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The Transforming Center is pleased to offer a listing of spiritual directors* who have completed one or more of our two-year Transforming Community® experiences and have also completed a recognized training program in spiritual direction. Each listing indicates if the spiritual director offers remote spiritual direction (online or by phone) and/or in-person spiritual direction. Scheduling and fees for spiritual direction are determined entirely between the director and the directee.

Spiritual directors included in this directory will:

  • Have completed a Transforming Community (TC);
  • Have completed a recognized spiritual direction training program;
  • Be faithful to spiritual direction and/or peer supervision in his/her own life; and
  • Abide by ethical guidelines, such as those of Spiritual Directors International.

*This listing is not an indication of the Transforming Center’s endorsement or recommendation of individual spiritual directors. What we are able to indicate is that each member of our directory has been on a significant spiritual journey with us and has completed training and formation in this important ministry. The Transforming Center is not a certifying body but rather a spiritual community that affirms the ministry of spiritual direction in the lives of leaders and seeks to help leaders explore options with spiritual directors in their areas.

Spiritual Directors

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Ruth Haley Barton (Wheaton, IL)

In-Person
Training: Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation

Ruth has been engaged in the art and practice of spiritual direction for over 20 years. She gratefully acknowledges and incorporates the wisdom of her teachers/mentors Gerald May, Tilden Edwards, and Rosemary Dougherty, having been profoundly shaped by the ecumenical training environment they provided. "How do people change—really?" has been Ruth's question from the time she was being raised as a pastor’s kid in a conservative religious environment. This question emerged partly from her awareness of her own need to change and partly because of her observation that spiritual transformation is one of the most over-promised and under-delivered aspects of Christianity in its current expression. Encountering the richness of the broader Christian tradition in the midst of her own desire and disillusionment led her on a journey of reclaiming practices that spiritual seekers down through the ages have used to open themselves to God’s transforming work. It is her joy to guide others into spiritual practices that open us to the mystery of God’s transforming presence in the most intimate places of our lives.

Ruth currently limits her ministry of one-to-one spiritual direction, feeling deeply called to serve as a spiritual director and guide for leadership groups seeking to learn and practice corporate leadership discernment.

Areas of specialty or interest: Transforming leadership, group spiritual direction/corporate leadership discernment, Ignatian spirituality, integration of psychology and spirituality.

ruthbarton@transformingcenter.org

Gerard Booy

Gerard Booy (Delta, BC, Canada)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: CenterQuest School of Spiritual Direction

Gerard is a former Presbyterian pastor. He grew up in South Africa and moved with his family to Canada in 2000. Having been a pastor since 1990—serving in three churches on two continents—Gerard now offers spiritual direction for individuals and groups. He leads retreats and works with CenterQuest School of Spiritual Direction as a small group mentor. Reading Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership and subsequently joining TC10 has been a turning point in his life. His formation as a spiritual director has taken a lifetime (really!). It is the gathering of many years of lived experiences with God and with others—personal and pastoral, painful and joyful, informal and formal. And it continues… The means of grace abound—loved ones, soul friends, intentional communities of transformation, contemplative practices, books, Scripture, formal training, spiritual direction, and more. Gerard is an alum of TC10.

Areas of interest or specialty: Personal spiritual transformation and wholeness (embracing who God has made us to be); companioning pastors and ministry leaders; liminal spaces and transitional experiences in life (grief etc.); retreats; group spiritual direction; vocational discernment

gerardbooy@outlook.com (778) 868-1548

Kelly Burnett

Kelly Burnett (Houston, TX)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction

Kelly leads workshops and retreats of all types with the Enneagram in marriage, parenting, and relationships. She loves to share about pursuing freedom and SOULWELLness. She is the co-founder and president of SOULWELL Ministries. Kelly’s passion is to help people break free from strongholds and defeated living. This passion was born out of a very painful and dysfunctional childhood. Kelly is driven to see the peace and power of Christ empowering every Christian become a reality. Personally, she has witnessed this possibility in her own life, after being set free from a legacy of lies, pain, and worry and a lack of trust. Kelly is a certified spiritual director and Enneagram life coach. Kelly graduated with Honors from Texas A&M in speech communications and psychology. For over 20 years, Kelly has been leading youth and women’s Bible studies and retreats and serving in the United Methodist Church as a Stephen Minister. She has been married her best friend, Rick, for 24 years and has two children, Brock and Brynne, both of whom attend Baylor University. Kelly is an alum of TC10.

