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The Center for Christian Spirituality is blessed with an impressive faculty whose members are well-respected for their scholarly accomplishments and their gifts as spiritual guides and teachers. Together, they form a rich resource for you whether you are seeking education and formation for ministries of spiritual guidance or are hoping to enrich your own spiritual path towards God.

Anne Winchell Silver
Adjunct Professor

B.A., William Smith College
M.A., New York University
M.A., General Theological Seminary (Spiritual Direction)
Ph.D., Fordham University (Counseling)

Before becoming a spiritual director in New York City, Anne served for 32 years on the counseling faculty at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) in Brooklyn. She is the author of Trustworthy Connections: Interpersonal Issues in Spiritual Direction (Cowley, 2004) and co-author of Where You Go, I Shall: Gleanings from the Stories of Biblical Widows (Cowley, 2005). Her current areas of interest in research and teaching include: individual and group spiritual direction; spirituality in everyday life; ethical issues in pastoral care and spiritual direction; vocation and ministry of the whole people of God; writing as a spiritual practice; and the spirituality of bereavement.

Current Courses:

  • Individual Spiritual Direction Practicum
  • Supervision for Individual and Group Spiritual Direction

Recent Courses:

  • Supervision for Individual and Group Spiritual Direction: Peer Relationships
  • Group Spiritual Guidance Practicum


Westina Matthews
Adjunct Professor

B.A., University of Dayton
M.S., University of Dayton
Ph.D., University of Chicago (Education)

Westina is an Episcopal lay leader, spiritual director, and author of three books in the Have a Little Faith series, as well as articles on the spiritual life in Sacred Journeys, Forward Movement, Essence, and other periodicals. A graduate of the highly respected Shalem Institute’s Spiritual Guidance Program for the education and formation of spiritual directors, she currently serves as a spiritual director for the General Seminary community. In 2010–11, she was a Fellow at Harvard University. Prior to pursuing her interest in spiritual direction, she led Merrill Lynch's community business development and philanthropic efforts, for which she was was named by Ebony among "The 100 Best and Brightest Black Women in Corporate America."

Current Course:

  • Contemplative Supervision for Individual and Group Spiritual Direction

Clair W. McPherson
Associate Professor of Ascetical Theology

B.A., Washington University
M.A., University of Missouri
M.Div., General Theological Seminary
Ph.D, Washington University (Literature)




An Episcopal priest, scholar, author and spiritual director, Clair's primary academic interest is the spirituality and artistic expression of the early medieval periods. He has written three books—Understanding Faith, Grace at This Time, and Keeping Silence—and is currently working on a book about Nilus of Ancyra, an ascetic and prolific writer of the early 5th century CE, that will include the first English translation of works by Nilus and commentary on the texts.

Current Courses:

  • Introduction to Christian Spirituality
  • Exploring the Early Middle Ages: Anglo-Saxon England and Christianity on the Continent

Recent Courses:

  • Angels and Demons
  • Medieval Spirituality
  • Icons and Saints: Byzantine Spirituality
  • Wandering for the Love of God: Early Medieval Spirituality 


Stuart Hoke
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Southern Methodist University
M.Div., Episcopal Theological School

Th.D., General Theological Seminary

Stuart is an Episcopal priest and teacher of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous. He has served as priest and pastor at Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul's Chapel in New York City. He teaches courses on the role of churches in responding to addiction and recovery and on the spirituality of the Twelve Steps. 

Recent Courses:

  • Twelve-Step Spirituality Practicum
  • Addiction: The Church's Role in Recovery (PT course)

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