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Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats: Staff

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The following are the current staff for Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats: Transforming Community.

Ann Dean, is Director of Shalem's Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Director of the Personal Spiritual Deepening Program Leadership Initiative.  Ann is a spiritual director and nationally-known leader of retreats and conferences for deepening the life of prayer and developing new structures committed to contemplative prayer, Earth care and social justice.  She has been a minister in the ecumenical community of the Church of the Saviour since 1994 and is a member of the Dayspring Retreat Mission Group. 

Winston B. Charles is a Shalem graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program and the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program. As an Episcopal priest, he served congregations in South Carolina, New York City, and North Carolina, retiring from Christ Church, Raleigh, in 2009. He continues his Shalem work through offering spiritual direction, teaching contemplative spirituality, and leading retreats. Other enjoyments include gardening, playing golf and pool, writing poetry, and spending time with his wife Judy and daughter Julia. 

Kate Coffey is a graduate of Shalem's Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program, and has served as a facilitator for parish-based contemplative discernment groups. She received her MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary and is in the ordination process of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is particularly inspired by Celtic spirituality, the beauty of Creation, the origins and meaning of words, and Jungian dream-work. 

Marshall Craver is Associate Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mobile, AL, ministering primarily in the areas of adult spiritual formation, meditation and contemplative prayer groups and retreats, and one-on-one spiritual direction. He is a graduate of Shalem's Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and has recently received his certificate in spiritual direction from the Jesuits of Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL.

Carole Crumley, is an Episcopal priest and an experienced pilgrimage guide to sacred and secular sites throughout Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. She also directs Shalem’s Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership: Going Deeper Program, an ecumenical program to nurture the spiritual heart and leadership of congregational clergy, and is Senior Guardian for the Shalem Society for Contemplative Leadership.

Tilden H. Edwards, Jr. Shalem’s Founder and Senior Fellow, served as Shalem’s Executive Director for over 27 years. An Episcopal priest with parish experience, he is a nationally respected author, speaker, and retreat leader. He has designed and led contemplative extension programs since 1979 and has worked with the spiritual life of clergy and lay people from many faith traditions throughout his ministry.

Jim Hall has practiced medicine at an inner city health clinic associated with the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC, for many years. These days he spends most of his time at Dayspring, the church's retreat farm, studying natural history and ecology and building a new Earth Ministry Center. He and his wife lead classes, retreats, outings and liturgies on the land that link faith and ecology.

Christine Jeffrey, (Chris), is the Registrar for Shalem. Chris has worked in a variety of parish settings and received her degree in Theology from Trinity University in Washington D.C.  

Liz Ward, Director of the Spiritual Guidance Program, is an Episcopal layperson and a graduate of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program. She has served as a spiritual guide for Virginia Theological Seminary for many years and is an experienced retreat leader.  She serves on the staff of Shalem’s Clergy Spiritual Program and leads discernment groups for the Diocese of Virginia.


For more details about the program including at-home work, residency topics, peer groups and other program components, you can download a detailed program brochure (PDF) here.

If you would like to apply for this program, contact Christine Jeffrey This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it the Program Registrar at 301-897-7334 or download the application form (PDF) now.