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Candy Anderson
860.402.7795 | | Peaks Island, ME
Are you looking for space to slow down and notice what’s going on in your life? I’d love to offer you just that — contemplative space to stop and pay attention to what is happening in the deepest parts of who you are. I have been journeying with others as a spiritual director for the past 4 years, have a Masters in Spiritual Formation and am certified as a spiritual director through George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. One of my greatest, sacred and holy moments is to listen deeply to the stories of others and search for invitations from God in the everydayness of life. I’d love to companion you in your journey to wholeness of Life as you discover more who you were created to be and live into that more fully. My passion is to see you experience a deeper relationship with the Creator, Savior and Lover of your soul.
Brian Barclay
860.942.6550 | | Ashford, CT
I love helping people move towards wholeness in Christ. My 15+ years of vocational ministry experience in campus, church and outdoor settings is enriched with spiritual direction training from Leadership Transformations’ Selah program. This allows me to minister through: spiritual direction for individuals and groups, creative retreats, and outdoor adventure experiences. People from a wide range of faith backgrounds and life experiences have reflected that it is easy to talk openly with me.
Deb Bellevue
774.688.1863 | | West Bridgewater, MA
Deb provides Spiritual Direction at “THE WELL… A Center For Hope and Healing” in Bridgewater, MA. She is the pastor of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at South Shore Community Church and is certified in Spiritual Direction through Leadership Transformations’ Selah Program. Deb also leads directed silent retreats. Her quiet, powerful, and caring ministry of love continues to bring hope and healing to people as they connect with Jesus. Receiving and offering spiritual direction has been life-transforming for her.
Andrea Bliss-Lerman
978.475.0700 (church) | | Andover, MA
Serving as the Minister of Spiritual Direction at Free Christian Church in Andover, Ma, has been a gift of grace for me. I started offering spiritual direction in 1990 and completed the Shalem Program of Spiritual Guidance in 1993. I continue to meet with many people for individual direction. I developed and taught a spiritual direction training program entitled, Listen: Training in Christian Spiritual Direction. I am also a guest contributor of contemplative prayer in other spiritual direction training programs. In addition, I have been privileged to be involved in ministry that companions spiritual direction with juvenile justice.
Jeanine Birdsall
978.468.2626 | | South Hamilton, MA
Spiritual direction is a way for me to share the hospitality of a quiet place for reflection and restoration in God’s presence. I look to Christ Jesus for guidance from his Holy Spirit and to the Bible to shape spiritual conversation and prayer. I served as a missionary in Asia with my husband of 39 years and raised our 3 children overseas; thus I have special interest in the issues that arise in cross-cultural living and work. I have degrees from Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and was trained in spiritual direction through the Listen course created by Andrea Bliss-Lerman.
Rev. Stan Bohall
508.410.9008 | | South Hadley, MA
For over forty years I have worked with individuals and groups, helping them develop short and long-range plans, build teams, and achieve goals. As a pastor, I developed people and organizations through teaching, preaching, organizing, writing, motivating, and listening. I have a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell. I began offering spiritual direction in 2010 while working on Leadership Transformations’ Selah Program. I completed the program in 2012. I have a keen interest in the arts especially the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. My wife, Judi, and I live in South Hadley, MA. We have two married sons and four grandchildren.
Christie Borthwick
781.534.3084 | | Lexington, MA
ElizabethCartier_bio photo Elizabeth Cartier
508.572.9934 | | Hopkinton, MA
Spiritual Director at the Sanctuary at Woodville, Hopkinton MA. I have been involved in many forms of prayer for 20+ years. I love meeting with people and listening to their stories and helping them discover God in their everyday lives. I have a certificate for Spiritual Direction through Sustainable Faith; School of Spiritual Direction. My desire is to journey alongside others to see the fingerprints of God in their lives, to listen to their stories, to pray with them, to help them notice God in their lives. I use prayer, silence, scripture, Lectio Divina, music and the arts in my spiritual direction. I have created a retreat (Creative Contemplation) using the arts and contemplation to help meet with God in the act of creating. He is the Creator and He calls us to co-create with Him. In the process, we can journey with Him in the deep places within us as we contemplate God, the Creator. In this, we experience Him in new and exciting ways and we are free to express our faith in Him.
