Are you looking for more vibrancy and freedom in your walk with God?
Many Christians are discovering for themselves the transforming power of God’s Spirit as they journey through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Birthed in the 1500’s by a simple Christ-follower, Ignatius of Loyola, the Exercises have long been used by the Jesuits in aiding those who desire a deeper walk with Christ. In recent years, more and more Protestants are experiencing this greater freedom in their faith as they join with a spiritual director trained in walking you through Exercises over a nine-month period of time.
Our good friend, Larry Warner, long-time spiritual director and author of the excellent resource guide for the Exercises, Journey With Jesus: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, is now working alongside The Contemplative Activist, training up Christ-centered Spiritual Directors who are well-equipped in leading you through the Exercises.
Below is a list of our first training class of Spiritual Directors who are ready and willing to come alongside you as you prepare yourself for the Exercises. These women and men have all received their two-year Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and come highly recommended by both The Contemplative Activist and by Larry Warner, himself.
Marty Boller – Marty received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a member of both Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA). He loves coming alongside pastors and senior church leaders, companioning them in the care of their souls as they juggle the heavy demands of ministry. Marty is available for direction via in-person, Zoom, Face-Time, or phone.
Sandy Boller – Sandy received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a member of both Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA). She loves to encourage women to discover creative ways in being present to the One who is always present to us, finding their unique voice along the way. Sandy is available for direction via in-person, Zoom, Face-Time, or phone.
Sheri Daylong – Sheri has accompanied people on the journey of life in the capacity of professional ministry for over forty years. Her purpose in life today is to provide space for all persons who are seeking to find deep peace and an authentic sense of being and life with purpose! Sheri has completed the 2-year Academy for Spiritual Formation, the 3-year Spiritual Direction Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, WI, and is available via in-person, phone, Facebook, Skype and Zoom.
William (Bill) Daylong – Bill, a veteran of 42 years of pastoral ministry, has embraced his passion for ministry working alongside persons who seek through spiritual practices to open up to the God who has always been present in their lives. Bill integrates practices from his Native American and Celtic spiritual heritages to help seekers to slow down and attend to the slow work of God within them. Bill received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.
Laurie Jensen – Laurie’s life’s passion…Christian spiritual growth in a context of a down-to-earth conversation and listening which is grounded in the Bible and in the realities of life as it is. She loves to listen, accompanying others as they explore the possibility of God’s present work in their lives. Laurie has a certificate in Spiritual Formation with Ruth Haley Barton and received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. She is available for direction via in-person or Skype.
Leslie Leavenworth – Leslie is a practicing nurse, and visual artist. She believes there is both an art of healing and healing in art. She offers a listening ear, an engaged spirit and an opportunity to explore together the rhythms and patterns of God’s working in the directee’s life. Leslie received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.
Jennie Altstadt – Jennie loves to help create a grace-filled window of time for women to experience the Holy Spirit and connect the dots of God’s working in their lives in ways they may not otherwise see. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. Jennie is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person or Skype.
Karen Bartlett – Through her years of ministry, Karen recognized a need to create space for people to hear God’s voice as they expressed doubts, concerns, or a longing for a deeper spiritual life. Her Masters degree in social work and Masters certificate in theology helps her understand spiritual formation and personal development as part of a holistic approach to faith and life. Karen received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.
Chandelle Claassen – Chandelle offers spiritual direction as a listening ministry where she protects and holds open space for people to explore interior movements or feelings as they interact with God in a conversational relationship. She is also a certified life coach, working with individuals in the areas of leadership and soul care. Chandelle is available for retreats and speaking on spiritual formation and soul care rhythms. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction.
Sarah Cook – Sarah is passionate about coming alongside others as they journey with Jesus, and making space for them to see God’s presence in their own lives, whether on the mountaintop or in the valley. Her desire is to create a safe atmosphere where others can slow down from the busy pace of life and have protected time to be present to the Lord. Sarah is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute and has a B.A. in Art History. She received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. Sarah is a member of ESDA and is available for direction via in-person, Skype, Zoom, or Face-Time.
Barb Toft – Barb’s desire as a director is to hold a space for women where they can rest in the love of their heavenly Father as they grow in their relationship with Him. She also offers bi-annual spiritual weekend retreats where women can unplug from the busyness of their lives and connect with the one who calls them, “Beloved Daughter.” Barb received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a member of ESDA. She is available for direction in person and via Facetime and Skype.
Jenny Wall – Jenny has developed an appreciation for a person’s spiritual journey through experiencing many highs and lows in her own life. With over 30 years’ experience as a church lay leader and staff member, she felt called to gain tools for supporting others who are looking for a safe place to explore their questions about God in the midst of their life’s experiences. Jenny obtained her Masters of Arts Degree in Christian Ministries and Spiritual Formation from Friends University, Wichita, Kansas in 2014 after studying at the Larry Crabb School of Spiritual Direction in 2010. She is a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Director’s Association (ESDA) and considers it an honor to be available for direction in person or through technology such as Skype.
Jan Hassler – Jan has a passion for journeying with others in a personal way as they discover their life stories, seeking to hear and know God better and respond to His leading in their sacred and ordinary moments of life. She has job experience in various social work capacities and is a trained Spiritual Director. She delights in accompanying others on their journey with Christ, whether in a Spiritual Direction capacity or as she guides others through The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She and her husband of 35 years are church planters in San Antonio, Texas where she provides soul care retreat experiences for her church and others. She is available to meet personally, or by telephone or Skype.
Stefan Smart – Stefan received his Certificate in Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from the Diocese of Portsmouth in the UK. He is also a trained life coach. He has offered spiritual direction for fourteen years and has recently completed Larry Warner’s course in leading others through ‘Journey with Jesus’. Stefan has found this to be an invaluable tool in helping others to deepen their faith and find God in the ordinariness of life. Stefan lives in Southampton, England, and is available for direction in person or via FaceTime or phone.
FYI: Please note that while many of the directors listed here have been trained in spiritual direction through Sustainable Faith cohorts, our Journey With Jesus Network is not associated with Sustainable Faith Schools of Spiritual Direction.
Are you an experienced director with certification from a school of spiritual direction and looking for training in the Spiritual Exercises? Larry will be starting a third cohort in September 2019. Click here to see the curriculum & details. Drop us an email to let us know of your interest.