Renovare

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 of 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 is the author of Life with God for Children, a curriculum for spiritual formation with children. She is the coauthor of Good Dirt: A Devotional for the Spiritual Formation of Families, which is built around the Seasons of the Church. She teaches at retreats and conferences. It is her joy to walk with people on their spiritual journey. Her website is Good Dirt Ministries.

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James Catford

Board of Directors, Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

James Catford is on Renovaré’s Board and Ministry Team. He served for many years as Bible Society’s Group Chief Executive in the UK.  He has a background in commercial book publishing having been publishing director at both HodderHeadline and HarperCollins. His non-executive roles include chair of Renovaré Britain & Ireland and the Apprentice Institute at Friend’s University, and also vice-chair of the Amity Printing Company in Nanjing, China. He is married to Sue, and they live in central London.

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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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Helen Edwards

Institute Faculty

Helen Edwards, a faculty member of Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, graduated in the first Renovaré Institute cohort. Helen received her M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Richmont Graduate University. She is a doctoral student in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Theological Seminary. 

Helen also serves as a Spiritual Director to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church parish in Terrace Park, OH and as an advisor to their Stephen Ministry leadership. Helen’s Spiritual Direction practice includes virtual and in-person directees throughout the U.S. and other countries. 

Helen currently lives in the Cincinnati area with her husband, Jeff; they have three adult daughters and five grandchildren.

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Richard J. Foster

Board of Directors, Institute Faculty, Ministry Team

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, eight 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 nathanfosterprojects.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). 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 in Southern Africa for more than 35 years. Serving primarily around Johannesburg, South Africa, he is deeply committed to the work and ministry of the local congregation. Presently he works part-time at the Institute for Creative Conversation of Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni, just outside Johannesburg. A significant part of his weekly work is the giving of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.

Besides his local commitments, Trevor travels widely, preaching, teaching, and lecturing in the areas of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and pastoral therapy. He lectures at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, in their Doctor of Ministry (Spiritual Direction) program, and he also works closely with Upper Room Ministries, the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation, and the Jesuit Institute in South Africa. He is the author of 15 books including Discovering Your Spiritual Identity (IVP) and Beyond Loneliness (Upper Room).

Trevor is married to Debbie, and they are the parents of two adult children, Joni and Mark.

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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 seventeen books, including Enjoying the Presence of GodWhen the Soul Listens, and many magazine articles. She is also a frequent retreat and conference speaker.

She spends most of her work days writing books, magazine articles, newspaper essays, and Bible studies in her office at her home in Simi Valley, California. About ten years ago, she began speaking extensively and found that she was most called to situations in which she could teach several sessions in depth. About the same time, she also took classes to become a spiritual director. She does all these things with great joy.

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Gary Moon

Institute Faculty

Gary Moon (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also distinguished professor of psychology and Christian spirituality at Richmont Graduate University.

He is the editor in chief for the journal Conversations and was the founding director of the Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. He is the author of Apprenticeship with Jesus, Falling for Godand edited the recent book Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Teaching on Faith and Formation.

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Regina Moon

Institute Faculty

Regina Moon lives in Santa Barbara, CA. For the past 5 years she has assisted her husband Gary with the operation and ministries of the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation. Their two daughters, Jesse and Jenna, and their son-in-law, Tom currently live in Nashville, TN and Athens, GA.

Her career has primarily been spent at Emmanuel College as Director of Counseling, Director of Service Learning and Vice President for Student Life. She has 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. Her work with the Willard Center includes leading spiritual formation small groups, recruitment, training and support of group leaders, assisting with retreats, serving as spiritual director/companion for students and staff, and serving as a staff spiritual companion with the Fuller D.Min. in Spiritual Direction. She holds an M.Ed. in Counseling and an M.S. in Practical Theology.

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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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John Ortberg

Institute Faculty

John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Church. John’s teaching centers around how faith in Christ can impact our everyday lives with God. He has written books on spiritual formation including, The Life You’ve Always WantedWho is This Man?The Me I Want To BeSoul Keeping, and most recently, All The Places To Go. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches.

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in psychology. He holds a Master of Divinity and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Seminary, and has done post-graduate work at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served as teaching pastor at Chicago’s Willow Creek Community Church.

John is a member of the Board of Trustees at Fuller Seminary, where he has also served as an adjunct faculty member. He is on the board for the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, and has served on the board of Christianity Today International. Now that their children are grown, John and his wife Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to help care for their souls. He can be followed on Twitter (@johnortberg) and is on Facebook.

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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 is a Benedictine Anglican priest, author, speaker and teacher who is dedicated to experiencing a richer walk with God by growing in prayer and the spiritual life, and to helping others learn to do the same.

He is currently Diocesan Spirituality Adviser to the Diocese of Leicester and Deputy Warden of Launde Abbey (in the heart of England).

Chris is the author of the IVP book The Fire of the Word.