Spiritual Direction

Wise Guides for the Spiritual Journey

We all need a safe space to process our journey, open up to God’s presence, and remain grounded through the opportunities and challenges of life. 

Our Process

Soul Care partners with some of the finest spiritual directors, who are each professionally trained and personally familiar with the unique challenges of life. They are fully aligned with the underlying practices and vision of Soul Care. Through our services, we will match you with a spiritual director that’s right for you.

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FAQ's

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a set apart time to slow down, breathe, and get priceless input from someone trained and experienced, BUT completely outside of your work, church, and family context. With no agenda or connection to your current situation you are able to receive unbiased and loving direction from someone whose only job is to serve you, and help you stay connected to God and what He has for your life. 

Why should I do Spiritual Direction?

Many times we find ourselves isolated due to leadership position, physical location, or other circumstances, especially when it comes to sharing our inner journey with God. In that context, spiritual direction provides a vital relational connection with a mature and trained guide that often brings significant breakthrough and deep encouragement. Although one’s circumstances may not change over the course of a session, people say they leave those sessions feeling deeply peaceful: grounded, centered, hopeful, and aware of God’s work in and around them.

What’s the difference between counseling, coaching, and spiritual direction?

There are many forms of “personal journeying” that help us grow. While more could be said, a simple way to think about the differences between counselors, coaches, and spiritual directors is this: Counselors and therapists skillfully help us unpack various dimensions of past hurts and wounds, and bring us on a path of healing and more authentic living. Coaches help us name and align around our vision for the future and take practical steps to get there. Spiritual Directors help us pay attention, and be responsive, to what God is doing in us and around us right now. All three modalities are interwoven and can be helpful during various seasons of life.

How do I get paired with a director?

Feel free to choose one of our spiritual directors directly from our list. Many things can contribute to a sense of connection including schedule availability (time zone), gender, location, language, past experiences, or their training.

We also offer an optional free discovery session in case you have questions or would like assistance getting matched to a director.

What are spiritual direction sessions actually like?

Once you’re meeting with your director:

Spiritual Direction appointments are 50 minutes long. Your director normally begins with a practice like silence, scripture (Lectio Divina), or prayer. There’s always openness to walk through specific pressing or relevant things in your life, but you may also want to explore your desire for growth in relationship with God and self. Direction is highly customized to what your soul needs, and the relationship typically grows in trust and relevancy as time passes.

Do I need to prepare for my session?

There is nothing you’ll need to do to prepare for a spiritual direction session. Come as you are. 

Soul Care's Spiritual Directors

Casey Tygrett
Practice Lead

Casey Tygrett

Casey has been practicing spiritual direction since 2015. He has served in both small rural churches and suburban megachurches since 1997, and has taught undergraduate and graduate seminary courses in the US and Australia since 2005.

Carla Boelkens

Carla Boelkens

Carla's work in serving church and ministry leaders led her around the world where she met and served alongside American and national missionaries and their families. After hearing about and witnessing their compassion and sacrifice combined with her own transformation and growth through Spiritual Direction, she pursued certification with the desire to offer soul care to those who carry the burden of caring for others.

Chad Conant

Chad Conant

Chad has been practicing spiritual direction since 2018. Chad specializes in guiding personal spiritual formation and soul care for ministry leaders and has been involved in the spiritual formation and soul care of many Young Life staff and volunteers.

Raul Cruz

Raúl Cruz

Raúl Cruz has been a spiritual director for six years, previously providing pastoral care to church leaders for over a decade with Genesis Project. His gospel-centered approach to direction, along with his gifts in hospitality and discernment, help create safe space to attend and respond to God’s presence. Areas include contemplative spirituality, redemptive suffering, life discernment, and identity. Training: Denver Seminary, 2017. He offers spiritual direction in both Spanish and English.

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Mark serves as the director of East Mountain Leadership Development in Cape Town, South Africa and speaks French. He has a passion to journey with leaders. He creates space for them to pay attention to the presence and the work of Christ in their lives as they explore their stories, both present and past. Mark received his MA in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction certification from The George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

Deirdré Jansen Van Rensburg

Deirdré Jansen Van Rensburg

Deirdré is a pastor and faculty member for Sustainable Faith. She's skilled at helping people bring their pain to God to receive comfort, mercy, hope, and healing. She meets with individuals who have experienced ministry burnout, disillusionment in their faith, faced betrayal, are in a season of grieving or transition, or desire a safe place to explore doubts and questions.
Training: Sustainable Faith, 2016

Niecy LoCricchio

Niecy LoCricchio

Niecy is a spiritual director and retreat creative with more than 20 years’ experience in ministry. She is passionate about coming alongside others and tending to God’s voice in the midst of life’s many transitions. As a recovering perfectionist and overachiever, Niecy has found play and slowing down to be life-giving practices in her spiritual rhythm.

Randi Lundgren

Randi Lundgren

Randi grew up in Europe in a home without faith. Loss, grief, divorce and mental illness in her family brought her to Christ as an adult. She has more than 12 years of experience in ministry and was on staff at a large church for 8 years. Her passion is to help women, in the midst of life’s challenges, find freedom, strength, courage and joy, by using all 5 senses to experience and receive God.

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Yolanda "Yo" Miller

Yolanda ("Yo") serves Soul Care as a Host in the Collective, Soul Care's digital community for those who long to grow in soul health together. She used to be a youth pastor, but now leads graduate students in spiritual formation groups at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, as well as cohorts with Fuller’s De Pree Center for Leadership for those in the marketplace who are exploring God’s calling. She launched a soul care ministry in January 2021 and is a soul coach and trained spiritual director.

Carrie Myers

Carrie Myers

Carrie finds joy and purpose in helping individuals and groups become more aware of and grounded in God’s presence, love, and leading in their everyday lives. Along with her husband, Ryan, she leads Vineyard One NYC, a small, diverse church in New York City, where she is a worship leader and spiritual director. Carrie holds certificates in Spiritual Direction and Ignatian Exercises Accompaniment from Sustainable Faith as well as a PhD in English and American Literature from NYU.

Kim Nielsen Van Natta

Kim Nielsen Van Natta

Kim's desires to create safe environments for people to experience God. She earned a Masters Specialization in Spiritual Transformation, is a trained companion for the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and a certified iEnneagram Motions of the Soul practitioner. She served in full-time ministry at a megachurch for 11 years. Kim is also a certified Forest Therapy Guide, helping people to connect to the God of Creation in nature.

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Adam Ormord

Adam is the co-founder of LifePoint Resources, a soul care ministry for leaders in need of restoration, discernment, encouragement, and the gift of a listening companion. Adam completed his spiritual direction training through Sustainable Faith.

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Melissa Sievers

Melissa’s 15 years of experience in non-profit ministry fueled her passion for companioning the spiritually thoughtful via soul health and discernment. She serves the Soul Care team as both a Soul Care Leadership Coach and also as a Spiritual Director. Melissa champions wellness in body, mind, soul and spirit, and creates safe spaces for others to experience slower rhythms and encounter the loving presence of God.

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The SOS Journey is a great way to get started!

Spiritual Direction is a key part of our SOS Journey course! Complete with several weeks of soul care lessons, two sessions with a spiritual director, and practices that will help you make real change, this is a comprehensive resource to make a real change.

“Spiritual Directors are there to help others attend to God’s presence and revelation and prepare to respond to him. In other words, they help people attune themselves to God.”

— David Benner, Sacred Companions

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