Staff and Faculty

Kairos Staff

Jess Okanya  |  Interim Executive Director

Hanna Eadline  |  Administrative Assistant   

Kelly Winters  |  Accountant   

 

Kairos Faculty

Mark Beazley  |  Foundations of the Contemplative Life  |  Mark has been involved in church and pastoral ministry for over 20 years.  Mark loves being in a ministry of helping people experience God’s presence and journeying with others who are determined to keep pressing into a life that God holds out to all of us. Mark holds a masters in Spiritual Formation & Leadership from Spring Arbor University, Michigan.  He has been married to Kim for 25 years and lives in West Chester, PA with their two teenagers, Ian and Tessa.  Some of Mark’s favorite things in life are books, music, the outdoors, coffee and people.

Pam Brubaker  |  Foundations of the Contemplative Life  Pam was trained as a spiritual director at Kairos School of Spiritual Formation and has a spiritual direction practice in her home in rural Strasburg, PA. She is passionate about providing a welcome and safe space for people to be open and authentic; her deep desire is to accompany others as they bring to God their whole selves and all that they are experiencing in life. Pam has a BS in Math Education and was a high school teacher for two years. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Pam attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. She is married to Drew and has three children, one daughter-in-law and one granddaughter and she treasures her time with them. She also enjoys gardening, running, canning and making and eating good healthy food.

Paul Burgmayer  |   Deepening Prayer and Contemplative Leadership  |  A former industrial chemical researcher, Paul has taught high school math and chemistry for the past 15 years.  He has a master’s degree in Holistic Spirituality and a certificate in spiritual direction from Chestnut Hill College, certificates in the supervision of spiritual direction from Together in the Mystery (affiliated with San Francisco Seminary), and Mercy Center, Burlingame, and he is trained to (and has a special love for) accompanying others in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.  A member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church for 26 years, he has developed and taught a number of adult education classes.  With an interest in the history of spiritual direction in the US, he has researched and written on SD training at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA and the Jesuit Center at Wernersville.  This is Paul’s 6th year co-leading the Deepening class. Paul lives in Wayne, PA with his wife, Sharon, a piano-playing chemistry professor and graduate dean at Bryn Mawr College.  His older son, Alan, works as a line cook in Philadelphia and younger son, Andrew, a junior at the University of Michigan, is studying voice performance and creative writing.  In his spare time, Paul enjoys gardening with Sharon, woodworking, singing, and writing.

Carolynne Ervin  |  Weekend Spiritual Direction Training  |  Carolynne was the Coordinator of the Spiritual Direction Practicum at Chestnut Hill College fourteen years and joined the Kairos faculty in September 2014. She has been on the staff of both the SSJ Center for Spirituality in Chestnut Hill, PA and the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA and is a visiting director at St. Mary’s by the Sea, Cape May Point, NJ. Carolynne has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and directed retreats, as well as the training and supervision of spiritual directors for over thirty years. Carolynne holds an MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and received her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the SSJ Center for Spirituality and her Certificate in Supervision of Spiritual Direction from the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA.

Deb Cone Halsey  |  Awakening to Mystery  |  Deb has been a part of the Kairos family for over 5 years. She completed Spiritual Direction Training in 2015 and practices out of her home. Deb loves the energy she receives as she is present to the Mystery of God through contemplative prayer practices, and enjoys facilitating small contemplative prayer groups. Deb has a background in education and taught for a number of years. More recently, Deb has served at two different non-profits as a program director. Deb will be pursuing her education to become a Reiki practitioner this fall and plans to combine this with her Spiritual Direction practice. Deb has three daughters and a son as well as one very special granddaughter. She is married to Mark and they enjoy being empty-nesters in Lancaster County. Deb looks forward to co-facilitating Awakening to Mystery with Phil Horst, allowing for the the ongoing unfolding of her path as it intersects with other awakening souls.

Donna Holstein  |   Guided Silent Retreats |  Donna finds great joy in companioning others on their spiritual journeys. She attended Spring Arbor College in Spring Arbor, MI and later Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, majoring in English Literature. In 2004, Donna joined KAIROS, first as a student in Year One Spiritual Formation, followed by the Spiritual Direction Training Program (receiving certification in May 2009). Donna also served on the KAIROS Board from 2007-2011. Following her spiritual direction training, Donna worked as Spiritual Director for the Middleton Center for Pastoral Care and Counseling at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA, where she also coordinated the labyrinth ministry (she is a Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator). Donna now offers spiritual direction in her home and leads silent and guided retreats. Donna and her husband, Garry, live in Eagleville PA. They have four children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys writing, art journaling, fiber and mosaic art, kayaking and hiking.

Phil Horst  |   Awakening to Mystery  |  Phil 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.

