Our Spiritual Directors
Kimberly is the creator and spiritual director of Deep Waters Center for Prayer and Exploration, a sacred place for deepening one’s relationship with God though one-on-one conversations, small groups, retreats and workshops, and contemplative worship. A graduate of Candler School of Theology, former pastor, and associate at Green Bough House of Prayer, Kimberly has a passion for helping folks grow in their sense of God’s love and movement in their lives. She has been trained in spiritual formation through Upper Room’s Companions in Ministry program, Contemplative Living and Centering Prayer courses at Atlanta’s Julian of Norwich Center, Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition, and the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, N.M.
Kimberly’s areas of exploration include contemplative prayer and spirituality, women’s spirituality, mindful eating, marriage and parenting, and the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual transformation. Mostly she loves the sacred privilege of companioning people on their spiritual journeys, creating safe space for people to show up and share their real, messy, beautiful selves, to ask the deeper questions of life, to awaken to the gift and challenge of being fully alive and human, to know a deep and abiding Presence within and around us, and to discern more joyful and meaningful ways to live and serve.
Kimberly enjoys outdoor adventures, writing, yoga, gardening, cooking, and gathering with friends. She shares life and home with her husband Michael and two boys, Theo and Luca.
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Lalor’s training in spiritual formation unfolded over several years, fueled by a hunger that had no name – in New York at the Lay Institute for Spiritual Formation where she came to recognize her call (1986-1987); in Houston, Texas, at the Spiritual Direction Institute of St. Thomas University, where she received certification in spiritual direction (1987-1989) ; and at Regis University in Denver where she obtained a master’s degree in Adult Spiritual Formation (1988-1991).
In 1995 she founded Chrysalis Center in Atlanta and began offering classes, retreats, and book groups, along with spiritual direction, designed to serve people seeking a deeper commitment to the spiritual life. In January 2018 she moved her practice to Amerson House Spirituality Center on the grounds of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. There she joins a team of people committed to offering food for the hungry, as they seek to lead faithful, grounded lives.
Lalor’s dream is to continue her primary work of spiritual direction, and to make the ministry better known and more accessible to others on the journey. Says Lalor: “When I first heard the term “spiritual director,” I didn’t know what to make of it. Who were these people? What did they do? Why would I need one? And frankly having someone else directing my spiritual life felt odd, if not downright irresponsible.
Thirty years later I know better. Spiritual directors walk beside you, entering into the warp and woof of your life, listening with you to the ways in which the Holy One is moving in you – to guide, challenge, comfort and enjoy you.
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has been involved in spiritual formation since she moved to Atlanta in 1990 to work with the homeless and mentally ill in downtown Atlanta at Café 458.
She graduated from Candler School of Theology with an M.Div. in 1996 and worked as a hospice chaplain and mental health counselor, in addition to exploring ways of creating sacred space during a three-year fellowship at the Fetzer Institute. An associate of Green Bough House of Prayer since 1996, she delights in companioning others as they seek to deepen their experience of the Holy in daily life. Often just having a space like spiritual direction, in which to share and reflect, clears vision and expands awareness of the spiritual dimension of life.
Lisa’s background includes a Spiritual Direction Certificate from Moravian Seminary, three years of Wisdom study with Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, labyrinth facilitation with Lauren Artress, and pilgrimages to sacred places such as Taizé and the Celtic lands. She studies Focusing, a way of embodied listening to the inner life, and currently is deepening her study of the Ignatian Exercises. A musician, Lisa leads monthly Taizé prayer services at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and classes and retreats in the area. She is extremely grateful for St. Bart’s and the chance from 2005-2018 to lead the team that created Amerson House Spirituality Center.
Lisa lives in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur with her husband, Bob, two teenagers, Robert and Sophie, and her Havanese dog, Emma. She enjoys gardening, cooking and other creative endeavors.
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