Andrea Chan | Concord, NH
Laurel G. Coolbaugh, Pastor
508.435.6928 (work) 774.270.0516 (cell) | | Shrewsbury, MA & Woodville, MA
Being a Pastor and a Spiritual Director fit together like a hand and glove, helping others to grow both in their knowledge and awareness of God. By God’s grace, I have been a Christ-follower for over 40 years, and I have an MDiv from GCTS, a certificate from the Selah School of Spiritual Direction, and am currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program. I am happy to meet people one on one either at the church I pastor (Hopkinton, MA), or in my home (Shrewsbury, MA). I am also available to lead group spiritual direction and retreats.
Hallie Cowan
508.393.3512 | | Northborough, MA
Trained at the Spiritual Life Center (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford), I have offered Spiritual Direction since 2000. I also practice healing prayer ministry. Professionally, I lead Spiritual Formation and Prayer for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, New England. I lead retreats for teams of campus staff members, helping them stay anchored in Christ’s grace and intimacy as they reach out to college students. I also offer Spiritual Direction through “the Refuge” Spiritual Life Center at the Church of Nativity, Northborough, MA where my husband Len is Rector. We co-lead monthly Quiet Days there, and I occasionally lead church retreats.
Susan Porterfield Currie
978.468.1817 | | Hamilton, MA
I value spiritual direction as a ministry of spacious hospitality—graced in time, in place, in heart and soul, and in the loving presence of our Trinitarian God. I have been offering direction and leading retreats for over 20 years, and in the past several years I’ve enjoyed training others to do the same through Leadership Transformations’ Selah Program. I have a particular heart for working with ministry leaders, and for encouraging the place of direction in the wider supportive context of the ministry of the local church. My own training was through CFDM’s Pacific Northwest program.
Wendy Dixon
978.526.4795 | | Manchester, MA
Trained through the Spiritual Directors Internship Initiative program, I have been offering spiritual direction since 2005. In the peace, calm and safety of our sessions, we reflect on your relationship with God. How has God been moving to heal you, help you, love you, guide you? In the weeks between our sessions, you are likely to notice God’s presence and invitations to you more and more. The discoveries you share in Spiritual Direction become the steppingstones to forming your responses to God. As an evangelical, liturgical, charismatic Christian with Episcopal/Anglican roots, I am available to lead retreats on how to “dialogue with God” using various art materials, nature walks and journaling. Thank you, Lord, that your Holy Spirit is active in our lives today!
Jennifer Drummond
978.290.2234 | | South Hamilton, MA
It is a privilege to companion someone, and witness God’s presence in their life; whether it’s a joyful “aha” moment, or deep and silent pondering in pain, God reveals himself in mysterious and beautiful ways. I have received spiritual direction since 2010, and completed my training in 2015 through the Holy Conversations course, in the Anglican Diocese in New England. I offer direction in Hamilton (and surrounding towns). I’m married and have two school-aged children.
Debbie Ennis
508.740.3883 | | Billerica, MA
Making the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises was a life changing experience for me. So much so that I enrolled in a certificate program to be trained as a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition and also the dynamic of the 19th Annotation, which has been called “a schooling of freedom, discernment and prayer.” In thirty years as pastor’s wife, six years as Senior Pastor, and three years on pastoral staff, I have experienced a broad spectrum of ministry. From this background, I am privileged to offer personal spiritual direction, accompany those desiring to make the Spiritual Exercises, host directed retreats and lead various soul care experiences.
