JENNIE SCHUT

Certifications: BFA, Enneagram Certified Professional, Selah Spiritual Direction Certificate, Ongoing Supervision and Career Development

Jennie Schut is an award-winning artist, author of Waking Up Grey: An Exploration of Creative Awakening and certified Enneagram Applications Professional. She is founder of Fly Forward, an organization that aids creative and spiritual exploration, awakening and flourishing through educational materials, small groups, retreats, workshops, individual art instruction, creative direction and leadership training. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Middle Tennessee State University and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Selah Center for Spiritual Formation. She works primarily with oils and encaustic, a wax-based medium. See her work here.

KASEY HITT

Certifications: MDiv, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Certificate in Spiritual Direction, The Seattle School Certificate in Level III Reiki: The Usui Method of Natural Healing

A Spiritual Director since 2003, Kasey enjoys companioning people from all walks of life along their spiritual and healing journeys. From pastors to physicists, stay-at-home parents to school teachers, religious to nonreligious, she helps others discover the Wisdom within as they get in touch with God and their Authentic Self.

Offering hospitality to the soul by being present and listening to the whole of one’s life–daytime, nighttime, body, mind, spirit, and relationships–are foundational to her practice. She utilizes a variety of ancient and present-day tools to help her clients; these include Lectio Divina, Dreamwork, Breathwork, IFS (parts work), as well as imaginative & guided prayer and relaxation.

Kasey’s own story of becoming a Spiritual Director began with mental, physical, and relational burnout as a Youth Pastor. She has a passion to help others prevent burnout through paying attention to the holy invitations in their lives. And she meets those in the middle of burnout as they grieve and discern the life-giving path forward.

REV. DR. MICHELLE PEDERSON

Certifications: Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction

Rev. Dr. Michelle Pederson is a community minister affiliated with Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation (GNUUC) and is a Spiritual Director in private practice. She received training from Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, AZ and a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological school in Chicago. Previously, she earned a doctorate in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago in 2006.

SALLY SHARPE

Certifications: Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Certificate in Ignatian Spiritual Direction (Spiritual Exercises) – Selah Center for Spiritual Formation

As a former PK (preacher’s kid), Sally has a heart for all who are involved in ministry in any shape or form, as well as a passion for guiding others in the journey toward healing and wholeness as they learn to rest in God’s unconditional love and grace. She has received certificates in spiritual direction and Ignatian spiritual direction (Spiritual Exercises) from the Selah Center for Spiritual Formation (Nashville, TN), whose foundational focus is God as love through the lens of Christ and the tools of the Christian contemplative traditions.

Believing that all people long to be seen, known, and loved, Sally provides a safe space for others to share their stories, explore their relationship with God, and seek a deeper connection with the One who knows them best and loves them most. Areas of interest include contemplative prayer practices, Ignatian spirituality, spiritual discernment, journaling, healing through story, the Enneagram, and inner healing (Internal Family Systems and HeartSync prayer). In addition to offering in-person and online spiritual direction and facilitating workshops and retreats, Sally is certified to guide individuals and groups through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises (19th and 18th annotations). She also partners with her husband, Neil, a licensed marriage and family therapist, to lead classes, seminars, and retreats on inner healing, relationships, marriage, and parenting. They are the parents of two young adult daughters and live in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

SCOTT SPRADLEY

Certifications: Spiritual Direction

A practicing Spiritual Director since 2013, Scott received his certification in Spiritual Direction from Perkins School of Theology in October 2014. Scott, his wife Tara, and son, JT attend Providence United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. Scott also serves as Director for the VBS team at the UMPH.

Scott regularly facilitates groups such as “Walking as a Spiritual Practice” meeting at least one Saturday morning each month and “Breathing Under Water,” a study of the Spirituality of the Twelve Steps based on Richard Rohr’s book of the same title. Scott has also led Group Spiritual Direction and Discernment for Men and Dreamwork groups.

Scott enjoys audio books, movies, songwriter driven music, walking his dog, and biking.

For Scott, Spiritual Direction is a time when “two or three are gathered in God’s name” Matthew 18:20, intent on awareness of God’s presence, word and guidance. The true Director of these sessions is the Holy Spirit. The Spiritual Director is simply a companion on the journey or “the two” for one seeking direction.

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