Each time I have met with Sally, I have come away sensing God’s direction in my life more clearly. Together we have had eyes to see His Word pointing in clear and practical ways. Oftentimes I would begin our time together in a state of dejection--feeling stuck--only to emerge an hour later feeling reinvigorated and filled with clear purpose and meaning.
I cannot explain how this was accomplished--only that it has made a measurable difference in the ability to trace God’s activity in my journey. —Laura P.
Sally sharpens me spiritually. Her ability to ask the right questions, listen fully, and get to the heart of issues is a precious gift. I appreciate the grace she brings to every conversation. She is a gifted coach that I have greatly benefited from over the last six years! —Melissa Spoelstra, author and speaker
Sally's greatest gift is her ability to listen in love and respond with compassion. I've known Sally professionally and personally for many years. Even as she is a woman of great wisdom and knowledge, Sally is open-handed in letting God use her to guide others toward spiritual wellness and healing. She has created a safe space for me to talk about difficult family addiction issues, grief, and an unwanted divorce. I'm grateful for Sally's wisdom in my life as I've walked through those spiritual struggles. —Barb Roose, author and speaker
When Sally and I first met, we sat down for a get-to-know-each-other lunch. It was immediately apparent that this was an individual to whom God had given the charism of spiritual direction. Her presence is inviting, warm, and safe and she cares deeply about spiritual matters. This first impression was affirmed time and time again as she participated in our certificate in spiritual direction. She is a person of intelligence and wisdom and she freely shares these gifts with those with whom she comes in contact. I had the privilege of watching her develop as a director; a role into which she stepped so easily. Sally is one of those humble spirits who is open to being stretched by God and I saw this openness as she blessed and was blessed by the directees with whom she worked. I am thrilled that she accepted the call to offer this gift to those God will place in her path.
—Jackie L. Halstead, Ph. D., LMFT
CEO, Selah Center for Spiritual Formation
Before Sally was a spiritual director, she chose to make Spiritual Direction a regular part of her spiritual life—this makes her a healthy spiritual director! I’ve watched how Sally has bloomed and her connection to God has deepened through contemplative practices and being spiritually companioned. I assure you that all who choose to meet with Sally will find a gentle, playful, compassionate, and creative companion for their soul.
—Kasey Hitt, Certified Spiritual Director
Several years ago, Sally and I had the opportunity to become reacquainted through our work and then through a dreamwork group I facilitated. I immediately noticed her gift for discernment as she asked clarifying questions and responded to other members of this group. I also noticed that God was stirring something in her and wondered if she might be called to Spiritual Direction. I was grateful to see her do the work and discernment that ultimately led her to begin training and become a Spiritual Director. Sally is a trusted companion I know I can rely on for caring and wise counsel. She is also a colleague I count on to assist in groups I work with. Participants in the Walking as a Spiritual Practice group look forward to walking with her as a facilitator. —Scott Spradley, Certified Spiritual Director
It has been my pleasure to know Sally for well over a decade. She has evidenced gifts in ministry relative to personal encouragement, insightfully relating to many and different types of persons, and is often observed “walking with people” through various circumstances and stages of their life experiences. I believe her to be a mature and constantly growing follower of Christ who has a dynamic faith.
—Dr. Bruce Grubbs, Former Senior Pastor, Minister at Large, The Glade Church
About Events & Retreats
The Beloved Retreat
"This retreat was such a beautiful and needed experience! The loving community I felt almost immediately was nothing short of a miracle for me. Sally's teaching is deeply rooted in the Word and was such an encouragement to my soul. The imaginative prayer was water for my soul and I continue to reflect on what I learned. I cannot wait to start listening on a daily basis and journaling what I hear God say. Thank you so much for offering this beautiful experience." —Rose T.
