

Paoli, PA

(860)836-4988
offered - in person, phone, Skype, Facetime

I come to the practice of Spiritual Direction from a rich experience of spiritual companionship I have found in small groups and one-on-one friendships. Cultivating the dimension of shared, focused attention on behalf of another person is a natural progression for me of a style of relating that I have nurtured in my life; I see it as a deep, sweet privilege.

I completed a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders in 2010 at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; my project thesis explored spiritual formation during wilderness times. I finished training as a spiritual director in 2012 through Selah.

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