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Ren­o­varé is a com­mu­ni­ty of Christ-fol­low­ers seek­ing spir­i­tu­al renew­al in the Way of Jesus. We’re glad you’re here! Let us intro­duce you to a few of our friends. 

Our small-but-deter­mined staff are guid­ed by a high­ly-engaged board of direc­tors, while mem­bers of our larg­er min­istry team share our vision at both Ren­o­varé-spe­cif­ic events and in their own min­istries and voca­tions. If you’d like to con­tact any of our team mem­bers please email [email protected]​renovare.​org.

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Carolyn Arends

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team, Staff

Car­olyn over­sees the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute for Chris­t­ian Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion as well as sev­er­al oth­er Ren­o­varé ini­tia­tives, includ­ing the Book Club. She is also a record­ing artist, speak­er, author, and col­lege instruc­tor. She lives near Van­cou­ver, BC, with her hus­band Mark and their two children.

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Jonathan Bailey

Board of Directors, Ministry Team

Jonathan R. Bai­ley is a writer and entre­pre­neur serv­ing at the inter­sec­tion of Chris­t­ian Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion and tech­nol­o­gy. He is Co-founder at Dwell, an app that is help­ing thou­sands spir­i­tu­al­ly thrive in our tech­no­log­i­cal­ly dri­ven world. He also sits on the board of Ren­o­varé, a non-prof­it min­istry that mod­els, resources, and advo­cates full­ness of life with God expe­ri­enced, by grace, through the spir­i­tu­al prac­tices of Jesus and of the his­tor­i­cal Church. He lives in North Dal­las with his wife Kori, son Gray, and daugh­ters Abi­gail and Liv.

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Lacy Finn Borgo

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Lacy Finn Bor­go teach­es and pro­vides spir­i­tu­al direc­tion for the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute, for the DMin. in Spir­i­tu­al Direc­tion at Fuller The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary and at Port­land Sem­i­nary. She pro­vides spir­i­tu­al direc­tion for adults through Good​Dirt​Min​istries​.org and spir­i­tu­al direc­tion for chil­dren at Haven House. She is the author of Life with God for Chil­dren: A Cur­ricu­lum for the Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion of Chil­dren and Good Dirt: A Devo­tion­al for the Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion of Fam­i­lies, both can be found on her web­site. Her book Spir­i­tu­al Con­ver­sa­tions with Chil­dren: Lis­ten­ing to God Togeth­er pub­lished with IVP, is now avail­able. Lacy lives on a small farm on the West­ern Slope of the Rocky Moun­tains. The rhythms of the earth have formed and shaped her. She cur­rent­ly wor­ships with an Angli­can com­mu­ni­ty, but finds some­thing of God in many spaces and places.

Margaret Campbell

Margaret Campbell

Board of Directors, Ministry Team

Mar­garet is a grad­u­ate of Auburn Uni­ver­si­ty with a degree in Inte­ri­or Design from the School of Archi­tec­ture. After giv­ing lead­er­ship to many dif­fer­ent vol­un­teer efforts in Hous­ton, Mar­garet coor­di­nat­ed the 1997 Hous­ton Region­al Con­fer­ence and the 1999 Ren­o­varé Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence. She joined the Min­istry Team in 1999. She serves on the advi­so­ry coun­cil for The Art Project Hous­ton and is a mem­ber of the Sal­va­tion Army Guild. Mar­garet and her hus­band Justin have two mar­ried chil­dren and sev­er­al grandchildren.

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Glandion Carney

Ministry Team

Glan­dion was, until a few years ago, an asso­ciate pas­tor at St. Peter’s Angli­can Church in Birm­ing­ham, Alaba­ma. He came to Christ in the inner city 40 years ago and still main­tains a rela­tion­ship with the per­son who led him to Christ. He is pas­sion­ate about per­son­al evan­ge­lism and cites the work of Richard Foster’s Cel­e­bra­tion of Dis­ci­pline as a key to his spir­i­tu­al growth. He has spent his life try­ing to nur­ture oth­ers with­in the church and help­ing them grow in their faith through trans­for­ma­tion prin­ci­ples. He and his wife Mar­i­on have 4 chil­dren and 8 grandchildren.

