Certification in Spiritual Direction

Faculty for Certification in Spiritual Direction


Elizabeth (Liz) Moulin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and an Educational Diagnostician. She has been in private practice since August 1986 and as of June 1999 has considered herself semi-retired. Prior to becoming a therapist she taught in private and public schools for 10 years. She has been a public speaker and workshop and seminar leader for the past 35 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education/Special Education with endorsements in Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Language and/or Learning Disabilities and a minor in Sociology; a Master of Education Degree with an endorsement as an Education Diagnostician and Supervisor; and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas Woman’s University. She has been an approved Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and has trained therapists to be supervisors. She is also a Spiritual Director, a Retreat Director at Montserrat, a Supervisor for Spiritual Directors and trains Spiritual Directors and Retreat Directors. Liz is a Court Appointed Expert for the Dallas Diocese Marriage Tribunal. On a personal note, Liz has been married to Bob for 55 years, has 4 children, 4 in-law children, and 7 grandchildren – all just the greatest!


Joe McHugh is a seasoned retreat and spiritual director with a unique blend of experience in religious, educational, consulting and corporate environments. A former Jesuit priest and Trappist monk, Joe held senior positions with two global consulting organizations. He graduated from the University of Detroit and earned an M.A. from Columbia University and an M.Div. from Woodstock College. After work at Chicago’s Jung Institute, Joe trained as an executive coach at the Center for Character Based Leadership. A certified personal trainer, Joe writes frequently for the National Catholic Reporter, America, and the Business Journal. Joe is the author of a new book, Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places (Franciscan Media 2013). He can be reached through his website:  www.spiritualdirectiontwincities.com in St. Paul, Minnesota.



Reverend Wendy J. Miller is Emerita Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where she continues to teach the Summer Institute in Spiritual Formation (that she founded in 1994). A retreat leader and spiritual director, Wendy teaches a two-year spiritual direction training program in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, West Florida, Upper New York, the New England conference of the United Methodist Church, and in the Mennonite Church of Eastern Canada. She is author of Learning to Listen: A Guide for Spiritual Friends (Upper Room Books, 1993), Invitation to Presence: A Guide to Spiritual Disciplines (Upper Room Books, 1995), and Jesus, Our Spiritual Director: A Pilgrimage Through the Gospels (Upper Room Books, 2004). In 2012 Wendy became Director of Spiritual Direction for the Academy for Missional Wisdom, and accepted the invitation to teach within the Certification in Spiritual Direction program at Perkins. She and her husband Ed have five children and eleven grandchildren. Wendy's hobbies include calligraphy and flower gardening.



The Reverend Joseph Stabile is pastor of Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church and Co-Founder and Animator of Life in the Trinity Ministry in Dallas, Texas.  Reverend Stabile has served in vocational ministry for more than 40 years, with combined experience in spiritual direction, retreat leadership, pastoral care and leadership, and pastoral mentoring.  A former Vincentian priest, Reverend Stabile served as Dean of Students at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Beaumont, Texas, and as Vocational Director for the Southern Province of the Vincentians.  During his years in the Vincentian priesthood, he was twice Chairman of the Provincial Assembly, and was Provincial Consultor for the Governing Board of the Province.  After more than 20 years as a Vincentian priest, Reverend Stabile left the priesthood in 1987, and in 1989 his Orders were accepted in the United Methodist Church.  Reverend Stabile has served as pastor for six different local churches within the North Texas Annual Conference and has served on the North Texas Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, on the Committee for Local Pastors.  Reverend Stabile received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Mary of the Barrens Seminary in Perryville, Missouri.  He received the Master of Divinity from DeAndreis Institute of Theology in Chicago, and the Master of Languages and Linguistics in Spanish from Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City.  Joe lives with Suzanne, his wife of 22 years, in Richardson, Texas.  They have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren.



Vicki M. James is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Collaborative Law Facilitator.  She has been in private practice since 1987. Vicki graduated from Eastern New Mexico State University with a Bachelor degree in Education and she holds a Master's degree from Texas A&M at Commerce, Texas.  She uses a family systems approach for counseling (assisting) families, couples, and individuals going through life crisis, grief and relationship issues.  She is trained as a Mediator, Parent Coordinator, and Parent Facilitator and frequently works with families in conflict as they move through difficult transitions. Vicki published a booklet titled “Communication Playbook” and is co-author of a new book, Divorce the Collaborative Way: Is It the Way for You?  She is currently making a video on the Communication Facilitator’s Role in Civil Law Settlement Meetings. Vicki serves on the Board of Juliette Fowler Homes.