Renovare
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].

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Carolyn Arends

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team, Staff

Carolyn Arends 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, Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Jonathan Bailey is an advocate for a Christian spirituality that is rooted in the Christian tradition but also intensely practical for people living in our technological world. He is Co-founder at Dwell, an app that helps people reclaim the ancient practice of listening to Scripture. Jonathan also is the author of The Eternal Journey, a book­let of thir­ty dai­ly med­i­ta­tions that explore the com­mon expe­ri­ences we encounter along the Threefold Way. He also is the creator of The Inward Odyssey newsletter, which is sent out each week to people who long to deepen their life with God. 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, DMin, is a member of the Renovaré Ministry Team. She teaches, provides spiritual direction and is the Student Care Coordinator for the Renovaré Institute for Spiritual Formation. Lacy also teaches courses on Children’s Spirituality and Spiritual Direction through the CompanioningCenter.org. She has a spiritual direction ministry for adults, and provides spiritual direction for children at Haven House, a transitional facility for families without housing. Her recent books are Faith Like a Child: Embracing Our Lives as Children of God, Spiritual Conversations with Children: Listening to God Together and the children’s picture book All Will Be Well. Lacy lives on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains and worships with a local Quaker Meeting. You can find her at www.GoodDirtMinistries.org.

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. Her work in the design profession included large commercial projects and residential projects. Margaret was the Coordinator for the 1997 Houston Regional Conference and the 1999 Renovaré International Conference. She joined the Ministry Team in 1999. She serves on the Renovaré Board of Trustees and is a past Chair and Treasurer. She serves on the advisory council for Juanita Rasmus’ ministry and is a Kintsugi instructor. Margaret and her husband, Justin, have two married children and six 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

Institute Faculty, 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 lives with his wife Sue in London. 

Read his full bio.

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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Wendy Dean

Staff

Wendy is the Education Program Coordinator and is a graduate of Portland Seminary where she also completed her certification in Spiritual Direction. She and her husband live in Joplin, MO, near their three adult children.

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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 is faculty for Next Frontiers, a ministry to pastors in transition, and actively promotes Christian Spiritual Formation, crediting Richard Foster and Dallas Willard for their influence in her life and ministry. Mimi has authored Worth Celebrating: a biography of Richard J Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, available through Barclay Press.

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Tina Dyer

Board of Directors, Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Tina L. Dyer is the founder and principal of Grafted Together Consulting, which exists to support leaders, individuals, and teams in cultivating spaces where truth and authenticity are welcomed, creativity and innovation are unleashed, and equitable and inclusive practices are normalized to create a sense of belonging where all people can thrive.

Tina holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Arts in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Friends University, Wichita, KS. She is an alumna of the Renovaré Institute and serves on the Renovaré Board as Treasurer. Tina is a joyful Mom to two young adult children.

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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

Richard 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 is Director of Community Life at Renovaré. He heads up Fellowship of the Burning Heart and hosts the Renovaré Podcast. Formerly, he was an Associate Professor of social work and served as the Andrews Chair in Spiritual Formation at Spring Arbor University. He was also a licensed clinical social worker and certified addictions counselor. Nathan has published two books, including The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines.

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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. 

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Christopher A. Hall

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Christopher A. Hall served as president of Renovaré from 2015 – 2022. 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), The Trinity (with Roger Olson; Eerdmans), and Living Wisely with the Church Fathers (Intervarsity Press). His most recent book is A Different Way (HarperOne). Chris and his wife Debbie reside in Philadelphia. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

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Monty Harrington

Staff

Monty Harrington is a dedicated and experienced events coordinator who has worked with Renovare in various capacities for over two decades. In addition to his role at Renovaré, Monty has had a diverse career path, including positions as a missionary, technology coordinator, road manager, thrift store director, kindergarten teacher, and manager at a Christian night club. His deep connection to Renovaré and its history, as well as his strong interpersonal skills, make him a valuable asset to the team. 

In his personal life, Monty is married to Kelly. They have three daughters and one dog. Due to their love of reading, they have an unreasonably large number of books.

