Leadership Transformations Team

Our Ministry Team

Dr. Steve Macchia

Founder & President

After serving eleven years on the pastoral staff of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and an additional fourteen years as President of Vision New England, Steve Macchia founded Leadership Transformations in 2003. Since then he's served as President of LTI as well as Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also serves on the teaching team in the Doctor of Ministry department. He also teaches a Doctor of Ministry course on “Spiritual Replenishment” as an adjunct faculty member at Phoenix Seminary. Steve is a pastoral teacher, conference speaker, ministry leader, retreat facilitator, ministry mentor/coach, and spiritual director.  He's also the author of several books, including Broken and Whole (InterVarsity Press), Outstretched Arms of Grace (LTI Publication), Path of a Beloved Disciple (LTI Publication), Wellspring (LTI Publication), Crafting a Rule of Life (InterVarsity Press), the Baker Best-seller Becoming A Healthy Church (Baker Books), Becoming A Healthy Church Workbook (Baker Books), Becoming A Healthy Disciple (Baker Books/LTI Publication), Becoming A Healthy Disciple: Small Group Study and Worship Guide (LTI Publication), Becoming A Healthy Team (Baker Books/LTI Publication), Exercises for Becoming A Healthy Team (LTI Publication). He resides in Lexington, MA with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two children, Nathan and Rebekah. Steve writes, "My wife and I enjoy hunting for turn of the (19th) Century oak antique furniture We love to travel, and we delight in our children, Nate and Bekah, who are our pride and joy. We also enjoy reflecting on the richness of ministry life together. I'm a collector of memories, with special rocks, shells, and various mementos, joined by thousands of photographs, which remind me of important people and places that have marked our journey thus far.  My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God's creation. My favorite walk is on the beach at low tide between Sesuit Harbor and the Brewster flats on Cape Cod (MA)...it's beautiful year round! I'm in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart one year before we started this ministry. Since our inception in 2003, the team God has assembled is phenomenal and the ministry has grown beyond all my greatest hopes and expectations. But, most of all, the transformational impact on the leaders and teams we serve together makes every long day incredibly meaningful and satisfying."

Detailed Biography
Articles by Stephen Macchia

 

Rick Anderson

Senior Vice President

As LTI's Senior Vice President, Rick has a passion for spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and leadership development. He has completed the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction through LTI. He has also completed New Way Ministries' School of Spiritual Direction and the Advanced School, both taught by Dr. Larry Crabb. Rick is a graduate of Biola University's school of business. Prior to LTI, Rick served as the COO of the Christian Writers Guild and the Director of Finance & Operations at Trinity Law School. He currently serves as a board member for Peregrine Ministries and Beyond Survival.  He also served 6 years with CLA Colorado Springs as a board member and two years as President. Rick and his wife, Lisa, live in Colorado Springs with their three boys: Cameron, Mitchell, and Jackson.  Rick loves spending time with God in nature, laughing with friends and family, exploring new places, fixing things, watching movies, and taking in a strong Colorado thunderstorm.  He also enjoys golf, international travel, and woodworking.  Things Rick does not enjoy: mean people, mayonnaise, misplacing things, waiting in line, lukewarm beverages, fines of any sort, and dental work. Rick writes, “I am overwhelmed each time I consider the joy I have to serve with the incredible people who make up this team and this amazing ministry of spiritual formation/soul care we are able to participate in together. To God belongs all the glory – but man are we having fun!

Articles by Rick Anderson

 

MEAH ARAKAKI

Executive Assistant

In addition to her role as LTI's Executive Assistant, Meah also assists with operations of the Pierce Center for Disciple Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and serves as a spiritual formation mentor to women participating in the Pierce Fellows Program. She is a graduate of Union University (B.A. Christian Studies), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary(M.A. in Counseling), and the Selah Certificate Program in spiritual direction through LTI. Meah is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and after years of experience in mental health agency practice, has opened her own practice offering counseling, spiritual direction, and health coaching. Meah and her husband, Brandon, live in Danvers, MA and enjoy traveling, CrossFit, nature, and eating. Meah is passionate about holistic healing (mind, body, and soul), and helping people live life to the fullest. She also has a deep love for cheese, sleep, and the woods. Meah writes, "It is such joy to participate in the ministry of LTI. Through the Pierce Center at Gordon-Conwell and through Selah, I have encountered the living Triune God in deep places of my soul. I am honored to be able to participate in such a transformational ministry to others."

