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JANINE ROHRER

Spiritual Director, Supervisor, MSW

Janine finds tremendous joy in creating contemplative, safe spaces for others to connect with God in a way that doesn’t often happen in ordinary life.  Spiritual direction has made a profound impact in her own work and ministry, and she feels honored to sit in this sacred space with others to witness the ways God is at work. 

 

Janine is a trained educator and social worker whose passions have converged with the practice of spiritual direction. Her work experience includes teaching middle school in South Side Chicago, working with YWAM in Taiwan, Nepal and Ukraine, and facilitating economic empowerment with survivors of homelessness, addiction, and sex trafficking in New York City. 

 

When Janine first started seeing a spiritual director, it felt like a lifeline in the midst of work where burnout is common.  The slow contemplative space created by spiritual direction has been transformative in her life and work. As she trained to become a spiritual director, she found her passion to walk with others as they seek to live and work out of a sustaining connection with God.  Janine’s heart as a spiritual director is to create spaces for people to honestly share their journey with God, both the good and difficult, and look for the graces that show how God is at work. 

 

Janine studied Nonprofit Management at Columbia School of Social Work and completed her certificate in spiritual direction and certification in supervising spiritual directors through Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. In addition, Janine served in leadership at The166, a Vineyard church plant in Midtown Manhattan where she led contemplative retreats in the city. Janine is currently working as a spiritual director, co-founder of The Stillness Collective, and creating a retreat center in Lancaster, PA called Magnolia Cottage where she envisions a space for rest and contemplation. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys caring for a vegetable plot in a community garden in Harlem, experimenting with recipes using the harvested produce, walking in Central Park, and off-the-beaten path travel.

 
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CARRIE MYERS

Spiritual Director, Writer, Ph.D.

Carrie is a longtime ministry leader, writer, and educator who came to spiritual direction through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In spite of being a lifelong Christian, she found that the contemplative prayer practices in the Exercises completely transformed her prayer life and her experience of God. As a Spiritual Director, she finds joy and purpose in helping others experience God's presence, leading, and love in their everyday lives. Through 2021-22, she is excited to return to the Sustainable Faith's School of Spiritual Direction, where she completed her spiritual direction certification, for training in accompanying directees through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
 

Currently, Carrie is a pastoral team member, spiritual director, and worship leader at Vineyard One NYC, a friendly and diverse church whose mission is to "creatively carry out the work of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit." She and Ryan, Vineyard One's pastor, have been married for over 20 years. They have three children and two very fluffy bunnies. Carrie is also a co-founder of the Stillness Collective.

With a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University, Carrie has worked on the faculties of NYU, Barnard College, Hunter College, and City Seminary of New York and has certificates in Urban Ministry and Arts Ministry. She has published nonfiction books for children, poems, and articles, and is currently writing a discipleship book entitled Read, Pray, Obey.  You can read more of her writing on her website, Ravished by Light.

 
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DAVID BUCHS

Spiritual Director, Composer

David is a composer and entrepreneur with 15 years experience as an elder serving two church plants in NYC. He is a founding partner of the music school Keys To Success Music and carries two bachelors and a master’s degree in music.

 

David received his certificate in Spiritual Direction from the School of Sustainable Faith and has been meeting with individuals for spiritual direction since he began the program in 2015.

 

While going through the spiritual direction program, David began developing an ambient style of music inspired by the contemplative spiritual practices he learned at the program, with a primary focus on imaginative prayer. Since that time, he has released two EPs that have underscored contemplative and meditative narrations by Christian leaders and yoga instructors alike. His music can be found on all streaming services at sleepwithmusic.com.