School of Spiritual Direction
Whatever you want to call them — teachers, trainers, formators, guides, sages — they’re all remarkble for their experience, wisdom, love, teaching gifts, personability, and commitment to their students! We’re delighted to recommend them to you!
Michelle dove into the spiritual formation world with the discovery that information about God was not a substitute for relationship with God. She holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership along with a certificate in spiritual direction and supervision. Michelle served on the staff at the Vineyard Church of Augusta as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation and resident spiritual director. In addition to teaching in the School of Spiritual Direction, Michelle teaches in Sustainable Faith’s School of Contemplative Life. Michelle has been married to Chris for over 25 years and together they are raising three great guys.
Marty & Sandy Boller have been co-trainers in spiritual direction with Sustainable Faith since 2015 and actively involved in pastoral ministry since 1985. They live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and have four grown children, all married. Marty has written two books on Christian discipleship; The Perfected Self (2002) and The Wisdom of Wimber: As I See It (2014); and hosts the popular blog/podcast The Contemplative Activist. Sandy’s passion is to be a loving grandmother to our seven adorable grandchildren. Besides their work with Sustainable Faith, Marty & Sandy also serve the larger body of Christ as contemplative coaches, retreat coordinators, and spiritual directors.
Owen and his wife Sandie, has been a part of the urban, community-oriented Vineyard Central church in Cincinnati for twenty-five+ years. For over forty years they have been a part of community-oriented expressions of God’s kingdom, both domestically and internationally. Owen was trained as a Spiritual Director through Sustainable Faith. Owen and Sandie have been married for over four decades, are still very much in love, and have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Largest takeaway from this last decade: Our understanding of the spiritual life must evolve as we discover what faithfulness looks like for each new season of life.
Mike and his wife Anja have been members and leaders with Vineyard Church of Columbus for more than seventeen years. Mike was trained as a Spiritual Director through Sustainable Faith and grew to trust and embrace the freedom, honesty and adventure found within the sacred space. The practice has been an oasis through seasons of joy, doubt, fatherhood, deconstruction and the pursuit of work-life balance. Mike has been drawn and invited into the joy of receiving, offering and teaching Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith.
Mike graduated from Vineyard Leadership Institute with an emphasis on teaching in 2012. He completed his spiritual director training with Sustainable Faith in 2017 and is currently pursuing accompaniment training through the Ignatian Exercises. He is a full-time bridge engineer and is a practiced teacher of adult-learners. Mike and Anja have four young children and live in central Ohio.
Sara is grateful to reside in Amsterdam and to guide our growing work in Europe, alongside her own private spiritual direction practice to pastors, leaders, and spiritual directors. She dreams of creating a monastic retreat space in Europe–offering hospitality, sanctuary, and healing. She loves companioning people in every season of the soul, helping them clarify their vocation and respond to God’s love from a deep place.
Sara has a very full life! She enjoys: traveling, hiking, cooking/baking, writing, yoga, painting, wine with friends, live music, cycling, singing, reading (especially nerdy theology and Ignatian spirituality), her 12 nieces and nephews, and lingering in slow mornings while staring at the birds—especially her red canary, Karel (Carl).
Lainie was drawn to the ministry of spiritual direction through her own desire for more of God in the midst of the highs and lows of pastoring the church she and her husband planted in 1986. Passing this gift on to pastors, lay leaders and any Christ-follower hungry for More is a singular joy. She also loves accompanying others as they seek deeper union with God through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and providing compassionate soul care for those in personal or ministry crisis. Lainie trained at Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and has been an instructor there since 2015.
Chris has served as a pastor on staff at the Vineyard Church in Syracuse NY since 1997 in a variety of areas. Helping people grow in their relationship and availability to God, self and others through small groups, prayer and education have been her main focus’. After experiencing the Ignatian Retreat as a participant and guide, and finishing the Spiritual Direction Mentoring Course at the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse New York, Chris has been a Spiritual Director at the Center since 2008. She has been leading some retreats centered on the contemplative lifestyle while offering spiritual direction as a part of the retreat experience. Chris lives in Central New York. She has 3 grown children and 6 granddaughters.
Mike has been a pastor, vocationally and bi-vocationally for 40 years. Receiving spiritual direction has personally unlocked a deep awareness of God’s activity and care in his life. Going through the Ignatian Exercises developed new rhythms and pathways to God in his life, and deepened his knowing Christ and being known by him. He felt sent into his world with a new, fresh love and mission. He is privileged to come along side others as they make the Exercises. He enjoys listening and giving them his full attention as they discover God’s endless attention and love for them. >
Mike has planted three churches, served in Derby England and now pastors Vineyard Church in Des Moines, IA. He was trained in Spiritual Direction with Sustainable Faith’s two year program. He has regularly served with Flourish teams for Vineyard USA’s Pastors’ Sabbath Retreats. His joy in life is to help others live the life they never thought they could.
