HEIDI LENDERExecutive Director

I had the pleasure of being introduced to Spiritual Direction almost a decade ago when I was trying to discern where God was calling me next.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that call would lead me to the Tending The Holy Program to become a Spiritual Director.  The invitation for a deeper relationship with God, incorporating spiritual practices into my daily life, and showing up as my true self, were just a few ways Christos transformed my life.  The community that surrounded me, prayed for me, and allowed the Spirit to do the work was life-changing.

I am grateful for the ministry of spiritual direction.  It has been an honor and a privilege to walk alongside others as they share their stories and their awareness of the Spirit’s invitations for their lives.  Douglas Steere said “To listen another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another” and I believe that to be true. I have learned that we were never meant to walk this spiritual journey alone.  We need each other to listen to the Spirit, heal, and grow.  I am grateful to have listened to the Spirit and followed the call back home to Christos as the Executive Director.  What a gift it is to serve, be in relationship, and walk alongside the learners, staff, facilitators, faculty, board, volunteers, and friends of this community!