Spiritual Directors, Spiritual Mentoring and Psychological Consulting

The Transforming Center is pleased to offer you a list of resources that includes spiritual directors, spiritual mentors and psychological consultants known personally by those in the Transforming Center.  Most of those listed offer their ministry in the context of Transforming Center retreats and Transforming Communities. They also ascribe to the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct as put forward by the Spiritual Directors International.  Each director or consultant has a general practice that we would recommend for all areas of need.  However, a few have noted a particular interest or area of specialization, in addition to their general practice.  This specialization is not meant to limit your search for a qualified spiritual director, rather to offer guidance for those looking for special expertise.

Spiritual Direction

sr. arlene ashack, ibvm

Training: Claret Center, Chicago
Years of experience: 29 years

Location: Chicago area
Email: ibvmaa@aol.com
Phone: (630) 653-7918
Taking directees at this time: Yes

Dr. ruth haley barton

Training: Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
Years of experience: 22 years
Area of specialization: Leaders and corporate discernment with leadership groups
Location: Chicago area

Email: ruthbarton@transformingcenter.org
Taking directees at this time: Available only for corporate leadership discernment (leadership groups)

Rev. Adele calhoun

Training: La Salette Seminary, Ispwich, MA
Years of experience: 23 years

Location: Boston area and Transforming Center retreats
Email: aacalhoun4@gmail.com
Taking directees at this time: Yes

rev. DR. doug calhoun

Training: "Holy Conversation," offered by the Anglican Diocese in New England
Years of experience: 5 years, 42 years pastoral experience
Location: Boston area and Transforming Center retreats

Email: dacalhoun4@gmail.com
Phone: (781) 467-9699
Taking directees at this time:
Yes

VICKI DEGNER

Training: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Lino Lakes, MN
Years of experience: 12 years
Area of specialization: Pastor and Leaders
Ministry Context:
Spiritual Development Pastor

Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul area and Transforming Center retreats
Email: vdegner7@yahoo.com
Taking directees at this time: Yes

Alice Fryling

Training: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Minneapolis
Years of experience: 19 years
Location: Chicago area

Email: alicefryling@sbcglobal.net
Taking directees at this time: No

LANA GENTILE

Training: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation
Years of experience: 5 years

Location: Chicago area - Northern Suburbs
Email: Chrysalisministry@gmail.com
Phone: (847) 951-1583
Taking directees at this time: Yes

Rev. Bill Haley

Training: Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
Years of experience: 8 years, 17 years pastoral experience
Area of specialization: Those confronted regularly with issues of justice, poverty, violence, and global and urban concerns, as well as clergy
Location:Washington DC, VA, MD, southern PA and Transforming Center retreats

Email: wrlhaley@me.com
Taking directees at this time: Yes

rick hatem

Training: Spiritual Renewal Center, Syracuse, NY
Years of experience: 19 years
Location: Central Ohio

Email: rickhatem@gmail.com
Taking directees at this time: Yes

brenna jones

Training: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Minneapolis
Years of experience: 9 years

Area of specialization: Women's spirituality

Location: Chicago area
Email: brennajones@sbcglobal.net
Taking directees at this time: No

Jane Litzinger

Training: Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis
Years of experience: 30+ years

Area of specialization: Ministers & clergy; self-knowledge & ministry formation

Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina area
Email: jlitzinger@triad.rr.com
Taking directees at this time: Yes

rev. clare loughrige

Training: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Minneapolis
Years of experience: 6 years in spiritual direction, with over 22 years as Co-Lead Pastor

Area of specialization: Enneagram, leadership, discernment

Location: Skype, Michigan and Transforming Center retreats
Email: cl@ccmonline.org
Phone: (269) 317-0283
Taking directees at this time: Yes

rory noland

Training: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Minneapolis

Years of experience: 4 years
Area of specialization: Pastors and worship leaders; leadership in a variety of congregational settings
Location: on location, by phone, or over Skype
Email: rory@heartoftheartist.org
Phone: (847) 882-6702
Taking directees at this time: Yes