He is married to Sherri and together they love 5 sons, a daughter and 6 grandchildren. He loves to be out in nature, riding his bike, hiking, camping, and playing with his grandchildren. He has walked through cancer treatment and life after treatment with Sherri. His favorite saying is “The best is yet to come.”
Sherri has over 40 years of being loved by Jesus in marriage, family life, pastoring, and is a leukemia survivor. She is a facilitator in the Schools of Spiritual Direction, Ignatian Exercises Accompaniment, and supervising directors.
She loves serving with others: Cancer patients and families, Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, pastors and leaders, enneagram, discernment, but most of all offering HOPE.
Sherri is married to Mike and together they love 5 sons, a daughter and 6 grandchildren. She loves to be near water anywhere, hike, kayak, read, play with their grandchildren, and laugh at every opportunity. Most of all she loves reminding herself and others, ‘the best is yet to come’.
Areas of specialty: Ignatian spirituality, Enneagram, life transitions, second-half of life, deconstruction, assisting pastors and creatives.
Trained at Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction, Dan has been offering spiritual direction since 2010. He also instructs for the school. In January of 2016 he left his pastoral role of 14 years at Vineyard Cincinnati, and now devotes himself exclusively to the work of spiritual direction and teaching. Dan has enjoyed the roles of worship leader, pastor, internet engineer/architect— helping others to connect with “something bigger”. Married to Tracey in 1975, he now celebrates having raised three beloved children, two of whom have increased the Henry tribe by marrying amazing spouses. His website is www.pilgrimheart.io.
Specialties: Ignatian Spirituality / Retreat Leader / Contemplative Practices
Following a season of missionary service in Africa, Dan came to a greater awareness of his longing to accompany others on their journey to a greater attentiveness to the movements of God and a deepening intimacy with Him.
Having served in various leadership and staff roles with international ministries and churches, Dan is an experienced teacher and retreat leader with a special interest in Ignatian spirituality. Trained as a spiritual director through Sustainable Faith, he has assisted with the training of spiritual directors since 2018 and in 2020 became a teacher with the Sustainable Faith School of Contemplative Life.
Dan resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Kim and three children.
Todd has ministered in multiple settings; rural to urban, small congregations to Christian camps, adult rehabilitation centers, new church plants and larger multi-staff churches… and among various populations; youth, seekers, new believers, young adults, mature adults, those in recovery, pastors and church professionals. He attended Campbellsville University and later finished his ministerial studies at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training where he was ordained. His interest in “hearing God” and “soul work” led him to complete the School of Spiritual Direction in 2010. He and his wife Cynthia have three children and two grandchildren.
Fran serves as a spiritual director working with Christian leaders who are navigating life and ministry transitions, discerning sources of their own soul depletion and discovering what brings them life. She trained with Christian Formation & Direction Ministries from 2010-2011, and has taught in Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. Fran has an M.A. in Christian Ministries from Hope International University, and is an ordained minister in the Vineyard. She is trained in Supervision and in accompanying people through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Her website is at franlove.com.
Susan lives in Europe and together with her husband of 30 years, provides soul care for servants and saints who live in challenging contexts. Susan came to know and love contemplative spiritual practices through the Episcopal church and began receiving spiritual direction in 2013. Both have been a healing balm for her soul. A teacher at heart, Susan loves combining her love of teaching with her love of spiritual direction and contemplative practices. She is trained as both a director and supervisor through Sustainable Faith. She enjoys swimming, taking in beautiful vistas and delights in learning from her three adult children.
Wayne & Sabrina have been providing spiritual direction since completing their training with Sustainable Faith in 2010. They have been co-trainers with Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction since 2017. Both have been active in pastoral ministry since 1993. Side by side, they have been involved in Church Planting, Facilitating Leadership Retreats, Co-Regional Leaders for Ontario Canada Vineyard Churches, Coaching Pastors of Small churches for different denominations in Canada, US, and Australia. As they approach 47 years of marriage (1973) they receive unmeasurable joy from their relationships with their growing family of 4 sons, their wives and 6 grandchildren. Wayne loves fly-fishing and kayaking the local rivers. Sabrina cherishes slow-mornings and deep heart-felt conversations.