Articles by Meah Arakaki

 

Diana Bennett

Spiritual Formation Associate

Diana received her MATS and Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is a spiritual director and enjoys leading spiritual formation small groups and retreats as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Leadership Transformations, Boston Trinity Academy, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Diana and her husband, Peter, live in Hingham, MA.  They have three married children and ten grandchildren. Diana writes, "I am excited to be part of this vital ministry that will encourage individuals and teams in the challenge of cultivating their souls, for that’s where it all starts if we as leaders are to influence spiritual growth in others."
Articles by Diana Bennett

 

Susan Currie

Director of Selah & Associate for Spiritual Formation

Susan serves as the Director of Selah: LTI's Certificate Training Program in Spiritual Direction. Additionally, she engages in spiritual formation ministries, particularly as the Spiritual Formation Associate at the Pierce Center for Disciple Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and in retreat leadership and spiritual direction with individuals, local churches, and wider church and parachurch bodies. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (B.A. English Literature, 1982), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MA in Theological Studies, 1984, and Doctor of Ministry, 2011), and the spiritual direction certificate program of Christian Formation and Direction Ministries-Northwest (2005). Susan and her husband, Dave, live in Hamilton, MA and are graced with three children (grown and nearly grown), Catherine, Roy, and Elspeth. Susan loves stories that are True (written, from her English major days, and shared, from her current spiritual formation ministry conversations), and the quiet time and space that allows her to reflect on God's presence in those stories--canoe rides on lakes at dawn and dusk, cross-country skiing and walks along evergreen-bordered trails, strolling through late spring gardens or basking in the sunshine of an autumn afternoon. Susan writes, "Our ministries at LTI, in creating and nurturing a reflective presence to God, help the Church to more deeply experience Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life--for the sake of our life, and his glory!"

Articles by Susan Currie

 

Gayle Heaslip

Spiritual Formation Associate

Gayle is passionate about creating environments for people to experience growth in their relationship with God and with one another.  She currently serves as an associate pastor in a home church in Falmouth, MA, and is a spiritual director and counselor, having graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in ’04 with an M.A. in Counseling.  She and her husband Brian enjoy the happy chaos of three grown children and eight grandchildren.  In quieter moments, she thrives on good conversations, writing, photography, and being outdoors.  Gayle was a member of the Emmaus community for three years and is a graduate of the Selah certificate program in spiritual direction.  “Being a part of the LTI team translates to a great adventure in Christ for me, joined to others who are devoted to him.  I’m grateful to remain a part of LTI and its listening community as it responds to God’s gracious invitations.

 

Greg Mahoney

Website & Software Developer

Greg maintains LTI's websites and software platforms. Having a passion for education and History, he recently completed a degree in Secondary Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  Greg, and his wife Tara, live in Colorado Springs, CO and have two children.  He enjoys coaching his son’s football team, and strives to teach his players to have a passion for the sport that they will carry into their adult lives.  Greg enjoys being a part of the LTi team and writes, "I have a passion for learning, teaching, and watching others grow. It is a joy to know that my work helps to strengthen the ministry of LTI."

 

David McKiel

Accountant

David has served as the accountant for LTI since the organization's inception. David's heart for Christian ministry stems back to his volunteer service in his local church, nearly 15 years as a director of finance at Vision New England, and his experience as an accountant for several Christian ministries throughout the Northeast. He is a graduate of Bentley College with a degree in accounting. David and his wife, Carolyn, primarily reside in Florida but frequently visit his children and grandchildren in NH, PA, and MA. David writes, "It is a privilege, 'as a bean counter', to serve with the LTI team. I am truly amazed that my accounting skills can be used to support a ministry whose primary purpose is to nurture the souls of pastors and leaders. In the process, my own soul has been nurtured by my interaction with the members of LTI's dynamic team!"