*Jim Ennis
I have been in pastoral ministry for thirty years. For many of those years I served as senior pastor but I have been serving as Pastor of Community Care at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA since 2007. I hold two graduate degrees in Pastoral Counseling and Management/Leadership, as well as two Certificates in Spiritual Direction (2007) from LTi’s Selah Spiritual Direction Program, and Spiritual Formation (2013) from the Renovare International Institute of Spiritual Formation. My primary focus at this time is companioning directees through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in the 19th Annotation Retreat that begins in the fall.
John French
781.438.1971 | | Stoneham, MA
I experience and offer Spiritual Direction as a form of Christian Hospitality. In a session we look to have God the center of our conversation. For the last ten years I have offered spiritual companioning having graduated from The Shalem Institute and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. I am part time faculty member and supervisor for the Selah Program for the training of Spiritual Directors, a ministry of Leadership Transformations Inc. For the last 33 years I have pastored The First Baptist Church of Stoneham. Pastoring is my first priority but I do leave space to meet with inquirers when time allows.
Deb Girourard
Roselle Heckendorn
978.475.9500 ext 104 | | Andover, MA
I serve as the Prayer and Outreach Minister at Free Christian Church, and have been meeting with women for Spiritual Direction since 2010. I trained with Andrea Lerman and now meet with women in my office at the church. My vision for Spiritual Direction flows out of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and I seek to offer a safe space, for people to share the things of God and listen to what the Holy Spirit might say to them. I live in Andover with my husband David and three children.
Kate Hemenway | Lowell, MA
Having lost faith and 25 years later finding Christ again, I also discovered the beauty of prayer, personal conversations and silence with him. To accomplish my need for deep communion with Christ, I studied Spiritual Direction with the Sisters of St. Francis, in Lowell, where I also live. This was invaluable for my search. I am Evangelical and a member of Grace Chapel where I co-facilitate several Spiritual Direction groups in addition to serving as a Stephen Minister, and to serving as a small-group leader at Grace’s Women’s Bible studies. I also minister in prison, and have served in homeless outreach.
Catherine Hommes
Meg Howard
617.605.1152 | | Dorado and San Juan, Puerto Rico |
I received my training in the art of spiritual direction through the Selah Certificate Program. In spiritual direction, God meets us in wonderful ways as we faithfully seek the Holy Spirit’s leading for our lives. Sensing God’s leading and direction is enlivening! I look forward to companioning you on this Christ-centered journey of faith. I meet with directees individually, in group spiritual direction settings and in retreat settings. I am married and have two grown sons. I have lived in Spain, have spent 3 summers in Africa, and now live in Puerto Rico. I can offer retreats periodically in the Boston area and elsewhere.
BarbaraHeadshot Barbara Japenga
860.658.6102 | | Avon, CT
I am the mother of three daughters, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. With my husband Bob, we lead the Center for Renewal Retreat Ministry in Simsbury Connecticut ( where we help individuals and groups learn how to listen to God. A key component of the retreat ministry is the Spiritual Direction we offer. I love music, walks in nature, and spending time with my family.
BobHeadshot Bob Japenga
860.478.0562 | | Avon, CT
I worked in the engineering field for 45 years before retiring. In 1988, with my best friend, I started a small embedded software engineering company whose primary mission was to make disciples. I have found that helping individuals and groups to become attentive to the Holy Spirit is the best method for growing disciples of Jesus. Spiritual Direction is a key component of that. Since 1990, I have been working with my wife and a dedicated team of volunteers at the Center for Renewal in Simsbury, Connecticut (
Bryan Larson
603.434.8583 | | Greater Salem Vineyard Salem, NH
I am privileged to pastor in Salem,NH. I’ve been practicing spiritual direction for three years, and it has changed my life. I was trained by Dave Nixon at Sustainable Faith, School of SD and Wendy Miller at Gateways to God SD Training, Andover, MA. Being a pastor and spiritual director are the two sides of my “ministry coin.” I enjoy both aspects of ministry so much, however companioning people in SD is such a blessing and leaves me impassioned to continue. I’m happily married to Natalie and the proud father of three adult children!