Clara life has been one of loving and caring for God’s people, particularly those called into leadership. She was involved in three church plants (one which failed, so she has a limp). Her ministry takes her to a variety of countries to equip, encourage, and build up the body of Christ. She has her MA in Spirituality, BA in Biblical Studies, completed her Spiritual Direction, and Supervisor training through SF and is one of their instructors. She offers SD in Spanish or English. She resonates best with the Jesuit spirituality of being a “working contemplative.”
Kris has 28 years of ministry experience as a pastor, professor, and administrator. He founded and directs Flourishing Leaders, Inc., a nonprofit organization which exists for the healing, formation, and well-being of Christian leaders. He is currently professor of theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, also directing their Institute for Christian Spirituality. Kris has a B.A. in biblical studies, M.Div., a master’s in historical theology, and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Durham University (UK). He has been a spiritual director since 2006 and has been training other spiritual directors since 2010. Kris served as a co-leader of the Pastor’s Sabbath Retreats at their beginning in 2004 and has been the director since 2007.
Kris is married to the lovely Tori and they have four children.
Danny Mullins served as a staff pastor for 39 years. His areas of ministry have included teaching, preaching, pastoral care, worship ministry, and more recently inner healing prayer, spiritual formation, and spiritual direction. He is a graduate of Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction and has served on the faculty of Sustainable Faith since 2015.
David Nixon first encountered spiritual direction with a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist KY. His desire to be trained and then start the School of Spiritual Direction grew out of the experience of hearing hundreds of stories from pastors who were struck, worn-out, in crisis, isolated and certainly under-heard and under-accompanied. Over the past 12 years he has led cohorts across the U.S. and in Europe. He and his wife Jody live in Columbus OH.
Jody’s love of sitting and listening to the journeys of others grew over many years of serving as the primary host of The Convent, a retreat house in Norwood OH, and it led to her training in the School of Spiritual Direction. Jody has been on a journey of finding God’s presence amid the pain of trauma and illness in her family. She leans into what the Lord has led her through as she sits with others. Her love for accompanying others has grown into a desire to train spiritual directors (with her husband Dave) and see better listeners in the kingdom of God.
Jonny’s work in spiritual direction follows years of exploring the contemplative life and creating spaces for others to explore prayer, formation and creativity. The ‘hospitality of listening’ was steadily formed in him through serving those in poverty and participating in spiritual formation groups. It was during a dry-dark season that Jonny became profoundly aware of the value of spiritual direction — planting a deep desire to provide this gift for others. He loves the learning environment, as a university lecturer and as a teacher with Sustainable Faith. Jonny lives in Nottingham, UK with his wife and two teenage children. www.contemplativespace.com
Renae and her husband Steve are long time members of the Sugar Land Vineyard church. She trained in Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction in 2011-12 and in Spiritual Exercise Accompaniment and Supervision.
Laughter, tears, and joy flow through her life as she enjoys reading, quiet, and finding and creating beauty around her. Nothing compares to the joy of watching God beckon people close and seeing them trust that call. Finding God in the continuing challenges of life, she believes deeply in “the long, slow, work of God!”
Tim is a trained Spiritual Director, Certified Enneagram Trainer through Jerry Wagner and IMOS-integrating ignatian practice with the Enneagram through Claire Loughridge. With over 30 years of pastoral ministry, he finds deep joy in soul companioning people to experience and trust in the slow work of God in their lives. He is leading the School of Contemplative Life as well as trains Spiritual Direction, both through Sustainable Faith.
He loves: Soul Care and formation, Spiritual Rhythms, Discernment, Enneagram Coaching, Encouraging younger pastors and leaders
Deirdré identifies as a four on the enneagram with a capacity to enter into the depths of people’s interior world through listening with grace and discernment desiring to hold space for God’s redeeming work. She has completed her Advanced Certificate in Trauma and Abuse Counseling through the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology and has 15 years of pastoral ministry experience. She has completed her training in Spiritual Direction (2015-2016) and Supervision (2018-2019) through Sustainable Faith and currently serves on their faculty co-leading a cohort in Chicago. Deirdré and her husband Paul are originally from South-Africa and moved to Chicago in 2003. Their daughter loves her South-African roots but is very proud to be an American citizen.
Vicki spent many years in church leadership before becoming an instructor with Sustainable Faith. Companioning students as they learn the practice of spiritual direction has become one of her deepest joys. She completed a D.Min. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from George Fox Seminary in 2013, began as an instructor with Sustainable Faith in 2015, and completed supervision training with Together in the Mystery in 2020. She lives in York, PA and enjoys travel to far-away places, time with friends and family, and expressing herself through poetry and prose.
