DAVID WHITEMAN has been a Baptist pastor in North Carolina for 40 years, serving as pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Buies Creek, NC from 1986-2013 and formerly at First Baptist Church, Lexington, NC. His undergraduate education was at Eastern University, St. David’s, Pa, and theological education, including D.Min studies in Spiritual Formation with Dr. William Clemmons, at SEBTS, Wake Forest, NC. Additional education in Christian Spirituality include a two year training program at the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Md; the Pastor as Spiritual Guide program, and two years of study and training with the Faithful Companions of Jesus, Society of Sisters. He also completed a residency at the School of Pastoral Care, Wake Forest University Medical Center, and is a four year military veteran. He has worked as an adjunct instructor of religious studies at Campbell University, and served in supervised ministry for a number of divinity students. He and his wife, Harriet, have a son and daughter and four grandchildren.
EVELYN CRAIG brings a rich history of experience and involvement in Christian Spirituality and retreat direction. Currently she serves as Spiritual Director for individuals, both ordained and laity, from a variety of faith traditions. Based on that experience, was invited to participate in the spiritual formation program at Duke Divinity School with their first year students. Ecumenical richness is a hallmark of her approach that is grounded and rooted throughout her 50 years of commitment as a Catholic Sister in the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, based in Monroe, MI.
Her training at St. Louis University was in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola in retreat and spiritual direction. There she participated in the Institute for Religious Formation for members of religious communities of men and women from all over the world. But she credits her twenty years of experience in college campus ministry as helping her shape a balanced approach of mind, body, and spirit in spiritual practice. As an avid practitioner and instructor of Tai-Chi, she emphasizes how Eastern Spirituality helps embody our Western experience.