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James Catford

Board of Directors, Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

James Cat­ford is Chair of Ren­o­varé and a long­stand­ing mem­ber of our Min­istry Team. Dur­ing a career in com­mer­cial pub­lish­ing James worked with many of the authors most close­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Ren­o­varé and he now chairs SPCK, the largest Chris­t­ian pub­lish­er in the UK. After four­teen years lead­ing the British Bible Soci­ety James also works with Amer­i­can Bible Soci­ety to sup­port Chris­tians in lead­er­ship around the world. He live with his wife Sue in London. 

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Linda Christians

Linda Christians

Board of Directors, Ministry Team

Lin­da received her call into the min­istry while vis­it­ing the Holy Land in 1997 and upon return­ing to the Unit­ed States, enrolled in Perkins School of The­ol­o­gy. After grad­u­a­tion from Perkins, Lin­da became an elder in the Unit­ed Methodist Church and cur­rent­ly serves as the Senior Pas­tor at West Uni­ver­si­ty Unit­ed Methodist Church in Hous­ton. She received her Doc­tor of Min­istry degree at Fuller Sem­i­nary in 2010. Lin­da is the author of the book, Cre­at­ing Team Lead­er­ship: The­o­ry, The­ol­o­gy, Strate­gic Plan. She is mar­ried to Doug and they have two teenagers, Zach and Emily.

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Miriam Dixon

Board of Directors, Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Miri­am (Mimi) Dixon began her min­istry in 1979 serv­ing as an asso­ciate pas­tor at North­min­ster Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton. From April of 1985 to May of 2019 she served as senior pas­tor of First Pres­by­ter­ian Church of Gold­en, Col­orado. She earned both her MDiv and DMin degrees from Fuller The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. Mimi is on the Ren­o­varé Board of Direc­tors and teach­es for the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute. She active­ly pro­motes Chris­t­ian Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion, cred­it­ing Richard Fos­ter and Dal­las Willard for their influ­ence in her life and ministry. 

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Tina Dyer

Board of Directors, Ministry Team

Tina is a vision­ary con­sul­tant, coach, racial equi­ty diver­si­ty and inclu­sion strate­gist, and peo­ple devel­op­er with over three decades of expe­ri­ence in the finan­cial ser­vices indus­try in a vari­ety of lead­er­ship roles. She is cur­rent­ly serv­ing as a Senior Learn­ing & Devel­op­ment Con­sul­tant and Vice Pres­i­dent in Cor­po­rate Human Resources at a For­tune 50 com­pa­ny. Tina holds a bachelor’s degree in psy­chol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis, and a master’s degree in Chris­t­ian spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion and lead­er­ship from Friends Uni­ver­si­ty, Wichi­ta, KS. She is also an alum­na of the Ren­o­varé Institute. 

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Marti Ensign

Ministry Team

A long-term mis­sion­ary in Africa, Mar­ti and her hus­band Len now live in Olympia, Wash­ing­ton. Mar­ti works tire­less­ly as a con­fer­ence and retreat speak­er, and is for­mer Direc­tor of Women in Med­i­cine and Den­tistry for the Chris­t­ian Med­ical and Den­tal Society.

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Richard J. Foster

Board of Directors, Ministry Team Emeritus

Richard J. Fos­ter is founder, past pres­i­dent and cur­rent team mem­ber of Ren­o­varé. Hav­ing stud­ied at George Fox and Fuller The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Fos­ter has served as a pas­tor and taught world­wide on spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion. Author of dozens of arti­cles and six books, includ­ing Cel­e­bra­tion of Dis­ci­pline, Richard con­tin­ues to write on the spir­i­tu­al life. He and his wife, Car­olynn, have two grown chil­dren, Joel and Nathan, nine grand­chil­dren, and live near Den­ver, Colorado.

