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Apply by February 1, 2020 for the 2020 Cohort, with residencies in Phoenix, AZ!

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 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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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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Mimi 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, 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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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). 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.

Trevor Hudson

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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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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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.

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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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