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 Legacy: 60 Life Reflections for the Next Generation (LTI Publication, 2017), 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 Trustees for 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 a Professional 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 30 years, have been blessed with eight children and one grandson; they 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!"

 

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. 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

Cynthia Fantasia

Cynthia served for 24 years as Pastor of Service and Women at Grace Chapel, Lexington MA. In addition to serving on the LTI board, she is a member of the Board of Elders at Grace Chapel. She has lectured at a weekly Bible study, and speaks at conferences and retreats nationally and internationally. A contributing author in Mothers Have Angel Wings by Carol Kent, and 30 Ways to Embrace Life by Lucinda McDowell, Cynthia has also written several Bible studies that are used in churches across the country. She is currently under contract with NavPress writing a book chronicling her husbandís (and her) journey through Alzheimer's Disease. Ordained in 2007, she received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Cynthia has three adult children and five "perfect" grandchildren. Her favorite activities are long walks, reading great books, visiting her beloved Maine coast, and seeing the world through the eyes of her grandchildren. "I am excited to serve on the board at LTI and am certain the Lord has great plans as we all focus on the future!"

 

Richard Kennelly - Treasurer

Richard Kennelly is the Chief Teambuilding Officer at Team Concepts, Inc., a leadership development and teambuilding company, where he leads seminars on creating high-performance teams. He is a founding member of BigBelly Solar, an innovative cleantech startup, and served as an environmental attorney at Conservation Law Foundation specializing in clean air and renewable energy. Richard holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University, a J.D. and a Master of Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. He is also an Olympic silver medalist in rowing, having competed in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona games. Richard and his wife, Margery, an Episcopal priest currently serving as Chaplain at the Harvard Episcopal Chaplaincy, have two adult children and have been blessed in many ways over the years by LTIís ministry. "I am delighted to serve on the LTI board and excited to see how God will work through us all going forward."

 

Brian Lacey - Secretary/Clerk

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."

 

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

 

Graeme Mills - Chairman

Graeme Mills is a Managing Director of Cambridge Associates, a privately-owned firm that provides investment management and advice to non-profits, high net worth families, and pension funds. He also serves on the Commission of Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the body responsible for evaluating, mentoring and qualifying individuals called by God to ordained ministry. In 2015, Graeme completed The Diana C. Bennett Certificate in Spiritual Leadership with LTI. He continues to participate in LTI's Emmaus program of quarterly two and a half day retreats. Graeme and his wife Debby lead three Spiritual Formation Groups modeled on the small group experience at Emmaus. "I am humbled by this call and thrilled to help LTI on the path God will reveal. I am a huge beneficiary of the life changing impact that LTI provides in developing spiritual leaders and deepening our walk with God. LTI is blessed to have such a God-centered, prayerful Board of Directors, having open hearts and minds to see how God will use us to bless LTI's ministry."

 

Sage Paik

Sage has been serving youth and young adults for over 20 years with the local church and ARISE Youth Ministries, a regional ministry serving the Korean-American youth, youth workers and local church leaders in New Englandís unique context since 1994 focusing on the gospel, discipleship and spiritual friendship. Sage was part of the Leadership Transformations staff from the beginning and through its earlier years and is grateful to back with this important ministry and its team of brothers and sisters who love the Lord. At a young age, Sage came to the States from Korea with her family who had hopes for a ďbetter lifeĒ, but they found themselves in church for the first time and it turns out God brought them here for a "new life". Sage went on to graduate from Boston College and has a Masters of Religion in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell where she also worked at The Pierce Center for Disciple-Building. Sage and her husband, Young, live in Peabody, MA with their son, Timmy and are members of Citylife Church in Boston. "What a joy to serve the heart needs of spiritual leaders and teams so that these men and women, transformed by the costly grace and love of Christ, might listen compassionately and invite the world to life in Him."

 

Jim Pyne

Jim has owned a family business for the past fifty three years, one started by his parents in the late 1940's. He served for ten plus years on the board of directors of Songtime, Inc the radio ministry of Dr John Debrine on Cape Cod. Jim and his wife , Bev, are life-long residents of Hopkinton and attend Chapel of the Cross in Wesrboro, Mass. Jim and Bev have raised five children and are currently enjoying five grandsons. "I'm honored to be asked to serve LTI at this critical time in our nation."

Special Advisors

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