Spiritual Direction & Coaching


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 of Greensboro, 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

2605 Branchwood Drive
Greensboro, NC 27408

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

4301 Hanberry Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Mid-life issues, caregiving, spirituality of aging, women's issues; helping directees explore their prayer life and use different prayer styles

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Marge was an elementary school teacher and is a mother of three children and a grandmother to four grandchildren. She is an active member in the Catholic faith, teaches Bible study, and leads retreats. She has been doing spiritual direction for 12 years.  

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.



Cameron Cooke

P.O. Box 357
Whitsett, NC 27377
336-603-6709 (home/office)
336-509-0297 (cell)

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


Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: 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
336-708-1646 or 336-272-6149, ext. 221

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Are you in transition? Do you long for deeper meaning in your life? Do you wish to discover or recover your creative self? Are you an ordained minister or a lay person? Do you desire support for the second half of life? Are you parenting children or caring for your own aging parents? Whatever your life season or circumstance, Marjorie provides guidance and accountability for exploring the inward journey of self-discovery, spirituality and creativity, which leads to the outward journey of service. You can choose from a variety of traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices, such as: Enneagram, Retreats, Prayer, Meditation, Journaling, Labyrinth, 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 and is on the faculty of the Servant Leadership School.

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church or by telephone, Skype, or FaceTime

Times Available: Tuesday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Any Other Useful Logistics: Typically, we meet once per month for one 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.


Beth Farrand

Co-Executive Director
Selah Spiritual Formation
Greensboro, NC

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: General

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Beth studied spiritual guidance at the Shalem Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and has enjoyed serving as a Spiritual Director in Greensboro since 2012. 

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Above the Sacred Garden Bookstore (211 W. Fisher Ave., Greensboro); also offers spiritual guidance via phone call, FaceTime, or Skype

Times Available: Flexible


David Fouche

155 Euclid Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Individuals or groups; 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.



Dee Irwin

Healing Ground
7628 Penns Grove Rd.
Summerfield, NC

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 former 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)

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 six or more people

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Tom is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister (honorably retired) and a retired NC Licensed Professional Counselor. He is a trained spiritual director (Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina) and founder of Journey Conferences (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.



Ellen Simon

3508 Cherry Hill Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: General

Training in Spiritual Direction and Other Background: Ellen holds a BS in Psychology from Missouri Western State University and a Certificate from Souljourners, a three-year formation program developed by the Benedictine Sisters of Atchison, Kansas and accredited through Benedictine College. 

Location Where Spiritual Direction Takes Place: Ellen has an office at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2715 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro. 

Times Available: Flexible

Any Other Useful Logistics: Ellen meets with people from all faith traditions. Suggested fee $50; negotiable as needed


Dr. Duke Walker, D.Min.

P.O. Box 1763
Fort Mill, SC

Areas of Spiritual Direction Expertise: Duke's passion is helping people identify the life-giving voice of God in, with, and through 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, of faith or opposed to it, while 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 you are in relation to God and what God is inviting you to for your next step.

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 Ecumenical Spirituality, as well as various schools of psychology - coming to describe their intersection as The Living Trinity (or, as Duke says, “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, a Clinical Pastoral Education, a residency with a focus in cardiac units, 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 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. Typically, fees range from $75-$125. 4) References are available. 



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


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 Coaching 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 Coaching 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

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

Training in Coaching 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 Coaching 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, MPH, BSN, NBC-HWC

8 Sailview Cove
Greensboro, NC 27455

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

Training in Coaching and Other Background: Nationally Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Health Coaching certifications from Wellcoaches and Balance Health Coaching.  

Location Where Coaching 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

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

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

Location Where Coaching 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. 



Cheri Timmons

4 Dunaway Court
Greensboro, NC

Areas of Coaching Expertise: Health and wellness coaching for women; individual and group coaching available 

Training in Coaching and Other Background: Health Coach Certification through American Council on Exercise; Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Social Work

Location Where Coaching Takes Place: a mutually agreed upon location, or by phone or video-conferencing call

Times Available: mutually agreed upon

Any Other Useful Logistics: I offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation by phone. I offer 4-week and 12-week Individual Coaching Packages (in person or by phone/video-conferencing). I am also available for on-site presentations and workshops addressing a variety of health and wellness topics including: reexamining fitness and food choices, health at every size, effective goal-setting strategies, fostering resilience through life transitions, mindfulness, restorative sleep, transforming stress, relationship roadblocks, cultivating sources of support through change, and designing a nurturing self-care practice. Please refer to my website for further details.