Who's Who


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the process of spiritual direction

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Suzanne Dunbar B.Sc. Dip.Ed. MA Spirituality

Sue Dunbar is the Director of Barnabas Ministries Inc, an ecumenical agency offering spiritual care and nourishment for those on the journey of faith both as individuals and groups.

Sue trained in spiritual formation at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago, becoming a staff member there while completing a master’s degree in Spirituality at Loyola University.

In addition to her work as a spiritual director and retreat/workshop leader, Sue is also the director of three training programs in spiritual direction.


Sue’s commitment to spiritual formation has also led to roles as:

Sue began her career with a degree in Physics and teaching science, retrained as a designer, and then moved into educational management and corporate education before working full time in spiritual formation.
Prior to becoming director of Barnabas Ministries, Sue spent 5 years as Spiritual Formation Facilitator with the Uniting Church of Australia.




Kylie Burgess B Nursing, Grad Cert Public Health, Grad Cert Community Counselling

Kylie has completed a three year program in spiritual direction with Soul Companions in 2014. She is passionate about seeing people, particularly younger women, find new freedom in their spiritual journeys. Kylie walks with individuals as a spiritual director and ministry supervisor and has led groups on quiet days. 

Kylie is also interested in spiritual formation for leaders, particularly those who work with faith based organisations. In her role with a Catholic social justice organisation she works with social service organisations to design and deliver staff formation training centred on Catholic Social Teaching.

The Program Team












Teaching Specialists
Various specialists are engaged to teach particular subjects on a weekend by weekend basis.






















Eileen Reeks B.Sc. (Hons) M.A.P.S., Registered Psychologist.

Eileen has worked as a psychotherapist with Anglicare for many years. She is an accredited Myers Briggs trainer and has also completed a four year course in Spiritual Direction. Her particular passion and joy is journeying with and supporting people to find growth and healing in their lives.






Elizabeth Palmer B.Sc.(Hons)


Elizabeth has completed a Communicating and Relating Skills pre-counselling program through Interrelate and a four year Residential Course in Spiritual Direction as well as undertaking the “Art of Supervision” training with Lucy Abbott Tucker. In 2002 and 2006 she undertook the 800km pilgrimage across Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostella. Elizabeth is the Treasurer of the Australian Network for Spiritual Direction and has been involved in organising three annual conferences. She has been a practising spiritual director and run retreat weekends since 2004 and is passionate about the process of journeying with people as they discover God at work in their lives.













Sally Longley BA(Hons), MA; Dip Rel.Studs.; Dip Theol; BTh; Cert in Spiritual Direction; Cert in the Art and Practice of Supervision

Sally has also completed the four year Residential Program for Spiritual Direction.

Sally has extensive cross-cultural experience in Christian ministry and is currently a part-time Honorary Associate Minister with an Anglican parish and Spiritual Director and retreat leader on the staff of the Canisius Centre for Ignatian Spirituality.

Sally has been involved as a spiritual Director since 2004 and facilitates both silent retreats and courses on Spiritual Formation and is a speaker at conferences for different denominations. One of her central passions is the synergy between justice, peacemaking and contemplative living.





Mandy Cox Dip Miss; B MInistry; MA Counselling; Spiritual Director (Wellspring)

Originally from Melbourne, Mandy & her husband James spent 11 years in the Northern Territory working within the church as well as in the broader community. In Darwin Mandy was involved with a fair trade stall at the Mindil Beach Market which incorporated a grass roots Christian community. She also worked as the Spiritual Care Co-ordinator at Territory Palliative Care. She moved to Canberra in 2010 with James and their 3 teenage children.

Mandy completed her spiritual direction training through WellSpring in Melbourne and is currently working as a spiritual director and bereavement counsellor through Canberra Grief Centre. She also works at the ACT Coronial Counselling service, providing counselling for those who have been impacted by a sudden and unexpected death that is before the Coroner’s Court.



kcKathy Cave B Com, B Acc, CA, CFA, GAICD, Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies (Regent College, Vancouver), "Listen into Life" Residential Program in Spiritual Direction, Certificate in Supervision - Spiritual Direction.    

 Kathy’s journey of discovery of God’s love for her began when she was a uni student. Having studied accounting and economics, she deployed her analytical skills in investment markets.  She worked with major financial institutions in South Africa and Australia for over 25 years. The hectic role of portfolio manager did not allow much time for contemplation of spiritual matters. This changed when she was introduced to Spiritual Direction and a different way of being and relating unfolded.