Ted Harro

Ted Harro

Board of Directors, Institute Faculty, Ministry Team, Staff

Ted Harro serves as President of Renovaré. He is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute and the founder of Noonday Ventures, a strategy and leadership development firm. Ted has studied and taught inside-out transformation for more than 20 years. He uses humor and creativity to make spiritual change accessible to people in a wide variety of marketplace and ministry contexts. He and his wife Gretchen have been married since 1988 and have been partners in marriage ministry for over 25 years. They have invested in hundreds of couples as mentors, teachers, retreat leaders, writers, and co-founders of a ministry for newlyweds.

Brian Kang

Brian Kang

Ministry Team

Pastor Brian Kang, the Director of Renovaré Korea, is a dynamic spiritual leader. With a passion for spiritual formation, Brian embodies the role of a living link between East Asian and North American spiritual leaders. Brian organized gatherings throughout North America, from Hawaii to Canada. He also worked extensively in Asia; he directed the largest Renovaré conference in Seoul, taught workshops in Singapore, and led mentorship programs for pastors in China. He currently leads online spiritual meeting groups to foster deeper connections with God. Beyond his work, Brian enjoys walks with his wife Yoon beneath the greenery of Redwood trees.

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Melody Leeper

Staff

Melody is the Fellowship of the Burning Hearts Program Manager. She and her husband, David, live in Monument, Colorado, and have three adult children.

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Kim Lownes

Staff

Kim 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 uses words, design, and technology to help connect people with Jesus and one another. He studied Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Spring Arbor University. Also a singer-songwriter, Brian has two albums and has led worship at churches across the denominational spectrum. He and his wife Joy live in Lynchburg, Virginia, and have three children. Hear his music at morykon.com.

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Jean Nevills

Ministry Team

Jean is a grad­u­ate of West­ern Evan­gel­i­cal Sem­i­nary and the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute. A listener, retreat leader, Spir­i­tu­al Direc­tor and Supervisor, she serves on the content development team at Conversatio.org and is a founding board member, instructor, and mentor at the Companioning Center. Northwest trees and terrain ground her in God’s creation; mar­riage and moth­er­ing, a fam­i­ly busi­ness and com­mu­ni­ty life are her are­nas 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

Kai is Senior Pastor of Incarnation Lutheran in Shoreview, Minnesota. Previously he served as lead pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio, after having joined the staff in 1993. Beyond his pastoral work, Kai is on the Renovaré Ministry Team and teaches in the Renovaré Institute for Spiritual Formation. 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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Richella Parham

Board of Directors, Ministry Team

Richella is Chair of the Renovaré Board of Trustees. With a background in small business, education, and church leadership, Richella is a speaker and the author of Mythical Me (IVP) and A Spiritual Formation Primer. She is the mother of three young adult sons and lives with her husband Jack in Durham, North Carolina. Read her full bio and connect with Richella at richellajparham.com.

Grace Pouch

Grace Pouch

Staff

Grace Pouch curates and shares resources with the Renovaré community as Content Manager. She is also a Coordinator Companion with Renovaré’s Fellowship of the Burning Heart. Grace is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute, Erskine Theological Seminary, and Davidson College. She lives in South Carolina with her husband William and their two children.

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Juanita Campbell Rasmus

Ministry Team

Juanita 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 juanitarasmus.com.

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Erich Rupprecht

Board of Directors, Ministry Team

Erich and his artist wife Jean live in Charlotte, and enjoy their involvement in the lives of their five adult children and growing number of grandchildren. After a family-owned business sold in 2005, he sought the Lord about continuing in the business world or becoming more active in Christian outreach. The outcome was his involvement with boards and volunteer opportunities at a number of missions organizations, a church planting movement in Africa and beyond, and the Deerfoot wilderness camp for boys.

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 lives in Denver, Colorado, and has 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

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 Service, Rest: 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.

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.

Emilie Griffin

Emilie Griffin

In Memoriam

(1936 — 2022) A former broadcast producer and marketing consultant, Emilie 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

Donn Thomas

Donn Charles Thomas

In Memoriam

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

Bill Vaswig

Bill Vaswig

In Memoriam

(1931 — 2011) 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

Dallas Willard (1935 — 2013) was Professor of Philosophy at The University of Southern California and 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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