AMY LYLES WILSON

Certifications: Haden Institute, Spiritual Direction, SoulCollage®, Facilitator, Amherst Writers & Artists, Facilitator, Narrative Healthcare, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Amy Lyles Wilson is a story coach and spiritual director who works to help people tell the stories they need to tell. Through a variety of creative and spiritual practices, she guides clients toward claiming, developing, and honoring their true voices. She has degrees in English, journalism, and theology, and has worked in the world of words for some thirty years. A published writer and popular workshop/retreat leader, she is also a trained spiritual director (Haden Institute). In addition, she holds certificates in facilitation for SoulCollage® and Amherst Writers and Artists. She has contributed to or co-authored eight books, and her writing has appeared in a variety of periodicals and online publications. Amy Lyles has taught at the Earlham School of Religion, The Porch in Nashville, Nashville Community Education, and the Chautauqua Institution.

DR. JACKIE HALSTEAD

Certifications: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Selah Institute for Spiritual Formation Certificate in Spiritual Direction, EMDR Level 1, Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, MDiv

Jackie Halstead, Ph.D., LMFT, MDiv, is the CEO of Selah Center for Spiritual Formation located in Nashville, Tennessee. This non-profit offers a certificate program in Spiritual Direction and online courses in the Christian Spiritual Disciplines and other spiritual topics. Jackie is on the faculty with Abilene Christian University’s online Marriage and Family Therapy program. Dr. Halstead has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past thirty-five years—specializing in ministers and their families–and a Spiritual Director for twenty years. She speaks frequently on the topics of contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and relationships at the national and international levels.

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

Kasey’s draw to Spiritual Direction began after finding herself in the middle of burnout in a growing ministry. While God’s invitation had been there for a long time, it was during a week at a contemplative retreat for youth pastors where she became passionate about Spiritual Direction and its practices.

Realizing she had spent way too many hours “doing” things for and in the name of God and not much time simply “being” with God, she was excited to find a seminary that offered a 2-year Certificate in Spiritual Direction in addition to the MDiv.

She continues to learn much about offering hospitality for the soul from her own Spiritual Director, Sister Maria Edwards at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Hendersonville, TN and her Spiritual Direction Supervisor, Sister Mary Rose Bumpus of the South Central Community Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy in Belmont, North Carolina.

From pastors to physicists, stay-at-home parents to school teachers, religious to nonreligious, Kasey helps others discover the Wisdom within as they get in touch with God and their Authentic Self.

Besides Spiritual Direction, she also offers retreats and classes and is a Level III Reiki Therapist. Currently, she is putting together an online Wisdom-based Spiritual Direction Certification program, the first cohort beginning fall 2021.

KATIE HASELTINE

Certifications: Certificate of Spiritual Direction from The Institute of Christian Spirituality, Certificate of Ignatian Spirituality from Selah: Center for Spiritual Formation, Certificate of Enneagram Coaching from Your Enneagram Coach

Katie Haseltine is a trained Spiritual Director, a certified Enneagram coach and self-care coach. After trying too hard for most of her life, Katie found rest in the words of Jesus―love God with all your heart, mind, and body and love others as you love yourself.

The ancient practices of spiritual direction, the Enneagram, and the Examen ushered Katie into a fuller, richer relationship with God, herself, and others―and compelled her to offer another way to others like her. Katie lives with her family in Franklin, TN.

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.

TIFFANY BIRD

Certifications: Spiritual Direction

After experiencing her own soul renewal through the ministry of spiritual direction, Tiffany Bird received rigorous training as a spiritual director and has been offering spiritual direction and soul care for Christian leaders for the past decade. She received a Masters in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Biola University, and further training in Ignatian Spirituality from Lispcomb University’s Institute for Christian Spirituality.

Tiffany has also completed Sage Hill’s Relationship Centered Training as well as trainings in several forms of healing prayer. For several years she served with a non-profit that sought to prevent burnout in pastors, missionaries, and non-profit leaders, offering soul-care coaching, sabbatical planning, and day retreats on a variety of spiritual formation topics.

Tiffany enjoys hosting her directees in her home office in Franklin, TN or around the globe via Zoom. She is also privileged to train counselors, pastors, and other leaders in the ministry of spiritual direction at Lipscomb University.

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