Marty & Sandy Boller have been actively involved in pastoral ministry since 1985. Married 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 hosts a blog series The Contemplative Activist. In the mid-nineties, Marty worked on staff with Promise Keepers men’s ministry, and the couple serve as co-pastors at Vineyard Church in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor.
Sandy & Marty began their training in spiritual direction/spiritual formation with Sustainable Faith in 2013, completing their two years of training and their certification as trainers in 2015. Besides the work they are doing with Sustainable Faith and their local church, they also serve the larger body of Christ as contemplative coaches and spiritual directors
Jared is a Vineyard Pastor, Spiritual Director, and founder of The Order of Sustainable Faith, (a missional monastic expression for the Vineyard). Jared is a Co-Director with Sustainable Faith, a Pastor at Franklinton Abbey, and involved in The Society of Vineyard Scholars. He's been a part of the Vineyard for 20 years.
He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Jaime and four little girls.
Owen together with his wife Sandie, has been a part of the urban, community-oriented Vineyard Central church in Cincinnati Ohio for two decades, serving in various contexts as house church leaders, pastoral council members, and mentoring elders. For over forty years they have been a part of transformative community-oriented expressions of God’s kingdom, both domestically and internationally. Training as a spiritual director has come through Sustainable Faith’s, School of Spiritual Direction.
Largest takeaway from this last decade: Our understanding of the spiritual life must evolve as we discover what faithfulness looks like for each new season of life. The critical evolution of our faith leads us to accept and embrace that sometimes our faith is comforting, and sometimes it is confrontational, sometimes it rings of sacred and sometimes of scandal. We grow to understand that the paradoxes of God are part of his nature.
Owen and Sandie have been married for over forty years, are still very much in love, have two adult children and currently four grand children.
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 Faith, 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.
Together, Lainie and Bill planted the Vineyard New Haven Church, in West Haven, CT, in 1986. Along with pastoring the church, they travel the region offering retreats, pastoral counseling, spiritual formation and spiritual direction for pastors and leaders.
Prior to church planting Lainie received her BA in Biblical Studies from Biola University and her MA in New Testament from Talbot Seminar in California. Her gifts for teaching, leading small groups, practicing and training others in healing and inner healing prayer, are joyfully expressed through her position at New Haven Church.
Bill is the head pastor for Vineyard New Haven as well as the Soulcare Coordinator of the Vineyard’s Northeast Region. They have an adult daughter in California and a son in college.
Chris has served as a pastor on staff at the Vineyard Church in Syracuse NY since 1997 in a variety of areas. Helping people grow in their relationship and availability to God, self and others through small groups, prayer and education have been her main focus’. After experiencing the Ignatian Retreat as a participant and guide, and finishing the Spiritual Direction Mentoring Course at the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse New York, Chris has been a Spiritual Director at the Center since 2008. She has been leading some retreats centered on the contemplative lifestyle while offering spiritual direction as a part of the retreat experience. Chris lives in Central New York. She has 3 grown children and 6 granddaughters.
Trained at Sustainable Faith's School of Spiritual Direction in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan has been offering spiritual direction to groups and individuals since 2010. He is now an instructor for the school. In January of 2016 he left his pastoral role at Vineyard Cincinnati after 14 years, and now devotes himself exclusively to the work of spiritual direction and the leading of retreats. Dan was a worship leader and pastor for many years in California before moving to Cincinnati in 1995. Along the way he traversed multi-collar worlds, climbing up telephone poles, down into manholes, and designing internet architecture for a phone company. He and his wife, Tracey, (a California girl), married in 1975 and have three grown children, two of whom have grown the tribe by marrying wonderful spouses. They share their recently emptied nest in Liberty Township, Ohio with a smiley American Bulldog named Mitch, and any friends or family who happen to be passing through. It's a wonderful life!
Deirdré Jansen Van Rensburg was born and raised in South-Africa. She accepted Christ in 1989 in her home church where church leadership affirmed a pastoral gift on her life and ordained her in 1995 as the first female pastor on staff. Since then Deirdré has been actively involved in pastoral ministry. In 2003 Deirdré and her husband Paul, moved to Chicago to accept staff positions at Willow Creek Community Church where she served in the Pastoral Response Department for almost a decade 2009-2016. She is passionate about being present with people in ways that increase their awareness of [and response to] God’s presence, His love and redeeming work in them. She has navigated her own seasons of heartache and loss by clinging to the tender love and irrevocable care of a God who stays faithful and steadfast when all else is shaken. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Trauma and Abuse Counseling from the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology. She completed two years of certified training in spiritual direction through Sustainable Faith in May 2016. In her free time she loves to do mosaic art, have soulful conversations over a cup of tea, take long walks and enjoy quality family time with her husband and daughter Yané.
Todd Long has ministered in multiple settings; rural to urban, small congregations to Christian camps, adult rehabilitation centers, new church plants and larger multi-staff churches… and among various populations; youth, seekers, new believers, young adults, mature adults, those in recovery, pastors and church professionals. He attended Campbellsville University and later finished his ministerial studies at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training where he was ordained. His interest in “hearing God” and “soul work” led him to complete the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction in 2010. He and his wife Cynthia, were married in 1985, have three children, two grandchildren, and live in Norwood, Ohio, where he is a member of Vineyard Central Church.