Natalie Larson
603.434.8583 | | Greater Salem Vineyard Salem, NH
I have been practicing Spiritual Direction since 2011. I received my training through Sustainable Faith Ministries and Gateways to God. I am the founder and Executive Director of Soulsafe, a ministry that teaches about the effects of dramatic stress and ways to mitigate the symptoms that accompany a traumatic event. My Spiritual Direction practice allows me to meet with people who are experiencing a “dark night of the soul” without judgment or discomfort and help them to experience the light that Christ brings into our darkest places with his presence.
Jennifer A G Layte | Worcester, MA and Online
After ministering to refugees in London, UK, and as a Christian Education Director in Worcester, MA, I’m honored to find a vocational home in spiritual direction and chaplaincy. I work part-time as a hospice chaplain and am developing The Pilgrimage, a spiritual direction and formation ministry with Missions Door. I provide group and individual mentoring, formation, and direction for those seeking to deepen their relationship with God, assisting in movement toward wholeness in Christ and greater love for and investment in local churches. I offer spiritual direction both in-person at mutually agreed-upon locations, or via Skype.
Leslea Lineberger
508.308.6439 | | Southborough, MA
“Take off your shoes, for this is holy ground.” This is how it feels in direction as I walk alongside others, hear their stories and watch them discover that God is present. I rejoice as they learn to listen to God in prayer and feel his love. Even pain and doubt can be redeemed as we let him weave our messy threads into something of beauty.
I have a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Selah, and I offer direction in Metrowest Boston. I’m a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, married with three grown daughters. I blog about life with God at:
Rev. Stephen Macchia, D.Min.
978.646.4175 | | Lexington, MA
I am the founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, instructor in Spiritual Formation D.Min. Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Becoming A Healthy Church (Baker) and Crafting A Rule of Life (IVP/Formatio). I’ve been in direction for nearly 20 years and offers spiritual direction and mentoring to church and ministry leaders. I’m happily married to Ruth and the proud father of Nathan and Rebekah and live in a suburb of Boston.
Chris May
781.665.5284  | | Melrose, MA
It has been said that to truly listen is the greatest gift we can give another. To listen with another to the Holy Spirit and speak together about the Spirit’s gracing in the directee’s life, is a wonderful privilege. As Minister to Women at Park Street Church, it has been my joy to offer individual direction, group quiet mornings, and retreats. I also write Bible studies that incorporate teaching spiritual practices. My direction style is usually to offer times of silence, lectio or visio divina, and brief teaching/reflection/comment as the Spirit leads.
Patricia Mitchell
508.954.2431 & 774.571.2623 | | Wells, ME
I earned a certificate in Women’s Ministries at the Boston campus of GCTS, and was ordained a Chaplain at New England Chapel in Franklin, Ma., in 2000. I received my certificate in Spiritual Direction through Marie Joseph’s Mercy Center in Biddeford, Maine, in 2002. I am passionate for women in recovery from life’s bumps and bruises surrendering to Christ as Higher Power and am continuing my studies in Spiritual Formation through GCTS. I am presently available for spiritual direction, leading retreats, and group direction in both Maine (Wells) and Mass. (Franklin).
Shirley Paz
603.329.8047 & 978.373.3034 | | Hampstead, NH
I have been on staff at West Church in Haverhill, MA since 2007, and presently serve as the Director of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. In addition, I work with the Pax Center for Spiritual Formation. Trained in spiritual direction through Leadership Transformation’s Selah program, I believe spiritual direction provides rich space for God’s transformative truth and love, which makes us whole and holy. I see a wide range of directees, considering this ministry both calling and gift. I live in southern NH with my husband (when he is not in Honduras serving with Missionary Air Group), and delight in our two adult children, seven grandchildren, the outdoors, and summer.
