ESDA Spiritual Directors

ESDA spiritual directors are located across the U.S. and Canada and around the world. But if you don’t see a director listed in your immediate area, then consider that many of our spiritual directors offer their ministries across distance via Skype or phone. You can search for those who do using our sorting feature below.

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    Tim Batdorf

    Location: Austin, MN
    Phone: 612-741-5736 (home) 507-437-1000 (office)
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    I am a graduate of Talbot School of Theology with an MDiv in Spiritual Formation where I also received training as a spiritual director. I have served as a student ministries pastor for 20 years.  I currently work as the Pastor of Adult Ministries and Discipleship at Faith Evangelical Free Church of Austin Minnesota.  I am passionate and committed to helping people grow in intimacy and purity of relationship with God, knowing that depth of relationship overflows to a pure and vibrant life. My wife Shelley and I have been married for 15 years and have a wonderful grace-gift in our daughter, Anneliese. When I’m not attending one of Anneliese’s tea parties or otherwise hanging out with my family, I enjoy reading and a variety of outdoor activities, including running, skiing, camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing and hunting.

    Direction via Phone or Skype Yes
    Lead Group Direction Yes
    Retreat Leader Yes
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    Nancy Blanski

    Location: St. Louis Park, MN
    Phone: 952-929-4383
    Email:
    Website http://www.veniteministries.org

    My passion is to experience God’s goodness by being near to Him and to encourage others to find the goodness and joy of God’s presence in all of life. I am the founder and director of Venite Ministries - a place that facilitates individual maturity in Christ through spiritual formation and spiritual direction in private, church, retreat, and academic settings.

    I have been an active spiritual director for 15 years. I am the Twin Cities Coordinator of the Tending the Holy program at Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, MN. I am a graduate of Bethel Seminary (MATS) and received my training for spiritual direction through Christos Center and also New Way Ministries, Colorado Springs. My husband Bill and I have been married for 34 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren.

    Direction via Phone or Skype Yes
    Lead Group Direction Yes
    Retreat Leader Yes
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    Kristen Girard

    Location: Saint Bonifacius, MN
    Phone: 909-214-2841
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    I received my training from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University and am currently serving as Director of the Spiritual Direction Center at Redeemer Church in La Mirada, CA. I love seeing people find the treasures of spiritual direction: soul-centered conversation; discerning the movements of the Spirit; practicing the presence of God; holistic health; beauty; confession; and bold intimacy with our selves, each other, and with our God who knows and loves us more than we can handle.

    Though my own background is mainly Evangelical, I work with believers of all backgrounds and faiths, as well as those who may not consider themselves religious. I offer spiritual direction, intercessory prayer, and retreats. I am open to meeting with anyone to discern whether spiritual direction would be beneficial for them, and to tailor direction to meet what they are looking for.

    Direction via Phone or Skype Yes
    Lead Group Direction Yes
    Retreat Leader Yes
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    Jean Leih

    Location: Chanhassen, MN
    Phone: 952-241-4150
    Email:
    Website http://www.restorationmn.org/

    I completed training in spiritual direction through the Cenacle Retreat House Ministry in Wayzata, MN in 1992, taught in the training program and served on the formation team.I also completed the Master of Divinity program at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN and the Doctor of Ministry program at Azusa Pacific University Haggard Graduate School of Theology. 

    After 14 years on pastoral staff in congregational ministry, I launched a ministry center to provide spiritual direction and soul care ministry to individuals and groups.  We provide retreats, individual and group spiritual direction, professional development and supervision for spiritual directors and pastors, as well as outreach opportunities into our community. In addition, I serve as adjunct faculty at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul.

    Direction via Phone or Skype No
    Lead Group Direction Yes
    Retreat Leader Yes