Guests and Speakers
Phil Strout is the National Director of Vineyard USA, an association of approximately 600 congregations nationwide. He brings over thirty-five years of experience in the areas of church planting and cross-cultural missions to his role, and is a self-described contemplative activist – with a focus on the deepening interior journey of the Christian being the catalyst for sustainable, fruitful longevity in life, faith, and mission.
For several years, Phil served in the Vineyard on the board of directors for Vineyard USA, as a Regional Leader, and as the Senior Pastor of Pathway Vineyard Church, a multisite church based in Lewiston, Maine. He has also done extensive work in church planting around the world, especially in Latin America, and along with his wife, Jan, is bilingual (English/Spanish).
He brings a non-hyped, down-to-earth, passionately authentic spirit and vision to leading the Vineyard Movement in its divine assignment.
Jared Patrick Boyd is a pastor (Vineyard USA ), spiritual director, and founder of The Order of Sustainable Faith, a missional monastic order for the 21st Century. He is the author of Imaginative Prayer : A Yearlong Guide for Your Child’s Spiritual Formation (IVP 2017) & Invitations & Commitments: A Rule of Life. He and his wife have four daughters, and are planting Franklinton Abbey, a new faith community on the west side of Columbus, OH.
Sherri has 40 years experience in the adventure of church planting, pastoring, and family life. She especially enjoys giving giving folks the gift of being listened to, discovering God’s lavish love and care, and unlocking desires buried deep within. Her new joy is moving all the clutter and noise of life out of the way to be able to taste, see, and experience the love of the Trinity in an ever increasing way.
Sherri has completed Sustainable Faith’s 2 year School of Spiritual Direction,their training for Spiritual Exercises Accompaniment and Spiritual Direction Supervision training at Creighton University. Together with Mike she is a coach with Multiply vineyard and also has regularly served with Flourish teams for Vineyard USA’s Pastors’ Sabbath Retreats.
Sherri is married to Mike and together they love 5 sons, a daughter and 6 grandchildren. She loves to be near water any where, hike,kayak, read, play with their grandchildren, and laugh at every opportunity. Most of all she loves reminding herself and others, ‘the best is yet to come’.
Larry Warner has been coming alongside Pastors and ministry leaders, helping them to more fully open to God and partner with what God is doing in and through them, for over 15 years. He has worked with those in the Vineyard for the past decade meeting with Vineyard pastors locally and globally for spiritual direction, he led a Midwest regional leaders conference, provides additional training for Sustainable Faith graduates, co-created Does God Really Love Me (Vineyard Resources—digital), and presented at the 2107 National Conference on the topic of spiritual formation. He is author of Imaginative Prayer in Youth Ministry, Journey with Jesus, Discernment, God’s Will and Living Jesus, and Journey with Grief. He also teaches at two seminaries on the West Coast. He has been married 39 years and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Tom Ashbrook co-founded The Order of Imago Christi and as its served team leader for Church Resource Ministries’ (CRM) international spiritual formation ministry, for 13 years. Now, as a missionary with Imago Christi, Tom develops spiritual formation resources and coaches Christian leaders and churches to live and lead with a spiritual authority grounded in loving intimacy with Jesus. He provides spiritual direction and coaching for pastors, churches, and missionaries in various parts of the world and teaches in spiritual formation discovery seminars and other spiritual formation settings. Before Imago Christi, he served as a Lutheran pastor for 26 years.
Tom has a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Arizona State University, an M.S. in Management Systems from the University of Southern California, and an M.Div. from Luther Theological Seminary. He received his D.Min. in Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary (Now Portland Seminary).
Tom is author of Mansions of the Heart: Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth, and co-author of Mansions of the Heart Study Guide, 2009. In 2014, Tom published a novel, Presence: What if Jesus Were Really Here, and a companion study guide, Discovering Christ’s Presence. His article, “The Right Disciplines at the Right Time: Understanding the Journey with Teresa of Avila,” was published in Conversations Journal in 2014. In 2018, he completed and published Contagious Fire: Enflaming Hearts for God and Mission proposing missional spiritual formation in the church as the fuel for loving God and neighbor. He participated in the Protestant adaption of the Nineteenth Annotation of the Ignatian Exercises now published by James Wakefield in Sacred Listening: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. He has coached many Christian leaders in the Ignatian Exercises over the past twenty years.
Tom has taught and coached as Adjunct Faculty at George Fox and Denver Seminaries, Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor at Fuller Seminary, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona. He lives with his wife Charlotte in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
Amber Gunstream is a Vineyard Pastor of Spiritual Formation, a worship leader, and a spiritual director in Boise, Idaho. She has a BA in Psychology from Northwest Nazarene University, a two-year certification from the Transforming Community, certification through Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, certification in the MOS Enneagram Harmony Triads, and is currently pursuing graduate work in theology. She lives with her husband of 18 years, Trevor, and their four amazing kids. She is an insatiable reader, a gardener, and a lover of nature, fresh air, sunshine and a wide horizon! Vocationally, she most enjoys sitting one on one with people and affirming God’s movement in their lives, leading worship, teaching, and making space for the ongoing work of spiritual transformation in her own life and those she serves.
Fountain City Music
Fountain City Music is a community of worship leaders, songwriters and musicians who are devoted to living out a life of worship. Our mission is to capture and share the creative heartbeat of that life together. Having seen the effect of God's life-changing presence in our church community, our desire is to empower God’s Church to experience that same love, depth and transformation in worship.