Gateways Registration

Thursday, February 21, 2019 12:00 AM

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Gateways to God is a two-year certificate program in missional spiritual direction.  Missional Spiritual Direction Training teaches people to walk alongside and listen to the hidden nudges of God within the heart and soul journey of another.  Dr. Heidi Miller, the Director of Neighborhood Seminary at Duke Divinity School, along with a team of spiritual directors/supervisors, will provide the instruction, training, and support that are needed to listen deeply for God and to minister in today's changing spiritual landscape.  
Our next session of Gateways begins in February 2019 and continues until October  2020.   Attendance at all training retreats is expected.  The dates are:
• February 22-25, 2019 (Friday to Monday)
• May 20-23, 2019 (Monday to Thursday)
• September 30-October 3, 2019 (Monday to Thursday)
• February 21-24, 2020 (Friday to Monday)
• May 18-21, 2020 (Monday to Thursday)
• September 28-October 1, 2020 (Monday to Thursday) 

The application deadline was January 15, 2019.   At this time the class is full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Beth Garnaas-Holmes by email at   Please note that space is limited. Once the class fills, we will no longer receive applications.  Once accepted, you will receive information about registering for room and board at the Ridge, about the fee payment schedule, and about dietary needs.  Accepting your place in the program implies accepting payment of all fees.  Limited scholarships are available.  Should you need financial assistance, please contact Beth Garnaas-Holmes, Gateways Director, after being accepted.
$4,200 for the training & single accommodations (when paid in full) or  $1,450 paid in three installments (each payment due on or before first, third, and fifth session) 
(Books, travel, and other incidentals are not included in the tuition.)
$100 non-refundable application fee is due with your application.  Participants are responsible for full tuition of the 20 month program.
Limited scholarships for laity and clergy are available.  Contact Beth Garnaas-Holmes, Gateways Director, for details. 
United Methodist clergy under appointment are eligible for MEF grants.   CEU's available. Boston University School of Theology also has a process to provide credits for this program toward Certification in Spiritual Formation within the United Methodist Church.

How to apply:

Please write a brief spiritual autobiography following the guidance questions (found on the registration page).  The questions are designed to help you in your own discernment and sense of readiness for training in personal spiritual formation and companioining others.  

Applications are due by January 15, 2019.  Early application is encouraged, as space is limited.  
Send your spiritual autobiograpphy and two recommentdations to Beth Garnaas-Holmes at

Submit your registration by clicking the "Register Now" button and following through to the "Continue for Payment" to pay the non-refundable application fee. 

(If preferred, a check may be mailed to Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, Attn. Gateways to God, 660 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845, checks made payable to Rolling Ridge.

NOTE:  On line autobiographies/essays are no longer available due to complications.  

Click here for more about "the new direction" for Gateways. 

About the leader(s)

Beth Garnaas-Holmes

Rev. Beth Garnaas-Holmes is an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  As a pastor of congregations in Montana and New Hampshire, she developed ministries of spiritual formation within her congregations to encourage people of all ages to deepen their spiritual lives.  Her early formation came through the Lutheran tradition, and its liturgies and songs have shaped her soul.  She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion, and a Certificate of Completion in the Shalem Institute's Spiritual Direction training program.  She also completed the Upper Room's Academy for Spiritual Formation.  She has been a spiritual director for 25 years.
She works with Rolling Ridge as the director of Gateways to God: Training in Missional Spiritual Direction and Congregational Formation.  She is also a supervisor in Gateways and with the Insight Spiritual Direction Supervision program. She still teaches piano, and has done so even longer than she's been a pastor.   She lives in Acton, MA with her husband, Steve Garnaas-Holmes.  Her 3 sons, their partners and her three grandchildren light up her life, as do quilting, listening to and making music, and walking in beautiful places.  Her passion is to help people trust in their belovedness and to listen for the footsteps of the Holy in their lives.

Gayle Kerr

Gayle Kerr has been involved in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry since 1990.  She is a graduate of Trenton (NJ) State College and Chestnut Hill College (PA) and holds degrees in education and Holistic Spirituality and Certificates in Spiritual Direction and the Supervision of Spiritual Directors.
 She has worked as a teacher, a Director of Christian Education and as a Spiritual Director at the Middleton Center for Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA.  From 2000-2007 she worked at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ with a team of Spiritual Directors who were invited to help create a program for Spiritual Formation at the Seminary. 
 Gayle and her husband moved to Cape Cod in 2007 where she continues to provide individual and group Spiritual Direction as well as Retreat Leadership from her home on the Cape as well as from the Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church  in Hope, RI. She also teaches classes in Spiritual Gifts at the RISEM District Lay Academy of the New England Conference of the UMC.   She is a member of the Northside UMC in Brewster, MA  where she serves in various capacities.

Barbara Lemmel

Rev. Barbara Lemmel is an elder in the New England Conference of the UMC.  Beginning in 2003, she developed and directs Tending the Fire, helping clergy, laity, and judicatory staff to develop wise, resilient leadership in their professional and personal settings.  A PCC-certified Leadership Coach, Barbara coordinates the New England Parish Consultants, offering programming, restructuring and spiritual guidance to churches and pastors.  She trained with Wendy Miller as a Spiritual Director and works with clergy and laity in the New England area.  Barbara has pastored congregations in Vermont and upstate New York. She lives in Essex Center, Vermont with her husband, Rev. Mitchell Hay.

Heidi Miller

Through her teaching and ministry, Dr. Heidi Miller focuses on bridge-building between academia and the church, the church and the world. A graduate of Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and The Catholic University of America, she served as Assistant Professor of Christian Worship at Perkins School of Theology until 2017 when she became the Director of Neighborhood Seminary at Duke Divinity School. She was licensed as minister of the Virginia Mennonite Conference and has served as a spiritual director and supervisor for twenty years.

Carroll Moore

Carroll Moore  is certified in Spiritual Formation by the United Methodist Church, trained as Spiritual Director and in work with Peer Groups for Directors, one of the leaders for the past two years with Insight and pastor for over 50 years.