Fran has 30 years of ministry experience in cross-cultural church planting and organizational leadership, while living in three continents. She completed a two-year Spiritual Direction program with Christian Formation and Direction Ministries, and has engaged and guided people in spiritual formation and direction for over a decade. She has an M.A. in Christian Ministries from Hope International University, and is an ordained minister in the Vineyard. Fran also accompanies people through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Along with her husband, she lives in Oceanside, CA and attends the First Christian Church of Oceanside. Since moving to Oceanside, they enjoy figs, tomatoes, jalapeños, green peppers, onions and lemons from their small backyard garden. They have three beautiful daughters and four delightful grandchildren.
Kris Miller has twenty years of ministry experience as a pastor, adjunct teacher in a Christian university and seminary, and administrator. Currently, Kris works part-time as the "Special Projects Coordinator" for Vineyard USA. He has served as the co-leader of Vineyard USA's Pastor Sabbath Retreats from the beginning in 2004 and has been the director since 2007. Kris has a B.A. in biblical studies, a M.Div., a mastor's in historical theology, and has completed his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Durham University (UK). He has been trained as a spiritual director at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana and has six years of experience as a spiritual director. Kris leads School of Spiritual Direction cohorts in Houston and Phoenix. Kris is married to the lovely Tori and they have four children.
Danny’s full time vocational ministry began in 1979 and has encompassed many rolls. He has served as a worship leader, (over 40 years), an associate pastor, and a senior pastor, (8 years), in both Texas and Arizona. He is currently the associate pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Gilbert, Arizona, where his primary emphasis is in the area of spiritual formation. Danny completed his Masters of Ministry at St. Stephens University in St. Stephens, New Brunswick and published his first book in January of 2014. 'Darkness to Light' is an account of his personal journey into clinical depression and his subsequent encounter with the love of God that brought deep and lasting emotional healing. He completed his Spiritual Direction training through Sustainable Faith and is now actively involved with Immanuel Prayer, a model of inner healing prayer.
Danny and his wife Janet have been happily married for forty years and are the proud parents of four grown sons, and grandparents to three grandsons and one granddaughter!
Dave Nixon is the founder and co-director of Sustainable Faith and erstwhile founding pastor of Vineyard Central. He received training in spiritual direction through the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart IN. For seven years he served with Vineyard-USA as the spiritual director for Pastor Sabbath Retreats around the country. He also served for 7 years as the spiritual director for the D. Min. students at George Fox University in the Leadership and Spiritual Formation Track. Dave has been traveling around the US and internationally leading Sustainable Faith's School of Spiritual Direction cohorts since 2009. He and his wife Jody, married for 40 years, have three adult children: Kimberly (in Columbus OH), Carrie (in Rochester, NY), and Jonathan (Columbus).
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.
Joy has been a professing Christian for much of her life. However, for many of those years, her understanding of God centered on 'religion' rather than 'relationship', leading to feelings of unworthiness, guilt, and shame. A major turning point came when she first heard Zephaniah 3:17 and realized that God delighted in her. That revelation led to a journey of acceptance, healing, and freedom. And, because God's grace is unlimited, she knows that there is so much more! One of Joy's highest honors is to help others enter the throne room of grace and begin to truly understand, as David Benner writes, that God is head-over-heals/recklessly/extravagantly in love with them - just as they are. Joy received her training in spiritual direction through Sustainable Faith and is deeply grateful for the impact of that ministry on her life. She and her husband, Mark, have two grown children. She loves gardening, traveling, Ignatian spirituality, and leading studies focused on spiritual transformation at her church.
After many years in Ministry and leadership, Vicki came to a crossroads. She began to notice that her leadership felt more driven than drawn, more about striving and control rather than trust and surrender. She knew things had to change. She slowly transitioned from a lengthy investment in Single Adult Ministry to a ministry of spiritual formation and spiritual direction. In 2013 she finished a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. She is currently on the teaching staff of Kavanna House, a spiritual formation center in York, PA. She is a spiritual director, leads spiritual formation groups including men's groups and women's groups and has written a spiritual formation curriculum for women entitled Restoring Eve.
Tim has always been drawn to people from a young age. Jesus call of loving him and loving others has been a driving force in his life. Because of this call of following Jesus, Tim is passionate about helping others follow him with all their mind, heart, body, and soul. He has been in vocational ministry for the past 26 years serving on staffs of 3 churches in Indiana and Illinois. 6 years ago, he followed a strong leading to step out of the mega church world that he was in and trust God to open the way.
Through the perfect storm of circumstances, God led him into a journey of getting in tune with his deeper desires of walking alongside people. During that time, God led Tim to being trained by Sustainable Faith in spiritual direction. He is passionate about multiplying new directors and growing the contemplative life in the church by leading people in soul transforming journeys. Currently, Tim leads many retreats for people in their contemplative journey with God, enneagram retreats, as well as a small community of people who are trying to live out the rhythms and relationships of the first century as best they can today.
