Betsy A. Hummel
Slowing down, and taking time to prayerfully notice the movement of the Holy Spirit in one’s life is the essence of spiritual direction. It is a gift and a humble privilege to partner with individuals in this sacred journey of paying attention to what God might be doing and saying. During spiritual direction sessions there is an opportunity to recognize the Lord’s grace and loving presence more fully, and it can also be a time of discernment and understanding God’s invitation for the present season of one’s life.
I have been meeting with people for spiritual direction since 2011, and trained for 2 years through, Holy Conversations in the Anglican Tradition with Susan Skillen. Before becoming a spiritual director, I was involved in prayer minister and met with people in that capacity. I have also been involved with women’s ministry for a number of years. My other passion is working with refugees in the Worcester and Springfield area where I am a Core Team member with the Welcoming Alliance for Refugee Ministry. I am married with 3 adult children.
Spiritual Director and Co-leader at The Sanctuary at Woodville. I have been involved in many forms of prayer for 30 years. I am certificated through Sustainable Faith; School of Spiritual Direction. My desire is to journey alongside others in life, to listen to their stories, to pray with them, and to help them notice God in their lives. To have a safe place to share one's life is a gift from God that I love to be about. I use a verity of spiritual practices, music and the arts in my spiritual direction.
I have been engaged in ministry to individuals since I became a college
student in 1965 and joined IVCF. I studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary & Virginia Theological Seminary. I served four parishes in the Episcopal Church, from 1982-2009. In every year since I was graduated from college, I have had at least one person whom I was mentoring as a growing Christian. Upon retirement I joined the Anglican Church of North America
in order to be in a Bible and Christ centered denomination. I was trained in spiritual direction through a two-year program (under Rev. Susan Skillen) of
the Anglican Diocese in New England. My wife, Mary, and I have two
married children and seven grandchildren.
For over forty years I have worked with individuals and groups, helping them develop short and long-range plans, build teams, and achieve goals. As a pastor, I developed people and organizations through teaching, preaching, organizing, writing, motivating, and listening. I have a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell. I began offering spiritual direction in 2010 while working on Leadership Transformations’ Selah Program. I completed the program in 2012. I have a keen interest in the arts especially the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. My wife, Judi, and I live in South Hadley, MA. We have two married sons and four grandchildren.