The Transforming Center


Led by those who are committed to an ongoing process of spiritual transformation in their life and leadership

Transforming Center Retreat Leadership and Faculty

Ruth Haley Barton is the primary teacher and spiritual director and Rory Noland serves as the worship leader with significant contributions from Transforming Center faculty, guest presenters and practitioners in the field.

The team will include some or all of the following:

Dr. Ruth Haley Barton (Doctor of Divinity, Northern Seminary) is the founder of the Transforming Center.  A seasoned spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader, she was trained through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and The Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership.  Educated at Wheaton College, Northern Seminary and Loyola University Institute for Pastoral Studies, Ruth has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek Community Church. She has  authored numerous articles, books. and curriculum including: Pursuing God's Will Together (June, 2012), Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms, Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Longing for More, An Ordinary Day with Jesus, and Equal to the Task.

Rev. Richard BlackburnRev. Richard Blackburn serves as Executive Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC), located in the western suburbs of Chicago. He is also an ordained minister in the Mennonite church. Prior to his calling to the peace center ministry, Richard taught Art History at Trinity College, Goshen College, and Northern Illinois University. More recently he has taught conflict transformation and mediation skills at Southern Methodist University, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Goshen College, as a component of his work with LMPC. Richard has led hundreds of workshops on conflict transformation and mediation skills;
he has also had broad experience as a mediator and consultant.

Rev. Adele CalhounRev. Adele Calhoun is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.). Her ministry experience covers InterVarsity (local and international) and church pastoral staff, as well as being a spiritual director for twenty years. Adele has taught as adjunct faculty for Wheaton College, Northern Baptist Seminary and for Selah (a Spiritual Direction Training program in Massachusetts). She authored The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us and Invitations From God (both from IVP). Adele's passion is for people to move beyond religion to a connection with Jesus that unites both their head and their heart in service and love of others. She serves with her husband as co-pastor of Redeemer Community Church in Needham, MA.

Rev. Dr. Doug CalhounRev. Dr. Doug Calhoun received his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His ministry similarly spans InterVarsity (local and international) and being a pastor, as well as recently becoming a spiritual director. As a pastor, he has traveled to six continents resourcing national churches, leading mission teams, serving on boards and forming or strengthening mission partnerships. Doug's passion is to wed the "being" our deepening heart's journey with the missional "doing" that impacts the whole world with the love and grace of Jesus. He serves with his wife as co-pastor of Redeemer Community Church in Needham, MA.

Bill Haley Rev. Bill Haley is an Anglican priest and spiritual director. He's the Associate Rector of The Falls Church in northern Virginia and Director of Formation for The Washington Institute. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he's been with The Falls Church in some way since 1996, and along the way has been publisher of re:generation quarterly magazine, on staff at Church of the Savior, and the founding rector of St. Brendan's in the City in Washington DC. Bill is married to Tara, a nurse practitioner specializing in poverty medicine. After many years of living in the inner-city, Bill and Tara now live at Corhaven, a small retreat farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Jonathan Taylor HaleyRev. J. Taylor Haley (Doctor of Ministry, McCormick Seminary) is senior pastor/head of staff at First Presbyterian Church, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Jonathan holds a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from McCormick Seminary. He serves on the board of the Transforming Center and is a seven time Ironman®.

Rev. Dr. David HughesRev. Dr. David Hughesis the executive director of the Transforming Center. David holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and comes to us after thirty-six years of ordained pastoral ministry–twenty-two of which were spent at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem.

Dr. M. Robert Mulholland Jr.Dr. M. Robert Mulholland Jr. was Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary before his retirement. He is the author of Invitation to a Journey, Shaped by the Word, and The Deeper Journey, which are all required texts in the Transforming Community experience. Before his death, Dr. Mulholland taught us in person. His teachings continue to be a part of our Transforming Community experience through videotaped presentations.

Rory Noland is director of Heart of the Artist Ministries and serves as worship leader for the Transforming Center.  He is the author of: The Heart of the Artist, Thriving as an Artist in the Church, The Worshiping Artist, and Like We're Already There: Worship On Earth As It Is In Heaven. Rory served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church and is a composer, song writer, and speaker.