Center for Spiritual Renewal


Mission & Vision

The Center for Spiritual Renewal is the soul care ministry arm of the Institute for Spiritual Formation. The primary mission of the CSR is to offer the ministry of spiritual direction to the Biola community. Our vision is to serve the Kingdom of God by enhancing the capacity of the body of Christ to experience and offer soul care ministries, with spiritual direction as our chief focus.



The CSR is deeply integrated with the academic training and needs of students at the Institute for Spiritual Formation. For over 10 years now Dr. Betsy Barber & Dr. Judy TenElshof have been training graduate students in ISF’s MA Soul Care & MDiv Emphasis programs to offer the ministry of soul care through spiritual direction.

As part of their training, these student spiritual directors meet with Biola undergraduate students who have applied for spiritual direction. Over the years, students have graduated from this training program and been retained as staff spiritual directors. These 70+ staff spiritual directors:

  • Are members of professional spiritual director associations,
  • Carry liability insurance,
  • Attend regular confidential supervision groups,
  • Attend regular professional development offerings through the CSR

The spiritual directors offer spiritual direction to:

  • Biola undergrads,
  • Talbot, SICS, & Rosemead graduate students,
  • Biola staff,
  • Biola faculty,
  • Occasional alumni or spouses of current students.

In recent years our student and staff spiritual directors have offered spiritual direction to an average of nearly 700 individuals a semester on Biola’s campus. This number continues to grow as spiritual direction becomes well known and increasingly sought after by the Biola community and known in the larger Evangelical Christian community. At this time we are not able to offer spiritual direction on campus to people who are not current students, staff or faculty (with rare exceptions as advertised to eligible groups or individuals), but many of our spiritual directors also offer spiritual direction in off-campus contexts. And so we are happy to serve as a referral resource for those looking for a spiritual director.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639