The Transforming Center is communities of men and women who gather around the presence of Christ for the purpose of spiritual transformation so we can discern and do the will of God.
Each person who serves in leadership with the Transforming Center has completed one or more of the two-year Transforming Community® experiences. We are committed to carrying out our mission through a process of ongoing transformation so we can discern and do the will of God. Our leadership together is shaped by a covenant commitment to the Transforming Center Guiding Values and Principles.
The leadership of the Transforming Center is made up of the Community for Leadership Discernment (Board of Directors) and other ministry leaders.
Staff and Ministry Team
Dr. Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Center Founding President/CEO
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. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches and holds a Doctor of Divinity from Northern Seminary. She is the author of spiritual formation books and resources, including Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (June, 2012), Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms and Invitation to Solitude and Silence. For more information or to book Ruth to speak at your event, visit Ruth's website.
Dina Coffey (TC9)
Transforming Community Manager
Dina Coffey is the Transforming Community Registrar and Office Manager, assisting the Director of Transforming Communities and Events to insure the office and each Transforming Community runs smoothly. Â She and her husband, Dan, have been members and served at Christ Church of Oakbrook for many years.
Tom Dewey (TC9)
Transforming Center Administrator
Tom Dewey serves as Transforming Center Administrator, which includes donor development support, property management and Transforming Resources along with developing operating systems among other things. A quintessential “jack of all trades,” he has had several different careers, including serving as executive pastor at Park Street Church in Boston.
Rev. Dr. David Hughes (TC3)
Transforming Center Ambassador
Rev. Dr. David Hughes is the Ambassador of the Transforming Center, representing the TC on many fronts, including fundraising, academic partnerships, Transforming Communities, and the Transforming Church Network. David holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and comes to us after thirty-six years of ordained pastoral ministry–twenty-two of which were spent at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem.
Kelly Kastens (TC4)
Director of Transforming Communities and Events
Kelly Kastens is the Director of Transforming Communities and Events, bringing oversight to the Transforming Center’s many retreat experiences. Since her first Transforming Community, Kelly continued to serve in key leadership roles as a volunteer with her husband, Rob before joining the staff. Kelly is a graduate of Milligan College and Emmanuel Christian Seminary and served for 15 years as the Lead Worship Pastor at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, MD.
Rob Kastens (TC6)
Transforming Center, Chief Operations Officer
As Chief Operations Officer, Rob provides strategic leadership for the Transforming Center and also meets with the Board. Previously, Rob served as Executive Pastor at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, MD for over fifteen years. Rob and his wife Kelly have volunteered in key leadership roles since their participation in the Transforming Community experience.
Jerry Lee (TC3)
Transforming Communities Intercessor
Jerry Lee serves as a faithful intercessor and overseas our Intercessory Prayer Ministry. Jerry has received a Master of Arts from Spring Arbor University in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. She has also completed spiritual direction training through CenterQuest.
Charity McClure (TC12)
Creative Director & Brand Manager
Charity McClure serves as Creative Director and Brand Manager providing vision and oversight for our most recent web and brand developments. After completing her first Transforming Community, Charity became passionate about reaching younger leaders and influencers with practices and experiences that would shape their life in leadership. Her previous work experience includes 4 years at Flannel, the non-profit organization responsible for the NOOMA films.
Dr. Rory Noland (TC2)
Director of Heart of the Artist Ministries
Rory also serves as worship leader for the Transforming Center, and served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek and is a composer, song writer, speaker, and author of several books on worship and the arts, including The Worshiping Artist, Thriving as an Artist in the Church, The Heart of the Artist and Worship on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Board of Directors/Community for Leadership Discernment
Dr. Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Center Founding President/CEO
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 (TC6)
Coordinator, Spiritual Direction Ministries
Vicky is Spiritual Director trained through Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. Vicki’s first Transforming Community was TC6. She served as Pastor of Formational Life at Church of the Open Door (Minneapolis, MN) and now serves as coordinator of Spiritual Direction Ministries for the Transforming Center.
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Taylor Haley (TC1)
Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Jonathan holds a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Seminary. Through the ministry of the Transforming Center he became aware of his deep desire to experience his body as God's gift to him - which he now does when swimming, biking or running. He is a 17 time IronMan. Jonathan has been with the Transforming Center since its very first retreat.
B.J. Woodworth (TC5)
Lead Pastor, The Open Door - A Missional Church Community
B.J. is the Lead Pastor of the Open Door, a PCUSA missional church community in Pittsburgh. He serves the church by providing missional leadership in worship, vision casting, strategy, organization, and teaching. He is a graduate of Westminster College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. BJ is married to Katrina and has four children.