Tim is married to his beautiful wife Christy and has two fantastic daughters Briana, and Alyssa. A good cup of coffee, a fine glass of wine, a good book, a great destination, a gorgeous day of golf, amidst good conversation are things that occupy him in his free time.
Renae Norwood is a native Texan who lives in the Houston area with her home builder husband of 37 years, Steve. She is a graduate of Houston Baptist University. 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 for the past four years. She has served as a spiritual director for three 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 delights in walking with people and listening to their hearts as they discover God's creative work in their lives.
Elizabeth leads us our School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She landed on her life’s calling as a spiritual director after 20 years of vocational ministry, and it's in this ministry that all of her training, life experience and gifts converge. Trained first as an educator and later in spiritual formation and direction, she is passionate about helping others experience the love of Christ and grow to spiritual maturity. Elizabeth moved from Canada to the Netherlands in 1996 where she has pioneered in the field of spiritual direction under the umbrella of Deeper Devotion Ministry. She is married to her strong Dutch hero, Gérard.
Elizabeth adds leading our Amsterdam School of Spiritual direction to a thriving practice of spiritual direction and ministry of leading silent retreats.
Steve earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University, with an emphasis in spiritual formation, as well as a Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology. He was trained as a spiritual director through Christian Formation and Direction Ministries (CFDM), and for 10 years has been a part of the CFDM faculty team that trains spiritual directors. Steve served as a Vineyard pastor for 25 years and is the spiritual formation director for Vineyard Institute. He currently is the Los Angeles Regional director for “b” (www.b-ing.org), a ministry which serves pastors, ministry leaders, missionaries, seminary students, churches, and individuals in areas related to spiritual formation and spiritual direction.
Janice Tarleton is passionate about helping followers of Christ grow in self-awareness, relationship with God and others. As a Spiritual Director and inner healing prayer facilitator, Janice believes transformation takes place in community as we allow ourselves to become fully known to God and others. A graduate ofSustainable Faith's School of Spiritual Direction, she leads spiritual direction groups for women, offers individual direction and teaches on the subject. A native Arizonan, she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University and has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance magazine writer, and in city government communications. Janice and her childhood sweetheart, Terry, married in 1981 and have four grown children and two grandchildren. Terry served as an associate pastor at Vineyard Church North Phoenix before they founded Carefree Vineyard Church in 2001.
Sibyl Towner is the Co-Author of Listen to My Life and Co-Founder of oneLifemaps, LLC, an organization dedicated to helping people review their life stories for the purpose of recognizing and responding to God. Sibyl’s life mission statement is to equip the next generation of leaders in Godly character and Godly leadership. Through assisting people as they explore their life stories, Sibyl helps them grow up in Christ, discover God’s presence in them and call forth their gifts to build up and extend the body of Christ.
Sibyl has served as Director of Spiritual Mentoring and as Faculty for Classes@Willow. She has been a guest lecturer at Asbury, Princeton and Gordon-Conwell Seminaries, and a facilitator at Leadership Network for Listen to My Life retreats. A frequent speaker and workshop leader, she has also taught internationally in the areas of spiritual formation, family, marriage and camping. Sibyl earned an Education degree in English and History from Bowling Green State University. She is a certified camp director and an Old & New Testament Bethel Bible Teacher. She has completed four years of instructional experience in Spiritual Leadership with The Transforming Center and continues to serve as a spiritual director for their retreats. Sibyl and her husband Dick have two married sons, seven grandchildren, and one adopted-in-love son with his family of four children. In addition, they have had over 80 young people live as extended family in their home. Sibyl enjoys listening to people tell their stories, reading, walking, tennis, and life.
Most recently Sibyl and Dick have bought a retreat center called The Springs in Oldenburg, Indiana. It is a ministry focused on inviting people into gracious space to listen and respond to God in their story.
Sharon has been passionate about spiritual formation ministry since her graduate days at Fuller Seminary. She completed her masters degree in Cross Cultural Studies in 1992. Her special interests include multi-ethnic issues and leadership development in church and non-profit ministries. Sharon was on staff at the Palo Alto Vineyard Church as Director of Spiritual Formation and Family Ministries. She completed her training as a spiritual director in 2009 and her training in the supervision of spiritual directors. In addition to teaching in the School of Spiritual Direction, Sharon is gladly serving as co-director of Sustainable Faith along side Dave Nixon and Jared Boyd. Sharon has been married to Jon for over 25 years and enjoys watching their three sons and a new daughter-in-law discover their own unique passions and giftings.
Vicki’s passion for ministry and accompanying others in their faith journey adventures 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 has received training as a spiritual director from Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction and spent four years studying the spiritual formation program at the Lanteri Center in Denver, CO. She uses this learned formation, along with her natural gift of listening, to help individuals as well as groups discern the unique callings and movements of God in their lives. Along with direction, Vicki also accompanies individuals and groups through the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, as well as contemplative retreats; and is a trainer for Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction in the Denver area.
Vicki lives with her husband of more than 40 years in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a mother to two fun, grown children. She squeezes in every spare moment to develop and care for her perennial gardens and enjoys snow skiing, hiking, quiet lakes, and mountain streams.