Nicole Rim

Graphic Designer

Nicole Rim is the Graphic Designer for LTI. She's also the Manager of Creative Services at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion. She serves on staff at Living Fields, a church in Lynn, MA that seeks to reach the Cambodian community for Christ. Nicole studied graphic design and art history at the Rhode Island School of Design and is originally from Barrington, IL. She writes: "I am excited to be serving with LTI. I see the way that Pierce Fellows at GCTS have been impacted by the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building and its focus on spiritual formation. I am honored that I can serve in the area of design to promote this wonderful ministry!"

 

Warren Schuh

Lead Church Health Coach

Warren serves as Lead Church Health Coach for LTI. He is the president of WS Associates, an organization that assists churches and church leaders to sharpen their focus and take meaningful personal and organizational steps forward. Prior to starting WS Associates, he was Executive Pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. Warren has served in local church ministry for 30 years, 14 of those as an executive pastor. Before that he was the Director of Large Church Networks for Leadership Network. Warren graduated from Wheaton College, and received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Warren and Connie, his wife of 35 years, have three adult children: son, Aaron (and his wife, Karla), daughter, KT, and son, Tyler (and his wife, Traci).

 

Jim Smith

Sabbatical Coach

Jim Smith is an ordained Presbyterian minister who served on the staff of First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs for 36 years. Before being ordained Jim was in the Army and also worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Palm Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a B.A. in accounting and from Fuller Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Jim currently focuses on Coaching and Spiritual Direction. He is a Board Certified Professional Christian Life Coach with the International Christian Coaching Association and an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. He is also certified as a Leadership Coach through Coach Approach Ministries. Jim graduated from LTI's Selah program in Spiritual Direction. He enjoys swimming, walking, reading, and especially helping people discern God's direction for their lives. Jim lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Jean, a retired cancer nurse. They have 4 married daughters and 7 grandchildren. "The Lord has used LTI in a special way, through the Selah program, to deepen my spiritual formation. And now the Lord has led me in becoming a team member of LTI. I am so blessed and excited."

 

Jeremy Stefano

Minister of Spiritual Formation & Director of Emmaus

In his role as minister of spiritual formation, Jeremy offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, teaches classes in spiritual formation and serves as the director of the Emmaus: Spiritual Leadership Community. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served churches as local pastor, interim pastor and as a visiting Bible teacher in Southern Africa and North America. He and Bethany, his wife of 27 years, have been blessed with eight children and make their home in Massachusetts. He has a Licentiate in Theology from the Cape Town Baptist Seminary in South Africa, a Masters of Christian Studies from Regent College in Canada and a D.Min. in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, OR. Jeremy writes, “Friendships have been a theme of grace in my life. It is a gift to serve with LTI alongside those who value both the work of the ministry and the priority of being in wholesome relationships with each other.

Articles by Jeremy Stefano

 

Liz Whitfield

Accounts Receivable Manager

Liz Whitfield is barely managing to hold on to her British accent after many years of living in the U.S. She is a freelance violinist in the Boston area, and is especially popular at rehearsals when she brings samplings of her latest cookies. She and her husband, Iain, raised 3 daughters in Lexington, MA. Liz is happy to be a part of the LTI team and enjoys her role of mulling over 'numbers'.  Liz writes, "I have personally benefited from attending soul care retreats and have seen the impact they have on friends and family!"

