Christos Welcomes New Executive Director

The Christos board is thrilled to announce that Heidi Lender has joined Christos as Executive Director.  Heidi comes to us with a depth of experience in higher education, primarily at St Mary’s and Augsburg Universities. She has more 20 years of experience in faith-based higher education settings; directing programs, facilitating vocation exploration and grant initiatives, teaching, and providing career counseling to undergraduate/graduate students, alumni, and prospective students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

She is a seasoned professional with experience working in a church setting developing mental health resources, community partnerships, providing counseling, group spiritual direction, spiritual practice retreats, and spiritual care to the congregation, community, homeless shelter guests, and staff.

Heidi is a Christos Tending the Holy graduate and an active spiritual director.   While we are excited about all these skills and abilities, we are even more excited about Heidi’s passion for Christos’ mission of promoting the contemplative life.

Heidi and her husband reside in Mahtomedi, MN. She will office at the Lino Lakes property. She will have a broad range of responsibilities including cultivating and sustaining positive relationships with staff, learners, the broader community, our Board of Directors and volunteer groups. She will provide development and leadership support for our growing Tending the Holy program. She will serve as the main public contact and spokesperson for the organization and will represent Christos in all professional capacities.

Please help us in warmly welcoming Heidi.

We are excited about the next chapter of the Christos story. We are currently in a position of strength, as we build momentum across all aspects of Christos. Because of this, we are also well poised to work together to enhance our current activities and embrace new opportunities that fit our mission.


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