Consortio Dei partners with individuals and teams who do sacred work to cultivate spiritual practices, soul care, and relational support. This podcast is a companion to the spiritual direction practice of John Chandler, and serves as public conversation with spiritual leaders for shared learning, growth and encouragement.
8: JR Rozko
For over 20 years, JR has straddled the worlds of local church ministry and the theological formation of Christian leaders. Having co-founded and served as National Director of Missio Alliance for over 8 years, JR now shares two roles with his wife, Amy. Together, they serve as Co-Lead Pastors of First Church of the Resurrection, a historic church in Canton, OH and Co-Directors of Missional Innovation for Churches for the Sake of Others, the Anglican diocese to which they belong. JR has a DMiss from Fuller Theological Seminary focused on issues of missional ecclesiology and is a novitiate The Order of the Common Life, a new monastic religious order.
Link mentioned by JR: Lectio for Families app
7: MaryKate Morse
MaryKate Morse is the Executive Dean of Portland Seminary at George Fox University and a professor of Leadership & Spiritual Formation. She is also the Lead Mentor in the Doctor of Ministry program in Leadership & Spiritual Formation. She is a church planter, spiritual director, leadership mentor and coach, speaker, and author including Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence, A Guidebook to Prayer, and Lifelong Leadership. She is passionate about companioning and resourcing people on the front lines of ministry.
6: Ben Sternke
Ben Sternke has over two decades of Christian ministry experience, and has been coaching, consulting, and training leaders since 2010.
He has experience as a worship pastor, lead pastor, and church planter (one of the first in the USA to use missional communities from the ground up). He’s also been a web designer, business owner, content developer, author, and marketing consultant.
He has a graduate degree in Hermeneutics from London School of Theology, and a B.A. in Christian Ministry and Music from Taylor University. Since 2005, he has been writing about church leadership and ministry in various online publications, including his own blog, Gravity Leadership, The V3 Movement, and more.
He co-founded Gravity Leadership, where he coaches and consults pastors and ministry leaders from all around the world in transformation leadership and discipleship. He is planting an Anglican church (The Table Indy) in the Indianapolis area, where he and his wife Deb live with their children, and a little dog named Edith.
5: Owen Brock
Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and trained through Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction in Cincinnati, Ohio, Owen has been offering direction since 2008. He is also an instructor for the school, training others for the important work of caring for souls.
Owen became acquainted with spiritual direction many years ago out of a deep need to make sense of his own spiritual life. After years of attending to his inner life he began to notice that his spiritual life would go in cycles with a diminishing experience of intimacy with God. Even while continuing with familiar rhythms and practices, this pattern repeated itself for a number of years until eventually there was no sense of God at all. Nothing. Owen eventually found himself sitting across from a spiritual director. He told him about his “faith crisis”. The director asked Owen to describe his spiritual life and practices, and after listening, suggested that rather than looking at the current spiritual experience as a problem that needed to be solved, what if it was an invitation? That was when Owen first noticed the tears streaming down his face. The spiritual director encouraged Owen that he was seeking authenticity and integrity—searching for the truth.
For over a decade now, Owen has been offering for others what that kind soul offered him that day.
Owen is a grateful husband, father and grandfather. Together with his wife Sandie, they have been a part of the urban, community-oriented Vineyard Central church in Cincinnati for over twenty-five years, and for over forty-five years they have been part of transformative community-oriented expressions of God’s kingdom, both domestically and internationally.
Owen and Sandie love a great adventure, spending summers based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, hiking and kayaking, or traveling and serving internationally in such places as Africa, Nepal, Ireland and Haiti.
4: Tara Beth Leach
Tara Beth Leach is a pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in the western suburbs of Chicago. She previously served as senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena ("PazNaz") in Southern California and has pastored in Illinois and New York. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Northern Theological Seminary.
Tara Beth is a regular writer for Missio Alliance and writes and speaks widely about women in ministry and church leadership. She is the author of Emboldened, Radiant Church, and Forty Days on Being a Six. She has two beautiful and rambunctious sons, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006. You can find her at tarabethleach.com.
3: Sean Palmer
Profiled in Christian Standard magazine as one of “40 Leaders Under 40”, Sean is a thoughtful and prolific Christian writer, speaker, speaking coach, racial justice consultant, and podcaster. He is the Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, the author of Forty Days on Being a Three, a contributing writer to THE VOICE OF PSALM and THE VOICE BIBLE, and a featured writer at Missio Alliance.