Connecting with a Spiritual Director
Below you will find a list of Spiritual Directors that are either on staff with GOHOP or affiliated with GOHOP. Follow the link at the bottom of the page to learn more or to connect with one of our directors. If you are not in the Hamilton area, all our directors are available to meet with you over Skype or telephone.
Note: If you are considering spiritual direction, anticipate paying $25 - $60 per 1-hour session. All of our spiritual directors have received extensive training and, for some, this is part of their livelihood. Individual directors may charge different amounts and payment may be negotiated with your spiritual director to accommodate your financial situation.
Peter Giokas (M.Div, MTS) started his career as a Child and Youth worker. He then worked at Mission Services of Hamilton in a variety of leadership roles. Ordained with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec, Peter later pastored a church in East Hamilton for several years. More recently, he studied spiritual direction with the Emmaus Formation Centre and, as a spiritual director, he finds delight in seeing people recognize and respond to the Spirit as He draws them into deeper faith, greater freedom and fullness of life. Peter has three grown sons and loves being married to Sandy. He is a student of old and new monasticism and is a member of the Order of the Mustard Seed.
Sue Hamilton has been in Spiritual Direction practice for over 14 years. She was trained at the Haden Institute, Mount Carmel site and leads from Ignatian spirituality, but is open and well versed in other forms of spirituality. She has a particular interest in spiritual disciplines and the role they play in the journey towards deeper relationship with God. As well, she is an enneagram specialist and qualified grief support practitioner. Sue has been married to Fred for 40 years, and has two grown sons, a wonderful daughter in law and a granddaughter.
Nadine Gascho (BA, BEd, MA in Spiritual Formation) was trained as an elementary school teacher and then joined Youth With A Mission. She offers Bible teaching, life-coaching, and spiritual direction within the missions' context. She was trained as a life coach through Coaching Mission International and as a spiritual director through Soul Stream, Canada. She is newly married and has moved from BC to Kitchener, Ontario, becoming an instant mother and grandmother!
"As a spiritual director and life-coach, I count it a real privilege to companion others in their journey with God. Together, and in the midst of life's very real circumstances, we watch and wait, looking to see how the Lord is at work. In the process, we discover more of who we are and how Jesus is bringing transformation, changing us through His love."
Doug Horst is a spiritual director with the GOHOP and part of the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) visioning team in Hamilton. In his 26 years with YWAM, he served in Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Israel, Martinique, Macedonia and Quebec. Trained in the Ignatian tradition at Le Centre Pèlerin in Montreal, he holds a Diploma of Spiritual Accompaniment from St. Paul's University in Ottawa. As a spiritual director, Doug loves listening, asking questions and reformulating so that the Holy Spirit can direct and help people connect with God, the good good father, their true selves and their calling in life. He is happily married to Stephanie and greatly enjoys playing with his six grandchildren.
Andy Groen (M.Div) is a modern monk of sorts serving as the Director of GOHOP. Andy trained as a spiritual director in Tyndale Seminary’s Spiritual Formation program. Drawing from many different traditions – a self-dubbed “contemplative-charismacademic” – he, as a spiritual director, is concerned with questions like: How does one become more like Christ? What kind of practices -or spiritual disciplines - are helpful in that quest? How do we rid ourselves of the things that hinder us in this journey? Andy is married to Gwendolen and they and their four young children live in Hamilton.
David Stoesz has had a diverse career as a chaplain, counsellor, missionary and manager of a drug and alcohol rehab. Recently, he has been certified as a spiritual director with Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction and has become a spiritual director with both GOHOP and Leadership 555. L555 is a Christian overseas movement helping to coach and mentor young leaders from around the world and give opportunities for them to build their leadership confidence. David oversees the spiritual life of these leaders. David believes strongly in the inherent potential of everyone and seeks to encourage, equip and empower every person to walk in their full God-given potential.