Jan Hassler has a passion for journeying alongside people as they seek to deepen their relationship with God. Many of those people have affirmed her giftedness in helping them identify the threads God seems to be weaving through their life story – including life events, emotions, feelings and interpersonal interactions – and how those threads are connected. Clients describe her as intuitive, approachable, trustworthy, and warm. Jan has been in Spiritual Direction for over 20 years and meets with clients on a one-on-one basis. She is also in a Supervision group.
After receiving a B.S. in Social Work and Social Services from Sam Houston State University, Jan obtained professional certifications in Spiritual Formation and Direction from Christian Formation and Direction Ministries. She continues to be an active member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA).
A deep love for animals inspired Jan to found an animal assisted therapy program called “Paws for Caring.” Under her direction as President, the program grew to over 200 volunteers serving more than 30 health care facilities. All while running her own dog obedience school where she taught group classes and provided private training. She has also trained and handled her own dogs as they earned advanced titles in both the obedience ring and in field trials. Jan has said if she ever writes a book, it will be about all the things dogs have taught her about God.
Jan has dedicated much of her life investing in others. In her free time, she enjoys all of God’s creation, particularly the mountains, animals, her grandkids, and long, meandering walks and talks with her husband.
Phyllis Morton trained as a Registered Nurse with a Masters focus on Pediatrics and Education. She has enjoyed a variety of experiences as a nurse in pediatrics, a burn unit, psychiatric unit and in the context of a private gynecology office. Additionally, Phyllis has had the opportunity to participate in medical mission trips to Bolivia, Peru and Nigeria. Currently she volunteers in a faith based sexual health clinic. She has maintained a dream from the beginning of her career and training to give body, soul and spiritual care to others. Her nursing related opportunities, added with training and practice as a Spiritual Director have allowed that dream to come to fruition in ways only God could orchestrate.
Phyllis obtained her Spiritual Direction Certification from Southern Methodist University. Since that time she has had the opportunity to lead retreats and meet with others in personal Spiritual Direction, helping them seek and follow Jesus in their life journey. She is also trained and facilitated several sexual abuse recovery groups.
She and her husband are trained & have lead Reengage, a 16 week intensive marriage help course designed for use in churches. Paul and Phyllis created and have hosted a marriage mentoring group for medical and dental students through the Christian Medical and Dental Association for the past eleven years. While in college, Phyllis and Paul began their own discipleship journey with the Navigators. They remain on associate staff participating as a faculty sponsor on the UTSA campus in San Antonio.
Phyllis loves a full dining table full of chatter, laughter and good food in her home. Replenishment comes from hikes and walks in the in the woods, along with her daily times of sitting in a comfy chair by the window with books, music and candles. Regular doses of grand parenting of her young seven grandkids are a must for life giving fun and the deep joy they bring to her heart and soul.
Janet Wilhelm grew up in the Chicago area and then Florida. She graduated with a BA in Education for those with Emotional Challenges and Learning Disabilities. Later in life Janet received an MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling and later Inner Healing Prayer, 12-Step Recovery & Spiritual Direction.
Her involvement in these areas now spans 40 years. She is an experienced devotional writer. She uses this gifting primarily in her personal devotion to Jesus, but has had numerous occasions to share her devotionals when asked as an invited speaker to various events.
Janet has been married to Bob Wilhelm since 1978 and they have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. San Antonio was introduced to their lives during Bob’s Army career, but they returned to permanently work and live because of their desire to participate in ministry with others and enjoy the Texas community. Currently, Janet is a chaplain to the men and women of the SAPD, ReFocus Today Ministry & Hearts Need Art, a non-profit that promotes emotional and spiritual well-being among individuals affected by cancer and other illness through the creative arts.
Besides spending time with her family as much as possible, Janet has a passion for helping women grow in their personal walk with Jesus and traveling with her husband. She enjoys hiking, reading, crocheting and writing. At this stage of life, living and treasuring each day is a gift she loves to embrace.
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Janet Wilhelm, MA
Chaplain, SAPD, ReFocus Today Ministry & Hearts Need Art