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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 on Ren­o­varé’s Board and Min­istry Team. He pre­vi­ous­ly served as Bible Society’s Group Chief Exec­u­tive in the UK, the board chair of the Appren­tice Insti­tute at Friends Uni­ver­si­ty, and vice-chair of the Ami­ty Print­ing Com­pa­ny in Chi­na (the largest pro­duc­er of Bibles in the world). James cur­rent­ly serves on the board of the Mar­tin Insti­tute and Dal­las Willard Research Cen­ter at West­mont Col­lege. 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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