Areas of interest or specialty: Certified Enneagram life coach; trained as a Stephen Minister and in healing prayer

kelly@soulwellministries.com | (281) 222-6769

Vicki Degner

Vicki Degner (Minneapolis, MN)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Tending the Holy – Christos Center for Spiritual Formation

Vicki has served as the spiritual development pastor at a church in Maple Grove, Minnesota, until recently. She is trained and certified through Christos Center for Spiritual Formation as a spiritual director, and has been practicing for 18 years. Sitting with others for the purpose of listening to their life in God in spiritual direction is one of the greatest joys of her life. Vicki’s first experience of the Transforming Community was TC6. She has been serving the Transforming Center as the Coordinator of Spiritual Direction Ministries since that time. Vicki also serves on the TC board and is a trained peer supervisor for spiritual directors. She is married to Gerry, has two adult children, and two grandchildren that are the light of her life.

Areas of interest or specialty: Companioning pastors and ministry leaders; the Enneagram; discernment of vocation, calling, and life transitions

vdegner7@yahoo.com 

Daniele Evans

Daniele Evans (Lancaster, PA)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction

Daniele feels drawn to practicing spiritual direction with those in places of transition or struggle. Her own experiences with trauma and loss support her desire to be a safe space for others. Daniele is trained through Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, is a certified Enneagram coach, and completed training in strategies for trauma awareness and resiliency. Her pastoral work for over 15 years includes writing and teaching Bible studies, speaking, and mentoring others in their faith journey. Daniele supports those desiring to explore and deepen their spiritual experience and open their story to transformation. Daniele is an alum of TC13.

Areas of interest or specialty: The Enneagram; companioning ministry leaders and pastors; trauma-sensitive soul care; journaling/writing as a spiritual practice.

Cynthia Fore

Cynthia Fore (Travelers Rest, SC)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Tending the Holy – Christos Center for Spiritual Formation

Cynthia is a spiritual director, facilitator of contemplative retreats, and centering prayer workshop presenter for Contemplative Outreach. She is also trained in iEnneagram Motions of the Soul. She incorporates Ignatian spirituality in her individual direction sessions, as well as in retreat settings. While she continues her own spiritual transforming journey, she considers it an honor to accompany others toward wholeness, harmony, and balance—in relationship with God, self, and others. Perhaps diving into the transforming waters opens ways for us to swim around in the wonderings and mysteries of our Belovedness in Christ - so we wonder together! Cynthia is married to John and has three amazing, grown, adult children and two adorable grandsons. The little ones keep her in touch with her own childlike innocence as an Eight on the Enneagram. Her hobbies are knitting, movie-going, cocktail-making, and playing cards and dominoes with friends and family. She is an alum of TC8.

Areas of interest or specialty: Coming alongside those seeking spiritual transformation and eager to explore Ignatian Spiritual Practices; iEnneagram Motions of the Soul - Harmony Triads; witnessing one's spiritual journey through guided, contemplative retreats one-on-one or in community settings.

ragamuffintea1@gmail.com | (828) 423-5876

Lana Gentile

Lana Gentile (Vernon Hills, IL)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Tending the Holy – Christos Center for Spiritual Formation

Lana draws inspiration from the imagery of a caterpillar which, over time, emerges from a chrysalis a beautiful butterfly. Lana seeks to create a chrysalis-like environment in which individuals can discover their intrinsic value in God and emerge as the transformed persons they are created to be. She loves living in the light of Psalm 139, which promises that we are wonderfully made. Lana offers calm insight into challenging situations, enabling spiritual discernment to unfold. Those who meet with Lana remark how her peaceful presence safely supports the growth of their relationship with God. Lana’s experience includes 35 years in the corporate world and leading small groups and coaching small group leaders in the church. She also served as a reflection paper reader and a spiritual director for several TC communities. Lana is married to Arnie and has two adult children and two grandchildren. Lana is an alum of TC4.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: iEnneagram Motions of the Soul - Harmony Triads; Listen to My Life; Honoring the Body - Health & Wellness

chrysalisministry@gmail.com | (847) 951-1583

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Daniel Harris (Midland, TX)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: CenterQuest School of Spiritual Direction

Daniel is a former United Methodist pastor. He currently splits his time between ministry (especially spiritual direction, writing, and teaching) and running a family ranch business in West Texas. Daniel enjoys accompanying others––particularly those involved in a Transforming Community experience. Most of his spiritual direction conversations are done by distance via Zoom and/or by written exchanges. Daniel is an alum of TC4 and TC13.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: Clergy/Pastors; the Enneagram; Incorporating written reflections into the spiritual direction process

| (432) 528-5704

Vicki Howard

Vicki Howard (Wheaton, IL)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Tending the Holy – Christos Center for Spiritual Formation

