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Senior Faculty

Dr. Susan Currie

Director of Selah
In additional to directing Selah, Susan engages in spiritual formation ministries, particularly at the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and in retreat leadership and spiritual companionship, with individuals, local churches, and wider church and parachurch bodies. She recently authored NPWL’s Bible Study entitled “Revelation: Awaiting the Bridegroom” (Presbyterians for Renewal, 2010). Susan and her husband, Dave, live in Hamilton, MA and are graced with three grown children, Catherine, Roy, and Elspeth.

D.Min. and MATS., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA

Certificate in Spiritual Direction, CFDM Northwest


Dr. Steve Macchia

Founder & President of Leadership Transformations, Inc.
Steve became the founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI) on July 1, 2003.  He is the author of several books, including Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP Books 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). As a part of his LTI portfolio, he also serves at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 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.

D.Min. and M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Spiritual Direction Training, SSJE, Boston, MA

Detailed Biography
Articles by Stephen Macchia


Dr. Jeremy Stefano

Jeremy serves with Leadership Transformations in the role of minister of spiritual formation. Spiritual direction has proved to be pivotal in his own life and is foundational to his pastoral ministry. In addition to offering spiritual direction, Jeremy leads retreats, and teaches classes in spiritual formation. 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.

D.Min. in Leadership & Spiritual Formation, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, OR

Licentiate in Theology, Cape Town Baptist Seminary, South Africa
Master of Christian Studies. Regent College, Canada


DR. Ted Wueste

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.

D.Min. in Leadership, Phoenix Seminary, AZ

Master of Sacred Theology, Dallas Seminary, TX
Master of Divinity, Western Seminary, OR

Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA
Certificate in Spiritual Direction, New Way Ministries, CO


David Wu

David is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Access Church and leads the Houston office of Leadership Transformations, where he offers spiritual direction and facilitates soul care retreats. He also loves to lead worship, which like spiritual direction, involves creating hospitable space for others to commune with God. David and his wife, Cindy, have three children.

M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA


additional faculty

DR. Tom Ashbrook

Tom leads Church Resource Ministries’ spiritual formation ministry, the Order of Imago Christi. Imago Christi develops spiritual formation resources and coaches Christian leaders and churches to be able to live and lead with a spiritual authority grounded in loving intimacy with Jesus. He provides spiritual direction and coaching for pastors and missionaries in various parts of the world and leads spiritual formation discovery seminars. Tom is author of several books: Mansions of the Heart: Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth, Discovering Christ’s Presence, and Presence. He lives with his wife Charlotte in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

D.Min., Spiritual Formation and Leadership, George Fox
M.Div., Luther Theological Seminary
MA in Systems Management, The University of Southern California (USC)

Sally Breedlove

Sally is a co-founder of JourneyMates, a contemplative small group ministry that invites people to connect intimately with the Triune God by making space in their everyday lives. She presently serves as a trainer and supervisor for JourneyMates. As a spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader, her heart delight is helping people learn to notice, trust, and follow Jesus. Sally is the author of Choosing Rest (NavPress) and one of the authors of The Shame Exchange (NavPress). Sally and her husband Steve, who serves as a bishop in the Anglican Church in North America, live their ministry life together in the rich context of five married children and eleven grandchildren.

Certificate in Spiritual Formation: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA

Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

Adele is the copastor with her husband, Doug, at Redeemer Community Church in Wellesley, MA. She has served in other pastoral and missions positions both stateside and overseas. She taught, as adjunct faculty. at Wheaton College and at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Adele currently serves on the board of the Hildegard Fund - a nonprofit granting organization committed to developing a "new economy and a new soul." She is the author of The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook (IVP), Invitations from God (IVP), and True You: Overcoming Self-/doubt and Using Your Voice" (IVP). She is an accomplished retreat leader and a spiritual director.

MA in Theology, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Residency Studies at L'Abri Fellowship, Huemoz, Switzerland
Spiritual Direction Training, LaSalette, Ipswich, MA

Dr. John Coe

Dr. Coe is the Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University and Professor Spiritual Theology. A specialist in the philosophical and theological foundation of the integration of faith and learning, John's research focuses on understanding the nature of spiritual and psychological health, the history of spirituality, the work of the Holy Spirit in personal change and the interface between psychology, spirituality and philosophy. A particular interest is in exploring approaches to spiritual direction as a compliment to Christian psychotherapy.

Director, Institute for Spiritual Formation
Professor of Spiritual Theology and Philosophy
Talbot School of Theology and Rosemead School of Psychology

Travis Collins

Travis is on staff with ReNew, a ministry of CRM (Church Resource Ministries) that seeks to strengthen the souls of leaders so they may thrive in every season of life and ministry. He has been committed to training leaders around the world for the last 12 years. Spiritual Direction has been a foundational practice not only in his own life with God personally but as a way to walk with leaders towards greater intimacy with God and awareness of his work in their lives. The heart of Travis' calling is to integrate one's spiritual life in God with one's sense of purpose, passion, and calling in the world. He offers several trainings, seminars, and coaching in the areas of Spiritual Formation, Leadership Development, and the Mission of God. Travis and his wife Christin have recently transplanted to Phoenix, Arizona from Southern California.

