Working alongside a well-qualified spiritual director is one, very effective way to grow in your calling to become a Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activist.
Sustainable Faith is now growing at a phenomenal rate! What was once a small ministry geared at raising up a few church leaders in spiritual direction has now become a multi-dimensional, cross-denominational ministry that is touching thousands of people across North America and even Europe! One recent report has deemed us “the largest spiritual direction training group in North America!”
Sandy & I would like to introduce you to our growing team of certified spiritual directors and directors-in-training* located throughout the Heartland of the USA, and now, Colorado, Canada, and beyond! 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 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. *Directors-in-training with SFH who have completed Year One of training and are offering spiritual direction on a limited basis as they continue their work toward certification.
Kim Nielsen – (Breckenridge) Kim, formerly of Columbia, MO, offers one-on-one spiritual direction, retreats, speaking on the spiritual life and retreat coordination, is certified in the Enneagram, and may companion you in the 19th Annotation Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Kim received her certification in Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith-Indy and Sustainable Faith-The Springs.
Joan Kelly – (Chicago) Joan offers one-on-one spiritual direction (in person or via phone), guided retreats, facilitation of Listen to My Life for individuals, groups or retreats, speaking on spiritual growth, life story and spiritual practices and is certified in the Enneagram. Joan received her certification in Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith-The Springs.
Deirdré Jansen Van Rensburg – (Barrington) Born and raised in South-Africa, Deirdré moved to Chicago in 2003 to accept a staff position at Willow Creek Community Church where she served in the Pastoral Response Department for almost a decade 2009-2016. She 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. She completed two years of certified training in spiritual direction through Sustainable Faith in May 2016.
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. Six years ago, he followed a strong leading to step out of the mega church world that he was in and trust God to open the way. Tim leads many retreats for people in their contemplative journey with God, enneagram retreats, as well as a small community of people who are trying to live out the rhythms and relationships of the first century as best they can today. Tim received his certification in Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith-The Springs.
Marty Boller – (Cedar Rapids) Marty serves the larger body of Christ as a contemplative coach and spiritual director to recovering 3-B pastors and church leaders who are looking for Christ-centered direction in their lives.Marty received his certification in Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith, working with trainers Dave Nixon and Kris Miller.
Sandy Boller – (Cedar Rapids) Sandy loves to help others learn the rhythms of slowing down and listening for the Holy, offering spiritual direction so that others can learn to recognize God in the middle of their everyday lives. Sandy received her certification in Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith, working with trainers Dave Nixon and Kris Miller.
William (Bill) Daylong* – (Marion) Bill, a veteran of 42 years of pastoral ministry has completed his first year of training in spiritual direction with Sustainable Faith, working with trainers Marty and Sandy Boller. In his spiritual direction he 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. In his practice of spiritual direction, Bill has been integrating 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.
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 first year of training through Sustainable Faith, working with trainer Kris Miller, and is certified in the Enneagram.
Anne Hartman* – (Cedar Rapids) Anne is a professional trainer in nursing and offers spiritual direction on a limited basis to those who are seeking more of God’s in-breaking presence in their personal lives, their families, and their jobs. Anne received her first year of training through Sustainable Faith, working with trainer Kris Miller.
Don Hartman* – (Cedar Rapids) Don is a professional engineer and offers spiritual direction on a limited basis to those who are seeking more of God’s in-breaking presence in their personal lives, their families, and their jobs. Don received his first year of training through Sustainable Faith, working with trainer Kris Miller.
Laurie Jensen* – (Ames) Laurie Jensen is a former Physical Education teacher who has taken a right turn in her retirement toward her 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. The bump and bruises of life, over 40 years of walking with God, a first year of Spiritual Direction training through Sustainable Faith with Marty and Sandy Boller, as well as a graduate certificate in Spiritual Formation with Ruth Haley Barton qualifies Laurie to be a helpful listener. She offers Spiritual Direction in person at her home or on Skype.
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 first year of training through Sustainable Faith, working with trainers Marty and Sandy Boller.
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 is available via Skype or in person. Jennie received her first year of training through Sustainable Faith, working with trainers Marty and Sandy Boller.
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. Training in spiritual direction is giving her the tools needed to help others listen to what God might be saying in the midst of a busy life. Karen received her first year of training through Sustainable Faith, working with trainers Marty and Sandy Boller.
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 first year of training through Sustainable Faith, with trainers Marty and Sandy Boller.
Barb Toft* – (Overland Park) “Jesus knows me, this I love!” –Barb identifies with this quirky take on the familiar childhood song. Her heart’s desire is to partner with women who want to discover who God truly designed them to be, to walk with them and encourage them to step out of their insecurities, to come to recognize the depth of God’s amazing love for them and how God is deeply involved in their lives. Barb received her first year of training through Sustainable Faith, working with trainers Marty and Sandy Boller, and is available in person and via Skype.
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. In 2015 he received his certification as a Spiritual Director through Sustainable Faith, working with trainer Dave Nixon.
Sarah Cook* – (Kansas City) Sarah is passionate about coming alongside others as they journey with Jesus. Her desire is to create a safe atmosphere where others can encounter the Holy Spirit and identify ways in which God is actively at work in their lives that they might have missed otherwise. Sarah is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute and has a B.A. in Art History. She received her first year of training through Sustainable Faith, working with trainers Marty and Sandy Boller.
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 has received her first year of spiritual direction training through Sustainable Faith with trainers Marty and Sandy Boller.
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 certification in Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith with trainer Dave Nixon.
Wanna join the SFH Team?
Here’s our 2015-2016 Year One training cohorts in Kansas City, Central Iowa, and Milwaukee. What a great team of learners! If you’re interested in being trained in spiritual direction, click here for more info.
All SFH directors are associated with and are working under the direction and supervision of Sustainable Faith Schools 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 the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.