The Rev'd Dr. Christian Boyd is the primary spiritual life coach and consultant, and founder of the Celtic Hound Ministires. Christian's primary areas of expertise are in organizational development, structure evaluation, and strategic planning processes. He also does regular sessions of spiritual life coaching for individuals and for organizations (religious as well as secular).
Christian is an ordained Presbyterian Minister of Word & Sacrament, experienced pastor, spiritual director, and a Benedictine oblate, ministering as a servant leader in Christ’s Church for over 10 years. Christian is also a member of Organizational Development Network, United States Distance Learning Association, Spiritual Directors International, Society for Church Consulting, and the American Society of Missiology. He has worked as a designated pastor with congregations in transformation, conflict or in a healing process, as well as a new church development pastor and as a judicatory officer.
Christian grew up in southern Missouri and is a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. He earned a Master of Divinity from Louisville Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Seminary (St Paul, MN), specializing in Congregational Mission and Leadership with an emphasis in organizational development. To learn more about Christian, check out the Celtic Hound Blog.
Dean of our Educational Ministries
The Rev. Michael McCormack is an ordained Minister of Word & Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Michael received a B.A. at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee where he got his first tastes of ministry: as a youth advisor in Rogersville and then as a camp counselor at the John Knox Center outside Knoxville. He attended Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees. “As I consider my journey of faith so far, there were many times I thought of was doing something. ‘I’m all about this. I’m doing that!’ Now with the hindsight that reflection allows, I can see what God was doing, the lessons I was really learning. I am humbled and filled with gratitude.” Michael has served as a youth pastor in Bowling Green, Kentucky and currently pastors First Church in Kirksville, Missouri. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, where his thesis encircled the topics of Eucharist and feeding the hungry. He is married to Elizabeth West McCormack, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has two wonderful boys, Noah and Liam. Michael has been in Spiritual Direction for over three years.
Proctors & Spiritual Life Coaches
Ms. Kathy Brady-Murfin was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently the Director of Religious Education at a large Roman Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She teaches Scripture and Creed classes for the Office of On-Going Formation at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and for the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catechesis and Youth Formation. Kathy completed the Lay Ministry Formation program in the Rockford diocese, earned a B.A. in Religious Education from DePaul University, and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola. Kathy is also an active spiritual director, and co-writes and leads spiritual retreats with the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary.