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Listing, FAQs and Resources

Learn more about spiritual direction and find spiritual directors serving clients in Southern Virginia.

Spiritual Directors who would like to be included in this directory should contact Canon for Formation Lynn Farlin, lfarlin@diosova.org.

Elsa S. Bakkum - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director:  20+ years
Availability:  Hours are flexible, mostly afternoons

Lisa Drago - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director: 6 years
Availability: Sees clients in her office in Norfolk on Friday afternoons/evenings. Meetings outdoors, at directees' homes, or via Zoom can be arranged during weekdays or Saturday afternoons. 

The Rev. Warren Hicks - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director:  5 years
Availability:  Sees clients at St. Thomas in Chesapeake, Monday through Thursday most weeks and on Fridays or Saturdays in Hampton with advanced planning

Vicky W. Koch - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director: 14+ years
Availability:  Some weekdays, as well as some evening and weekend hours

Judy Kuhns - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director:  5 years
Availability:  Flexible

Linda Minner - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director: 8 years
Availability:  Virtual appointments - days, nights and weekends; in person also available.

Claire Poole - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director:  23 years
Availability:  Generally, Tuesdays through Fridays. Sees clients at home office on the Eastern Shore or over the telephone.

The Rev. Linda Rogers - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director:  30 years
Availability:  Sees clients at All Saints Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, and on the Eastern Shore, near Eastville, by mutually convenient appointment.

Linda Serepca - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director: 17 years
Availability:  Available Mon-Fri between 10am-3pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm

James Skypeck - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director:  2.5 years
Availability:  Available most days for spiritual direction by appointment.

Kim Vann - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director:  3 years
Availability:  Available weekdays in person, over the phone, or through Zoom Video conference calling. Some evening and weekend times may be arranged.

The Rev. John D. Willard V - Click here for profile
Number of years as a Spiritual Director: 16 years
Availability: By appointment. Based in Charles Town, WV
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is a practice of spiritual conversation with a trained guide to aid a person on their faith journey.  It is actually an ancient practice found in many faith traditions, of conversation about life through the lens of spirituality.  At its core, spiritual direction helps individuals discern God’s presence in their lives.

What is a Spiritual Director?
A Spiritual director is a trained guide, either lay or ordained, who serves as a spiritual companion.  Spiritual directors are trained in the art of active holy listening and sacred conversation and may offer guidance/direction in various forms – questions to explore, advice, discernment guidance, or suggested reading. 

How are Spiritual Directors Trained?
As you explore the list of available spiritual directors you will find that they completed their training via various programs.  While the training programs may differ, they consistently share a focus on standards of professional boundaries, ethical conduct, confidentiality, and certification supervision.

What Happens in Spiritual Direction?
It all depends on the directee, the director and the Holy Spirit. The content of the conversation is dependent on your individual spiritual journey.  Spiritual direction is not a therapy or counseling interaction, but rather the spiritual director’s role is to listen and help the directee discern where God might be nudging the directee to explore deeper understanding of their spirituality. 

How do I select a Spiritual Director?
Before you contact prospective spiritual directors take some time to ask yourself a key question:  What are you looking for in a spiritual director?  The answer to that question will likely help you generate some initial areas to explore with potential spiritual directors. It is important that you feel comfortable with the spiritual director you select.  It may take some exploration to find the right “fit” for your needs.  You will be sharing your personal story with this person - so feeling comfortable and safe are key ingredients for success. What are some things you need to know about a potential spiritual director to be at ease? The easiest way to begin is to review the list of bios.  What jumps out at you as you read each bio?  Is there something in a bio that you connect with or want to learn more about? Additionally, you will find that the spiritual directors mention different styles, and focus areas. Don’t be afraid to ask the spiritual director to explain what those styles or focus areas encompass or mean.  If there is something in the bio that is not clear make sure to ask clarifying questions to help you better understand. Once you have narrowed the list down to one or two individuals contact them and explore further if you feel you would feel comfortable having one of them as your spiritual director. 

The list of spiritual directors above is comprised of individuals who self-identify as having earned credentials/certifications in spiritual direction. The individual spiritual director bios are self-reported by each spiritual director.  The Diocese of Southern Virginia shares the listing but does not endorse, evaluate, or recommend individual spiritual directors. If you are seeking a spiritual director it is important for you to evaluate each individual and their credentials to your individual satisfaction. 
 

Resources to Explore

Online articles:

“Questions to Ask a Prospective Spiritual Director.”

“Portrait of a Spiritual Director.” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction 24. 4 (December 2018): 40-41.

“Principles of Spiritual Direction for Faith Formation and Education.” Kathy Bozzuti-Jones. 20 May 2014.

“10 Reasons to Get a Spiritual Director”. Marks, Larissa. Online posting. 10 June 2016.  Huff Post.

Heart Work is Hard Work – The Spiritual Direction Workout. Teresa Blythe. 6 July, 2020. Patheos.

Books:

Ashbrook, R. Mansions of the Heart: Exploring the Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Au, Wilkie and Noreen Cannon, The Discerning Heart: Exploring the Christian Path. Mahwah: Paulist, 2006.

Barton, Ruth Haley.  Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 2010.

Das, Lama Surya. Letting Go of The Person You Used to Be: Lessons in Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation. New York: Broadway Books, 2003.

Dougherty, Rose Mary. Discernment: A Path to Spiritual Awakening. Mahwah: Paulist, 2009.

Dunne, Tad. Spiritual Exercises For Today: A Contemporary Presentation of the Classic Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1991.

Farrington, Debra K. Hearing with the Heart: A Gentle Guide for Discerning God's Will for Your Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002.

Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline, Special Anniversary Edition.  San Francisco: Harper One, 2018.

Guenther, Margaret. Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction. Lanham:Rowman & Littlefield, 1992.

Liebert, Elizabeth M. The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making. Louisville: John Knox, 2008.

Mabry, John R. Starting Spiritual Direction: A Guide to Getting Ready, Feeling Safe, and Getting the Most Out of Your Sessions. Berkeley: Apocryphile Press, 2017.

McLaughlin, Nancy Ann. Do You Believe? Living the Baptismal Covenant. New York: Morehouse, 2006.

Nouwen, Henri J. M. Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World. New York: Crossroads Publishing, 2002.

Pickering, Sue. Spiritual Direction: A Practical Introduction. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008.

Smith, Gordon T. Spiritual Direction: A Guide to Giving and Receiving Direction. Downers Grove: University Press, 2014.

Ware, Corinne. Discover your Spiritual Type: A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth. Bethesda: Alban Institute, 1995.

 

Last Published: October 14, 2020 7:40 AM