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Spiritual Direction & Coaching

Many people today want to grow in their personal and spiritual lives. Among other things, they wonder, “Should I seek a guide to help me on my way?”

Spiritual direction and Coaching are two different forms of guidance that can be useful to people in their life journeys. The professionals listed below have a relationship with the Servant Leadership School, and we recommend their services to you as skilled and insightful guides for the journey. 

Spiritual Directors

Spiritual direction is a form of soul companionship offered by a fellow person of faith, to help you pay attention to God's presence and activity in your life, to grow in intimacy with God, and to assist you in the discernment of a possible call. Spiritual direction is focused on your relationship with God. In spiritual direction, the true spiritual director is God, and the human spritiual director serves as more of a guide to help you to respond to God's invitation into deeper relationship. In Spiritual Direction, you may explore questions like:

  • Where do I see God's presence in my life right now? 
  • How do I interpret my experience of God (in prayer, dreams, etc)? 
  • What part of my spiritual life needs strengthening? 
  • What does a deeper relationship with God look like?
  • Who is God calling me to be/become? 

 

Fil Anderson

PO Box 9801
Greensboro, NC 27429
336-288-8831
www.journeyresources.com

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: General

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Fil holds degrees from UNC-W and Fuller Theological Seminary and a Certificate from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is a former Young Life Staff member and currently serves as director of Journey Resources. Fil is the author of Running on Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Over-Achievers.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: 2605 Branchwood Road, Greensboro

Times Available: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m

Any Other Useful Logistics: 1 hour monthly; no fee

 

Marge Birge

3715 Hobbs Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
336-288-8779

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Mid-life issues, caregivers, women's issues. Helping directors explore prayer and different prayer styles.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Marge is certified in Spiritual Direction from Sursum Corda. She is an elementary school teacher, mother of three grown children and active member in the Catholic faith. Certified Spiritual Director from the Sursum Corda program. Has been doing Spiritual Direction for 10 years. Was an elementary school teacher. Is a mother and grandmother and active in the Catholic Faith.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Marge's home

Times Available: Negotiable

Any Other Useful Logistics:  Meet one hour every four to six weeks; fee charged but flexible. Marge will meet with people of any faith tradition.

 

Edith Cecil

Prayer and Presence
3605 Bentbrook Drive
High Point, NC 27265
336-869-7203

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Women's spirituality, Prayer and presence. Contemplative prayer forms, movement meditation, facilitating group spiritual direction and leading retreats.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Edith received the individual spiritual guidance certification from the Shalem Institute in 1991.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Edith’s home in High Point

Times Available: Flexible during daylight hours, weekdays

Any Other Useful Logistics: Flexible fee

 

Cameron Cooke

100 Wedgedale Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27403
336-299-9737

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Individuals, small groups, life experience, business, law, government, having fun in life and growth

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Cameron is a minister and certified mediator with extensive study of spiritual ideas.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Mutual choice

Times Available: Flexible

 

The Rev. Tricia de Beer, D.Min., M.Div.

2905 Wynnewood Dr.
Greensboro, NC 27408

781-652-1503
triciadebeercoach.com

Areas of Particular Focus: Being known and loved is our deepest human desire. Spiritual direction is one context in which we can be known and loved so that we can open more to the Divine Source of all love. I find that opening to love is the central spiritual task. Working with resistance to change, vocational discernment, prayer, marriage and parenting as a child of God, are different ways of opening. As an Episcopal priest, I have worked with clergy and lay leaders ranging in ages from 20 to 80.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Tricia holds a M.Div. from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. focused on the spirituality of marriage from the School of Theology, University of the South. She completed her training in spiritual direction, and a second year-long intensive for clergy called "Going Deeper," with the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation. Tricia is also a certified life coach and trainer with the Education for Ministry Program. 

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: At my home, or at a mutually agreeable place. 

Times Available: flexible

Any Other Useful Logistics: 1 hour monthly. Love offering is accepted or you can make a donation to a mutually agreed non-profit. 


Marjorie Donnelly

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
607 N. Greene Street

Greensboro, NC 27401
336-272-6149, ext. 221 or 336-708-1646

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Are you in transition? Are you a lay or ordained minister? Are you parenting children or caring for your own aging parents? Do you long for deeper meaning in your life? Do you need support for your creative endeavors? Whatever your life season or circumstance, Marjorie provides guidance for exploring the inward journey of self-discovery, spirituality and creativity. You can choose from a variety of traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices, such as: Labyrinth, Enneagram, Retreats, Prayer, Meditation, Journaling, Archetypes, and Dreams.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Marjorie's faith is grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and she encourages contemplative awareness and practice. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Spiritual Guidance and received her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia. Marjorie is a Certified Enneagram teacher and labyrinth facilitator and has 14 years of teaching and counseling experience in public education. She has provided spiritual direction and led retreats and workshops since 2000. Marjorie presently serves as Director of Christian Formation at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Times Available: Tuesday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. and Saturdays by request

Any Other Useful Logistics: Typically meet once per month for 1 hour. The first session is a time of exploration, and there is no fee. Thereafter, $50–$85/session at the client's discretion. The Enneagram is a psychological and spiritual system of nine personality types, which helps you better understand yourself in relationship to God and other people. If desired, you can incorporate the Enneagram into your spiritual direction sessions.

