Real, honest experience — all the daily stuff with its endless opportunities to open to God’s love, the beautiful surprises to savour, and all the brokenness that we share in common and that calls forth compassion.
We seek to live authentically with Jesus by encouraging one another to receive the gift of God’s intimate and loving presence in all of life.
To that end, SoulStream offers courses such as Living From the Heart, spiritual direction training courses and workshops, a committed contemplative community of partners, and other ways to nurture an awakened, receptive, trusting experience in the face of all the opposing pressures of the world we live in.
God constantly takes the initiative in love, expressed most profoundly in Christ.
We live with a receptive orientation to life rather than achievement.
Each person in their uniqueness is to be treated as the bearer of God’s presence in our world.
Living authentically in community with others encourages us to remain true to the way of Jesus.
Being fully embraced in GRACE, we embody God’s loving presence at work in our world.
We seek to embody justice (right relationships) & peace (shalom).
We trust that despite all evidence to the contrary, God will accomplish God’s loving redemption toward the fulfillment of all things in Christ.
In 2015, SoulStream’s value of justice was expanded to include our contemplative response to the world.
God being our helper, we will endeavour to:
- approach our divine call to care for the world positively and lightly, knowing that our response will be a natural outflow of our life in God.
- become more aware of our own complicity and our own inner landscape in terms of attraction and aversion around responding to the world’s beauty and brokenness.
- support one another in our community, as we continue to converse about our anguish and helplessness around what we see and allow God to move us into hope.
- join God in healing the world in ways that are true to our own gifts and limitations.
The Basic Commitments Of The SoulStream Partners:
Observe regular times of prayer and solitude to nurture our life in God’s love.
We covenant together to find time to pay attention to our life with God, seeking to claim our true identity as God’s beloved children and growing in the freedom God offers.
Attentively respond to the Spirit’s presence and action in our daily choices.
We covenant together to become increasingly receptive in body, mind and emotions to God’s loving action in every area of life. We will seek to let go of our lurking tendencies to self-effort and control and surrender to God’s initiative in our lives.
Help nurture healthy community within the web of relationships in which we live.
We covenant together to live together in our relationships with vulnerability and trust, embracing our weakness and the weakness of others, and trusting God’s restorative action among us.
Create a welcoming space for others without distinction.
We covenant together to offer respect and blessing to all people – regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs or any other distinction – providing a safe place where the beauty and struggle of each person’s experience can be honoured and celebrated.
Act with compassion for justice and peace within the whole of creation.
We covenant to embody God’s presence in our world, promoting care for creation itself in our consumer choices and offering compassion for those who are broken or without power and voice in our society. We will also seek the courage to witness to and act against injustice, exclusion, and exploitation.
Support the mission, activities, and community that are the life of SoulStream.
We covenant together to support the life of our dispersed community by our actions, by our prayers, and by our regular financial contributions in a manner appropriate to our personal circumstances.
Doug Schroeder assumed the role of Executive Director of SoulStream January 1, 2015, following a foundation well laid by Steve Imbach and John Kiemele. Doug’s life was dramatically awakened to God beginning in 2005 through An Introduction to Spiritual Direction led by Jeff and Steve Imbach. Upon completion, Doug was invited to train as facilitator for Living From the Heart and has been deeply honoured to bear witness to the transforming work of God in the lives of others as the course has been offered in Calgary over the past several years.
Doug trained in theology (MDiv. Providence 1979) taught Bible and Theology for 10 years (Foothills Christian College) spent 16 years in sales management (Parmalat) and 11.5 years as senior pastor (Crossroads Community Church Calgary – January ‘03 – July ‘14).
Doug loves co-facilitating retreats, offering spiritual direction, teaching the Enneagram, hiking in the Rockies, golfing, pottery, reading, playing with his 3 grandkids, and hanging out with his wife Dorial and his 5 kids (3 & two spouses).
Steve Imbach is the Executive Director Emeritus of SoulStream. Steve has received spiritual direction for 29 years and after training by Sr. Lily Quintos R. C. has been offering it for over 20 years. Steve worked as a real estate and dental salesperson for 28 years. He graduated from Regent College, Vancouver BC with a Master of Christian Studies. Steve helps in facilitating the courses offered by SoulStream, loves the outdoors, walking, cooking for friends and family and is working at being semi-retired.
Audrey Hoehn is the administrator of SoulStream. Audrey discovered spiritual direction and the contemplative lifestyle about 6 years ago and has found it to be a blessing and compliment to the natural rhythm of her life. Audrey is a personal counsellor with an office in her home, where she also does her administration work for SoulStream. Audrey has three adult children and four grandchildren. Audrey loves reading, cooking for her family and friends, and traveling.
Jeff Imbach was the founding president of the Henri Nouwen Society of Canada and was one of the co-founders of SoulStream. He a long-time pastor in Calgary and has offered spiritual direction for thirty years. Jeff is the author of two books: The Recovery of Love: Christian Mysticism and the Addictive Society, and the award winning book, The River Within: Loving God, Living Passionately. He also edited Words of Hope and Healing: 99 Sayings by Henri Nouwen. Jeff completed an M.Div. He was personally mentored in spiritual direction by Sr. Nora Cummins, F.C.J. and Sr. Lily Quintos, R.C. Jeff continues to walk with others on their spiritual journey through the practice of spiritual direction along with working alongside the leadership team in giving leadership to SoulStream courses.
Deb Arndt is the coordinator of Living from the Heart – Lower Mainland. She seeks to live with a heart open to the transforming love of God in all of life’s circumstances, and is grateful for the opportunity to offer space for others to do the same. Following a career as an educator, she trained as a spiritual director with SoulStream. She lives on a prairie acreage, where the beauty of nature delights her. She and her husband have two adult children and are looking forward to welcoming a daughter-in-law to the family very soon.
