Spiritual Director, Ordained Pastor
MA, DASD (Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction), DMin
(831) 235-7362 (call or text)
Availability: I am available weekdays in person and by phone, Zoom, or FaceTime for direction. Because I live in Salinas, I will make myself available in person on the CCSV campus at least one or two days per month as needed. I am accepting directees.
Training & Experience: I received a year-long gift of monthly spiritual direction several years ago and found it to be personally life-changing. So much so, I began training in the art of spiritual direction the following year. I graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary’s three-year program in the art of spiritual direction (DASD) and went on to finish my doctorate in spiritual formation (pastor as spiritual leader).
Denominational Affiliation: Having been a part of several very different denominations, I am comfortable in a nondenominational setting and am currently engaged in a non-denominational Christian church.
Specialties: Because I spent 25 years as a pastor (ordained) in many roles in the local church, the last role being that of executive pastor, I enjoy working with ministry leaders and pastors, including those who’ve been wounded, are tired or just burnt out. Additionally, I seek to create a safe and listening space for those who’ve been hurt in their church experience or who are asking hard questions about their faith, life and sense of self. I am trained in both individual and group direction and I work with both men and women.
Style of Direction: My desire is to create an open and welcoming space to discover or become more deeply aware of God’s presence, accompanying and listening carefully together with the Holy Spirit, and asking thoughtful questions in order to move more closely into a daily unforced rhythm with God. I offer useful spiritual practices where appropriate.
Personal Information: My husband, Rick, is also an ordained pastor and spiritual director. We have a large blended family of seven children and twelve grandchildren, many of whom live close to us. Besides spending time with them, I love the outdoors and all sorts of outdoor activities such as swimming, walking, camping, boating and kayaking. I love to read both fiction and nonfiction. Reading is truly my great escape while at the same time, it stimulates my thinking and imagination. In that vein, I have a new love of listening to podcasts. I enjoy spending time with friends and also traveling with my husband and family. I like to dabble in drawing and painting and in playing the piano. My husband and I also spend time in pastoral and spiritual care in our church and faith community, though we recently retired from our paid church staff roles.