 

Robin Dorko

Spirit... Rest
525 Woodvale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410
336-339-9303
www.spiritrest.org

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Robin's ministry is non-denominational. She has familiarity with 12-step programs and has worked with clergy, gay and lesbian issues.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Robin is a graduate of the Shalem Institute.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: 525 Woodvale Drive, Greensboro

Times Available: Daytime, evenings

Any Other Useful Logistics: Usually meet 1–2 times per month. Sessions are $50 per hour.

 

David Fouche

155 Euclid Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
336-760-0024

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Individuals or groups. David will conduct spiritual life retreats for adults.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: David is a graduate of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and a member of Spiritual Directors International.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Trinity Center, Inc., 640 Holly Avenue, Winston-Salem or at David’s home

Times Available: Very flexible

Any Other Useful Logistics: David offers a reasonable range of fees.

 

Elizabeth Graves

151 College Streeet
RCOE / ASU Box 32075
Boone, NC 28605
828-226-5076

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Elizabeth has a doctorate in counseling and works primarily with persons in their 20s, 30s and 40s interested in attending to their spirituality. In the past several years she has worked with a number of GLBTQ clergy, those pursuing questions of life meaning, and with those recovering from childhood abuse.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Sursum Corda, 2005

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Determined by mutual consent

Times Available: Variable

Any Other Useful Logistics: Fee is negotiable with the option of making donations to a mutually agreed-upon charitable organization.

 

Dee Irwin

Healing Ground
7628 Penns Grove Rd.
Summerfield, NC
336-643-8898

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Dee serves as a spiritual friend to clergy, works with those who wish to deepen their own spiritual journey, and incorporates Enneagram work for those who seek to further explore how daily life can become a spiritual practice.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Dee has a Ph.D. In Developmental Psychology and is a member of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro faculty.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Healing Ground, 7628 Penns Grove Road, Summerfield, NC, where an outdoor labyrinth, outdoor chapel, and meditation gardens throughout the grounds offer space for quiet time preceding or following spiritual direction.

Times Available: Flexible

Any Other Useful Logistics: Love offering accepted

 

Rev. Tom Lane, D.Min.

7716 Penns Grove Road
Summerfield, NC (office)
336-298-7185 

P.O Box 38844
Greensboro, NC 27438-8844
336-545-1200

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: People in ministry; women, men, and groups who desire a greater degree of wholeness and/or vocational clarity; working with nighttime dreams as aids to guidance, discernment, and meaning. Tom is willing to conduct workshops on “Dreamwork as a spiritual practice” for groups of 6 or more.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Tom is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister and NC Licensed Professional Counselor. He is a trained spiritual director (Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina) and founder of Journey Conference (www.journeyconferences.com). Tom has served as a board member of International Association for the Study of Dreams. Please see www.understandyourdream.com/credentials.htm for a complete list of Tom's credentials.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Tom's office, 7716 Penns Grove Rd. Summerfield, NC

Times Available: Monday–Friday mornings and other times (all by appointment)

Any Other Useful Logistics: Typically start four or two times a month, and then move to a monthly meeting, usually one hour or more depending. Fee structure worked out in advance.

 

Doug McLeroy, D.Min.

First Presbyterian Church
318 South Main Street
Reidsville, NC 27320
336-349-3474
www.fpcreidsville.org

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Transitions, stress, and the dark night of the soul

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Doug has a Doctor of Ministry, Master of Theology, and Master of Divinity in pastoral care and counseling He also earned a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage Family Therapists and Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Doug is a licensed NC Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor (North Carolina).

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: First Presbyterian Church, Reidsville

Times Available: Negotiable

Any Other Useful Logistics: 1 hour monthly; fee negotiable

 

Mary C. McNeal

8401 Winding Hill Drive
Stokesdale, NC 27357
Daytime: 336-369-4323
Evening: 336-643-9300

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Mary serves as a spiritual friend and reflective listener for anyone seeking greater integration and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Answers to life situations often come from within when one experiences an atmosphere of hospitality and acceptance in the presence of The Sacred One.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Mary is an ordained Presbyterian pastor. She completed the Spiritual Directors’ Training Program of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and has experience working as a registered nurse in acute care hospital and as a health care resident counselor in a continuing care facility for senior citizens.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: 6100 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro

Times Available: Monday–Friday by appointment

Fee: $30/session, negotiable

 

Dr. Duke Walker, D.Min.