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Nathan Foster

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team, Staff

Nathan Fos­ter is Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ty Life at Ren­o­varé. For­mer­ly, he served as the Andrews Chair in Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion at Spring Arbor Uni­ver­si­ty and the Pas­tor of Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion at a Free Methodist Church in Jack­son, MI. Nathan is a licensed clin­i­cal social work­er, a cer­ti­fied addic­tions coun­selor, and plays bass in the indie rock band Istra Blue. Learn more at nathanfos​ter​pro​jects​.com.

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Melanie Gillgrist

Staff

Melanie came on part-time as Ren­o­varé’s book­keep­er in 2019. She and her hus­band Rob live in Penn­syl­va­nia and have two school-aged children. 

Emilie Griffin

Emilie Griffin

Ministry Team

A for­mer broad­cast pro­duc­er and mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant, Emi­lie has authored sev­er­al books includ­ing Clinging:The Expe­ri­ence of Prayer, Doors Into Prayer, The Reflec­tive Exec­u­tive, Wilder­ness Time, Souls in Full Sail and Green Leaves for Lat­er Years. Emi­lie and Bill, her hus­band, live in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Chris Hall

Board of Directors, Institute Faculty, Ministry Team, Staff

Chris Hall cur­rent­ly serves as Pres­i­dent of Ren­o­varé. Pre­vi­ous­ly Chris was Direc­tor of Aca­d­e­m­ic Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion and Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of The­ol­o­gy at East­ern Uni­ver­si­ty. Chris is the author of a num­ber of books, includ­ing The Mys­tery of God (with Steven D. Boy­er; Bak­er Aca­d­e­m­ic), Read­ing Scrip­ture with the Church Fathers, Learn­ing The­ol­o­gy with the Church Fathers, Wor­ship­ing with the Church Fathers (Inter­Var­si­ty Press), and The Trin­i­ty (with Roger Olson; Eerd­mans). His most recent book is Liv­ing Wise­ly with the Church Fathers (Inter­var­si­ty Press). Chris and his wife Deb­bie reside in Philadel­phia. They have three grown children.

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Monty Harrington

Staff

Mon­ty Har­ring­ton is the Events Coor­di­na­tor and Social Media Man­ag­er at Ren­o­varé. He has helped Ren­o­varé man­age events off and on for the last 20 years. He and his wife Kel­ly have three daugh­ters, one dog, and own an unrea­son­able amount of books.

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Bob Howey

Ministry Team Emeritus

An entre­pre­neur his entire career, Bob ini­ti­at­ed sev­er­al new ven­tures in the insur­ance and finan­cial fields. He is the founder of the Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Alliance. Now retired, Bob assists Chris­t­ian min­istries with strate­gic plan­ning. Bob lives in Cen­ten­ni­al, Colorado.

Brian Kang

Brian Kang

Ministry Team

Direc­tor of Ren­o­varé Korea, Bri­an serves both Eng­lish and Kore­an speak­ing Chris­tians from diverse back­grounds, being a bridge con­nect­ing Chris­tians to Ren­o­varé in Korea and the Unit­ed States. Bri­an, his wife Yoon, and three chil­dren live in Korea.

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Kim Lownes

Staff

Kim Lownes is the Exec­u­tive Assis­tant to the Pres­i­dent and Coor­di­na­tor of Oper­a­tions at Ren­o­varé. She also assists the Board of Direc­tors as Board Sec­re­tary. She and her hus­band Tuck­er live in the Philadel­phia area and have three young adult children.

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Brian Morykon

Ministry Team, Staff

Bri­an Morykon is Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Spe­cial Projects at Ren­o­varé, where he writes reg­u­lar­ly, over­sees the web­site, and uses design and tech­nol­o­gy to con­nect peo­ple with Jesus and one anoth­er. He stud­ied Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion and Lead­er­ship at Spring Arbor Uni­ver­si­ty. Also a singer-song­writer and wor­ship leader, Bri­an has two albums and has led wor­ship at church­es across the denom­i­na­tion­al spec­trum. Bri­an lives in the Tam­pa area with his wife, Joy, and their three chil­dren. Hear his music at morykon​.com.

