Looking for a Spiritual Director?

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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!


                     COLORADO

KimNielsen Kim Nielsen – (Breckenridge) Kim, formerly of Columbia, MO, offers one-on-one spiritual direction, retreats, speaking on the spiritual life and retreat coordination, and has training in the Enneagram. Kim received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. She is also a trained companion for the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, through Sustainable Faith. Kim is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person, Skype, or phone.


IDAHO

RichardGreen Richard Green – (Eagle) Richard is a retired PCUSA Presbyterian minister,  moving out of pastoral ministry so he could devote more time and energy to the current passions in his life: spiritual formation and spiritual direction.  To prepare for this phase in his life and ministry Richard completed a two-year certificate program in Spiritual Formation and Direction from CFDM, and more recently, a certificate in the Supervision of Spiritual Directors as well. Richard is a member of ESDA and supports others in finding the next step on their spiritual path by being a generous listening companion. 


ILLINOIS

joankelly 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.

deirdrevanrensburg-2  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.

JimLeonard 2 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.

EricPotter 2  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.

timreist-2 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.


IOWA

martypic Marty Boller – (Cedar Rapids) Marty received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a member of both Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA). He loves coming alongside pastors and senior church leaders, companioning them in the care of their souls as they juggle the heavy demands of ministry. A trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of IgnatiusMarty is available for direction via in-person, Zoom, Face-Time, or phone.

sandypic Sandy Boller – (Cedar Rapids) Sandy received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a member of both Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA). She loves to encourage women to discover creative ways in being present to the One who is always present to us, finding their unique voice along the way. A trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of IgnatiusSandy is available for direction via in-person, Zoom, Face-Time, or phone.

SheriDaylong Sheri Daylong(Marion) Sheri has accompanied people on the journey of life in the capacity of professional ministry for over forty years. Her purpose in life today is to provide space for all persons who are seeking to find deep peace and an authentic sense of being and life with purpose! Sheri has completed the 2-year Academy for Spiritual Formation, the 3-year Spiritual Direction Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, WI. A trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, Sheri is available via in-person, phone, Facebook, Skype and Zoom.

BillDaylong William (Bill) Daylong – (Marion) Bill, a veteran of 42 years of pastoral ministry, has embraced his passion for ministry working alongside persons who seek through spiritual practices to open up to the God who has always been present in their lives. Bill integrates practices from his Native American and Celtic spiritual heritages to help seekers to slow down and attend to the slow work of God within them. Bill received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius.

donat-ann Ann Donat – (Sumner) For 27 years Ann taught special education focusing mainly on students with severe to profound disabilities. Upon turning 50, Ann responded to a call to pastoral ministry within the United Methodist Church, attended Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and currently serves a three-point charge in NE Iowa. Ann is available for direction by appointment and looks forward to walking along side those who wish to deepen their relationship with God. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, and is available for direction via in-person, or other on-line communications.

rod copy Rod Dugan – (Cedar Rapids) Rod’s focus is to come alongside worship leaders, musicians, and other artists, helping them to more clearly hear the melodies of God woven throughout their lives, see more clearly the portraiture of their true selves, and assist them to creatively participate with the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom around them. Rod received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, and has training in the Enneagram.

lauriejensen Laurie Jensen – (Ames) Laurie’s life’s passion…Christian spiritual growth in a context of a down-to-earth conversation and listening which is grounded in the Bible and in the realities of life as it is. She loves to listen, accompanying others as they explore the possibility of God’s present work in their lives. Laurie has a certificate in Spiritual Formation with Ruth Haley Barton and received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. A trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, Laurie is available for direction via in-person or Skype.

leslieleavenworth (1) Leslie Leavenworth – (Des Moines) Leslie is a practicing nurse, and visual artist. She believes there is both an art of healing and healing in art.  She offers a listening ear, an engaged spirit and an opportunity to explore together the rhythms and patterns of God’s working in the directee’s life. Leslie received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius.

ericN Eric Nicolaysen(Des Moines) Eric received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. He graduated with his Masters of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2012, after which he pastored a church in Sacramento, CA from 2013 to 2016. He’s convinced that spiritual direction genuinely helps people as they tend the landscapes of their life, the desires of their heart, and God’s loving presence and compassionate action through it all.

Lisaheadshot Dr. Lisa Van Allen – (Cedar Falls) Lisa has a certificate in spiritual direction from Mercy Center/Burlingame, CA (1996). The program helped heal the wounds of a broken marriage and a toxic church environment, while nurturing a contemplative faith and practice that supports Lisa through all of life’s challenges, including chronic pain. As a clinical psychologist and certified executive business coach, Lisa supports people and organizations through painful transitions and in developing what she calls a Sabbatical Lifestyle. Lisa received an additional two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction (2018), and is studying with Larry Warner to offer support through the Ignatian Exercises.  


