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 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 a staff role 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

Founding President/CEO

Ruth has been a student, practitioner, and thought leader in the area of Christian spirituality and formation for over 20 years. When she founded the Transforming Center with a few like-minded souls in December of 2002 it was based purely on a shared desire to experience deeper levels of transformation in Christ’s presence so they could discern and do the will of God. What has happened since then surprises her every day! 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.
For more information or to book Ruth to speak at your event, visit Ruth's website.

Dina Coffey (TC9)

Registrar and Office 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.  She and her husband, Dan, have been members and served at Christ Church of Oakbrook for many years.

Rev. Dr. David Hughes (TC3)

Ambassador and Resident Theologian

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 a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he comes to TC after 36 years of ordained pastoral ministry—22 of which were spent at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, NC.

Jeff James (TC6)

Director of Marketing and Communications

Jeffery is the marketer for Transforming Center. He is the owner of Spire2 and has 30 years of experience creating in branding and marketing for local, regional, and global accounts. Jeffery graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida and also studied at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois

Jerry Lee (TC3)

Intercessory Prayer Ministry

Jerry Lee serves as a faithful intercessor and oversees our Intercessory Prayer Ministry. Jerry has received a Master of Arts from Spring Arbor University in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. She is also a certified Spiritual Director, having completed training through CenterQuest in Pasadena, CA.

Haley Page (TC8)

Transforming Community Assimilator

Haley is the community manager for Transforming Community 15. Haley graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI, with a B.A. in Business Management and Ministry.

Dalene Strieff (TC2)

Retreat Director and Executive Associate

Dalene serves as executive associate to CEO Ruth Haley Barton and also brings administrative leadership to our Transforming Communities and to the Transforming Church Initiative. Bringing more than 25 years of corporate experience, she has served in a variety of staff roles in the Transforming Center since joining over fifteen years ago.

Andrea Sung (TC15)

Director of Operations

Andrea has a background in church and nonprofit finance, and she brings 13 years of accounting, finance, and HR experience to the Transforming Center. In her role, Andrea handles day-to-day bookkeeping, financial oversight and reporting, and human resources functions and staff care. In her previous church, she led multiple areas of ministry for 15 years, including spiritual formation/direction groups. Andrea and her husband, Michael, are new to the Chicagoland area after completing a move from the East Coast.