 

Angela Wisdom

Associate Director of Supervision and Practice, Selah

Angela has been committed to training ministry leaders for more than 20 years in a variety of church, parachurch and seminary contexts. She is a graduate of Talbot School of Theology, Biola University (M.A., Spiritual Formation and Soul Care). As faculty for Selah since the program began in 2007, she counts witnessing the birth and development of this ministry as one of the greatest joys of her life. "To see ministry leaders attending to the Holy Spirit and ministering from a place of rest and increasing wholeness and trust in the Lord is incredible" she reflects. "The testimonies we continue to hear from graduates about God's faithfulness in their lives and in the lives of the individuals they serve as a result of their spiritual direction training motivates us to continue to listen to the ways the Lord is leading us to steward Selah well. In addition to her role overseeing supervision and practice for Selah, she serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. Previously, she was Vice President of Training for Maranatha! Music in San Clemente, CA. She offers spiritual direction and supervision from the Wheaton Franciscan Tau Center in Wheaton, IL and from her home office in the Chicago suburbs where she resides with her husband Jeff and their two sons.

 

David Wu

Regional Ministry Director - TX

David serves as Regional Ministry Director-TX as well as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Access Church in Houston. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div., '11) and Selah, LTI's Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction. In the last 12+ years of vocational ministry, David has been involved in overseas missions in East Asia, worship leading, and pastoral ministry. He is passionate about the ministries of soul care and worship, and feels called to be a spiritual companion to ministry leaders and overseas missionaries. David and his wife, Cindy, have three children. Though a self-proclaimed NON-shopper, you will find David taking his time when perusing guitar shops, the Apple store, and Whole Foods. David writes, "I am thrilled to be part of a ministry that has so profoundly impacted my own spiritual growth and health."

 

DR. TED WUESTE

Senior Selah Faculty

Ted serves as Executive Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix. He practices spiritual direction as a part of his pastoral ministry as well as with those in the broader Christian community. Ted also teaches as adjunct faculty in the Spiritual Formation Program at Phoenix Seminary, and helps lead the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona. He co-authored a Study Guide for Mansions of the Heart, a book which applies the paradigm found in Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle. Ted planted and was lead pastor of a church in Texas for almost 10 years before moving to the Phoenix area where he lives with his wife, Jenifer, and children, Trey and Claire.

Our Board

David Beatty - Treasurer

Dave joined the Board of LTI only after many years of vicarious participation through his wife Ellie's role on the LTI Board and also by participating in Emmaus with her. Dave also serves on the Board of Gordon College and with the Jewish National Fund. Dave is Founder and Managing Partner of Daintree Advisors, a multi-family office that helps families of means to clarify their goals and achieve them. Dave has degrees from Wesleyan University and from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He and Ellie live near Boston and welcome as many visits as possible from their two adult sons. "LTI has had such a big impact on my own spiritual journey that it is only natural to come alongside and support these friends as they serve others in the same way."

 

Mike Chuli - Chairman

In addition to leading the LTI Board, Mike is a Managing Director for Accenture's Financial Services business, focused on driving profitable growth strategies for North America's leading financial institutions. Mike has also been President/CEO of early and mid stage high tech companies, and Vice President of Compaq's Internet and Desktop Services business. Mike has served as Board Chairman in Canada at GracePoint and in Massachusetts at Grace Baptist Church, and was a part of the LTI vision from the outset. Mike lives in the Boston area with his incredible wife Judy and has two fantastic daughters and a lovable Boxer(totally unbiased). Mike holds a BSc. from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business AMP program. "Serving with the LTI team is a true honor as we focus on following God's transformational plans for this vital ministry."

 

Jean Kingston

Jean Yih Kingston lives in Winchester, MA and is a wife and mother of four. A teacher/counselor by training, she loves children and can often be found baking and cooking for all those traipsing through her house. Jean, along with her wonderful husband John, created SixSeeds, an organization focused on collaborating with other families to try and figure out how to raise children with virtue and generosity. What started as a small organization with a weekly newsletter, became a larger national voice when SixSeeds merged with Patheos.com. Together, they also work on their family foundation, Sword and Spoon, which allows them to support various initiatives around the world. "Joining the LTI board was a no brainer, as I've been inspired by the mission of re-charging spiritual leaders ever since I first heard about it. I am thrilled to be a part of this!"

