Meet St. Paul’s Spiritual Directors
AMELIA J. DYER, PH.D.
Dr. Amelia J. Gearey Dyer is the James Maxwell Professor of Christian Education and Pastoral Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, and Director of the Seminary’s Ministry Resident Program. Amy earned her B. S. from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh and her M. S. and Ph. D. from Florida State University. She has done additional graduate work in Christian Education, Bible, Church History, and Theology. Amy’s interests include working with children, travel, and reading. During a recent sabbatical leave, she spent time in Ireland studying early Celtic Spirituality.
THE REV. DR. HOWARD F. KEMPSELL, JR.
Howard Kempsell is an Episcopal Priest who has served in parish/cathedral, university, and hospital settings. He completed his doctoral studies in spiritual direction at the University of the South (Sewanee) and the Graduate Theological Foundation, with a special interest in spiritual direction in an age of rapid communication. He studied with Ewert Cousins, editor of the Classics of Western Spirituality. In addition to offering in-person spiritual direction, he is able to offer St. Paul’s parishioners spiritual direction at-a-distance via FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Howard has provided spiritual direction for military officers and civilian employees with security clearances; persons serving in business, healthcare and industry; and those discerning and engaged in vocations in ordained ministry. Having a spiritual director is like having a spiritual friend — a physician of the soul — to help you listen carefully, and discern the leadings of the Spirit in real-life situations. Howard’s spiritual pilgrimages have included a number of ‘high’ and ‘thin’ places around the world, among them: the Isle of Iona, Scotland; Paris, France; Lhasa, Tibet; Machu Picchu, Peru; the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; the American Southwest; the Upper Amazon River, Peru; Canterbury, England; the Dominican Republic; Costa Rica; and Canada.
THE REV. SAMUEL A. MASON, OBJN
The Rev. Sam Mason, ObJN, is an Episcopal priest, an oblate of the Order of St. Julian of Norwich, and St. Paul’s own Artist-in-Residence. Sam served as part of St. Paul’s clergy for many years following early retirement from full-time parish ministry. While with us at St. Paul’s, Sam already had a quiet ministry of spiritual direction, which is expanded with the opening of this center.
Lisa Richard is a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, a discernment facilitator for the Diocese of Virginia, and a member of the program team at the Center for Spiritual Deepening at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria. She is also a member of Spiritual Directors International. At the heart of Lisa’s own spiritual development is a desire to maintain a receptive stance, open to signs of the Spirit at work. She is honored to be a companion to other seekers on their journeys, creating space for their stories and experiences.
Regina Roman is a long-time parishioner of St. Paul’s and a long-time experienced spiritual director. She is a 1997 graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and later served on its board and as an associate member of its staff, and has been a member of Spiritual Directors International since 2002. In addition, she is a retreat leader, pilgrimage guide, photographer, and has published numerous articles on the topic of spiritual formation.