"Sally beautifully balanced times of sharing and times of reflection. The opportunity to have quiet time made it so special, the opportunity to soak it all in and listen to God's voice quietly prompting me to embrace what He alone had brought to my heart and mind. I know Sally's heart is to be a conduit for the Lord and it radiates from her. You would be blessed, as I was, to be a part of upcoming retreat opportunities." —Patty
Through much preparation done by Sally, and because of the prayers of many people, the spiritual table was set and the Holy Spirit’s presence was evident. We were buoyed by prayer. That is the only explanation for the freedom and depth and vulnerability with which people shared. —Mary
Beautiful, peaceful and healing are the three words that I would use to describe this weekend. I have never felt the Grace and love of God more. —Karen W.
Thank you for this weekend! I appreciate you following God’s calling and leading us through a beautiful time of renewal, encouragement, and self discovery. There were so many times when my soul was ministered to. It would be impossible to choose just one to tell which had the most impact on me. God touched me this weekend and I know without doubt my life will never be the same. —Susan R.
The timing of this retreat was significant to me. I just felt that I needed some Christian support and to have a deeper relationship with the Lord and others. I don't have the words to express how gloriously the Lord fulfilled my needs. —MM
"The retreat was a wonderfully intimate time, experiencing God's love through prayer and fellowship." —CJ
"The retreat offered me an experience of being in community while also experiencing God in my own way. It was a good mix of group and individual or partner time." —Participant
"Sally did an excellent job of making everyone feel welcome and a part of the group. She created a sense of safety where we could be vulnerable and authentic. Every woman received and experienced God in her own unique way." —Participant
"I experienced God's love through the quiet moments and reflection. My invitation from God is to spend more time in silence and listening to what He has to say." —Participant
"Sally's leadership and guidance helped bring us all forward." —Participant
"I appreciated the earlier bedtime and later mornings compared to other retreats that I have attended, which left me feeling sleep deprived." —Participant
"A nice balance of communion and personal reflection. A wonderful experience!" —Participant
"My goodness--8 women of varying ages and life experience were bound together by God!" —Participant
"I left so many worries, anger, and resentment at Jesus' feet." —Participant
Journaling Classes & Retreats
"The reflective exercises and time for rest allowed me to relax and let the Holy Spirit enter my heart."
"This [journaling] class helped me realize what a valuable gift journaling is. It's a place where I can clear my mind and God can minister to my soul. Sally does an excellent job of leading us. I highly recommend it!" —Joyce M.
"This journaling class was so much more than I expected! Sally's presentation and teaching come from her background of years of journaling. I had no idea all the different styles she would present. I found several that really fit me. This class is very impactful and journaling will become a very creative part of my prayer life. Thank you, Sally!" —Barbara W.
"It's a miraculous experience to hear God's voice. It changes my attitude to peace, gives me real hope, and guides and strengthens me with much joy. This retreat did all of those things so well, and I met some inspiring women. It was a real gift." —Pam
"It's really hard to set apart time to listen for God in our fast-paced world. I appreciated having that opportunity and having someone to guide my thoughts in that direction." —JM
"The mood set by Sally's presentation style and her peaceful and reassuring voice makes it easy to let the Spirit in." —Steve
"The retreat was a breath of fresh air. I sensed God's presence with me as I made self-discoveries and gained awareness of how to take action in a specific area of my life." —NE
Renew You Retreat
"I really needed this Renew You retreat. Connecting with God on a cognitive level comes more naturally to me, so these teachings and exercises were very helpful to stimulate heart connection with the Lord. I highly recommend this retreat for anyone pursuing deeper intimacy with Jesus!" —Melissa S.
About the Blog & Monthly Newsletter
"I always enjoy and think about your spiritual wisdom in your blogs." —Sandy W.
"This [newsletter] was fabulous!" — Valerie Y.
"I absolutely love your writing style." —Laura C.
"This month's email came at a very timely moment. I can't even express to you how much I needed your words and the presence of God that came with them. Thank you for sharing your gifts. I am surrounded by peace this morning after reading and meditating on them." —Tracy B.
"Thank you, Sally. This is lovely and so needed." —Elizabeth L.