Christian Formation and Direction Ministries Board of Directors


Nathan Allen, MBA, Chairperson of the Board –

Nathan is an ecumenical theologian who serves as a guest preacher and teacher for various churches, ministries, and retreat centers.  He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology and Biblical Studies, and is pursuing training as a Spiritual Director.  Having separately earned an MBA, Nathan is a bi-vocational business professional, husband, and father, all of which foster his applicable study of practical theology and business ethics.

Nathan is an innate contemplative who has also focused his formal education in spiritual formation and traditions which have connected Christians throughout history.  As a result, he has incorporated many of these traditions in his personal spiritual journey.  He enjoys sharing such traditions and practices with others, and encouraging people to see and respond to God acting in their daily lives.






Douglas H. Gregg, President of CFDM-Nevada;

Douglas is a retired Presbyterian minister, an author, spiritual director, and supervisor of spiritual directors.  He received his PhD in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.  He co-founded CFDM, with his wife Catherine, in 2001 [see history on the Home page] and has been the primary administrator for the growth and expansion of CFDM, currently into five independent Affiliates of CFDM [see Affiliates link].  He is a stained-glass artist and all the images of stained glass on these pages are samples of his work [see the stained glass page under the “About Us” link].








Ken Larson, Secretary of the Board –


Ken is an ELCA Lutheran who is married with two children and two grandchildren. He is a trained Spiritual Director, Stephen Minister, and Life Coach. Ken has a degree from the University of Minnesota in Civil Engineering, and has received training in spiritual direction from CFDM. He recently retired from a career in public works that included roles as a city engineer, public works director, and engineering consultant.


Ken’s current practices and faith communities include small group facilitation at his church, Lay Director for the Light in the Desert Via de Cristo Secretariat, spiritual direction, Stephen Ministry, contemplative practices with small groups using Christian spiritual disciplines, Enneagram study groups, and engagement in interfaith dialogues. His calling and passion are to bring emphasis on exploring and understanding how compassion can be experienced in all his communities and relationships.






Jackie Sevier, Treasurer of the Board –

Jackie is a spiritual director and supervisor of spiritual directors living currently in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Previously she supervised a staff of spiritual directors and graduate students in practicum at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at Biola University in Southern California, where she served at Talbot School of Theology as an Adjunct Faculty in spiritual formation and Professor of spiritual direction practicum.  She received a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot.

She is passionate about helping others bask in the joy of God’s presence in each moment; calling out the beautiful gift of their unique expression of love to those God has placed before them. She is committed to embracing people just as they are, helping them embrace their God, themselves and their world.  She is inquisitive and tenacious about abundant living through the contemplative life, embracing simplicity amidst the often crazy and fast-paced world of mothering three beautiful girls and loving her husband of 23 years.  She enjoys the beauty of nature, art, laughter, film and the love found in spending quality time with friends and family.  She also enjoys a good bargain and unrestrained access to the Container store, an organizer’s paradise.


Barbara and Doug Winston, Vice-Presidents of the Board –

Barbara is a spiritual director.  She has done post graduate studies in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, has completed the Mercy Center three-year Spiritual Direction Program in Burlingame, is a Certified Supervisor for Spiritual Direction, and holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Doug is an ordained Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Tradition. He received a Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, did post graduate study in counseling and multi-cultural disciplines and received a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of New Orleans. Doug is also a certified Life Coach and a Gallup Faith Based Strengths Coach.

Together Barbara and Doug have been involved in parish and diocesan ministry, served on parish and diocesan pastoral, planning and development councils, were responsible for Permanent Diaconate Community Life and Formation for the Diocese of Monterey, California, were elected to the Executive Board of Retrouvaille International