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Dominic Abaria is a native Portlander.  A pluviophile at heart, he loves his wife, kids, and coffee.  A student of the interior life, he has studied Theology, Divinity, and is currently in pursuit of a Doctor of Ministry for Leadership and Spiritual Formation.  He currently serves as a Community Chaplain at Portland Rescue Mission and as a Pastor and Elder at Roots Community Church.  


Understanding Shame and Burnout

Dominic Abaria


Lacy Finn Borgo is an eternal being in whom God dwells and delights. From this very core flows her work as a teacher and spiritual director with adults and children. Lacy has authored Renovaré’s spiritual formation curriculum for children Life with God for Children: Engaging Biblical Stories and Practices for Spiritual Formation. She has co-authored a family devotional series titled Good Dirt: A Devotional for the Spiritual Formation of Families. She holds an M.S. from SUNY, Geneseo and a DMIN in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She is also a graduate of the Renovaré Institute for Spiritual Formation. Lacy is part of a family that includes two nearly teenaged daughters, one husband, two parents, four dogs, six cats, seven goats, two horses, and numerous chickens all within a quarter mile radius. The rhythms of life and death, place and community have formed her—for these she gives thanks. For more information about Lacy, check out Good Dirt Ministries.

Spiritual Formation with Children (Friday Intensive), Cultivating Grace through Resilience and Empathy in Children, Healing from Debilitating Shame in Parenting.

Lacy Borgo

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April Brenneman is a writer, trained writing workshop facilitator and a developing live story teller. Currently, she is a Living School student with the Center for Action and Contemplation. She believes authenticity, vulnerability, openness and emotional/body awareness are keys to a healthy mental and spiritual life. She co-founded the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative in 2015, which honors stories of illness and wellness as well as bridging the gap between healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers. She has resided with her husband in Tigard, Oregon for 37 years where she raised her five children. She enjoys hiking, walking, reading and practicing yoga. 

Teaching: Exploring Shame and Grace Through Body Focus, Images and Writing

April Brenneman

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Kathi Gatlin founded Boldly Loved to bring together her two greatest passions: spiritual formation and teaching. In this, she utilizes her M.Ed. earned through George Fox University and her M.A. in Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary. Her greatest joy is walking alongside others, individually and in groups, in their own spiritual journey, sharing ways of understanding God anew through contemplative prayer and teaching, and to see them grow in the depth of their own understanding of who God is and who they are in relationship with God. Kathi is a trained spiritual director, writer, spiritual formation group facilitator, retreat speaker, leadership mentor, and adjunct professor with George Fox University. For more information about Kathi, check out Boldly Loved.


On site Spiritual Director

Kathi Gatlin

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Lynn Clouser Holt has served as a Quaker pastor and a certified spiritual director/supervisor for over 20 years. She has an MDiv from George Fox University. In addition, she has the opportunity to walk alongside students as an adjunct professor at Portland Seminary, teaching topics such as: pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, and personal transformation. Lynn has also had the privilege of working overseas in Palestine; expanding her capacity to see, hold, and respond to injustice and suffering. She does not shy away from the tough questions of faith – encouraging others of her belief that God is honored by our searching and authentic questions. For more information about Lynn, check out Boldly Loved.


On site Spiritual Director

Lynn Holt

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Deborah Koehn Loyd is a life/vocational coach, professor, speaker, and writer who lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Ken. She teaches at Warner Pacific University and Portland Seminary. Deborah wrote Your Vocational Credo (Intervarsity Press, 2015) which helps people to find their voice and their vocation. 


She is co-creator of Women’s Convergence, Women’s Theology Hub, Collaborate, Forge PDX, Above Ground Ministries and The Bridge Church. She is currently facilitates For the Sake of Clean which she and her husband started to help outdoor folks with their laundry and other basic needs, does executive coaching, vocational and image workshops and loves to talk about Voice.


Deborah holds a B.A. in Bible and Business, an MA in Exegetical Theology and a DMin in Transformational Leadership in the Global City. And is a certified Coach. In her spare time she loves to paint, read, and do Yoga. She has two daughters and a son, two beautiful granddaughters, and two kitties.


Teaching: Out on the Wild Frontier: A Talk about Vocation

Deborah Loyd


MaryKate Morse is a professor at Portland Seminary of George Fox University as the Lead Mentor in the Doctor of Ministry program on Leadership & Spiritual Formation. She is a church planter, spiritual director, leadership mentor and coach, speaker, and author including Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and A Guidebook to Prayer. She is passionate about companioning and resourcing people on the front lines of ministry.  


MaryKate Morse


The Rev. Chris Murphy is pastor of Newberg First Presbyterian Church. He is blessed to be married to Karen and the proud dad of Cate (age 11) and Chiara (age 6). Prior to beginning his ministry in Newberg, Chris was an Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults in Portland, Oregon and Director of Presbyterian Ministries at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Chris received his MDiv in 2002 and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction from Fuller. Chris has a passion for spiritual formation and mission and a love for sports, music, movies,  reading, good coffee, and Oregon wine tasting.​


Teaching: Life through the Lens of Grace

Chris Murphy


Jean Nevills' desire for God has led to adventures in contemplative wisdom and solitude, as well as mission adventures as far away as Ethiopia, South Korea, and China.  Marriage and mothering, a family business and community life are the natural arenas for ongoing spiritual transformation, spiritual practices, and living life with God in a Jesus way. A certified Spiritual Director and Supervisor with a Master’s degree in Christian Education, and Certificate in Spiritual Formation from the Renovare Institute, She is an instructor/collaborator at Portland Seminary in the Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual Direction. Jean is experienced in Ignatian, Benedictine, Centering, and Breath Prayer; Lectio Divina; Women’s and Men’s spirituality; Rule of Life; Grief; Silent and Facilitated Retreats. For more information about Jean, check out her site.


Teaching: Team Teaching with Lacy Borgo in Healing from Debilitating Shame in Parenting

Jean Nevills

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Catherine “Katie” Skurja is the founder and director of Imago Dei Ministries. Deeply rooted in and dedicated to Trinitarian principles, the ministry’s purpose is to help people everywhere engage in a Christ-centered healing process that transforms relationships with God, self, and others. Her greatest passion is to accompany people in the journey of discovering who they are in their Imago Dei (image of God). With training as a counselor, spiritual director, and in the work of inner healing prayer, Katie combines the three disciplines to help guide people through the layers of false self and shame in order to bring about the integration of the whole person. Katie and Jim have been married for 33 years and have two grown sons as well as a few “adopted” daughters with whom they share life. She loves to garden, hike, walk on the beach, cook, and read. For more information on her work, check out Imago Dei Ministries.


Teaching: Using Imagery in the Process of Transformation (Friday Intensive), Understanding Shame Through the Eyes of a Child (Keynote), Dismantling Shame

Katie Skurja

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Michelle Winter is a poet, artist, teacher and spiritual director in the Pacific Northwest. She has used the expressive arts for healing and cross-cultural understanding through Artists in Christian Testimony International. Michelle currently serves as Director of Spiritual Formation and Art Ministries for Cedar Mill Bible Church in Portland Oregon. She lives, creates and writes in her little home in the woods of the Oregon coast range where she and her husband raised their three children and corresponding menagerie. For more information about Michelle and her work, check out Creator Spiritus.


Teaching: Soul Care Using the Expressive Arts (Friday Intensive), Forgiveness is Not What You Think It Is

Michelle Winter