She trained in the Listen into Life program and works as a Spiritual Director with a focus on people in business or cross cultural ministry.  Her passions include scuba diving and photography. 



grGail Reneker BA, Dip Ed; MA (Theological Studies), Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Gail Reneker is a member of the Congregation of Marist Sisters and is resident in Sydney. She has been privileged to minister in Secondary Education, in Formation of Novices for the Congregation in Australia, in Leadership of the Marist Sisters in Australia and then of them internationally.  This located her in Rome and provided her rich opportunities to visit and work with the Sisters in sixteen countries.  On her return to Australia  Gail undertook some study including a Spiritual Directors' Certificate with the Sydney Centre for Religious Development. 

Although for a time being called back to the leadership ministry Gail has welcomed opportunities to accompany people in their faith journeys  including being involved as a Spiritual Director in various adult formation programs. 

At the heart of her call as a Marist Sister is service to those on the fringes of society and she has been blessed in a particular way with opportunities for involvement in ministry with refugees and with women in prison.


m2Matthew Evans Registered Psychologist, MA Psych, MAPS

Matthew's strengths are in helping people to tap into their own resourcefulness and inner wisdom. His areas of interest include accompanhing people who are navigating a personal crisis or relationship challenge in order to assist them grow through the process toweards healing and wholeness. He helps clients address thier issues by connecting with thier spirituality using meditation and other contemplative practices.
Matthew has worked as a psychologist in both public and private clinics for more than 17 years. He is experienced in delivering Interpersonal Therapy, Schema Therapy and Gottman Relationship counselling and has completed the four year Residential Program in Spiritual Direction.


Tom Stuart B Soc Sc, B Th, Grad Dip Sc (Mental Health)

Ordained as a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia, Tom has 26 years’ experience in parish ministry. He is presently in settlement with the Charlestown and Garden Suburb Congregations (Hunter Valley) with a Spiritual Director component to that ministry.  For more than 10 years Tom has pursued contemplative practices in Christian spirituality including daily meditation, lectio divina, The Examen, and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in daily life. He has completed the "Listen into Life" Residential Program in Spiritual Direction, and a certificate course in supervision in Spiritual Direction. He has particular interests in the Enneagram, Male Spirituality, Myers Briggs, developing spiritual practices in the local congregation, and rediscovering healing as a ministry of the church. In terms of the latter he is a service provider, and on the management team, of the “Whitebridge Wellness Centre”.  He regularly leads quiet days, and programs for spiritual growth.


Liz Anne is currently Co-director of Soul Journey Companions: a transformative journey in spiritual direction training in Canberra.  Formerly Liz Anne was Coordinator of the Pastoral Ministry specialisation in the MA Theology at Australian Catholic University, Canberra Campus, where she was also Campus Minister and spiritual director for almost 20 years. Liz Anne did her spiritual direction formation at the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago and her Masters in Pastoral Studies at Loyola University. As well as spiritual director and supervisor, Liz Anne works on retreats with the Marist Retreat Team at Mittagong as well as occasionally celebrating funerals and other important life celebrations. 




Sally Jonessj

Sally completed 5 years of training in Christian Mentoring with The John Mark Extension, and has also completed the Listen into Life Residential program.  She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction with Tabor College. 

Sally works as a Mentor and Spiritual Director, which includes facilitating a 3 year Mentor Equipping course with MEQ Sydney, and formation direction as part of the adjunct faculty for ACOM.  She is also a trained Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.

Sally is passionate about journeying with others as they discover their true selves in Christ and has a particular interest in the relationship between physicality and spirituality. 


pePhilip Eldridge (Dip. Pastoral Counselling)

Philip completed the four-year residential program in spiritual direction in 2017. He comes to “Listen into Life” team with over twenty-eight years of lay-ministry experience; including thirteen years in aged-care chaplaincy with UnitingCare Ageing NSW/ACT.
Six years as an area Coordinating Chaplain saw him selected as one of a nine-member team appointed to facilitate a three-year Practice Development Program, for Uniting. This research-based culture-change program was internationally recognised as being one-of-a-kind in context, size and scope.
Philip co-presented a workshop at the 2010 International Practice Development Conference, in Belfast; he co-facilitated two four-day International Practice Development Schools, in Sydney, and has also led workshops at the Uniting Care Pastoral Gathering and Conference. He continues to enjoy opportunities to lead spiritual retreats.

These experiences, plus four years of formation as a spiritual director, have been foundational in framing Philip’s understanding of the transformative power of contemplative practice; a passion which he brings to the “Listen into Life” team.