MA Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Talbot School of Theology, CA

Alan Fadling
Alan Fadling

Alan Fadling (M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary) is President and Founder of Unhurried Living, Inc. in Mission Viejo, CA, inspiring people to rest deeper, live fuller and lead better. He develops online courses in spiritual formation and leadership at learn.unhurriedliving.com. He is the award-winning author of An Unhurried Life (IVP 2013), honored with a Christianity Today Award of Merit in spirituality, and a contributing author to Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willardís Teaching on Faith and Formation (IVP 2015). He speaks and consults internationally, as well as nationally with organizations such as Saddleback Church, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Cru, Halftime Institute, Apprentice Institute and Open Doors International. A trained spiritual director, Alan lives in Mission Viejo, California with his wife, Gem, and their three sons.

M.Div Spiritual Formation and Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Pecos Benedictine Abbey, Pecos, NM

John French

John has been in spiritual direction for 25 years, and feels called to companion others in their life of faith over the long haul, having pastored the same congregation for 32 years. He offers spiritual direction as part of that ministry, modeling his call on that of Eugene Peterson, with whom he spent a sabbatical early in his ministry. John and his wife Janet have three grown children, and two adorable grandchildren!

M.Div., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Spiritual Direction Training, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington D.C.

Gayle Heaslip

Gayle is a spiritual director who has previously served as a pastor and as a therapist. She feels called to provide environments for people to explore their faith in greater depth and to serve as a companion in that process, providing individual and group spiritual direction and soul care retreats. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three grown children, and eight lively grandchildren.

M.A. in Counseling, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA

Cheri Hudspith

Cheri is a spiritual director who also serves as a trainer for other Spiritual Formation leaders through Grafted Life. Cheri feels called to walk alongside other leaders as they discover the importance of exploring and nurturing their own relationship with God. She also enjoys being with them as they discern wisdom in the midst of being a soul companion to others. Cheri and her husband Dave have one grown son and, live near Dallas, TX.

M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary
Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations

Dr. Genalin Niere-Metcalf

Genalin is a spiritual director based in the Chicago area and a council member of the Grafted Life Ministries, which oversees the ministry of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors' Association (ESDA). She works at the Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center in Naperville, IL, having previously interned at Boston University's Danielson Institute.


Psy.D, Wheaton College, IL

MA Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Talbot School of Theology, CA


Rhea Patton

Rhea and her husband Dave have been married 43 years, and for all of that time have worshipped at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over those years Rhea has been involved in many facets of ministry and has served as an elder and on staff in a variety of capacities, currently in the area of Spiritual Formation, strategic planning, and as a spiritual director for the staff. She has been a spiritual director for many years and is a graduate of Selah. Rhea also serves as a facilitator and retreat leader for E.L.I. (Elder Leadership Institute), a national leadership training program for pastors and elders in the Presbyterian Church. She loves journeying with others and is delighted to once again be a part of Selah. Rhea and Dave enjoy spending time with friends and family – especially their two grown daughters and their families.

Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA

Br. David Vryhof

Br. David Vryhof, SSJE, is an Episcopal priest and a member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a religious order for men based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He presently serves as the Novice Guardian in his community, overseeing the formation of new men entering the Society. He is an experienced spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader.

M.Div., General Theological Seminary, NY
MA Education of the Deaf, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C.
Spiritual Direction Training, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington D.C.

Christine Warner

Born and raised in Guatemala, Christine witnessed the power and presence of Jesus Christ in the context of poverty, violence, and civil war. In the United States she has also been involved in campus ministry, urban mission on the Mexican border, and church planting in Austin, Texas. She teaches writing at a small liberal arts university and chairs a denominational task force for biblical justice. Christine, along with her pastor husband and four children, lives in Austin, Texas, spending summers in Guatemala's city dump serving in ministry to and with staff who are dedicated to the urban poor. Christine's particular emphasis is working with justice workers and mission/ministry staff within the U.S. and internationally.

Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA
MA in Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
MA in Rhetoric and Applied Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

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"Selah has changed my life. Thank you for all you have done."

-- Daryl Driscoll

"I have received more personal and ministry support and encouragement in the past year in Selah than in the previous 20 years. I really am grateful for you all!"

-- Andrea Chan

"One of the things I so appreciate about Selah is the fact that I see no contradiction between what I read about spiritual direction and what I see being so beautifully modeled by the faculty. Thank you."

-- Jim Ennis

"Thanks again … Selah has been life changing for me… and live giving.  I long to see this imparted to others in the local church, it is so freeing."

-- Deb Bellevue

"Spiritual direction takes place when two people agree to give their full attention to what God is doing in one (or both) of their lives and seek to respond in faith ... whether planned or unplanned, three convictions underpin these meetings: (1) God is always doing something: an active grace is shaping this life into a mature salvation; (2) responding to God is not sheer guesswork: the Christian community has acquired wisdom through the centuries that provides guidance; and (3) each soul is unique: no wisdom can simply be applied without discerning the particulars of this life, this situation."

-- Eugene Peterson
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