Training and Experience: I completed my Masters degree in Cross Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992, with course work in spiritual formation. My special interests include multi-ethnic issues and leadership development in church and non-profit ministries. In 2009, I completed my training as a spiritual director at the Mercy Center. I feel very blessed to be currently serving as the interim director of the non-profit, Sustainable Faith. I also teach in Sustainable Faith’s Schools of Spiritual Direction. I have trained in the supervision of spiritual directors through Together in the Mystery, an affiliate of San Francisco Theological Seminary. I serve on the board of directors for WellSpring, where I help to coordinate our network of spiritual directors.
Denominational Affiliation: Along with my family of origin, I began my Christian journey within the network of Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society (JEMS) associated churches. For the last 20 years, I have been part of the Palo Alto Vineyard Church. I have served on the Vineyard staff leadership team for over a decade.
Specialties: I offer individual and group spiritual direction. I am available to accompany people in the Ignatian Exercises. I lead retreats for leadership teams to nurture their personal spiritual development and to foster communal discernment. I enjoy offering supervision for spiritual directors.
Style of direction: I desire to help people create space to connect with God in the midst of everyday life and ministry. I aim to foster a process of self-discovery, which helps individuals discern for themselves how God is speaking and leading. I invite people to talk about their life experiences and enter into reflection and prayerful conversations.
Personal Information: For over 25 years now, God loves and shapes me through my marriage to Jon. We enjoy serving together by mentoring younger couples. We love watching our three sons grow up and discover their own unique passions and giftings. I am drawn to nature, particularly sitting on beaches or strolling through forests. I also like reading, scrapbooking and smooth jazz music.