Renovare
Our 2022 Cohort, with residencies in Atlanta, GA, begins August 1, 2022.

Faculty

The Renovaré Institute faculty is made up of leading authors, teachers and pastors deeply committed to Jesus and with a heart to guide others into the Jesus Way.

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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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Charles Ayars

Institute Faculty

Charles Ayars is a grad­u­ate of the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute for Chris­t­ian Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion and now serves that pro­gram as a Senior Teach­ing Fel­low. He teach­es in the areas of spir­i­tu­al direc­tion and spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion as an adjunct pro­fes­sor at Sioux Falls Sem­i­nary in South Dako­ta and Rich­mont Grad­u­ate Uni­ver­si­ty in Atlanta, Geor­gia.

Charles is mar­ried to Rose and has two grown sons. He leads retreats and offers spir­i­tu­al direc­tion through his orga­ni­za­tion Tall Oak Min­istry.

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Ken Boa

Institute Faculty

Ken­neth Boa is engaged in a min­istry of rela­tion­al evan­ge­lism and dis­ci­ple­ship, teach­ing, writ­ing, and speak­ing. He holds a B.S. from Case Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy, a Th.M. from Dal­las The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, a Ph.D. from New York Uni­ver­si­ty, and a D.Phil. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford in England.

He is the author of, among oth­ers, Every­thing Mat­ters: Bib­li­cal Wis­dom for a Mean­ing­ful Life (Atlanta: Trin­i­ty House Pub­lish­ers, 2015) and Rewrit­ing Your Bro­ken Sto­ry: The Pow­er of an Eter­nal Per­spec­tive (Down­ers Grove, IL: Inter­Var­si­ty Press, 2016).

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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.

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Juanita Campbell Rasmus

Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

Inspi­ra­tional speak­er, moti­va­tion­al teacher, author, and found­ing Board Mem­ber of the Bread of Life Home­less Project, Juani­ta and her hus­band Rudy co-pas­tor St. John’s Unit­ed Methodist Church in Hous­ton, Texas. She is also the founder of The Art Project: Hous­ton, a min­istry that heals through art. Read their sto­ry in Touch: The Pow­er of Touch in Trans­form­ing Lives.

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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. 

Read his full bio.
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Zane Creamer

Institute Faculty

Retir­ing after 13 years from church staff min­istry in 2016 cre­at­ed time for Zane to pur­sue a raft of oth­er inter­ests from quilt­ing to RVing to offer­ing spir­i­tu­al direc­tion for Ren­o­varé Insti­tute. A 2013 RI grad­u­ate, she was cer­ti­fied by Rich­mont in spir­i­tu­al direc­tion in 2015. She’s been mar­ried to Jack for 35 years and enjoys three grown sons, a new daugh­ter-in-love and a grand­son on the way. Trav­el fills in any gaps open between min­istry projects.

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Joe Davis

Institute Faculty

Joe was born in Gilling­ham in the UK in March 1965. He did nation­al and local youth work and trained at Spurgeon’s Col­lege as a Bap­tist Min­is­ter. He was ordained in 1994.

In Sep­tem­ber 2014 he start­ed Soul Place.

He is mar­ried to Rachel, and they have 2 grown-up kids, Mike and Sophie.

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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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Helen Edwards

Institute Faculty

Helen Edwards, (D.Min. Fuller Sem­i­nary), serves as a fac­ul­ty mem­ber for Ren­o­varé Insti­tute for Chris­t­ian Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion in the roles of Stu­dent Care Coor­di­na­tor and the Prax­is Instruc­tor. She accom­pa­nies stu­dents through each of the four cours­es and serves as a spir­i­tu­al direc­tor at each residency.

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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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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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Trevor Hudson

Institute Faculty

Trevor Hud­son has been part of the Methodist move­ment for over 40 years. Serv­ing pri­mar­i­ly around Johan­nes­burg, he is deeply com­mit­ted to the work of spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion with­in local con­gre­ga­tion­al con­texts. A sig­nif­i­cant part of his week­ly work present­ly con­sists of lead­ing peo­ple through the Spir­i­tu­al Exer­cis­es of St Ignatius and offer­ing spir­i­tu­al direc­tion. Besides his local com­mit­ments, Trevor trav­els wide­ly, preach­ing and teach­ing. He lec­tures at Fuller Sem­i­nary, the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute, the Dal­las Willard Cen­ter for Chris­t­ian Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion, and the Jesuit Insti­tute in South Africa. He is the author of 17 books includ­ing Dis­cov­er­ing Your Spir­i­tu­al Iden­ti­ty (IVP) and Beyond Lone­li­ness (Upper Room).