KANSAS

jenniealtstadt Jennie Altstadt(Fairway) Jennie loves to help create a grace-filled window of time for women to experience the Holy Spirit and connect the dots of God’s working in their lives in ways they may not otherwise see. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual DirectionA trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, Jennie is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person or Skype.

karenbartlett (1) Karen Bartlett (Wichita) Through her years of ministry, Karen recognized a need to create space for people to hear God’s voice as they expressed doubts, concerns, or a longing for a deeper spiritual life. Her Masters degree in social work and Masters certificate in theology helps her understand spiritual formation and personal development as part of a holistic approach to faith and life. Karen received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. Read her excellent article: Letting God Guide: Spiritual Direction Helped Me Get “Unstuck.”

ChandelleClaassenM400 Chandelle Claassen(North Newton) Chandelle offers spiritual direction as a listening ministry where she protects and holds open space for people to explore interior movements or feelings as they interact with God in a conversational relationship. She is also a certified life coach, working with individuals in the areas of leadership and soul care. Chandelle is available for retreats and speaking on spiritual formation and soul care rhythms. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius.

sarahcook Sarah Cook(Kansas City) Sarah is passionate about coming alongside others as they journey with Jesus, and making space for them to see God’s presence in their own lives, whether on the mountaintop or in the valley.  Her desire is to create a safe atmosphere where others can slow down from the busy pace of life and have protected time to be present to the Lord.  Sarah is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute and has a B.A. in Art History.  She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual DirectionA trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, Sarah is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person, Skype, Zoom, or Face-Time.

barbtoft (1) Barb Toft – (Overland Park) Barb’s desire as a director is to hold a space for women where they can rest in the love of their heavenly Father as they grow in their relationship with Him. She also offers bi-annual spiritual weekend retreats where women can unplug from the busyness of their lives and connect with the one who calls them, “Beloved Daughter.” Barb received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a member of ESDA. A trained director in The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, Barb is available for direction in person and via Facetime and Skype.


MINNESOTA

Justin (1) Justin Law – (Inver Grove Heights) Justin has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Writing, has completed Vineyard Leadership Institute’s two year program, and received his Masters of Ministry in 2011. Justin serves on the pastoral staff at River Heights Vineyard Church in Inver Grove Heights, currently overseeing worship arts, prayer, and youth. Whether in the role of artist, worship leader, minister, or spiritual director, his passion is to create space for connection with God. Justin received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

JudithRichie Judith Ritchie – (Minneapolis) After nearly 30 years as a congregational pastor, Judith’s calling now is to come alongside pastors and ministry leaders to help them thrive in ministry. Too often in ministry we care for everyone else’s soul and neglect our own. Judith has been a spiritual director with certification for 20 years. As a member of ESDA, she also has training in Ignatian spirituality, Enneagram, MBTI, and prayer. She loves helping ministry folks hear again Jesus’ words, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Judith meets with people in person, by phone or by Skype.


NORTH CAROLINA

DanDavis Dan Davis – (Raleigh) Dan is a former pastor and retired military officer and believes the depth of one’s inner life and relationship with God determines the quality of their life and ministry with others. He counts it a privilege to work with pastors, leaders, and other followers of Jesus who desire to “go deeper.” Dan received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, and is available for spiritual direction in-person or through video conferencing. 


WISCONSIN

SFH Network Profile Adam Arn – (Grafton) Adam is honored to be able to create safe and sacred spaces for others to grow in their awareness of God’s presence in their everyday lives and to encourage them in responding positively to whatever it is God may be inviting them into. He currently serves on the pastoral staff at the Vineyard Church in Grafton, WI. He received his M.A. in Theology from Marquette University, his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, and is available for direction via in-person, Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts.

nancybooth Nancy Booth – (Madison) Nancy is passionate about creating safe, quiet spaces for midlife Christian women so they can discover God’s fingerprints in their stories and explore what new adventures He may be calling them to explore. Nancy provides one-on-one sessions in person or by Skype as well as offering guided small group retreats using life maps. Along with a MS Degree in Education and certification in life coaching, Nancy received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.

SuzanneLarson Suzanne Larson(Port Washington) Suzanne received her received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. Her desire is to provide space for women to sit with Christ, interact with Him, experience Him and walk away with a deeper sense of who they are in Christ and what He desires for them. She is available for one-on-one spiritual direction in person, via Skype or phone.


ONTARIO, CANADA

waynesabrinaA (1) Wayne & Sabrina MacQueen – (London) Wayne and Sabrina offer one-on-one spiritual direction as well as group spiritual direction. It is their passion to help ministry leaders remain and come into health…to come alongside men and women who are ministering in today’s hurried, frenetic church cultures. Wayne & Sabrina received their training in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.


banner_esdaAll directors listed above are associated with and are working under the direction and supervision of Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, a Christ-centered ministry with a mission to create a culture of sustainability among leaders of churches and non-profit organizations across North America. Sustainable Faith is an accredited School of Spiritual Direction, recognized by ESDA (Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association).


Click here to find out more about what spiritual direction is.

Click here to watch a short video that describes the primary role of a spiritual director.

Click here to read about five gifts a person received from spiritual direction.

Click here for more information on how to be trained as a spiritual director through the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.