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Jean Nevills

Ministry Team

Jean Nevills is a grad­u­ate of West­ern Evan­gel­i­cal Sem­i­nary and the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute. A speak­er, retreat leader, and cer­ti­fied Spir­i­tu­al Direc­tor, she co-teach­es The Art of Spir­i­tu­al Direc­tion at George Fox Evan­gel­i­cal Sem­i­nary. Mar­riage and moth­er­ing, a fam­i­ly busi­ness and com­mu­ni­ty life are the nat­ur­al are­na for prac­tic­ing what she’s learn­ing regard­ing spir­i­tu­al trans­for­ma­tion, spir­i­tu­al prac­tices, and liv­ing life with God in a Jesus way. Learn more at jean​nevills​.com.

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Kai Nilsen

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Since 2005, Kai Nilsen has served as lead pas­tor at Peace Luther­an Church, out­side of Columbus,Ohio, after hav­ing joined the staff in 1993. Beyond his work at Peace, Kai is on the Min­istry Team for Ren­o­varé — an ecu­meni­cal move­ment focus­ing in spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion. He is also a teacher in the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute for Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion, and a leader in the local min­is­te­r­i­al association.

In 2009, Kai com­plet­ed his Doc­tor of Min­istry degree through Fuller Sem­i­nary in Pasade­na, Cal­i­for­nia. Kai’s book Renew Your Life: Dis­cov­er­ing the Well­spring of God’s Ener­gy was pub­lished in the fall of 2015

Kai and his wife Pat­ty are par­ents of four chil­dren — Anders, Anni­ka, Leif and Siri. 

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Justine Olawsky

Staff

Jus­tine Olawsky came onboard in 2015 and cur­rent­ly serves as the Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor. She has a spe­cial fond­ness for the Ren­o­varé Book Club (being a vora­cious and catholic read­er her­self) and dotes upon the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute stu­dents. She lives in Ren­ton, WA with her hus­band, daugh­ter, three striped kit­ties, two gold­fish, and two very noisy parakeets.

Richella Parham

Richella Parham

Board of Directors, Ministry Team

A teacher, writer, edi­tor, church leader, and blog­ger, Richella’s online home is Impart​ing​Grace​.com; her phys­i­cal home is Durham, North Car­oli­na, where she lives with her hus­band and three sons. Richel­la is the author of the Ren­o­varé resource A Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Primer, and Myth­i­cal Me, pub­lished by IVP

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Juanita Campbell Rasmus

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Juani­ta Camp­bell Ras­mus is a speak­er, writer, spir­i­tu­al direc­tor, and con­tem­pla­tive. She copas­tors the St. John’s Unit­ed Methodist Church in down­town Hous­ton with her hus­band, Rudy. Start­ed with nine mem­bers in 1992, thou­sands have joined the St. John’s fam­i­ly, mak­ing it one of the most cul­tur­al­ly diverse con­gre­ga­tions in the coun­try. Pas­tor Juani­ta has served as a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of Ren­o­varé and its min­istry team found­ed by Richard Fos­ter. Addi­tion­al­ly, Juani­ta serves on the board of her alma mater, Hous­ton Grad­u­ate School of The­ol­o­gy, and on advi­so­ry boards for Rice Uni­ver­si­ty’s Reli­gion and Pub­lic Life Pro­gram and re:MIND Hous­ton. Learn more at her web­site juani​taras​mus​.com.

George Skramstad

George Skramstad

Ministry Team

A wor­ship leader, prac­ti­tion­er, com­pos­er, and clin­i­cian, George has built wor­ship min­istries with­in local church­es and is the Pro­duc­er of Ren­o­varé Live! and the Producer/​Performer of George Skramstad’s His­to­ry of Wor­ship. George and Pat, his wife, live in Wichi­ta, Kansas, where he is Pas­tor of Music and Wor­ship Arts at Cen­tral Com­mu­ni­ty Church.

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Joan Skulley

Ministry Team, Staff Emeritus

Joan has been with Ren­o­varé since 1995 and cur­rent­ly serves as a beloved and amaz­ing vol­un­teer. She and her hus­band Bill live in Den­ver, Col­orado. They have two grown chil­dren and three grandchildren.