Vicki grew up in a farm community where church was the hub of her spiritual and community life. The church was conservative Christian in its teaching, with lots of "do's and don'ts," so she learned early to try to be very good so that God would be pleased with her. Though she stayed connected to church as she grew older, she so longed to experience more of God. God in His goodness, through a series of people and life experiences, led Vicki to discover contemplative spirituality and practices that were part of the early church, which she did not know existed. As Vicki experienced solitude, silence, lectio divina, centering prayer, and so much more, she came face-to-face with a God who loves her unconditionally just as she is—a God of grace, mercy, and compassion. She now journeys in His love as He shows the way! Vicki is an alum of TC5.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: "I do not specialize. I find the greatest joy in journeying with those who are serious about going deeper with God."

| (630) 240-1009

Greg Kraft

Greg Krafft (Auburn, IN)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction

Greg came to Christ later in life at 30 years old and has been involved in the local church for over 27 years. He is currently the lead minister of Cedar Creek Church, a mid-size church in the Fort Wayne, Indiana, area. About 10 years ago, he started to feel something was missing; his soul was tired and bored. He was drawn to the Transforming Center, and through the Transforming Community experience his soul was able to come back to life and drink deeply the things of God. Doing the inner work that was prompted during the Transforming Community experience he was introduced to spiritual direction. For him, and, he would say, for many, spiritual direction has been the "missing link" to his transforming journey. When he does not receive direction on a regular basis, he can tell. Greg's and his wife, Shelly, have three children and three grandchildren. Greg is an alum of TC6 and TC13.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: Walking with ministers and pastors, especially those who have a ministry as a second career; working with those in recovery.

greg@cedarcreekchurch.com | (260) 615-5241

Clare Loughrige

Clare Loughrige (Marshall, MI)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Tending the Holy – Christos Center for Spiritual Formation

Clare is the founding co-lead pastor of Crossroads Church (Marshall, MI) since 1991. Author of three Enneagram books, Clare is a trainer with The International Enneagram Association and has developed a credentialed program that trains/certifies Enneagram instructors in the Christian Tradition. She is cited as a recommended Enneagram instructor with First Analysis Institute of Integrative Studies. In addition to Clare’s work with spiritual communities, she serves on boards in the arena of social justice, including board chair for Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, a collaboration of over 130 agencies ranging from governmental to faith-based. She found herself at TC1 after a devastating diagnosis and discovered “strengthening the soul of her leadership” as healing grace. Now, 17 years later, in the Transforming Center community, Clare continues to practice her faith, believing action and contemplation are inextricably bound. Clare is gratefully married 38 years, an undaunted mom of four, and a grandma of five! Clare is an alum of the first Transforming Community (TC1). She has also participated in TC3, TC4, and TC6 through TC14.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: "The Enneagram; Ignatian spirituality; and listening and discerning God's grace with clergy, helping professionals, and social justice activists. I am passionate about helping people discover true-self patterns to establish and maintain spiritual rhythms so that they can do the work of justice with joy for the long-haul."

| (269) 317-0283

Kim Nielsen

Kim Nielsen (Breckenridge, CO)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction

Kim’s passion is to create safe environments and opportunities for people to experience God. Her desire is for everyone to know who God created them to be and live into their truest self in Christ. Kim has been a TC member and on the Serving Community since 2006. Her training in spiritual direction is through Sustainable Faith. She is a trained companion for the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and a certified iEnneagram Motions of the Soul practitioner. Early in Kim’s ministry career, she worked in full-time ministry at a megachurch for 11 years. This experience heightened her sense of the value and necessity of spiritual direction for pastors and Christian leaders. Kim has participated in TC3–8, TC11, and TC15.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: Masters specialization in Spiritual Transformation; church leaders; trained companion for the 19th Annotation of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises; certified iEnneagram Motions of the Soul practitioner; Listen to My Life facilitator; twelve steps

kim@transformingexperiences.org | (573) 808-4848

Jan Sampeck

Jan Sampeck (Plano, TX)

In-Person
Training: Perkins School of Theology – Southern Methodist University

Jan currently serves as a pastor on staff at Chase Oaks Church in Plano, TX. She is married with four children, six grandchildren and two dogs, which bring her great love, laughter, and joy. A milestone moment in Jan's spiritual formation journey was Transforming Community 5 in 2010. Though a rich experience, the years following completion of that Community raised a desire for a more intentional spiritual journey as a couple for her and her husband. They both entered TC12 and engaged that community both as individuals and a couple. While Jan was in TC12, she also enrolled in certification for Spiritual Direction at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She completed her coursework and practicum in 2017. Accompanying others in their spiritual journeys is a gift of God's grace in her life. Jan is an alum of TC5 and TC12.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: "I have a particular heart for creatives and those in ministry that give so much at such a cost to themselves. Recently, I have been practicing visio divina and paying particular attention to honoring my body. It is easy to dismiss the messages our bodies carry, and tending to this personally has been rich."

jsampeck@chaseoaks.org | (214) 287-1083

David Sandel

David Sandel (Urbana, IL)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Chiara Center Spiritual Direction Training Program

