DASD Staff
Vanessa Hawkins, M.Div, MA
is the Interim Director of the Program in Christian Spirituality. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister with over fifteen years experience in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She has served in the capacities of campus minister, pastor, mission partner, and staff at the Presbyterian national office. She is also currently a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Center in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her research interests are religious education, critical theory, Hebrew Bible, and Christian Spirituality. In addition to directing the program, Vanessa teaches courses in Spiritual Life and Leadership and an elective course in the spring semester.

Elizabeth Liebert, Ph.D.
is Professor of Spiritual Life at SFTS. She is the author of Changing Life Patterns: Adult Development in Spiritual Direction, co-author of A Retreat with the Psalms: Resources for Personal and Communal Prayer and The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women. Her current work is in the area of discernment and women's spirituality. Elizabeth teaches the discernment courses in the January program.

Rebecca Bradburn Langer M.Ed., M.Div., D.Min.
is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has worked with the DASD program in various capacities and is presently coordinating all the supervision of the students. She and Mary Rose Bumpus edited the book, Supervision of Spiritual Directors: Engaging Holy Mystery. Rebecca lives in Jacksonville, Fla., and continues to be interested in the intersection of art and spirituality. Rebecca and Maria Tattu Bowen are co-founders and co-directors of Together in the Mystery, a training program for spiritual director supervisors.

Susan Phillips, Ph.D.
is a spiritual director and supervisor in Berkeley, California. She is the Executive Director of New College Berkeley, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union. Susan also teaches about caring practices and spirituality at several seminaries in the U.S. and Canada, and has written on the subject of spiritual direction and supervision, including the book Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction. She is active in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Susan co-teaches the first year courses in the January intensive

Maria Tattu Bowen, PhD,
is a spiritual director, supervisor, retreat leader and writer. In partnership with Rebecca Langer, Maria coordinates the DASD supervision program. Maria and Rebecca are also co-founders and co-directors of Together in the Mystery, a training program for spiritual director supervisors.


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