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Jan Johnson

Institute Faculty

Jan John­son is a writer, speak­er and spir­i­tu­al direc­tor who holds degrees in Chris­t­ian edu­ca­tion and spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. She’s writ­ten numer­ous books, includ­ing Meet­ing God in Scrip­ture: A Hands-on Guide to Lec­tio Div­ina. Recent­ly Jan cre­at­ed an online course based on Dal­las Willard’s book, Life With­out Lack.

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Gary Moon

Institute Faculty

Gary W. Moon, M.Div. Ph.D. served as the found­ing Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Mar­tin Insti­tute for Chris­tian­i­ty and Cul­ture and the Dal­las Willard Cen­ter for Chris­t­ian Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion at West­mont Col­lege and con­tin­ues to direct their resource devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives through serv­ing as the direc­tor of Con­ver­sa­tio Div­ina: A Cen­ter for Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion.

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Regina Moon

Institute Faculty

Regi­na Moon cur­rent­ly lives in Atlanta, Geor­gia. Her career has pri­mar­i­ly been spent at Emmanuel Col­lege in Franklin Springs, Geor­gia as Direc­tor of Coun­sel­ing, Direc­tor of Ser­vice Learn­ing and Vice Pres­i­dent for Stu­dent Life. She also served as adjunct fac­ul­ty in Old Tes­ta­ment and Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion and spent a large por­tion of her time jour­ney­ing with stu­dents, fac­ul­ty and staff as they walked with God.

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Chris Murphy

Institute Faculty

The Rev­erend Christo­pher Mur­phy is the pas­tor of First Pres­by­ter­ian Church in New­berg, Ore­gon. Chris is pas­sion­ate about spir­i­tu­al for­ma on and mis­sion and loves lis­ten­ing to the spir­i­tu­al jour­neys of peo­ple of all ages. He received a B.A. in His­to­ry from Whit­worth Uni­ver­si­ty in 1994, his Mas­ter of Divin­i­ty from Fuller The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in 2002, and is cur­rent­ly pur­su­ing a Doc­tor of Min­istry in Spir­i­tu­al Direc­tion on from Fuller. Chris received a cer­tifi­cate in Spir­i­tu­al Direc­tion on in 2005 from Chris an For­ma on and Direc on Min­istries (CFDM) and teach­es as guest fac­ul­ty mem­ber for CFDM Seat­tle and the Ren­o­varé Insti­tute. Chris has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in church, col­lege, sem­i­nary, and urban min­istry. Pri­or to com­ing to First Pres­by­ter­ian in Feb­ru­ary of 2018, he served as the Asso­ciate Pas­tor for Youth and Young Adults at West­min­ster Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Port­land and as the Direc­tor of Pres­by­ter­ian Min­istries at Fuller Sem­i­nary in Pasade­na, CA. He is blessed to be mar­ried to Karen, who teach­es church his­to­ry and the­ol­o­gy at Fuller Sem­i­nary and George Fox Uni­ver­si­ty. They are the proud par­ents of two daugh­ters, Cate and Chiara. Chris’s inter­ests include spend­ing me with his fam­i­ly, read­ing, movies, run­ning, golf, cheer­ing for the Sea­hawks, singing, gui­tar, and wine tasting.

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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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Maggie Robbins

Institute Faculty

Mag­gie Rob­bins is a spir­i­tu­al direc­tor, earn­ing her cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through Kairos: School of Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion in 2005. She con­tin­ued to serve at Kairos in the role of spir­i­tu­al direc­tor as well as a mem­ber of the fac­ul­ty until 2015. Nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly, she has pro­vid­ed spir­i­tu­al direc­tion and facil­i­tat­ed retreats for groups like Youth Spe­cial­ties, Sim­ply Youth Min­istry , Chris­t­ian Camp and Con­fer­ence Asso­ci­a­tion, the Pres­by­ter­ian Church of Ire­land and Bap­tist Youth Min­istry of New South Wales, Aus­tralia. She also main­tains a pri­vate prac­tice from her home in Val­ley Forge, PA

Mag­gie is the co-author, with her hus­band Duffy Rob­bins, of Enjoy the Silence

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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.

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Chris Webb

Institute Faculty

Chris Webb is a Bene­dic­tine Angli­can priest, author, speak­er and teacher ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing peo­ple expe­ri­ence a rich­er walk with God by grow­ing in prayer and the spir­i­tu­al life. He has degrees in Plan­e­tary and Space Physics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wales, and in The­ol­o­gy from Trin­i­ty Col­lege, Bris­tol. He is also the author of two books: The Fire of the Word (2011) and God-Soaked Life (2017). Chris and his wife Sal­ly live in the heart of rur­al Leicestershire.

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