Suhail was born in India, grew up as a missionary kid, and has lived in seven countries. He is a spiritual director, pastor and church planter, the founder and director of the School of Mercy and Justice, and serves on Vineyard Canada’s national team. He has a B.A in English Literature and Philosophy from Wheaton College and an M.A in Community Leadership and Philanthropy Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He and his wife Jennifer have two children and live in Winnipeg, where they planted a contemplative church in 2019. He loves film, music, reading, writing, travel, good conversation, and football (FC Barcelona!). https://writingisprayer.com/
Natalie has lived in Europe for more than 30 years, and now lives in the Netherlands. She discovered her love of spiritual accompaniment after an extended time of darkness. While the Anglican church is her home, she is rooted in Ignatian spirituality in her training and approach. Her love for Jesus has been deepened through the Spiritual Exercises and she delights to accompany others in that experience. Her heart’s desire is to help others discover who God has made them to be in Christ. She is married to an Anglican priest, has two adult children and one grandchild. She finds joy in hospitality, gardening, cycling and in God’s creation.
Steve has lived his entire life in Southern California. He was trained as a spiritual director through Christian Formation and Direction Ministries (CFDM), and for 14 years has trained directors with CFDM. For the last 5 years he has helped lead training cohorts with Sustainable Faith.
Steve was a Vineyard pastor for 25 years and is currently the Los Angeles Regional director for “b” (www.b-ing.org). He has been married to his wife, Carol, for 48 years, and they have two grown sons and three marvelous grandchildren. He loves being with his family, hiking, and taking very long walks.
Janice has served as a pastoral leader in large and small contexts and church planting for 25 years. A graduate of – and teacher for – Sustainable Faith’s Spiritual Direction and Supervision courses, Janice is trained in various forms of inner healing prayer. A former journalist, she has a life-long intrigue with the human story and probing for truth and she brings that practical experience to formation; helping followers of Jesus grow in self-awareness, authenticity, and intimate relationship with God. Married to her high school sweetheart since 1981, she has four grown children and two grandchildren.
A pastor and church planter for 25 years, Terry founded Carefree Vineyard Church in Arizona. He became passionate about spiritual direction and formation when his own burnout led to an “inward journey” with Jesus that transformed his life. He is especially excited about leading pastors on the same journey.
Sibyl has ministered in a number of settings for over 5 decades, as Camp Director, pastoral leadership positions at College Hill Presbyterian, in Cincinnati and Willow Creek in Chicago and now as co-director of The Springs Retreat Center. She has served for 15 years as a Spiritual Director for the Transforming Center. She is co-founder of One Life Maps and co-author of Listen to My Life, a tool for recognizing and responding to God in your story. Noted for welcoming and listening across the ages to both men and women, she delights in creating sacred space to meet with God and others. [email protected]
In a personal side, she is married to Dick Towner with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Sharon has been passionate about spiritual formation ministry since her graduate days at Fuller Seminary. She completed her masters degree in Cross Cultural Studies in 1992. Her special interests include multi-ethnic issues and leadership development in church and non-profit ministries. Sharon was on staff at the Palo Alto Vineyard Church as Director of Spiritual Formation and Family Ministries. She completed her training as a spiritual director in 2009 and her training in the supervision of spiritual directors. In addition to teaching in the School of Spiritual Direction, Sharon is gladly serving as co-director of Sustainable Faith along side Dave Nixon. Sharon has been married to Jon for over 25 years and enjoys watching their three sons and a new daughter-in-law discover their own unique passions and giftings.
Along with offering direction, Vicki accompanies individuals and groups through the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. She a teacher for Sustainable Faith, supervises other directors and teaches Ignatian Spirituality.
Vicki has been in ministry her entire adult life. First as a missionary in Indonesia for 10 years and then as a teacher, mentor, and women’s ministry director. She received her training as a spiritual director from Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction and from the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
Vicki and her husband of more than 45 years live in Fort Collins, Colorado and love hanging out with their two fun, grown children.
Erin is a believer in holding space for others who are searching for room to breathe and in need of a safe, loving place to share. In addition to spiritual direction and supervision with Sustainable Faith, Erin is a full time Marriage and Family Therapist within Vineyard Church of Columbus’ counseling center. She is a lifetime learner, always reading or listening to something new and fascinating and translating it into work and life. Erin has been married to her husband John for almost 20 years, is mom to her fantastic daughter, Lily and lead wrangler of the family dog, Jack.