Our mission is to strengthen the souls of pastors, spiritual leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve.

The Transforming Center is communities of men and women journeying together in the presence of Christ for the purpose of spiritual transformation so we can discern and do the will of God. The board of directors for the Transforming Center is a prayerfully chosen community for discernment, meeting regularly to listen to God as they provide directional leadership for the vision and mission of the Transforming Center.

Every board member has completed one or more of the two-year Transforming Community® experiences and is committed to an ongoing process of transformation that is shaped by a covenant commitment to the Transforming Center Guiding Values and Principles.

Board of Directors/Community for Leadership Discernment

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Dr. Ruth Haley Barton

Transforming Center Founder and Board Chair

Ruth has been a student, practitioner, and thought leader in the area of Christian spirituality and formation for over 20 years. A seasoned spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader, Ruth was trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies and holds a doctor of divinity from Northern Seminary. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life.

Phaedra Blocker

Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker (TC8)

Director of Programs, New Baptist Covenant

An Affiliate Professor in Leadership & Formation at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, Phaedra holds a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Transformation from Northern Seminary in partnership with the Transforming Center.

Vicki Degner

Vicki Degner (TC6)

Coordinator, Spiritual Direction Ministries

Vicki is a Spiritual Director trained through Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. Vicki’s first Transforming Community® was TC6. For many years she served as Pastor of Formational Life at Church of the Open Door (Minneapolis, MN) and now coordinates Spiritual Direction Ministries for the Transforming Center in addition to her board service.

John Knox

Dr. John Knox (TC6)

Preaching Minister, Chaplain, and Adjunct Instructor

John lives in Texas where he serves both the church and the law enforcement community.  He has been a police and fire chaplain for 31 years.  John additionally serves as an adjunct instructor of psychology for Dallas Christian College.  He holds a BA degree in Speech Communications and master’s degrees in Biblical Studies and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Abilene Christian University.


William H. Marquard (TC6)

Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Bill advises global companies on business strategy and has a guiding role in manager leadership development at Deloitte. As an executive, he embraces TC’s philosophy that “the best thing we bring to our leadership is our own transforming selves,” incorporating the rhythm of four TC retreat communities into his transformation journey. Bill earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame; an MBA from Case Western Reserve University; and was an adjunct professor of Finance at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. 

Billie Peterson

Billie Peterson (TC14)

Spirtual Director, Retired CPA

Billie is a CPA in tax accounting and has recently joined the Transforming Center board as our treasurer. A devoted mother and grandmother, it was her desire to become a healthier version of herself that lead her to join a Transforming Community (TC14) when a particularly difficult season provided the needed impetus for growth. In addition to her finance and accounting expertise, she brings her training in spiritual direction along with her desire to listen deeply and be present with the true Director to her participation on the board of the Transforming Center.