Judy Pierce
781.862.8351 x148 | | Lexington, MA
Carrie Schuliger | Vancouver BC and online platforms
I have walked with God since I was a child and am delighted to walk with others as they journey with God. Hospitality, simplicity and contemplative prayer characterize my practice. I hold a Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation from Carey Theological College and have completed LTi’s Selah program. I offer individual and group spiritual direction, lead contemplative retreats and enjoy working with church leadership teams. I meet directees in person and via video chat applications. I am married, have three children and enjoy long walks, music and, if I could have only one devotional practice, it would be lectio divina.
Susan Scott
978.844.1645 | | Maynard, MA
I have been fascinated by people’s God stories since childhood, and delight in hearing them and looking with others for the fingerprints of God on their lives. I received my training as a spiritual director from School of Spiritual Direction (Sustainable Faith) and am also an ordained minister, serving a church in Boston’s western suburbs. I received my M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I am happy to meet with people in person or via Skype.
Rebecca Scruton
(h) 860.436.4288 (c) 413.221.0556 | | Wethersfield, CT
Susan Skillen
I am an Anglican priest and Canon (assistant to the bishop) for Spiritual Formation for the Anglican Diocese in New England, offices in Amesbury, MA. I meet with individual directees, as well as teach a two-year spiritual director training program. My own training was completed at the Shalem Institute in 1996. I have an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Seminary. With my husband and our four daughters I lived for seven years in Orvieto, Italy. Over the past twelve I have been bringing spiritual direction retreat groups to Italy, focusing on saints of the Umbria region, including Francis, Clare and Benedict.
Trisha Smith
508.419.1931 | | Osterville, MA & Bridgewater, MA
*Jeremy Stefano
508.829.5654 | | Holden, MA
Lori Wasserman
781.365.0688 | | Burlington, MA
Through Spiritual Direction, I gained a profound and far deeper relationship with the Lord that has grown increasingly more meaningful and personal since as I continue to know Him and sharpen my understanding of how He designed me to be. Moving our relationship from my head to my heart, it has become a personal conversation. Given this, my counseling background and desire to serve and help others grow and also experience this profound relationship, I completed LTI’s 2-year Selah certificate program. For the past 25 years I have worshipped and served in numerous capacities at Grace Chapel in Lexington MA.
Charles Sutton
774.293.0372 | | Uxbridge, MA
Charlie has been engaged in spiritual direction since 2013, having been trained through the Anglican Diocese in New England. He has had wide experience in ministry to individuals and small groups through student work (1970-76) and parish ministry (1982-2009). Charlie lives in Uxbridge, MA, with his wife, Mary. They have two adult children and two granddaughters.
Stephen Watson
740.361.3953 | | Providence, RI
I love seeing God move in Spiritual Direction. My desire to serve others in spiritual direction comes from my own experiences of guidance and healing. As one who has lost both parents, I love to see God reach those who are grieving. I was trained at Sustainable Faith in Cincinnati, Ohio and have a Masters from Trinity School for Ministry. My wife and I are Co-Lead Church Planters for a new Vineyard church in Providence, RI. I am willing to meet with people either at a third space or my house. I am also open to leading retreats.
Rama Ziegenhals | Essex, MA
My name is Rama Ziegenhals and I received my certificate in spiritual direction in 2006 through the Listen Course. I offer direction in Essex and Cambridge. I value direction as a place of prayerful listening and discovery in the context of a welcoming and nurturing environment. My heart is eager to draw attention to Godʼs transforming love for you, and to invite you to give voice to those experiences that draw you into a conscious intimacy with God. I am the Minister of Spiritual Formation at Essex Congregational Church and Founder of PAX Center for Christian Spiritual Formation ( I am married with two daughters.

* Not accepting new directees, but may be available for leading retreats

Please note: ESDN is a network of Spiritual Directors who choose to affiliate on the basis of the Mission Statement and the Faith Statement. We are not an oversight organization.