 

Steve Macchia - Founder and President

Steve became the founding president of LTI on July 1, 2003.  He is the author of several books, including Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP, 2012), Becoming a Healthy Church (Baker Books, 1999),  the Becoming A Healthy Church Workbook (Baker Books, 2001), Becoming A Healthy Disciple (Baker Books, 2004), the Becoming A Healthy Disciple Small Group Study and Worship Guide (LTI publication, 2004), and Becoming A Healthy Team (Baker Books, 2005). Steve was raised in Stoneham, MA graduating from the local high school. He attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA (B.A. in Christian Education and Elementary Education in 1978) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA (Master of Divinity, 1983).  He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (January, 2001) where he now serves as a member of the D.Min. teaching team. As a part of his LTI portfolio, he also serves at GCTS as the Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple Building. Steve and his wife, Ruth, have two children, Nathan and Rebekah, and make their home in Lexington, MA.

Detailed Biography
Articles by Stephen Macchia

 

Lynda Wheatley

Lynda and her husband Ted, have lived in Winchester, MA for 24 years. For many years Lynda's primary roles were as a wife to Ted and mother of their five children - 4 boys and 1 girl - now young adults. During that time she has also served in various other capacities including wearing many "hats" at Lexington Christian Academy ranging from Co-Chair of the Parent Representative Council, member of the Nominating Committee for Trustees, Capital Campaign and Development Committee, and Parents in Prayer. In her church community she has served in leadership capacities ranging from Hospitality, to Adult Education, to Sunday School teacher and recently has been leading a young Mother's Group at Highrock Church in Arlington, MA. She also worked for two years as a Teacher's Aid in Elementary Education for Park Street School in Boston. Lynda writes, "I am so excited to be part of the LTI Board. My personal experience with attending Soul Care Retreats and the Emmaus Spiritual Leadership Community ignites a desire for me to be a part of the vision of the LTI team, to offer individuals and teams Spiritual direction, soul refreshment, and a deeply loving community."

Special Advisors

Brian Lacey - legal Counsel

Brian serves the board as Clerk, and secured all necessary legal documents for the development of LTI. He lives in Brookline, MA with his wife, Joan, and two young children. Brian is a long-standing member of his church and has been treasurer there since 1995.  "As an attorney in Boston, I am delighted to merge my interests in counseling philanthropic organizations with the transforming spiritual goals of LTI.  I look forward to how God will build and bless this ministry for His glory."

 

Richard Plass - Advisor to the President

Rich is ordained in the Reformed Church in American and has served in pastoral ministry and counseling for twenty-five years. Over the last ten years Rich has provided pastoral counseling to Christian leaders through CrossPoint Ministry. Rich is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell, M.Div. and Southern Theological Seminary earning a Th.M. in the Psychology of Religion, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling. Rich and his wife, Sallie, live in southern Indiana and have six children and two grandchildren. Richard writes, "It is a great adventure to serve with LTI seeking to care for and strengthen the souls of those who lead God's people."

 

"God loves each and every one of us with depth, persistence and intensity beyond imagination. God doesn't simply like you. Nor does God simply have warm sentimental feelings toward you just because you were created in the Divine image. The truth is that God loves you with what Hannah Hurnard calls 'a passionate absorbed interest.' God cannot help seeing you through the eyes of love."

-- David Benner



"The root idea of Sabbath is simple as rain falling, basic as breathing. It's that all living things--and many nonliving things too--thrive only by an ample measure of stillness."

-- Mark Buchanan



"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

-- Peter Drucker



"Christian ministry is more than doing good. Ministry is an act of service performed either consciously or unconsciously in the name of Christ. Ministry is Jesus Christ expressing his life through us. It is born, therefore, not in activity; but in solitude, where through the Spirit we experience the power of life from within."

-- James C. Fenhagen