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Spiritual direction is creating sacred space to listen to God’s Spirit. It is responding to your yearning for a deeper relationship with God. A spiritual companion helps us name the presence of God in our lives and helps us discover our true self, even in the midst of darkness and pain.
While this effort is supported by the Bishop and the Synod, the relationship between the directee and the spiritual director is personal and confidential. Communication will occur directly between the person seeking direction and the Soul Companion.
Together they will decide on frequency of gathering; whether to meet virtually or in person; if in person, where to meet; fees for spiritual direction, etc. All Soul Companions use a sliding scale for fees with a maximum stipend of $50 per session.
These are the current spiritual directors offering their services to the people of the Western Iowa Synod.
Rev. Trish Underberg currently serves Country Roads Ministries (two congregations) in Craig and rural Akron, Iowa. She will be certified in fall 2020 by the Spiritual Direction program with the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, SD. She is available for Spiritual Direction and can be reached at 712-660-8583 or email at email@example.com.
Rev. Jay Denne is the pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Sioux City, IA. He was trained in Spiritual Direction at the Benedictine Peace Center in Yankton, SD. Pastor Denne is available either in person or virtually, although he prefers that the initial session be done in person if possible. His cell phone is 712-898-1678 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Riemersma is retired and lives on an acreage between Sheldon and Ashton, IA. She attends American Lutheran Church in Melvin, IA. She graduated from the Benedictine Monastery’s two-year program for Spiritual Directors. She currently is meeting outside to provide social distancing. Her phone numbers are 712-724-6265 and (cell) 712-348-0406. Email is email@example.com
Vicky Brodale graduated with a Certificate in Spiritual Direction in April, 2018 from the Spiritual Direction Ministry Formation Program at the Benedictine Peace Center in Yankton, SD. She is available in person, by phone or by Skype. She lives in Cherokee, IA. Her phone is 712-229.0064 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Stelzer has been a Certified Spiritual Director since June, 2020. He received his training through Seeking the Spirit Within, sponsored by the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA. Mark is a retired general surgeon. He now lives in Spirit Lake, IA and attends First Lutheran Church in Milford, IA. He is available in person or virtually depending on the circumstances. His cell phone is 712-540-2750 and email is email@example.com
Kathy Stelzer has been a Certified Spiritual Director since June 2020. She is a Lutheran Deacon Candidate, and a member of First Lutheran Church, Milford, IA. She lives in Spirit Lake, IA. She is available to meet with directees in person or virtually. Her cell phone is 712-540-0656 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol DeSchepper received her Spiritual Direction training at the Benedictine Monastery in Yankton, SD in 2008. She lives near Lake Park, IA and attends First Lutheran Church in Milford, IA where she is a leader for Stephen Ministry and helps facilitate small groups focused on spiritual training. She is a retired nurse. Carol is happy to meet with directees in person or virtually. Her cell phone is 605-261-0581 and email is email@example.com
Rev. Deb Mechler serves the Western Iowa Synod as an interim pastor. She was certified as a Spiritual Director by the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA through their Seeking the Spirit Within program in 2018. She lives in Spencer, IA. She meets with directees both in person and online. Her cell phone is 712-260-3286. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org