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Senior Faculty

Dr. Susan Currie

Director of Selah
In addition to directing Selah, Susan engages in spiritual formation ministries, particularly at Gordon-Conwell Seminary's Pierce Center for Disciple-Building and in retreat leadership and spiritual companionship with individuals, local churches, and wider church and parachurch bodies. She has authored NPWL's Bible Study entitled "Revelation: Awaiting the Bridegroom" (Presbyterians for Renewal, 2010). Susan and her husband Dave serve as Affiliated Clergy with All Saints' Anglican Cathedral in Amesbury, MA. They live in nearby South Hamilton, and are graced with three grown children and dear extended family.

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 has been foundational to his pastoral ministry spanning over twenty years. In addition to offering spiritual direction, Jeremy leads retreats, teaches classes in spiritual formation, and serves as the Director of Emmaus, LTI's Spiritual Leadership Community. The heartbeat of Jeremy's calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He and Bethany, his wife of 30 years, have been blessed with eight children and two grandchildren, and they make their home in Massachusetts.

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

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


DR. Ted Wueste

Associate for Supervision and Nuture, Selah
In addition to his ministry with Selah, Ted serves as the Director of the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona. After having served as a Senior Pastor and in other Pastoral staff roles for 22 years, Ted now devotes his time to the formation and soul care of leaders. He practices spiritual direction and also teaches as adjunct faculty in the Spiritual Formation Program at Phoenix Seminary where he serves as the Associate Director for SF. Ted has written several formation resources: a Study Guide for Mansions of the Heart, a Study Guide for Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God, and an advent daily devotional. He lives in the Phoenix area with his wife, Jenifer, and they have two children, a son in college and a daughter in high school.

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)

Dr. Fyfe Blair

Fyfe has 30 years of experience in ministry, serving within a range of diverse contexts in Scotland (Church of Scotland), including some time in New Zealand. He has been involved in the vocational formation of students training for ministry. In addition he works across denominations in conflict transformation (a ministry of reconciliation), with mediation, facilitation and training. All of this he sees as being founded upon and shaped by a reflective, contemplative life, a ‘kneeling theology’ of which spiritual companionship is an integral part. Fyfe lives with his wife Gillian in N.E Scotland and is blessed with two married daughters and their husbands. He enjoys cycling, gardening and painting.

Bachelor of Arts (Religious Studies), University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Divinity, University of Aberdeen
D.Min. in Church Planting, Columbia Seminary
Certificate in Mediation Skills for Churches

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 An Unhurried Leader (IVP 2017). 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

A sabbatical with Eugene Peterson 29 years ago began John's journey with spiritual direction, and for the last 14 years he has been offering individual and group spiritual direction to others, delighting in listening to and with God's people. Recently retired from parish ministry after 36 years as pastor of a Baptist Church, John continues to offer ministries of spiritual formation companionship, including spiritual direction supervision and facilitation of spiritual formation groups. John and his wife Janet live on the North Shore of Massachusetts. They enjoy life with three grown children, their spouses, and four active grand-boys.

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

Laura Hash

Laura, who never wanted to be a missionary, along with her husband Dan, are founding members of Josiah Venture, a mission organization which exists to see a movement of God amongst the youth of Central and Eastern Europe which finds its home in the local church and changes society. God has graciously called her towards walking with and discipling young leaders in many capacities over the 25 years they've lived in Poland. It is now one of her greatest joys to live amongst and love on Europeans. From teaching, spiritual directing, organizing silent retreats and caring for teammates, God is at work by his grace in her and through her. She lives not too far from the beautiful city of Krakow as well as on the borders of Czech Republic and Slovakia. Laura and Dan are thrilled that their son and his wife also serve with Josiah Venture in Poland.

MA in Biblical Counseling, CCU
Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations

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 Ministries. Cheri feels called to walk alongside leaders as they discover the importance of exploring and nurturing their relationship with God. She offers this in various ways through direction, supervision, retreats, and involvement in her home church. Cheri and her husband Dave live in southern Wisconsin.

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

Dr. Douglas Mitts

Doug's interest in spiritual formation started in the early '90s and only deepened as he served to facilitate church planters, first in Poland, and later across Europe. He and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in Frankfurt, Germany, as Doug continues to facilitate church planting and assist people in their spiritual formation. Currently Doug serves on the senior leadership team of Greater Europe Mission. In his leadership capacities, he established the spiritual life ministry within GEM and now serves on that team, providing retreats, workshops, and other resources to their missionaries. Doug also enjoys an active ministry of providing spiritual direction for ministry leaders across the globe. He and Lisa are the proud parents of two wonderful college-age children.

D. Min. in Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MA
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary, TX
Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA

Dr. Genalin Niere-Metcalf

Genalin is a spiritual director based in the Chicago area. She is an advisory council and board member of Grafted Life Ministries, which oversees the ministry of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors' Association (ESDA). She works at the SamaraCare 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

Spiritual direction has become increasingly life-giving for Rhea, both in her own spiritual growth and as she accompanies others in their soul journeys. Rhea and her husband Dave have been married 45 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 and coach for the staff. She enjoys accompanying others by leading retreats and teaching classes in spiritual formation. In addition, she helps shape the life of her church by aiding in the development of discipleship courses and leadership training. She has been a spiritual director for many years and is a graduate of Selah. Rhea and Dave enjoy spending time in the outdoors and with friends and family – especially their two grown daughters and their families.

Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, MA

Dr. R. Neal Siler

Dr. R. Neal Siler, Senior Pastor of First Shiloh Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia, is a clinician, spiritual director, and founder of The Healing Place Center for Counseling and Spiritual Formation. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH and at Tyndale University Seminary and College in Toronto, Ontario, and as the Director of HCM International's Spiritual Formation and the Art of Spiritual Direction Program in Ashland, Ohio. Neal has a special interest in spiritual formation and soul care and the spiritual, psychological and systemic issues that create pain and brokenness for African Americans and marginalized people. Neal's wife Dr. Sharon E. Siler serves alongside him in many of these contexts, and they delight in sharing life with two grown children, their spouses, and three grandchildren.

D.Min. Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio
Ph.D. Southwestern University, Tucson, AZ
MA Theology/Counseling, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH

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 Assistant Superior and oversees the Community's electronic and printed communications, including its websites (www.ssje.org and www.catchthelife.org) and "Brother, Give Us a Word," a daily email offering from the Brothers. 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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"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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