P.O. Box 1417
Sanford, NC 27331
336-309-1776
 

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Duke's passion is helping people identify the life-giving voice of God in them. His areas of interest include: hearing God, healing prayer for body, soul, and spirit, and teaching a contemporary expression and application of contemplative prayer. He works with clergy, laity, and folks on the fringe, seeing them move from being overwhelmed by life to Life Overflowing with peace, hope, and courage. Duke's desire is to identify with you where God is and the life where God is speaking in you, amidst the difficulties and delights you are currently experiencing. 

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Duke has diverse roots within the Christian tradition. He focused on developing a life of prayer while in seminary. His doctoral research focused on the intersection of Benedictine and Charismatic Spirituality, as well as various schools of psychology - coming to describe their intersection as The Living Trinity (i.e. transformative intimacy). Offering spiritual direction for the last 10 years from Texas to North Carolina, Duke has been committed to doing his own work and participating in The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Christian Healing Ministries, Richard Rohr's Men's Rite of Passage, Clinical Pastoral Education, and being in ongoing spiritual direction himself. He holds membership with SDI. 

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: A conducive location, convenient to you, or Skype. 

Times Available: Very Flexible - by appointment

Any Other Useful Logistics: 1) The first session gives the mutual opportunity to enjoy exploring a mutual fit and has no fee.  2) Most clients prefer once or twice a month, frequency depending on their season of life.  3) An income-based sliding scale is used to determine a fee, honoring your household budget.  4) References are available. 

 

Coaching

Coaching is a pragmatic and goal-oriented approach to personal development, in which someone spends time learning about and helping you to evaluate the specific issues, barriers, and limitations you may face in relation to particular wellness goals you have for your life. The coach will then assist you in mapping out deliberate, incremental steps towards that goal, while also providing support, encouragement, and accountability along the way. In coaching, you may explore questions like: 

  • How can I pursue a specific career change that moves me in the direction of my life's sacred purpose? 
  • How can I arrange my life to engage in spiritual practices that nourish me?
  • How can I achieve a greater sense of physical, emotional, and mental wellness? 
  • How can I make specific health changes such as lose weight/exercise more/quit smoking?

 

The Rev. Tricia de Beer, D.Min., M.Div.

2905 Wynnewood Dr.
Greensboro, NC 27408

781-652-1503
triciadebeercoach.com

Areas of Coaching Expertise: Reducing our resistance to change, working with programs for emotional happiness that do not serve us, transitions, vocational discernment

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Trained Spiritual Director through the Shalem Institute, specializing in the connection of one's spiritual resources with the work toward becoming one's true self. Certified by the founders of Immunity to Change (mindsatwork.com).

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: In my home office.

Times Available: flexible

Any Other Useful Logistics: The coaching I do is a high investment process that gets quickly to the heart of the matter. It also creates results which endure. Increased freedom, flexibility, and courage is what I see. The reason is that we are looking at both the practical aspects of how to make change in behavior and at the hidden mindset that holds us captive.

I prefer to meet with people twice a month for a period of approximately 4-5 months, but this is flexible. Each session is 60-90 minutes and the client comes with reflection on new behaviors undertaken between sessions (this can be written or verbal). Clients should expect to spend 45-60 minutes per week on this process in addition to the twice monthly meetings. 

I am available for one session on a complimentary basis to explore the goal and give the client a sense of how we would work together.  The coaching arc of 10 sessions is $1500. 

I am also available to do coaching in pods of 2 or 3. For those who are looking for a way to do this work less expensively, if you can find one or two friends who are also interested, you may then split the cost. So, for a pod of three, each person would pay $500 for 10 sessions.
 

Mollie Gordon

Greensboro, NC
336-287-8931
molliegordon.com

Areas of Coaching Expertise: Goal identification and achievement, de-cluttering and downsizing, healthy eating and lifestyle improvements

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Certification from The Institution for Integrative Nutrition (New York City); Servant Leadership School Core Curriculum; Certificate in Lay Ministry from the Diocese of Charlotte, NC; B.A. in Organizational Management, Master's College, CA

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: video conferencing or phone

Times Available: by appointment

Any Other Useful Logistics: I offer private coaching and group coaching programs at affordable rates. Please contact me for more information about current offers and pricing.  

 

Carol Lucas

8 Sailview Cove
Greensboro, NC 27455
336-202-9725
balanceandthrive.com
 

Areas of Coaching Expertise: Health & wellness for individuals and groups; motivational strategies

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Health Coaching certifications from Wellcoaches and Balance Health Coaching.  Member of the Society of Public Health Educatoors (SOPHE), and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). 

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: a mutually agreed-upon location or by telephone

Times Available: mutually agreed-upon

Any Other Useful Logistics: please see website for more information. 


Jacqueline Messick

Greensboro, NC
336-339-7714
www.integrativehealthcoach.net
 

Areas of Coaching Expertise: Integrative Health coaching for mind, body, and spirit.

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Trained by Duke Integrative Medicine; holds a Mastor of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. 

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: in Greensboro or over phone/Skype

Times Available: any

Any Other Useful Logistics: I offer a free consultation to learn more about Duke's process for wellness coaching prior to getting started.