Sustainable Faith Affiliate
Location: Ft. Collins, CO
Vicki can offer Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, FaceTime
Areas of Specialty: the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius.
Vicki’s passion for ministry and supporting others in their faith journeys has led her on a 40 year calling around the world to places like Slovakia, Jordan, and Mexico. She spent 10 years in the mission field in Indonesia followed by 10 years as a teacher, mentor, and women’s ministry director at the Vineyard Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Vicki completed training as a spiritual director from Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. She also completed a four year spiritual formation and direction program at the Lanteri Center in Denver, CO.
Along with offering direction, Vicki is trained to accompany individuals and groups through the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. She a teacher for Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction in the Denver area.
Vicki and her husband of more than 40 years live in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a mother to two fun, grown children. She loves quietly working in her perennial gardens and enjoys snow shoeing, hiking, biking and sitting beside quiet lakes, and mountain streams.
Location: Rosenberg, Texas
Renae can offer Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, FaceTime
Areas of Specialty:
Renae Norwood is a native Texan who lives in the Houston area with her home builder husband of 41 years, Steve. Drawn to Jesus at an early age, she has been in the Vineyard since 1989 and is now active in the Sugar Land Vineyard.
She is a graduate from Sustainable Faith's School of Spiritual Direction and has been joyfully hosting cohorts in her home and leading them for churches. She has served as a spiritual director for several Pastor Sabbath Retreats for Vineyard USA.
You will most often find her enjoying the quiet—reading, making some kind of creative mess around her home, or enjoying practicing her gift of hospitality. She loves learning and laughter. She delights in walking with people and listening to their hearts as they discern and respond to God's creative work in their lives.
B.S. in Human Development; Master of DIvinity
Location: Nashville, TN
Sara can offer Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, and Phone
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Sara Carlisle is a recent resident of Nashville, Tennessee after living in Ohio her entire life! She worked on Vineyard Columbus’ pastoral staff for several years after graduating from the Ohio State University (go bucks!) and Vineyard Leadership Institute. After this, she began a journey into the work of Spiritual Direction while receiving her Master of Divinity in Christian Spirituality.
She is currently serving as a Teacher and Board member with Sustainable, as well as a Spiritual Director in her own private practice to Pastors, Leaders, Missionaries, Church Planters, and Spiritual Directors.
She enjoys leading retreats, preaching/teaching, and creating sacred spaces for those in need of rest. She dreams about planting a monastery of sorts--offering hospitality, sanctuary, and a place to heal. She loves helping others clarify their own calling, and companioning people in every season of the soul.
Sara has a very full life! She enjoys: traveling, cooking/baking, upcycling vintage furniture, writing (especially poetry), teaching yoga, watercolor painting (mostly of animals), learning the ukulele, playing outside, singing, reading, quality time with her 10 nieces and nephews (they are her favorite people on earth!), riding her new black bike (she always wears a helmet), enjoying live music (last week she went to a punk show after a silent retreat), and lingering in slow mornings over a cup of coffee while staring at the birds.
B.S., Quantitative Psychology, UCLA
M.A., Cross-Cultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary,
Location: Menlo Park and San Jose, CA
Sharon can offer Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, FaceTime
Areas of Specialty: multi-ethnic issues, leadership development, Ignatian spirituality
Sharon has been passionate about spiritual formation ministries since her graduate school days at Fuller Theological Seminary. She received her masters degree in Cross Cultural Studies, while focusing on spiritual formation and leadership development coursework.
Sharon completed her spiritual direction training at the Mercy Center in 2009. She has a certificate in the supervision of spiritual directors through Together in the Mystery, an affiliate of San Francisco Theological Seminary. Sharon was on staff at the Palo Alto Vineyard Church as Director of Spiritual Formation and Family Ministries.
Sharon is a teacher in Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. She is happily serving as a co-director for Sustainable Faith, alongside Dave Nixon and Jared Boyd.
Sharon has been married to Jon for almost 30 years. They enjoy being parents of three sons and a new daughter-in-law.
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Marty is available for Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Phone
Areas of Specialty: pastors/church leaders, enneagram, Ignatian exercises.
Marty Boller received his two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a member of both 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 has been actively involved in pastoral ministry since 1985. Married to his lovely wife, Sandy, in 1975 in Skokie, IL, they were participants with the beginnings of what is now the Evanston, IL Vineyard Church (1976), and have successfully planted two Vineyard churches in Iowa: Iowa City (1988) and Cedar Rapids (1998). They have four grown children, all married, with seven adorable grandchildren.
Marty has written two books on Christian discipleship; The Perfected Self (2002) and The Wisdom of (John) Wimber: As I See It (2014); and serves the larger body of Christ through his blog and website: www.thecontemplativeactivist.com.
Marty & Sandy are trainers/teachers of spiritual direction, working alongside Sustainable Faith since 2015.
Location: New River, AZ
Janice is available for Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, Zoom, Phone
Areas of Specialty: Accompaniment in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Pastoral ministry.
Janice Tarleton is passionate about transformation; helping followers of Jesus grow in self-awareness, intimate relationship with God and authenticity. A former journalist, she’s had a life-long intrigue with the human story and probing for truth and she brings that practical experience to direction sessions.
She has served as a pastor’s wife in Vineyard churches (large and small contexts and church planting) for 25 years and as a spiritual director at Pastor’s Sabbath Retreats for Vineyard USA. She currently serves as a teacher for Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction, committee chair of Sustainable Faith Affiliates, and as a board member.
Janice is also trained in two methods of inner healing prayer and has facilitated hundreds of sessions since 2011.
Janice and her high school sweetheart, Terry, have been married since 1981 and have four grown children and two grandchildren. She enjoys deeper conversations, road-trips with her husband, home decorating, writing and painting.