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James Bryan Smith

Ministry Team

Jim is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the Reli­gion and Human­i­ties Depart­ment at Friends Uni­ver­si­ty, and has writ­ten A Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Work­book, and The Appren­tice Series (The Good and Beau­ti­ful LifeThe Good and Beau­ti­ful God,The Good and Beau­ti­ful Com­mu­ni­ty). Jim and Meghan, his wife, live in Wichi­ta, Kansas.

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Siang-Yang Tan

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Siang Yang is Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chol­o­gy at Fuller The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary and Senior Pas­tor at First Evan­gel­i­cal Church, Glen­dale, CA. He has pub­lished over 70 arti­cles and authored sev­er­al books includ­ing Full Ser­viceRest: Expe­ri­enc­ing God’s Peace in a Rest­less World, and Dis­ci­plines of the Holy Spir­it (with Dou­glas H. Gregg). Siang Yang and his wife Angela live in Arca­dia, California.

Donn Thomas

Donn Charles Thomas

Board of Directors, Ministry Team

An ordained min­is­ter, Donn is a self-described musi­cia­nary” (musi­cian, com­pos­er, and mis­sion­ary). He has record­ed sev­er­al albums, served on var­i­ous wor­ship teams, and speaks before groups world­wide. He and his wife LaVoughn live in Stone Moun­tain, Georgia.

Jane Willard

Jane Willard

Ministry Team

For over 25 years Jane, a Licensed Mar­riage and Fam­i­ly Ther­a­pist (LMFT), worked with adults who had expe­ri­enced child­hood trau­ma, uti­liz­ing what she termed imagery prayer. She has pre­sent­ed sev­er­al papers on the top­ic at con­fer­ences for Chris­t­ian ther­a­pists. Cur­rent­ly Jane is a cer­ti­fied spir­i­tu­al direc­tor. She has led groups through the 30-week Spir­i­tu­al Exer­cis­es of St. Ignatius and, with joy and grat­i­tude, meets with directees via Skype and in her home in Chatsworth, CA where she and Dal­las lived for most of their 57 years of mar­riage. Jane, her daugh­ter Becky Heat­ley, and the fam­i­ly work with pub­lish­ers and orga­ni­za­tions to con­tin­ue Dallas’s mes­sage of liv­ing in the King­dom now.”

Gayle Withnell

Gayle Withnell

Ministry Team
A fan­tas­tic teacher and writer gift­ed in inter­ces­so­ry prayer, Gayle leads a vari­ety of women’s Bible stud­ies and retreats. Gayle and her hus­band Dick live in Salem, Oregon. 

In Memoriam

Roger Fredrikson

Roger Fredrikson

In Memoriam

(1920 — 2016) A for­mer pas­tor and author of God Loves the Dan­de­lions, The Church that Refused to Die, and John in The Communicator’s Com­men­tary series, Roger also served as a con­fer­ence speak­er. We hon­or Roger’s life and legacy.

Bill Vaswig

Bill Vaswig

In Memoriam

Bill was the Founder and Pres­i­dent of Preach­ing and Prayer Min­istries, a min­istry ded­i­cat­ed to emo­tion­al and phys­i­cal heal­ing. Ordained in the Luther­an church and a des­ig­nat­ed evan­ge­list, he held mis­sions through­out the US and was the author of I Prayed, He Answered and At Your Word, Lord. Bill ded­i­cat­ed his life to the cause of Christ and His church, and he was a found­ing mem­ber of Renovaré.

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Dallas Willard

In Memoriam

Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy at The Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Dal­las was an ordained min­is­ter who spoke at church­es and Chris­t­ian orga­ni­za­tions world­wide. He was a found­ing mem­ber of Ren­o­varé. He wrote, among oth­ers, Ren­o­va­tion of the Heart, Hear­ing God, and Know­ing Christ Today. Dal­las is sur­vived by his wife Jane, son John, daugh­ter and son-in-law Becky and Bill Heat­ley, and grand­daugh­ter Laris­sa, who con­tin­ue his lega­cy and work.

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