Our faculty in the DMin in Spiritual Direction are one of the program’s greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. The scholar practitioner's currently teaching in the Spiritual Direction track are:
Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt is a senior scholar at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. An Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and consulting editor at Church Publishing, Schmidt is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, as well as several books: A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church, The Changing Face of God, When Suffering Persists, What God Wants for Your Life, Conversations with Scripture: Revelation, Conversations with Scripture: Luke, and The Dave Test.
Rev. Dr. Hannah Hwa-Young Chong is pastor of Community United Methodist Church and holds a PhD in systematic theology from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her publications includes In Search of God's Power in Broken Bodies: A Theology of Maum, as well as daily devotions for The Upper Room and Pleasant Hills: Korean Daily Reflections.
Rev. Dr. Karla Kincannon is an affiliate faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. She is the author of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection, as well as numerous articles about the spiritual journey and curriculum for The United Methodist Church. Kincannon lectures, leads workshops, and facilitates retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings nationwide. She has served as a parish pastor, campus minister, college chaplain, and has been a spiritual director for over 25 years.
Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale is the E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. As a professor, author, and pastor, Teasdale focuses on evangelism, church leadership, mission, discipleship, and Wesleyan/Methodist studies. He is the President of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) and served for six years as the editor of Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. Teasdale is the author of GO! How to Become a Great Commission Church, Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: Sharing the Gospel Authentically, and Methodist Evangelism, American Salvation: The Home Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1860-1920.
Rev. Dr. Steven Trefz is director of the Wesley House of Study and Kairos affiliate professor at Sioux Falls Seminary, teaching pastor at Fusion Church, and is an affiliate faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Trefz has a passion for the church, for helping people discern their calls, and for leadership development. As a scholar, Trefz interests and expertise include congregational leadership, a Wesleyan view of theology and ecclesiology, spiritual gifts and the ministry of all persons, and social research methodologies. Trefz was the winner of the 2013 Association of Doctor of Ministry Educators (ADME) Award of Excellence for outstanding DMin Thesis and is the author of several articles on methodology and lay leadership, and rural evangelism.