We have had the honor of training others in the fine art of spiritual direction since 2015. Over that time, we’ve now seen dozens of students blessed as they come together in training cohorts across the Heartland of America! Here are our Sustainable Faith cohorts over the past four years! Congrats to each grad!
2019-2020 School Year (our Module 5 cohorts were on Zoom due to COVID-19)
Ames – Year One: Melynda Van Zee, Keri Navratil, Mary Navratil, Deb Polk, Kathy Knight, Maggie Davis, Melanie Brown, Carrie Copley, Katie Helgeson, and Sallie Gaye Landis.
Boise – Year Two: Kayla Molner, Valerie Reddix, Bill Miller, Gene Auker, April Auker, Margery Gonzales, and Carol Weaver. (not pictured) Pam Burkett.
Milwaukee – Year Two: Susan Mayer, Mary Lynn Murtaugh, Adrienne Langlois, Eli Riddle, Dave Anderson, Mitch Lueck, and Janelle Hoekman-Stanelle.
2018-2019 School Year
Minneapolis Year Two Cohort: Katie Lafky, Dan Kuehl, Gay Narron, Tammy Morton, Sandy Hagen, Judy Grose, Kim Geraty.
Boise Year Two Cohort: Kristi Roeder, Mary Arritola, Jeff Edmiston, Cynthia Boline, Janie Glover, Karen Wardwell, Marty Mayo, Amber Gunstream, Trina Riley.
Boise Year One Cohort: April Auker, Gene Auker, Carol Weaver, Margery Gonzales, Kayla Molner, Michelle Robinson. (not pictured) Pam Burkett, Valerie Reddix.
Wichita Year Two Cohort: Tim Loftin, Annjanette Nickel, Elaine Jelinek, Kevin Larson, Jacqueline Floyd, Lesa Gardner, co-trainer Chandelle Claassen, Jake Smith, Leah Rose, Russ Claassen.
Milwaukee Year One Cohort: Mitch Lueck, Dave Anderson, Susan Mayer, Adrienne Langlois, Victor Bennett, Mary Lynn Murtaugh, Janelle Hoekman-Stanelle. (not pictured) Eli Riddle, Patrick Schultz.
2017-2018 School Year
Kansas City Year Two Cohort: Audrey Shaneyfelt, Dori Brown, Erica Wheeler, Dinah Fox, Mel Bockelman, Diane Marpe, Phil Maslin, Lisa Van Allen.
Boise Year One Cohort: Kristi Roeder, Melody Paris, Janie Glover, Bill Miller, Cynthia Boline, Jeff Edmiston, Karen Wardwell, Trina Riley, Rachelle Shimondle, Amber Gunstream, Mary Arritola, Marty Mayo.
Minneapolis Year One Cohort: Sandy Hagen, Katie Lafky, Dan Kuehl, Gay Narron, Kim Geraty.
Wichita Year One Cohort: Lee Mellinger, Annjanette Nickel, Kevin Larson, Leah Rose, Elaine Jelinek, Jake Smith, Russ Claassen, Christine Schmitt, Lesa Gardner, Jacqueline Floyd.
2016-2017 School Year
Central Iowa Year Two Cohort: Leslie Leavenworth, Melissa Scarrow, Karen Kerns, Bill Daylong, Ann Donat, Rod Dugan.
Kansas City Year Two Cohort: Karen Bartlett, Sarah Cook, Diane Warner, Jennie Altstadt, Chandelle Claassen, Barb Toft.
Milwaukee Year Two Cohort: Adam Arn, Jo Ellen Gray, Susan Root, Jim Leonard, Laurie Jensen, Suzanne Larson, Nancy Booth, Anne Kent, Rebecca Anderson, Lisa Mulcahy.
Peoria Year Two Cohort: Melissa Anderson, Dan Wolf, Marty Hunt, Shelley Bauer, Brandi Benjamin, Nancy Hays, Tim Reist (trainer), Eric Potter. (not pictured) Dustin Hite
Kansas City Year One Cohort: Diane Marpe, Jamie Specht, Lisa Van Allen, Audrey Shaneyfelt, Mel Bockelman, Phil Maslin, Chandelle Claassen, Dori Brown. (not pictured) Dinah Fox, Erica Wheeler
2015-2016 School Year
Central Iowa Year One Cohort: Laurie Jensen, Karen Kerns, Melissa Scarrow, Ann Donat, Lori Adams, Karen Kennedy, Ryan Larson, Chad Britten, Melinda Engelmann, Josh Miller, Leslie Leavenworth, Bill Daylong.
Kansas City Year One Cohort: Jennie Altstadt, Sarah Cook, Dianne Warner, Chandelle Claassen, Karen Bartlett, Rod Dugan, Barb Toft, Tim Specht.
Milwaukee Year One Cohort: Anne Kent, Brittney Ciciora, Adam Arn, Jim Leonard, Rebecca Anderson, Suzanne Larson, Nancy Booth, Lisa Mulcahy, Susan Root. (not pictured) Jo Ellen Gray
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Here’s some testimonies on how life-changing this course work can be…
I’ve done some of the training exercises (in spiritual direction) with Marty and Sandy Boller, and as a therapist who has done a lot of research into, as well as published some professional essays on, spirituality and spiritual transformation, I think this is one of the most transformative kinds of ministry people can participate in and lead others in.
This truly has been nothing less than totally transformational for me! I see God different and can accept how much He truly loves me. My prayer life has changed to the point that I get lost in it and know that I am better at loving God instead of looking to see how He loves me.
This has increased my capacity for self-awareness and self-compassion, while reinforcing my sense of my own gifts, talents, abilities and wisdom.
This program has rocked my world in a wonderful way. Thank you for making spiritual direction training accessible!
Marty & Sandy did a great job creating an atmosphere of trust where I felt free to learn, be vulnerable, and put myself “out there.” I’m already looking forward to Year Two.
What an intentional year! Forming new friendships with members of my cohort; plans for going further in Year Two training; casting vision for networking and professional growth; laughter, tears, and growing closer to our Amazing Father God, Savior Christ, and Holy Spirit.
This has been such an encouragement for me! Marty and Sandy have truly been difference-makers in my life!
I have been involved in men’s ministry for over 15 years. After 9 months of training I have been given a number of new tools that I have already been able to use. The best part is to see God taking men deeper in relationship with Him. I personally have become a better listener and facilitator of what God is wanting to do in these men’s lives.
This year has changed my life! I’m so thankful for Marty & Sandy. They are excellent teachers/coaches and I am excited to travel forward with them in Year Two.
Life transforming. So thankful for all the pieces of this training. Thank you. Thank you. And thank You, Lord.
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