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SACRED PRESENCE TEAM2020-07-01T10:57:50-07:00

Sacred Presence Team

The Sacred Presence Team shares passion for finding ways to support and accompany synod leaders. Each of the team members brings years and unique depth of experience to their ministries of coaching and spiritual direction.

What is Coaching? 

  • Coaching is a relationship of active listening and open questioning that invites you into a process of transformative discovery and growth.
  • Coaching can help you find clarity and awaken the necessary courage to take bold action in your life, leadership and ministry.
  • Coaching is offered on a 1-1 basis or for teams or groups.

Note: The ELCA has a strong and quickly growing coaching ministry. You can learn more about this ministry along with free group coaching on specific topics for all rostered leaders on the ELCA coaching webpage. 

What is Spiritual Direction?

  • Spiritual direction creates a holy space in which you can deepen your awareness of the divine within and around you.
  • Spiritual direction is also an opportunity to discover your deepest truths and ground you in the presence and movement of God’s Spirit.
  • Spiritual Direction is offered on a 1-1 basis or for groups.

What will this cost?

The team is offering a sliding scale—as well as a group option—so it can be as affordable as possible for everyone. We invite you to pay as much as you can within that range so that we can make this available to as many people as possible.

  • For individual coaching or spiritual direction, the team offers a sliding scale of $50 – $100/hour-long session.

  • For group or team coaching or spiritual direction, the team offers $25/person for a group of any size. The length of the sessions would vary depending on the size and intention of the group.

Contact one of the team members to inquire about individual or group coaching or spiritual direction.

Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodin brings her experience as pastor of King of Kings (1996 – 2003), mission developer for Wilderness Way (2006 – 2019), interim pastor/consultant for Bethlehem (2010 – 2012), Spiritual Director for 23 years, and an ELCA Level 2 coach with specific coach training in Mission Development and Care for Creation. She is a leader and mentor in EcoFaith Recovery, has created and led grief rituals and workshops for personal and planetary grief, and is currently in an “End of Life Coaching” training program, with a personal passion for helping people find their way through ecological grief and loss of once-stable institutions, to find courage and power, joy and life in the midst of struggle. Solveig is also gifted in the art of guided meditations and often creates personalized guided meditations for her directees and coaching clients. She offers this on either a one-time or ongoing basis.

Heather Ingersoll, PhD, has over 15 years working in colleges and churches in early childhood education, family life education, Christian education, and children’s spirituality. Whether it is in a college classroom, a teacher training, or a children’s Sunday school class, Heather works to create brave spaces for people of all ages to connect with and explore God’s work in our lives. As a Level 1 ELCA Coach, Heather is excited to use coaching as an opportunity to walk alongside those looking to find clarity and a way forward, especially focused in areas of discipleship, ministry with young people, and navigating ministry and family life.

Rev. Tom Struck brings over 26 years of pastoral leadership along with 4 years as a board certified chaplain presently working in a hospital setting. In addition, Tom is trained in Circles of Trust and is a Level 1 ELCA coach.  His particular passion is to offer support for rostered and lay leaders to help them hear the voice of the Spirit, their Inner Teacher or True Self and to move into deeper awareness and action toward healing and wholeness for themselves and for those they are called to serve.

Deacon Sue Best, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker who has spent over 30 years serving children and adults with serious and chronic illnesses with key focus in oncology and palliative care/hospice. Feeling a call to serve more formally in the ELCA, Deacon Sue was commissioned as part of the Word and Service roster in 2016. The primary congregation she serves is Augustana with roles of pastoral care and assisting with liturgy/preaching. Sue is a Level 1 ELCA coach who is currently doing intensive training in “End of Life Coaching.” Additionally, she is training to become a Spiritual Director. Sue has great passion in offering spiritual and emotional accompaniment for individuals, families and groups facing pivotal transitional moments.

Rev. Mary Peterson will be celebrating 25 years of ordination in September 2020 as an ELCA pastor. She served as associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran, Owatonna, MN (1995-1998) and Trinity Lutheran, Gresham, OR (1998-2004). Mary has been a hospice chaplain for fourteen years with Providence Hospice as well as providing Word and Sacrament ministry at Bethany Lutheran, Portland, OR. In addition to being a chaplain and pastor, Mary is also a Spiritual Director providing individual and group direction. She has also led numerous retreats/gatherings in her work as a Courage and Renewal Facilitator.  Mary values connection, vulnerability, and authenticity.

Anna Hoesly, MFT currently serves as co-pastor/leader/organizer and founder of Storyline Community- a community collective and community of faith that helps neighbors and institutions work together to know and meet the needs of their own neighborhood. Anna draws on her background in mental health (Marriage and Family Therapy), her work as a mediator and consultant for non-profits, her work as a community organizer, and over 15 years in communities of faith, overseeing the care of mental and spiritual health and the development of leaders, teams and organizations. Anna is innately strategic, systemic and movement-oriented, with a counseling sensibility grounded in human attachment- our daily life’s work of connecting and restoring our relationships as we weave together the story of our whole self. Trained as an ELCALevel 1 Coach, she listens at the heart level and asks powerful questions that help stuck places unravel into freedom of movement and purposeful momentum. She offers this on a one-time or ongoing basis.