Jan’s Training and Experience

Pastoral Care Experience:

Provided pastoral care and pastoral counseling in a para-ministry setting in times of crisis, times of seeking, and times of life transitions dealing with spiritual growth, identity formation, maturity issues, discipleship, community building, and healing prayer. Worked extensively with severely traumatized people, including those with dissociative and borderline personalities. Conducted intensive prayer times with individuals, families, and groups in para-ministry, home, and community settings both locally and nationally.

Taught Life Model concepts, skills, and exercises in workshop settings, seminars, and intensive one-on-one or group experiences. Worked in individual, group, clinical, congregational, and community settings to foster development of maturity and skills needed to thrive and flourish, with an emphasis on mind, body, and spirit connection locally and nationally.

Clinical Skills:

Clinical internship and paid experience that provided medical social work in a metropolitan hospice setting using interdisciplinary team approach with terminal adult patients and their families. Social work emphasis included advanced directives; legal concerns; financial concerns; ethical wills; community resources; caregiver support/placement issues; and clinical intervention for depression, anxiety, family and end of life issues as indicated.

Clinical experience in providing case management for residential homeless families as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a transitional housing setting. Social work emphasis on weekly or more frequent case management with all family members along with the family unit as “client.”

Interpersonal/Communication Skills:

Chaired committees and workshops concerning: sexuality, family-of-origin/self-esteem, creativity workshop (week long), creative problem solving, and facilitator networking. Facilitated weekly post-relationship self-help support groups, served as long-term lead facilitator of a support center.

Coordinated implementation and integration of communication system and telecommunications (voice and TDD) for metropolitan community college campus interfacing with students, staff, faculty, community, vendors, State of Minnesota, and alumni.

As part of a 5-8 member training team, planned, developed curricula, presented, and facilitated five-day training for facilitators of post-relationship self-help support groups. The skills taught in large and small groups included: tuning in, setting the group tone, self-awareness, group dynamics, active listening, assertiveness, giving/receiving feedback, and termination/closure.

Was full-time Foster Parent for developmentally disabled adolescent and provided adult respite to other caregivers. Coordinated agency, community, and school resources and implemented specialized treatment plan for clients.

Organizational Skills:

Simultaneously maintained financial services for several ministries. Provided for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and commensurate one-person office functions as needed.

Maintained computerized accounts payable system including invoice payments, reimbursements, and monthly reconciliation of household accounts for over twenty residential program sites.

Prepared general ledger entries and adjustments for six million dollar corporate budget. Managed corporate checking and money market accounts, funds transfers, quarterly taxes, and corporate return information as appropriate. Trained fifty plus management and middle management staff of twenty-four programs regarding budget procedures for handicapped and special adult services.


Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts: Inver Hills Community College, 1984.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services: Metropolitan State University, 1997.

Master of Social Work Degree: College of St Catherine and University of St Thomas, 1999.


Ordained minister with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship: January 2012. Licensed minister with Vineyard since January 2004.


Family Therapy Institute Conference (1983) with Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker

Fellowship For Renewed Living Facilitator Trainee (1986); Trainer (1988-1993)

Foundation for Community Encouragement, Community Continuity Conference (1992 –1993) with M. Scott Peck (1992)

Pastoral Care Ministry seminars (1995,1997) with Leanne Payne

Life Model training (1999, 2001- 2012) with Jim Wilder and Shepherd’s House

Paul Singh’s Romancing the Soul seminars (1999-2001)

Shield of Faith training with movement and work with dissociative people (1999-2001)

Theophostic Ministry training, Basic (1999) and Advanced (2000) with Ed Smith

Restoration in Christ training about dissociation (2000, 2004) with Tom Hawkins

Deep Level Healing training (2001-2002) with Chuck Kraft

Thrive Conference track training (2002-2008) Trainer Track III Exercises (2006)

Theophostic National Conference (2003) with Ed Smith; Jim Wilder

Couples Communications Training (2006,2007) with Sherod and Phyllis Miller


Employment Experience:

Shepherd’s House Inc.
Pasadena, California
Pastoral Care Counselor 11 years
Bookkeeper 7 years

Door of Hope
Pasadena, California
Case manager, Social Worker 2 years

Christian Pastoral Counseling Center 1½ years
Pasadena, California
Pastoral Care Counselor

Shield of Faith
St Louis Park, Minnesota
Pastoral Care Counselor 1½ years

Allina Hospice and Palliative Care 2 years
Roseville, Minnesota 600 hours clinical internship
Medical Social Worker

State of Minnesota: North Hennepin Community College 4 years
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Information Center Coordinator/Telecommunications Coordinator

Fellowship For Renewed Living 5 ½ years
St Paul, Minnesota
Member of Facilitator Training Team

Nekton, Inc.
St Paul, Minnesota
Accounts Payable Bookkeeper 8 years

Special Needs Foster Parent (adolescent/adult respite) 2 years