James Wheeler, Jr., board chair, describes himself as a simple person with a deep faith in Christ. He is Anabaptist and has worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on an off in various capacities since 1986. He went to Egypt to teach ESL for five years and there met his wife Linda Herr, who was also teaching with MCC. In 1995-99 they did a second term with MCC in Palestine, spending two years in the West Bank and two years in the Gaza Strip. They went back later to serve as MCC Reps in Egypt for an additional six years. Two of their children were born in the Middle East and one here in Lancaster City. James works in Ephrata at the Material Resources Center, which is part of MCC. He enjoys baking bread and spending time outside gardening, hiking, and biking. He is a photographer who is constantly looking for God’s beauty in all things.
Michelle Whitley, board treasurer
Annette Garber has been involved with Kairos for several years, first as a student of spiritual formation, then as a graduate of the spiritual direction training program, and most recently as an All-School Prayer facilitator during Kairos weekend retreats. Annette holds a degree in English education and works with tutoring middle-school students. She attends Koinos Community Church in Sinking Spring where she resides with her husband and two teenage children. She cares deeply about issues of justice, spirituality, and taking care of our Earth home.
George Maunz, full time educator at Bethlehem Area School District in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), recently retired; received Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language; spent four years at Kairos in formation; married to Irene; has four daughters and two grandchildren with one on the way. George and Irene were very active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem for 25 years. Currently active in three men’s study groups.
Terry Pfautz | Terry’s life and ministry have been defined by coloring outside the lines. Early in life he found himself in the “ministry” and ended up pastoring for twenty plus years for DOVE International (www.dcfi.org). He served in many different capacities during those years from puppeteer to church planter. Around ten years ago he stepped into the contemplative world and was trained as a spiritual director with Oasis Ministries (www.oasismin.org) and New Way Ministries (www.newwayministries.org). In the past few years, Terry was able to fulfill a life long dream of going to art school at the PA College of Art and Design (www.pcad.edu) and has enjoyed working with children with disabilities and at the Apple Store. He is passionate about living an authentic life and seeing how art, media and spirituality intersect in the world we live in today. Terry loves painting, photography, traveling and spending time with his wife, four children, their spouses and grandchildren. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Lititz, PA.
Christine Good Shenk is a recent graduate of Kairos Spiritual Direction Training program, and has completed both the Foundations and Deepening Spiritual formation classes offered by Kairos. In addition, Christine has a B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern Mennonite University, and studied Counseling and Theology at Evangelical School of Theology in Myerstown, PA. She is a conscious business co-owner of two small town hardware stores with her husband Ed. She is a beloved contemplative, a cherished family member, friend, and community small group organizer. She is an advocate for and enjoys helping with refugees resettling in the area, and is passionate about empathy and equality for all. She enjoys going for walks at dusk, and “hearing for the voice of the Beloved upon the waters”, as well as inviting others to join in the listening. She attends Forrest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola Pa. Two grown daughters and one son in law are a gift to their family.
Phil Horst has a master’s degree in Holistic Spirituality and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Chestnut Hill College. He has completed the KAIROS Spiritual Formation program and has been serving among KAIROS faculty in some capacity since 2001 (with the exception of a sabbatical year in 2013-2014). Phil is part of the Mennonite Church community, currently attending and participating in the congregational life at James Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA. He also has a practice of Spiritual Direction. With a passion for contemplative practice and how it is lived out in day-to-day life, Phil has been working throughout his career in the context of service organizations which have led to experiences such as living 2+ years in the Congo. There have been many opportunities to embody the practices of contemplative prayer and lifestyle. Today, Phil lives in Lancaster city, is married with two grown sons and a grandson. He has a small business of writing software, mostly for non-profit service-oriented organizations.
Patricia Stewart is a life-long, closet contemplative in search of a place to be. She is a resting elder in the Presbyterian Church, a graduate of Kairos’ Foundation and Awakenings classes, and wants nothing more than to spend her life as a desert sister, listening, writing and living her yoga practice in the sacred silence. Having grown up in a mainline church where she loved the people but questioned the institution, her life was changed by a mission-trip to Israel and the companionship of a spiritual director. She now seeks only to follow the God-spark ignited by both experiences, while pursuing a way to live meaningfully and artfully in a world torn apart by war and personal isolation. Patti has spent her dis-jointed professional life as a writer, institutional advancement officer and arts-educator promoter, having been graduated from Duke University with a triple major – clear evidence of her having been unable to listen to that still, small voice. She lives on a farm with too many horses, alpaca, and her husband – with whom she is missing her four grown children and planning an escape back to both the Great White North and the Chesapeake, where they will once again sail under grace-filled skies and guess the endings to each other’s sentences.
Marlin Good | Having completed 30 years of teaching and administration in public schools, Marlin got his certificate in Spiritual Direction from Kairos where he has served as faculty member and also program director. Marlin enjoys bike riding, ceramics and woodworking. He and his wife Barbara live in Lititz, PA, and have 3 adult sons and 2 grandchildren.
Bonita (Bonnie) Kozemchak | Coming from a multi-faith home, Bonnie has spent her life living out the YES of Limitless Love and walking with others through the paradox of belonging and longing. A retired pediatric neuropsychologist, married, 1 daughter, 2 granddaughters, and mom to 4 alpacas. She spends mixing play with work with youth, marginalized individuals, and the infirmed. Her Spiritual Direction training was completed through Kairos School of Spiritual Formation.