ACSD Executive Members
The people featured on this page are volunteers appointed by members of the Association every two years. They represent the members by being drawn from various denominations, ages, locations and of course both genders. They retire by rotation every two years. Please view the ACSD constitution for more information about executive appointments.
Glenda Prosser is a Spiritual Director and Pastoral Supervisor based in Rangiora in North Canterbury. A former secondary school science teacher, payroll administrator, accountant's assistant, and adult educator, she trained as a spiritual director with SGM in 2000 & 2001. Glenda trained in the CAIRA method of pastoral supervision in 2003 & 2004 and is now one of the local CAIRA trainers. She also completed the SGM supervision training in 2004. She worships in the Anglican Church in Rangiora where she is a Licensed Lay minister. Glenda has facilitated retreat days and presented courses on prayer. Married to David, Glenda has 2 adult children and one delightful grandson. For the last 12 years she has been an Oblate of St Benedict (a lay member of the Order of St Benedict). Glenda has appreciated receiving spiritual direction in her own faith journey and counts it a privilege to be able to offer similar support to others. She sees spiritual direction as a ministry that helps people grow into interdependence in the Body of Christ.
Pip Nicholls has had many influences in her life with not the least being living on the shore of Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour) and being cradled in the beauty of the whole of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Other formative places, people and events have been the Erskine chapel in Island Bay, Germaine Greer's visit in 1972, working in the disability sector for 28 years, being a member of the Aubert, Baxter, Merton, Kirk catholic lay community in Featherston since 1975, a year in a Thai Buddhist monastery in 1979, meeting Thinly Norbu Rinpoche and Mother Theresa in 1980, returning to Catholic contemplative roots through the teachings of Tessa Bielecki (a hermit in Colorado), Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault and many others. Pip became a Spiritual Companion in 2006 and a full time retreat and workshop leader three years later. This was prompted by the early death of her brother and the realisation that none of us knows ‘how long our piece of string is’ so let’s live each precious moment. Pip says that “culturally or by choice we will be drawn to different spiritual teachings and practices. I have met people who have gone through the 'fire' of transformation and they personify clarity, simplicity, compassion and freedom while remaining even more idiosyncratically human as well. I am therefore interested to sit beside people as they walk, stroll, run, dance, meander, stumble, plod, hop, trip, skip and sometimes jump into exploring what deeply gives meaning and sustains them". Pip is a member of the Contemplative Network, Aotearoa. Her website is: www.thegentleartofknowing.co.nz
Jeff Whittaker is a Baptist minister living in Auckland. Married to Margaret (a teacher), they have three adult children. Jeff undertook the SGM Training Programme in 1998/99, and subsequently joined ACSD. Since then Jeff has continued to offer spiritual direction and supervision to a clientele that has included ministers, counsellors, and SGM trainees. Interested in Christian spirituality, at various times Jeff has lectured on this subject at both Laidlaw College (Christchurch Branch) and Carey Baptist College (Auckland). In the more recent past Jeff has offered periodic 'Retreats in Daily Life' together with Auckland director Jeannie Martin-Blaker. Jeff has found receiving spiritual direction to be incredibly valuable both personally and professionally. Committed to on-going personal and professional development, Jeff sees his involvement with ACSD as helping facilitate such development in the wider cadre of New Zealand's spiritual directors.
Ricky Waters has lived in Auckland with his wife, Gill, and two boys since 1995, when they returned from 6 years of working with Paciﬁc Students for Christ in Fiji. Ricky has been in a range of leadership roles in Presbyterian, Baptist, Independent Pentecostal churches over the years since his conversion experience in 1978. Ricky currently attends Somervell Presbyterian Church. Ricky has been the Co-ordinating Chaplain overseeing teams of volunteer Chaplains at Massey University (Albany), Unitec Institute of Technology, and Manukau Institute of Technology since 2001. He has served as the Northern Regional Co-ordinator for the Aotearoa New Zealand Tertiary Chaplains Association (ANZTCA) and the NZ representative on the Executive of the International Association of Chaplains in Higher Education (IACHE). For the past 3 years Ricky has Chaired the Executive of this association. Ricky completed the SGM Spiritual Director Training Course in 2001, become an Associate member of ACSD in 2002 and a full member in 2003. He has attended 5 ACSD Training Events. A number of Ricky’s Directees have come through his Chaplaincy work. Many of these seeking Spiritual Direction have been from faiths other than Christian. In order to access resources to support these directees, Ricky joined Spiritual Directors International (SDI) in 2005. Ricky has had a variety of Spiritual Directors since attending an SGM Retreat in 1985 and is keen to promote the beneﬁts of Spiritual Direction amongst those in Christian ministry – particularly with those he supervises. He is also keen to ensure that Spiritual Directors continue in their professional and personal development. Ricky has a BEd and a BD and is currently working on an M Theol. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 2008.
Bev Phillips is married with three adult daughters, two of whom are based in Africa. She and her husband Murray have four grandsons. Bev completed her training with SGM in the mid 1990s and has been offering spiritual direction and supervision for almost 20 years. Her first experience of receiving spiritual direction was 25 years ago when she worked as a chaplain to industry. It was that experience, at a time of burnout that was the beginning of a call to train as a spiritual director. Following that season she was employed by the Baptist Church to lead their community ministry in Wellington City. Her training as a spiritual Director together with a diploma of Mission from Carey College has equipped her well for the roles she has held. She is now semi retired and loving a quieter life at Waikanae Beach. As well as her love for the ministry of spiritual direction she is passionate about walking the Camino trails in Europe. This she finds both challenging and transformative, and these days is her preferred kind of retreat.
John Franklin has been a spiritual director for 34 years, and was instrumental in founding Spiritual Growth Ministries. He has been in ministry with PCANZ, PCUSA, and the Anglican Church of ANZ and Polynesia. Since moving to Mosgiel four and a half years ago (after 20 years in Palmerston North), he has been Chaplain for Prayer to the Anglican Bishop of Dunedin, and is now doing full time spiritual direction and supervision, quiet days and retreats. He understands the Christian life to be about transformation into the likeness of Christ though the agency of the Word and the Spirit. His passion is seeing people grow in relationship with God, neighbours, and our Mother Earth.
Secretary / Treasurer
Rosemary has a background working in the Anglican Church, at the Women's Resource Centre in Auckland, and retains an interest in post denominational Christianity. She designs websites, does social media coaching, and also works part time for Ruth Dyson MP as her diary secretary. After living in Auckland and Northland for most of her life, Rosemary now lives with her partner Cynthia in Redcliffs Christchurch.