Masters of Ministry Diploma St. Stephens University St. Stephens, New Brunswick
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Danny is available for Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Phone
Areas of Specialty: Immanuel Prayer (Inner Healing), Ignatian Exercises
Danny Mullins has been in full-time vocational ministry since 1979. He has served in worship ministry, as an associate pastor, and as a lead pastor. He has been on staff at the Vineyard in Gilbert, Arizona, since 2001.
His current emphasis of ministry in the church is in the areas of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and inner healing prayer. He also serves on the faculty of Sustainable Faith and is currently leading cohorts in Phoenix, Arizona, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Augusta, Georgia.
Married since 1975, he and his wife Janet are the proud parents of four adult sons, and grandparents to three grandsons and a granddaughter.
M.A. Christian Ministries, Hope International University, Fullerton, CA
Location: Oceanside, CA
Fran is available for Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, FaceTime, Phone, Email
Areas of Specialty: Ignatian spirituality, Enneagram, dark night of the soul, second half life spirituality, transitions, discernment
As a Spiritual Director my intent and practice is to help people attend to the presence and activity of God in their lives, and to grow in healthy self-awareness of the ways they respond to God.
I enjoy working with followers of Christ at any point in their relationship with him. Helping people become discerning people who know how to make good decisions about life choices is an important part of my work as a spiritual director. Since self-awareness is critical to good discernment, I help people navigate the Enneagram as a tool for honest self-evaluation and transformation. I also accompany people through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
I have spent over 30 years working with leaders in high stress environments. What I bring to spiritual direction for Christian leaders and cross-cultural workers is an understanding of the role of suffering, especially the 'dark night of the soul' experiences where God and His rewards seem absent.
I have 30 years of ministry experience in cross-cultural work and organizational leadership, lived in three continents, and have been a church planter. I completed a two-year Spiritual Direction program with Christian Formation and Direction Ministries, I have an M.A. in Christian Ministries from Hope International University, and am an ordained minister in the Vineyard.
Recently moved to Oceanside, I enjoy figs, tomatoes, jalapenos, green peppers, onions and lemons from a small backyard garden. I have three beautiful daughters and four delightful grandchildren.
Location: San Antonio, Tx
Clara is available for Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Phone
Since giving herself over to Christ in 1975, Clara’s life has been one of loving and caring for God’s people, particularly those called into leadership. She has been in senior pastoral ministry alongside her husband since 1996. She and her husband were involved in three church plants (one which failed, so she has a limp). She has ministered to missionaries and church leaders in England, Hungary, Nepal, India, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Kenya. She currently is working on her Masters in Spirituality from Oblate School of Theology. She hopes to beef up on her first language (Spanish) to provide Spiritual Direction and training on Spiritual Direction to the Hispanic communities.
She is married to her best friend, Randy, since 1978. Together they have blessed the world with five beautiful daughters, five amazing sons-in-laws, and eight fun-filled grandchildren (more on the way). In her spare time, she reads, sews, plays with her grandchildren, works on her desert landscape, plays board games with friends, and walks early in the morning.
Location: Columbus, OH
Jody is available for Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Phone
For many years, Jody Nixon was the true domestic and centering presence at The Convent, the retreat house of Sustainable Faith. She supervised the kitchen (making most of the meals), cleaned, kept the books, tended to other various needs, and spent time with retreat guests as she was able. (She's a great listener!) She especially enjoyed getting to know the many women who came to visit, hearing their stories and providing support and encouragement.
While hosting schools of spiritual direction and over-hearing her husband teaching about this fascinating subject, her heart was drawn to the power of good listening, so she completed SF’s year one and year two courses.
The Convent eventually closed, and Dave and Jody have moved to Columbus due to family needs. Jody is now offering spiritual direction from her home in Columbus. She also served with Dave on six previous Pastor Sabbath Retreats for Vineyard USA. For 14 years she was the key administrator for Vineyard Central, the urban community church she and Dave planted in Norwood, Ohio in 1993. Jody and Dave have been married for 40 years.
Jody especially delights in her children: Kimberly who's married to Matthias and living in Columbus; Carrie who's married to Andrew and living in Rochester, NY; and Jonathan who's living in Cincinnati. And then there are the 3 grandsons, Samuel, Simon and Henry, who are teaching her about love all over again.
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sandy is available for Spiritual Direction: in person, Zoom, FaceTime, Phone
Areas of Specialty: women pastors/leaders
Sandy Boller received her two-year certificate in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and is a member of both SDI and the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA).
Sandy’s personal goal is to live life on purpose, with Jesus lighting and leading the way, living wide-eyed in wonder and belief (Lk. 11:34). She loves to help women learn the rhythms of slowing down and listening for the Holy so that together we learn to recognize God in the middle of our everyday lives. Sandy encourages her directees to discover creative ways in being present to the One who is always present to us, finding their unique voice along the way.
Location: Marcellus, NY
Chris is available for Spiritual Direction: in person, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Phone
Areas of Specialty: Training in Spiritual Direction, Ministry and the Ignation Retreat.
There is a delicate balance between the "inner life with Jesus" and the "outer life we live in community" as we are known and know God, ourselves and others. Both are necessary to healthy spirituality. Both need attention, acceptance and care to grow us into the people God dreams us to be. Understanding the balance for each person as they live in community defines the passion that calls Chris forward in life and ministry.
Chris served as a staff pastor at the Vineyard Church in Syracuse NY from 1997-2017 when she retired. She has been a Spiritual Director at the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse since 2008. She leads retreats on the contemplative lifestyle while offering spiritual direction as part of the retreat. She also has experience as a guide for the Ignatian Retreat.
Chris lives in Central New York. She has 3 grown children and 6 granddaughters.