The Spiritual Renewal Center has 20 spiritual directors of various Christian denominations on staff. They work one-on-one with directees in a private setting, helping each person deepen their relationship with God.  Learn more about Spiritual Direction.

To connect with one of our spiritual directors, please contact the Spiritual Renewal Center via email or 315-472-6546.


jim-krisherJim Krisher is the founder and full-time director of the Spiritual Renewal Center. Jim received his undergraduate degree in Religion from Syracuse University, and his master's degree in Theology form Boston College. Jim has also pursued further graduate studies in Christian spirituality and spiritual direction at Creighton University. He has written numerous published articles in his area of expertise, and is the author of Spiritual Surrender: Yielding Yourself to a Loving God, and The Ongoing Work of Jesus: His Mission in our Life, both published by Twenty-Third Publications. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Religious Studies department at LeMoyne College, where he teaches courses in New Testament and Christian spirituality. He is married and the father of four children.
marge-babcockMargaret Babcock works in Faith Formation for the Diocese of Syracuse. She was trained as a spiritual director here at the Spiritual Renewal Center.
annderr-webAnn Derr received her training in spiritual direction here at the Center. Her education also includes Loyola University's Institute for Ministry Program in Pastoral Studies with a focus in Christian Spirituality. Ann is active in parish leadership and ministry at her home parish, Church of the Nativity at Immaculate Conception in Pompey.
Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD Kathy Faber-Langendoen received her training in spiritual direction here at the Center. In addition to providing direction at the Center, she is Chair of its Board of Trustees. Kathy is also the Adult Educator at Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church and a physician-bioethicist at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
chris-goralChris Goral serves in ministry at the Vineyard Church in Auburn. She was trained as a spiritual director here at the Spiritual Renewal Center.
joseph-jozwiakJoseph Jozwiak, FSC is a De La Salle Christian Brother and currently the principal of Christian Brother Academy in Syracuse. He received his training as spiritual director at The Upper Room Spirituality Center of the Diocese of Trenton, NJ.
pam-kelsey-gossardPam Kelsey-Gossard is a counselor presently working on staff at Immanuel Methodist Church in Camillus. She is married and the mother of two children. Pam trained as a spiritual director here at the Spiritual Renewal Center.
bob-langstonBob Langston is pastor of Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church in Syracuse. He trained as a spiritual director here at the Center.
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Mark Lawson is pastor of the United Church of Christ in Bayberry, Liverpool, and an adjunct faculty member at LeMoyne College, where he teaches courses in New Testament and world religions. Mark is also on the faculty of the New York School of Ministry, an alternative ministry preparation program of the United Church of Christ. He trained as a director here at the Center.
marise-mayMarise May coordinates the Center’s Nineteenth Annotation version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. She also serves as a staff member of our Horizons Foundational Program for the Training of Spiritual Directors.
kathleen-owensKathleen Owens is a retired pastoral associate at St. Francis Xavier Church in Marcellus.
kathy-papaKathy Papa is a certified substance abuse counselor. Kathy also serves as a staff member for our Horizons Program. She trained as a spiritual director here at the Spiritual Renewal Center.
lana-rileyLana Riley has excellent graduate training in theology and spirituality, and recently retired, after many years in ministry, from the pastoral team at St. Margaret’s Church in Homer NY.
john-roseJohn Rose is a Catholic priest of the diocese of Syracuse and pastor of St. Vincent parish and director of Christ the King Retreat Center. He serves at the Spiritual Renewal Center as a spiritual director and staff member of our Horizons training program.
mary-ellen-schopferMary Ellen Schopfer, CSJ has worked extensively in spiritual formation, and has served as a spiritual caregiver with Hospice. She is also involved in spiritual ministries in the Utica area. She trained as a spiritual director here at the Center.
lou-sogliuzzoLou Sogliuzzo, SJ is a Jesuit priest, retreat director at Christ the King Retreat House and involved with several parishes in the Syracuse Diocese.
gary-thomas-smithGary Thomas Smith is the director of MICAH in Cortland County, and pastor of Eastside Congregational United Church of Christ. He received his master’s degree in theology from St. Bernard’s Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, and his training as a director here at the Center.
ginny-smithGinny Smith is a retired Presbyterian clergyperson. She has an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary; a D.Min. from McCormick Seminary, Chicago; and a Professional Certificate in Spiritual Gerontology from the Johnson Institute, St. Louis, MO. She trained as a director here at the Spiritual Renewal Center.
rose-raymond-wagnerRose Raymond Wagner, OSF has worked many years in spiritual formation. She was formerly on the staff of Christ The King Retreat House and Stella Maris Retreat Center.