spiritual direction

Spiritual Direction

"Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul."

Thomas Merton, Trappist monk


Spiritual direction helps people to deepen their relationship with the spiritual aspects of their humanity.  Through conversation with a trained spiritual director, men and women are able to reflect on the movement of the Spirit in their lives.  Spiritual Direction guides people on a journey toward freedom and peace.

Spiritual direction is available to all people who have a spiritual impulse, including those who might not have a religious faith to which they ascribe.  The role of the Spiritual Director is that of a trusted companion, who can listen intently to the client and accompany the client as s/he discerns and deepens her/his relationship with the Divine.

Spiritual direction is offered both individually and in small groups.

Group spiritual direction usually takes place in groups of four plus a trained spiritual director.  In group spiritual direction, all of the members of the group participate in the reflection and discernment process.  Through group spiritual direction, in addition to deepening one’s own personal relationship with the divine, men and women create community through the processes of deep listening and authentic sharing.

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Leaderwise Spiritual Directors

Susan Miller, MAR, MDiv

Susan Miller, MAR, MDiv

Susan Miller, MAR, MDiv

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Susan believes that spiritually grounded leadership is essential for the renewal of faith-based organizations. Through individual and small group Spiritual Direction and Clergy Coaching, Susan’s work with leaders helps them identify, develop and refine their unique gifts and passions.


Susan has served in congregations as a Lutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) pastor and interim pastor and on judicatory staffs in New Jersey and in Minnesota. Currently, she serves as an Assistant to the Bishop in the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. In addition to her work with individuals, she also works with congregations who find themselves in a season of conflict, believing that healing and renewal often begins in the midst of anxiety and stress.


Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Divinity degrees from Yale University. She is certified as a Clergy Coach and a Spiritual Director and has received training in directing the Extended Ignatian Exercises. She has practiced as a Healthy Congregations facilitator, a Bridgebuilder and has received training in conflict management from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.


In addition to her work with individuals and with faith based organizations, Susan finds great joy in spending time with her husband, their two adult children and their spouses and her grandchildren. When she can, she escapes to the beach – where the vastness of sea and sky ground her in the beauty of creation.

Tim Nelson, DMin, BCC

Susan Miller, MAR, MDiv

Susan Miller, MAR, MDiv

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An ordained Lutheran minister (ELCA), retired Board Certified Chaplain (BCC), and Spiritual Director, Tim is passionate about assisting faith leaders in drawing upon their own spiritual resources and practices in order to lead from their center and to find joy in their work.  He comes to this place in life after more than 30 years of ministry in congregations, hospice chaplaincy, and executive leadership of spiritual care in healthcare settings. Tim is energized by helping others pay close attention to their spiritual lives through individual and group Spiritual Direction. He has a deep appreciation of the many spiritual traditions and beliefs, is known as a respectful and compassionate listener, and holds his own beliefs and assumptions lightly in order to be fully present to the other. 


Tim received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and was trained and certified in Spiritual Direction through Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. He is certified for chaplaincy through The Association of Professional Chaplains and endorsed by the ELCA for specialized ministry. 


A lover of all things outdoors, Tim can be found riding his bicycle on urban bike paths, snowshoeing in parks, devouring good books on the backyard patio, paddling his kayak on quiet waters, and, along side his wife, walking the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. 

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