Once you’ve decided to look for a spiritual director, we suggest you begin your search here with our Spiritual Directors Network. It’s our vision, as a network of trained spiritual directors, to offer high quality, Christ-centered spiritual direction to any individual, group of individuals, or any church, ministry or non-profit organization that is looking to benefit from the absolute joys of receiving on-going spiritual direction. We personally know each of these directors listed here and highly recommend any of these wonderful men or women listed below.
Click on the spiritual director’s picture or name to contact them inquiring of your interest in spiritual direction. And be sure to tell them The Contemplative Activist sent you their way!
Joan Kelly – (Palatine) Joan offers one-on-one spiritual direction, guided retreats, facilitation of Listen to My Life for individuals, groups or retreats, speaking on spiritual growth, life story and spiritual practices and has training in the Enneagram. Joan received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. Joan is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person or phone.
Deirdré Jansen Van Rensburg – (Barrington) Deirdré is passionate about being present with people in ways that increase their awareness of and response to God’s presence, His love and redeeming work in them. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Trauma and Abuse Counseling from the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology. Deirdré received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.
Jim Leonard – (West Chicago) Jim has worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators as a translator and administrator for 30 years. After seeing a spiritual director regularly, he began experiencing a deepening sense of God’s loving presence in times of sitting alone with God in silence. This experience of Love has begun to flow over into his relationships with others, especially those nearest to him. Jim received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, and is available for direction via in-person, Skype, Hangouts and Zoom. Check out some of Jim’s art created from handmade cattail leaf paper.
Eric Potter – (Peoria) Eric is lead pastor at Metamora Mennonite Church. He has been in vocational ministry for 18 years and has been blessed with a very eclectic experience of the Christian faith finding himself in a variety of denominational and non-denominational contexts. In direction, Eric seeks to implement both the Ignatian approach to the life of faith as well as the Enneagram. He received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, and is available for direction via in-person, Skype, and FaceTime.
Tim Reist – (Peoria) Tim is passionate about helping others follow Christ with all their mind, heart, body, and soul. He has been in vocational ministry for the past 26 years serving on staffs of 3 churches in Indiana and Illinois. Tim leads retreats for people in their contemplative journey with God, and Enneagram retreats as well. He received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.