Availability: Weekdays by Zoom call or telephone.
Training & Experience: I have a Master’s from Fuller Seminary, CA with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation, and served as a Co-Pastor at a small church in San Francisco. I took a 3-year Certification program at Mercy Center in Spiritual Direction. Working as a Spiritual Director and Adjunct Professor at a FL University, I introduced students to varying traditions and practices of Soul care. I began my own Spiritual Direction Practice in 2012. My experiential spiritual journey continued in 2015 with The Living School at The Center of Action and Contemplation in NM, founded and led by Richard Rohr.
Denominational Affiliation: I refer to myself as a recovering Evangelical. I‘ve tasted a smorgasbord of best spiritual experiences from various traditions, and seek fresh expressions of God in authentic gatherings. The Pandemic helped birth our bi-monthly online Zoom gathering, ‘Spirits and Spirituality’, where individuals of all ages, stages, locations share learning, teaching, experiences, practices and Communion together.
Specialties: I resonate with the Searcher, who wants to experience more of the Divine. I honor all prior traditions as foundations to what God is teaching you now. I understand Ministry Leaders (Clergy and Lay leaders) who are overused and abused, feeling friendship and betrayal, accomplishment and defeat, esteem and judgment. I know the challenges of adoption, with its trials of attachment, bipolar disorder, drug addiction, teen pregnancy. As parents now of adult children, we have a perspective of consistency and unconditional love that can bring extreme joy + thanksgiving after long haul crisis parenting.
Style of Direction: I am a gentle listener who will come alongside clients to hear and learn from the Spirit’s connection in and around your experiences, thoughts, activities, and an active engager who will clarify what you say, and ask questions to pursue what you are wondering + seeking. I desire to lean back into the flow of the ‘Spirit with us’ in our sessions. I will hold hope, and trust, for you when they are dim, or seem to be lost. We will seek God’s presence in the ordinary, simple, stillness as well as the extraordinary, challenging, turmoil, seeking peace, and eventually answers in the waiting.
Personal Information: I am a second generation Norwegian from Brooklyn, New York, College in the Midwest, and have lived in all four corners of the US. I worked 10 years for British Airways as a Customer Service/Ticket Agent and traveled the world. I am married to my best friend Scott for 44 years, Professor and Pastor, who earned his Phd in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh flying back and forth on my flight benefits. We share two children by adoption, and 4 grandchildren. We currently reside the summer half of the year on Whidbey Island WA, and the winter half in Chandler AZ. Together, we conduct Personal Spiritual Retreats from our home on Whidbey that looks out upon the beautiful N Puget Sound, Cascade Mts, eagles, orcas. It is our sacred ‘happy place.’