|Deborah Borst||Wendy Fisher||Patty Hogan||Joel Hogan||Carol Petter||Kris Ryskamp||Carol Burge||Richard Leep||Lauren Rodeheaver|
Deb’s desire is to companion others on the journey into deeper intimacy with God, lovingly listening for the movements of the Holy Spirit within their lives. She is open to meeting with any woman who seeks this growing intimacy with God. Contact Deb
Deb is a graduate of Hope College. She has been involved in ministry for over 40 years, first as the wife of a parish pastor and then in Christian Community Development. She spent 23 years as Ministry Director of The Other Way Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her own hunger for deepening intimacy with Christ and her desire to encourage others on their faith journeys led her to pursue further study through The Transforming Community in Chicago. She received additional training and a certificate in Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction.
Wendy has served in ministry as a hospital chaplain, associate pastor, and instructor of spiritual formation. She has her certification in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction.
One of Joel’s deep desires is to help people to grow in their intimacy with God so that they love him more dearly, hear him more clearly, and follow him more nearly. Contact Joel
Joel has served with Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) for 31 years in several capacities. For 14 years he started new churches in the Philippines and then served the next 3 years as Field Leader. Joel was then called to serve in CRWM’s main office in Grand Rapids, first as Director of Training, Education and Resources and for the past 9 years as Director of International Ministries. Joel was trained in spiritual direction through Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Patty’s personal ministry statement is “to grow in an increasing intimacy with God and to use that relationship to influence others towards deeper intimacy with Christ in their journey of faith.” Contact Patty
Patty currently serves as a Director of Prayer and Spiritual Companioning ministries at Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids. She spent 17 years as a cross-cultural missionary in the Philippines and has been a registered nurse for 40 years. Patty was trained in spiritual direction through Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Carol believes spiritual direction allows a person to learn the truth about God, self, relationships and their work in the world. Through spiritual direction, daily life becomes saturated with a new awareness of God’s presence. Connecting to God’s love leads to personal transformation and a deeper desire to abide in this love. Contact Carol
Carol began receiving spiritual direction while working as a counselor. The experience was so personally significant that after concluding her career in psychology, Carol completed the training program with Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction so she could offer spiritual direction in the Christian tradition.
Richard is a certified spiritual director from Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. His passion is to journey along people helping them to listen to God and develop more intimacy with Him. Contact Rich
Carol currently serves as a chaplain at Spectrum Hospital and sees individuals for spiritual direction by private appointment. Carol continues to grow through retreats, spiritual practice and peer support. Contact Carol
Lauren is passionate about helping people listen to God, grow in discernment, and relational health. In spiritual direction, she will companion with you as you attune more deeply to the Holy Spirit’s work during the session, but mostly through the contours of your daily life. Contact Lauren
Lauren holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and has most recently completed spiritual direction training at the Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. Out of a desire to integrate these two distinct modes of caring for people, she has formed Chrysalis Soul Care, a place where people can choose to receive either spiritual direction, or more intensive soul care (similar to counseling). Spiritual direction is typically offered monthly and for those who sense the need to do soul work that is more emotional in nature (life transition, anxiety, desire for growth in relationships or general health), more frequent sessions are available.
Kris sees her relationship with God reflected in the image of a mother and infant gazing into each other’s eyes, attuned and responsive to each other’s expression, movement, voice, and touch. Her passion is to accompany directees in their deepening awareness of being held and transformed by Perfect Love. “Behold God beholding you . . . and smiling.” Contact Kris
Kris holds a two year certificate from Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. She has served cross-culturally in Asia and Africa, worked professionally as an Infant Mental Health Therapist, is a pastoral care elder, and delights in being an active grandmother. Kris is also available for video-conferencing.