David has been a counselor and campus minister in Urbana, Illinois, since 1989 and a spiritual director since 2013, seeking God with students, professors, pastors, believers, and non-believers. Growing up Lutheran on a central Illinois dairy farm, he left for college and a decade of other adventures, then returned to his roots. David and his mother graduated with degrees in counseling on Mother's Day, 1980. With their three kids partly grown, David and his wife, Margaret, attended courses with Equipping Ministries International in Cincinnati, Ohio, which continue to shape their work. After 2 years in the Unification Church and 20 years in the Vineyard, he is ordained in the Church of Christ. He writes devotions, plays guitar, raises chickens, and loves to work with men and women who want to seek God in all things. David is an alum of TC6.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: The Ignatian Exercises; the Enneagram; Myers-Briggs assessments and spirituality; exploring imagination and creativity as ways of approaching God; listening and dialoguing with God; rest-Sabbath-prayer; communication and appreciation between generations; "giving your life away," aging, and "giving your death away" (Ronald Rolheiser's words); and experimenting with life, with ways of seeking and avoiding God

dave@christiancounselingservice.com | (217) 377-2298

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Diane Steward (Lynnwood, WA)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Anglican Church of North America (The Anglican Diocese in New England)

For thirteen years, Diane served as executive director of Puget Sound Christian Clinic, helping to provide free health care to low-income individuals and families. In that role she learned the necessity of silence and solitude with God to sustain her in the work at the clinic. She left the clinic in 2016 in response to God’s call to ordination (in progress) in the Anglican Church of North America. She also completed spiritual direction training in 2017 through the ACNA and training to facilitate the Ignatian 19th Annotation retreat in 2018. One of the great joys in her life is walking alongside others in their journey to intimacy with God; a second is welcoming “strangers” (immigrants and refugees) to her community. She has been married to George for 38 years and loves being the mom to four grown children and grandma to Lucy. Diane is an alum of TC6.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: Group spiritual direction and the Ignatian Exercises

 | (425) 737-3426

Sibyl Towner

Sibyl Towner (Oldenburg, IN)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction

Sibyl has had over 50 years of experience with extended household and pastoral leadership in a Presbyterian Church and at Willow Creek. She has had 30 years in Christian Camping. She has served as Spiritual Director for TC for 14 years. Sibyl has also co-authored Listen To My Life. She teaches Sustainable Faith's School of Spiritual Direction, is co-director of the Springs Retreat Center, and has a passion to help leaders identify the voice of God within them and to encourage a responsiveness to that voice. She is also knowledgeable in the Enneagram. Sibyl has participated in TC2–TC6 and TC8–TC14.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: Men and women; those in ministry leadership; young leaders; people of color and ethnicity; people who serve on the margins

 | (847) 322-5151

Charles Webber

Charles Webber (Oak Brook, IL)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Chiara Center Spiritual Direction Training Program

Charles spent his entire career as a professional physiologist on the faculty of Loyola University Chicago Medical Center (1975-2013). He taught and mentored medical students, graduate students, and advanced high school students. He also conducted scientific research on living systems using improvised mathematical tools in nonlinear dynamics. Concurrently Charles taught Bible classes in local churches, which he still does to this day, fulfilling his distinct divine calling to teach science and Scripture. In 2006, Charles was enveloped by "the dark night of the senses" for a full six months. Confused, he was led to the Transforming Center experience which was life-transforming to his very "dark" soul. Since learning about spiritual direction in 2010, Charles has been a spiritual directee for nine consecutive years. His journey led him to be trained as a spiritual director in the Franciscan tradition after retiring. Charles is an alum of TC4.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: Integration of science and Christian faith

 | (708) 638-7497

B.J. Woodworth

B.J. Woodworth (Pittsburgh, PA)

Remote and/or In-Person
Training: Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction

Rev. B.J. Woodworth is the lead and founding pastor of the Open Door, an urban Presbyterian (USA) missional church community. It is a church committed to living in the way of Jesus through embodied spiritual practices. B.J. loves to create space for people to attend to their interior lives, helping them discover their true self so they may more fully make their unique mark in the world. He has a particular interest in accompanying people in professional and church ministry so they can withdraw from the crowds and establish sacred patterns of rest, renewal, and reflection. B.J. is married to Katrina and has 4 children in their late teens and early 20s. He is a church planting coach, has completed the Ignatian Exercises, teaches at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program, and currently serves on the Transforming Center board and as community pastor in TC15. B.J. is an alum of TC5.

Areas of Interest or Specialty: "Working with leaders in professional and pastoral ministry, especially church planters. My entire ministry career has been working with university students and young adults. I love helping people discern their vocation and calling and developing spiritual practices and rhythms."

 | (412) 215-6398