Christine Labrum  |   Lectio Divina  |  Artist and Spiritual Director, Christine Labrum (MDiv), is passionate about creating space to listen for God and companioning others as they more deeply experience the heart of God. The practice of Lectio Divina was one of Christine’s first conscious experiences of the gifts of contemplative faith. In exploring this practice personally and in community she found it a path towards listening deeply for God. In a time when our lives are often filled beyond capacity with activity and service and our world is filled with chaos and noise it is a delight to offer space where we can “Be still, and know…” that God is, and that God loves us (Psalm 46:10). As an artist Christine creates images in response to and reflection upon our spiritual journey with God. Many of her images have come out of this practice.  For more of her work, see http://www.creatingspacetolisten.com

Jean Lengacher  |  Deepening Prayer and Contemplative Leadership  |   Jean has been co-teaching Deepening for the past four years.  She was a student in Kairos formation classes in the 1990’s and graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a Master of Divinity/Christian Spiritual Formation degree.  She has taken enrichment courses with Shalem Institute and Gestalt Pastoral Care.  Jean grew up in the Anabaptist tradition and previously served as Pastor of Nurture and Formation at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA.  She and her husband attend St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster.   Jean is passionate about honoring the contemplative life.  She appreciates the emergence of the communal voice, and noticing the intersection of faith and action in our cosmos.  She engages with art, poetry and physical movement as meaningful prayer practices.  Jean maintains retreat space and a spiritual direction practice at her home. Jean lives in a rural area near New Providence, PA with her husband, Glen.  They are the parents of five young adult children, their spouses/significant others, and eleven grandchildren.  She and Glen enjoy being in nature; gardening, biking, and visiting family in NC and CO.

Laurie Mellinger  |  Weekend Spiritual Direction Training  |   Laurie loves to teach and help others deepen their relationships with God. She offers classes in spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and Christian theology at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA, and joined the Kairos faculty in 2017. She is a spiritual director, retreat leader, conference speaker, and author on topics in spirituality, including teaching as a spiritual practice. She is licensed for ministry by Lancaster Mennonite Conference. Previously, she served as the Dean of Academic Programs for Evangelical, led worship and discipleship ministries in local churches, and taught piano and music theory to private students. She earned a Ph.D. in Christian spirituality from The Catholic University of America, a master’s degree from Evangelical, and certificates in spiritual direction from Oasis Ministries and from Kairos. Laurie loves cooking, crocheting prayer shawls, leading worship, building friendships, and reading.

Jess Okanya  |   Jess is a recent graduate of Shalem Institute’s Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program.  She is currently working towards completion of an MAR (Master of Arts in Religion) with Spiritual Direction training from Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA and the Shalem Institute, Washington D.C..  She has completed both year one and year two in Spiritual Formation from KAIROS.  Jess is committed to contemplative prayer, cross-cultural understanding and interfaith engagement.  She has lived overseas in East Africa and continues to engage issues related to poverty, education, and advocacy.

Steve Shussett  |  Weekend Spiritual Director Training  |  Steve is the pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is also a spiritual director, retreat leader, and writer for a variety of publications. He previously served as the Executive Presbyter of Lehigh Presbytery, Associate for Spiritual Formation for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), and as a pastor in Virginia and Maryland. He is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he received his Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality. Steve and his wife, Alicia, live in Allentown, while daughter Rachel is at Westminster College and son Daniel is a student at Gettysburg College.

Caz Tod-Pearson  |  Integrating the Contemplative Journey  |  Caz arrived in the US from New Zealand in 2004 to join Mission Year, a one year volunteer service program that invites 18-30 year olds into a lifestyle of faith, community, service and justice. Caz served for many years as National Program Director, supporting the City Directors in cities around the nation. In 2009 Caz joined Kairos’ Spiritual Direction Training Program with the desire to grow in her ability to companion Mission Year participants as they attend to God’s activity and navigate their faith, community and service in an often unfamiliar urban context. Caz seeks to live out the core values that Mission Year espouses in her own life, and has lived as part of The Simple Way since 2008.  She serves as the Director of this organization and community that is committed to building a neighborhood they can be proud of. The Simple Way has a cluster of about a dozen properties on the same block, with houses and gardens they share.  They paint murals, help kids with homework, share food, host neighborhood celebrations, and try to live as one big family… which means eating together, praying together, and doing life together. She loves to find the sacred in the ordinary, banana cake, and to be outdoors, especially near bodies of water.  Caz is married to Mike, and they have two young children.

Linda Witmer  |  Guided Silent Retreats  | Linda finds silent retreats renewing for her own spiritual journey so companioning others gives her great joy. She is a spiritual director and has created space in her Lancaster City home for retreatants. See tendingplace.weebly.com. Linda spent many years in Guatemala working with the Q’eqchi’ Maya as a health and development worker. She completed an M.Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA in 2007 and spiritual direction training at KAIROS: School of Spiritual Formation in 2009.  She served on the KAIROS Board for nine years. Presently she is the Administrative Director and Associate Professor of EMU Lancaster ‘s nursing program.

 

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