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Elaine Weber

Prince of Peace Catholic Community

Plano, TX

Deanna Hollas

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Dallas, TX

Debra Cook

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

Plano, TX

Bonnie Oden is a spiritual director, teacher and photographer.  Her passion is helping people learn to see the world through the eyes of God and grow spiritually.  She has received certifications in Spiritual Direction from the Episcopal School of Spirituality in Dallas as well as from the Anglican School of Theology at SMU.  Bonnie has also trained extensively in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises at the HeartPaths Spiritual Center in Richardson.

Ellen Mechler is a Spiritual Director who completed her certification in Spiritual Direction and Leadership at Heartpaths DFW in May 2015. Ellen holds a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dallas. Prior to her retirement, she was employed for several years in church ministry in the areas of Adult/Family Ministry and Faith Formation. She is an experienced facilitator of small groups, including grief support and women's spiritual growth groups. 

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Katherine St. John is a 2012 HeartPaths DFW graduate experienced in group spiritual formation and Ignatian spiritual exercises.  She has served at a Stephen Minister, ACTS team formation spiritual companion, spiritual director and large group retreat coordinator.  For five years she has felt called to prison ministry in Collin and Dallas counties.

Evelyn Pope

Ascension Episcopal Church

Dallas, TX

Amy Moore, R.N., M.Div.

​Presbyterian Church, USA

Dallas, TX

Martha Jacobson

Walnut Hill United Methodist Church

Dallas, TX


Dorothy Castle

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation

Dallas, TX

Donnie Hawley

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

Plano, TX

Deborah Bouis

First UMC Frisco

Frisco, TX

Nancy Jagmincompleted training in Spiritual Direction and Leadership at HeartPaths DFW after spending her career promoting leadership and organizational effectiveness in large corporations.  She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.  In addition to her ministry in Spiritual Direction, Nancy is active in her Episcopal Church community.  Her particular focus is promoting self-insight as part of spiritual formation, working with individuals and groups.  Nancy has completed advanced training in the Enneagram and the MBTI and is a Veridatas-certified labyrinth facilitator.

Regina Huntis a certified Spiritual Director and lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a HeartPaths graduate, works in private spiritual direction practice, and leads retreats, small groups and spiritual education programs for churches and organizations in the North Texas area. She also enjoys a consulting career in the area of project management, training and change facilitation for organizations undergoing major changes.

Rev. Lil Smithis an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a spiritual director.  During her study at Perkins School of Theology where she received a Master of Divinity, Lil received a call-within-a-call to spiritual direction.  She received the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  Lil is active in leading retreats, small groups and spiritual direction.

Diana Beaudry  is a former Bible Study Fellowship teaching leader. She has a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Santa Clara University and spent many years in parish ministry as Director of Faith Formation.  She is a HeartPaths graduate, certified as a spiritual director and is currently studying healthcare ministry at University of Dallas.

Rev. E. Lee Self, Founding Director, is an ordained minister in Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  A published poet/author, she holds a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School (TCU).  She is a knowledgeable Spiritual Director and practiced retreat leader. With her husband, Kevin, she is active in marriage enrichment ministry in Texas.

Eunice Cheshire, Founding Director, is an experienced Spiritual Director, frequent retreat leader and serves on the Core Faculty for HeartPaths DFW.  She has been published in periodicals and anthologies for spiritual formation and is the former Director of Women's Programming for Marywood Retreat Center in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Welcome to Spiritual Ministries Institute (SMI)!

The mission of SMI is to encourage ways that open us to the work of the Spirit, but which respect and in no way diminish the uniqueness and beauty of each person's particular Christian faith tradition.  The ministry of SMI includes:
  • offering and promoting retreats 
  • spiritual formation and training
  • spiritual direction
  • fostering a network of active spiritual directors 
  • We hope you will be blessed by these offerings.  Check out our scheduled offerings with the Spirituality in a Busy World© series, retreats and seasonal trainings like Lenten Journey©.  In addition to items already on the calendar, many offerings are available to bring to your home church or community gathering.  Contact Nancy Dunkerley to explore this opportunity.
    The SMI Executive Committee embraces the daily business activities of the ministry offerings at SMI.  You may contact each member directly, or for general needs you may email

Nancy Dunkerley, Founding Director, holds a Doctor of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology (SMU).  Dedicated to promoting Christian spiritual formation, she is popular as a speaker, retreat leader, and spiritual director. Fostering the ministry of spiritual direction, she has been a Regional Coordinator for Spiritual Directors International.