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 and 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)
Transforming Community 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. Â She and her husband, Dan, have been members and served at Christ Church of Oakbrook for many years.
Tom Dewey (TC9)
Tom 's duties include 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, MA.
Rev. Dr. David Hughes (TC3)
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.
Kelly Kastens (TC4)
Director of Transforming Communities and Events
In her role, Kelly brings 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 TC 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)
Chief Operations Officer
As COO, Rob provides strategic leadership for the Transforming Center and also meets with the Board of Directors. Previously, Rob served as Executive Pastor at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, MD, for over 15 years. Rob and his wife, Kelly, have volunteered in key leadership roles with TC since their participation in the Transforming Community experience.
Jerry Lee (TC3)
Transforming Communities Intercessor
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.
Charity McClure (TC12)
Creative Director and Brand Manager
Charity provides vision and oversight for TC's 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 four years at Flannel, the nonprofit organization responsible for the NOOMA films.
Dr. Rory Noland (TC2)
Rory is the Director of Heart of the Artist Ministries and also serves as worship leader for the Transforming Center. He served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church 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. Rory holds a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.
Samuel Ogles (TC16)
Director of Marketing and Communications
Sam has professional experience as a marketer, editor, writer, speaker, and project manager. He holds a certificate in contemplative spirituality from the Living School for Action and Contemplation and is also certified as both an Enneagram teacher and spiritual director. He is a practicing Roman Catholic and has formally studied Franciscan and Ignatian spiritualities.
David Staal (TC8)
Chief Passion Officer
As Chief Passion Officer, David carries our passion for strengthening the souls of leaders out into the world, fueling this mission through relationships and fundraising. He also provides the Transforming Center with executive leadership acquired from 11 years as CEO of a national faith-based nonprofit, 10 years in staff leadership for a local church, and a 13-year corporate career. David loves to write; he’s authored seven books and published columns for a dozen years as a Christianity Today editor.
Dalene Strieff (TC2)
Executive Associate and Transforming Church Administrator
Dalene serves as executive associate to CEO Ruth Haley Barton and also brings administrative leadership 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 a dozen years ago.
Andrea Sung (TC15)
Director of Finance and HR
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.