Rev. Dr. Jody Seymour
Jody Seymour is our senior advisor. He graduated from Duke Divinity School and completed his doctoral work in Spiritual Formation through the Graduate Theological Foundation. He is the author of six books, the most recent being The Christian Skeptic: Caught between Belief and Doubt. Jody is also a certified Enneagram instructor. The Enneagram is a personality system that is often used in spiritual direction. Jody has served seven churches in the Western North Carolina conference, retiring after thirteen years as senior pastor for Davidson United Methodist Church. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
W. DON CARROLL, JR.
Don Carroll is a spiritual director, Enneagram teacher and writer. He is a member of Davidson United Methodist Church. Don also attends the Davidson Friends Meeting (Quaker) in Davidson and the Inclusion Community. A graduate of Sursum Corda School of Spiritual Direction, Don provides individual spiritual direction and assists in the spiritual formation program at Davidson UMC. He has extensive background in counseling, coaching and the 12-steps from his work in the mental health and addiction field as Director of the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program. Don is a certified Enneagram teacher and leads retreats for individuals on using the Enneagram as a spiritual tool and for church staffs on team building and vision implementation.
Don is the author of the Consciousness Trilogy: Hacking Toward Consciousness, The End of Democracy, and The Armageddon Choice, as well as King Arthur and the Consciousness Gene and The Beguines and the Search for Visionary Consciousness, and the interactive CONNECTmeditation journal and The 9 and 12 Workbook and other writings to help on the spiritual journey. Details at www.doncarroll.com. Contact him at email@example.com.
Ann Starrette founded The Lydia Group, LLC retreat ministry in 1998, has been the Director of Spiritual Formation at Davidson United Methodist Church in Davidson since 2004, and since 2006 Ann and husband Tom have offered sacred space apart for individuals and groups at Starrette Farm Retreat Center in Statesville. Ann earned her business degree from UNC-Charlotte with decades of entrepreneur experience in their landmark family business. Her post graduate studies have focused on Spiritual Formation and Direction through Shalem Institute, Renovare Institute, and Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. As a spiritual director, presenter, retreat facilitator, and founding director of the one-year Clergy/Leaders School of the Spirit program, Ann views her role as quietly planting inner seeds of freedom, growth, and change toward divine wholeness. Contact Ann at Starrette@mindspring.com.
Nicole Greer is the Vibrant Coach. In 2007, Nicole, a spirited entrepreneur, developed Vibrant Coaching. Over the last 20 years, she has embraced her ‘wind’ to help individuals, corporations and churches become the people they were created to be through defining and fulfilling a mission, to work better in teams, understand how personality types interact, get motivated, chart a direction, uncover ambitions, blind spots, hidden strengths thorough 360 work and exemplify excellent leadership. Ultimately, she longs to see people fully alive, alert, and awake! She is on a mission to energize, impact, and influence people to live vibrant lives through engaging the possibilities. Nicole works to learn, is a life long student of business practices and she loves to travel. Her traveling companions are David, her “earthy” husband of 25+ years, and two adult children. Contact Nicole through her website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roxanne Morgan is a founding member and elder at Warehouse 242 (a Presbyterian congregation) where she leads contemplative spiritual formation classes. She has a God-given artistic bent that delights in fostering creativity, and helping others discover and live out sacred rhythms in their lives. She is a professor with the Lórien Academy of the Arts which provides art education and experiences for West Charlotte youth. She has served as a facilitator for the Trust Circle for Discernment ministry at Davidson UMC, is a graduate of School of the Spirit, and also serves with The Lydia Group LLC for School of the Spirit and the Into The Desert day retreats.
Trust Circle facilitators: Don Carroll, Nicole Greer, Roxanne Morgan and Ann Starrette
The purpose of a Trust Circle is to be companions and co-listeners for the voice of God in the story of each individual life. We help each other recognize and be more responsive to God’s movement and invitations. Trust Circles use the Group Spiritual Direction model (used internationally) created by Rose Mary Dougherty, S.S.N.D. through her work at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.
In her book, Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment, she writes of how her awareness for a “group” spiritual direction experience heightened through her reflection on John Wesley’s “class meetings,” the Society of Friends’ Clearness Committee, and Wesleyan scholar David Watson’s model of the Covenant Discipleship groups.