Rev. Dr. alice petersen

Training: Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation
Years of experience: 21 years
Area of specialization: Clergy and professional church workers

Location: Virginia
Email: alicejpetersen@gmail.com
Phone: (828) 424-7362
Taking directees at this time: Yes

rev. Linda richardson

Training: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Minneapolis
Years of experience: 19 years

Location: Chicago area
Email: deacon@friendsofthesavior.org
Taking directees at this time: No

marilyn stewart

Training: Christos Prayer Center
Years of experience: 24 years
Location: Chicago area

Email: marilynbstewart@comcast.net
Phone: 630-752-9682
Taking directees at this time: No

sibyl towner

Training: School of Spiritual Direction, Sustainable Faith

Years of experience: 39 years
Area of specialization: Healing prayer, family of origin issues, enneagram
Location: Chicago, Indiana, Ohio areas (others may be arranged) & Transforming Center retreats
Email: sibyl@onelifemaps.com
Phone: (847) 322-5151
Taking directees at this time: Yes

deb turnow

Training: Spiritual Direction--Shalem Institute for Spiritual Guidance. Supervision for Spiritual directors--San Francisco Theological
Years of experience: 11 years
Area of specialization: Leaders; those hurt in the church--particularly staff; sexual abuse survivors

Location: Pennsylvania
Email: deb@kavannahouse.com
Phone: (717) 825-1545
Taking directees at this time: Yes

Rev. Dr. Connie Wilson

Training: Souljourners Formation Program for Spiritual Direction, Atchison, KS
Years of experience: 15 years

Area of specialization: Clergy and lay leaders around issues of call, discernment and sustainability; transformational leadership; also qualified to lead group spiritual direction

Location: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska area
Email: ConWils@kc.rr.com
Taking directees at this time:  Yes

 

Spiritual Mentoring and Guidance

rory noland

Years of experience: 35+ years
Area of specialization: Worship and worship leaders: consulting for churches in the area of arts and worship; one-on-one ministry coaching/mentoring available for worship leaders and arts pastors

Location: on location, by phone, or over Skype
Email: rory@heartoftheartist.org
Website:
www.heartoftheartist.org

Stephen W. Smith

Training: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Years of experience: 38 years

Location: Colorado Springs Area
Area of Specialization: Soul Care for leaders in the ministry and market place. See www.pottersinn.com for more information.
Email: steve@pottersinn.com
Taking directees at this time: Yes


Psychological Counseling and Therapy

DOUGlas DEMERCHANT, PSYD.

Training: Psy.D. (clinical psychology) from Illinois School of Professional Psychology; M.A. (counseling) from Wheaton College Graduate School

Years of experience: 28 years private practice; 8 years director of Wheaton College Counseling Center; 4 years missions
Area of specialization:
Psychological evaluations; provide individual, marital and family therapy assisting others in their desire for health and wholeness living in truth/Truth
Location: Chicago area/Wheaton
Email: dougdemerchant@outlook.com
Phone: (630) 462-1999

dr. Charlotte (char) dillon

Training: Ph.D. from Northwestern University; M.P.S. from Loyola University, Chicago;

Clinical training at the Family Institute of Northwestern University
Years of experience: 25 years
Area of specialization: Adult individuals and couples: developmental trauma and attachment issues as they impact one's ability to be in relationship with God, others and self

Location: Chicago area
Email: cdillo1@luc.edu
Phone: (630) 896-2337

curt thompson, MD

Training: Medical School: Wright State University School of Medicine;

Residency: Temple University Hospital;  Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Years of experience: 24 years private practice treating adults and adolescents; individuals, couples, and groups
Area of expertise:
At the intersection of interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spiritual formation
Location: Falls Church, Virginia
Taking new patients: Yes, on a case by case basis


Sabbatical Guidance

Douglas Stewart

Years of experience: 24 years
Experience: Assisted staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and other Christian ministries to set up sabbaticals for restoration and renewal while serving as a guide with whom they can check in and process. Provides spiritual direction as a part of the sabbatical experience.

Location: Chicago area
Email: dougivcf@comcast.net
Phone: (630) 752-9682