Shauna Gill is the partner representative for Soulstream’s Partner Formation Initiative. Shauna’s interest in care, healing and healthy life led her to study nursing, and culminated in graduate studies about hope in the critically ill and their families. This peaked Shauna’s interest in the spiritual journey and led to her becoming a Parish Nurse, and eventually a Spiritual Director. A certificate in Spiritual Formation through Carey Theological Collage has rounded Shauna’s formal education.
Shauna’s desire is to continue to find and enjoy God in the ordinary moments of everyday life. She is learning to wait, be open, listen and find God at His gentle pace rather than the frenetic pace her longing inspired. She lives in the Okanagan with her husband Dave, and continues to parent three young adult children who are still in Calgary. Shauna’s life is full of community, walking, cooking, music, skiing, snowshoeing, golfing, gardening, photography, writing, travel, retreat care, and whatever else God puts in front of her.
Rod Janz is the partner representative for SoulStream’s Contemplative Response to the World Initiative. He works for a Vancouver organization called Mission Possible as the Manager of Development and Communications, where he oversees the day to day Marketing and Communications for as well as Fundraising and Events. He feels that becoming a partner with his friends and spiritual mentors at SoulStream has been a wonderful homecoming. Rod says that he has been on a journey to learn how to pray all his life and the SoulStream community has given him all the love, support and direction that his wounded soul has needed. He is married to Kathleen and they have two wonderful girls.
Cherie Tetz is the partner representative for SoulStream’s Living From The Heart Initiative. Cherie is incredibly thankful to have discovered a vocation and this community of Soulstream in this second half of life. Her work as spiritual director and facilitator satisfy a deep longing to live open-heartedly with God and with others and offers the graced privilege of facilitating a spaciousness for “the other” to encounter the LOVE who is always present.
Cherie was trained as a spiritual director through Soulstream. She would say that her life and heart are full finding gift in community, family, writing poetry, dancing and getting to call herself mom to 3 adults, mom-in-law to a couple more and grandma cherbear to 5 amazing little people!
Karen Webber is the partner representative for SoulStream’s Spiritual Direction Initiative. Karen’s desire to live with an open heart before God has been shaped by her life experiences including a career in dietetics, involvement in her church community, being the parent of two adult children, along with husband Doug, and her love of the outdoors. She trained as a spiritual director with SoulStream.
Cheryl Lee Andersson lives in Cochrane AB with her husband Kent and two teens. She is drawn to the contemplative way of life and has a deep desire to be awake to God’s loving presence in all of life, the beauty and the muck. Her work with refugees, victims of human trafficking and persons with disabilities has deeply shaped this desire. Cheryl Lee trained as a spiritual director with SoulStream. She delights in floating in the ocean, making tortilla soup, and photographing nature.
Darryl Frayne lives in Langley, BC with his wife Renee and two teenage boys. He has worked in the graphics industry for about 20 years and has an MA in theology from Regent College. Until a few years ago, he volunteered in various roles in church, but is now content to have SoulStream as his Christian community, a deep source of encouragement as he seeks to be attentive to God in everyday life at work and with family, friends, and neighbours. He enjoys reading, writing, movies, being outdoors, and listening to the unfolding stories of family and friends.
Glen Grunau has worked with children, youth and their families for the past 25 years as a mental health clinician in Quesnel, BC. He lives with his wife Karen and cat Delilah and black lab Roo. Their two young-adult children have recently left home, leaving plenty of quiet to pursue the silence and solitude of contemplative life. Glen loves the four distinct seasons of the north and enjoys walking, biking, canoeing, and cross country skiing in God’s big world. He is also inspired by movies and reading.
Esther Hizsa lives in Burnaby, B.C. with her husband, Fred. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College, and worked for over twenty years as an associate pastor, first in children and youth ministry at Cliff Avenue United, and then in local outreach, community building, and preaching at New Life Community Church. She offers spiritual direction (trained through SoulStream), facilitates Living from the Heart (Lower Mainland), and writes—mostly for her blog, An Everyday Pilgrim. She and Fred enjoy cycling and hanging out with their grandchildren.
Mark Imbach is SoulStream’s Chairman of the Board. He loves his relationship and walk with God that’s evolved through many trials and blossomed through contemplative living. He has been in the broadcasting industry since 1980. He has two adult children and 3 grandchildren. Mark sees life rather pragmatically and loves the adventure of life.
Katherine Kroeker is thrilled to finally be living in Sidney, BC after far too much life lived in Edmonton, AB. As a landscape designer, together with her darling husband Merle, she spends her days making the world a little more beautiful through their award winning landscape company. Katherine trained as a spiritual director with Soul Stream and is a passionate advocate for beauty in all its forms.
Deb Steinkamp lives in Bellingham, WA with her husband Dick. They have three adult children and six grandchildren. Deb is a spiritual director, a supervisor for spiritual directors and an active member of Bellingham Covenant Church. For fun, Deb swims, hikes, and paints. She is always watching for ways to put her contemplative way of living into action.
Doug Webber has been hanging out with Soulstreamer’s for a decade or so, initially quite tentatively (and maybe resistively) through his wife, Karen’s, involvement and then by his own willing recognizance. His vocation is as a staff pathologist at Vancouver General Hospital (a microscope doctor-and no, I don’t mainly deal with dead people: most of my work is microscopic diagnosis for prognosis and therapy) and avocation is trying to figure out what it means to live the Christian contemplative life, particularly within his vocation. In that process, the community of Soulstream has become his Christian community and he is very thankful for the honesty, friendship, commitment to Jesus and His way in our world that the community offers. He has thus thrown his hat into the ring of the Board to contribute to the evolving ongoing mission.