Our Course Instructor Bios

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 Direction with Children, Deepening Our Practice of Spiritual Direction with Children

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 certified spiritual director, writer, spiritual formation group facilitator, retreat speaker, leadership mentor, and adjunct professor at George Fox University. For more information about Kathi, check out Boldly Loved.

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer, Practicing Prayer, Experiencing God: Creating Space Through Contemplative Prayer, Creating a Rhythm of Life, Forming a Spiritual Direction Practice

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.

Creating a Rhythm of Life

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.

Forming a Spiritual Direction Practice

Darla Tillman-Samuelson has been teaching and learning about shame, grace and resilience for over 10 years. After taking a class on shame and grace in seminary Darla realized that emotions like shame were significant in her life as a woman and a leader. Once she understood the concept of shame she began to see it, feel it, and hear it in many in the lives of the people she loved and cared for. It was also something she saw at work in the media, church, and workplace. Since that time Darla has done research on women in Christian higher education to learn how they experienced shame and how institutions perpetuate it. Surprisingly, women in her study described how they enacted resilience at the same time they were feeling shame. That means that we can develop resilience to shame when we are experiencing it. It is from this curiosity and love for transformation, healing, and resilience that Darla has created these courses for you. 


Bridges to Connection: Developing Resilience and Spiritual Practices, Bridges to Connection: Developing Resilience and Presence

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.


Discover Your True Identity by Uncovering Shame, Christ in Me Through the Enneagram, Going Deeper Through Paradox

Guest Author Instructor Bios

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 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.




Out on the Wild Frontier: A Talk about Vocation 

Melanie Springer Mock is a Professor of English at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore. In 2009, she won the GFU Undergraduate Faculty of the Year award, and in 2015, she received the GFU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year award. She is the author or co-author of five books, including most recently Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else (Herald Press, 2018). Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Christian Feminism Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Mennonite World Review, among other places. She lives in Dundee, Ore., with her husband and two teen sons. 


Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else

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