Plenary Speaker Bios for 2018 Conference


Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook has served as the co-founder and team leader for Church Resource Ministries’ (CRM) international spiritual formation ministry, The Order of Imago Christifor the past 15 years.  As a missionary with Imago Christi, Tom develops spiritual formation resources and coaches Christian leaders and churches to live and lead with a spiritual authority grounded in loving intimacy with Jesus.  He provides spiritual direction and coaching for pastors, churches, and missionaries in various parts of the world and teaches in spiritual formation discovery seminars and other spiritual formation settings. Before Imago Christi, he served as a Lutheran pastor for 26 years. He lives with his wife Charlotte in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Tom has a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Arizona State University, an M.S. in Management Systems from the University of Southern California, and an M.Div. from Luther Theological Seminary. He received his D.Min. in spiritual formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

Tom is author of Mansions of the Heart: Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth, and co-author of Mansions of the Heart Study Guide. In 2014, Tom published a novel, Presence: What if Jesus Were Really Here, and a companion study guide, Discovering Christ’s Presence. His article, “The Right Disciplines at the Right Time: Understanding the Journey with Teresa of Avila,” was published in Conversations Journal in 2014.

Tom’s passion is to see the Church authentically live out the loving presence of Jesus and invites everyone to know Jesus as Savior. To this end, he desires to help Christian leaders grow in an intimate relationship of love with God that enables them to flourish as spiritually healthy leaders with the spiritual authority that emerges from their relationship with Jesus. Tom is zealous in his conviction that it is the love of God, His very essence, which transforms us into Christ-likeness and motivates and empowers our love for others.

To learn more about Tom and is ministry, see:



Steve Macchia

Steve Macchia serves as the Founder and President of Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI). LTI is a ministry which focuses on the spiritual formation needs of leaders and the spiritual discernment processes of leadership teams in local church and parachurch ministry settings nationwide. He is also the Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also teaches the Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders track in the Doctor of Ministry program. Previously, he served as president of Vision New England, formerly known as The Evangelistic Association of New England. Steve has also served on the pastoral staff team at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA. He is a spiritual director, mentor to young leaders, leadership coach, conference speaker, and author. He is the delighted husband of Ruth and the proud father of two grown children, Nathan and Rebekah.

Steve received his B.A. in Christian Education and Elementary Education at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, and his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA.

Steve has authored several books, including Broken and Whole, Outstretched Arms of Grace, Path of a Beloved Disciple, Wellspring, Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way, Becoming a Healthy Church, Becoming A Healthy Church Workbook, Becoming A Healthy Disciple, Becoming A Healthy Disciple: Small Group Study and Workbook, Becoming A Healthy Team, and Exercises for Becoming A Healthy Team. Steve has also written a number of articles and columns for various publications, including Conversations Journal, Outcomes Magazine, The Fellowship of Presbyterians, Focus on the Family, etc.

Steve describes his passion for spiritual formation: “I envision a Holy Spirit—empowered Church led by spiritual leaders who invite others to discover spiritual maturity together in a spiritual community where spiritual friendships practice spiritual conversations that uphold and affirm spiritual transformation for all, ultimately leading to spiritual renewal—the making of ‘little Christs” to light up the world with the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit — in our lives, communities, and throughout the world.”

For more information about Steve and his ministry, see



Ted Wueste

Ted serves as Executive Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, a large downtown evangelical congregation in Phoenix, Arizona. He practices spiritual direction as a part of his pastoral ministry as well as with those in the broader Christian community. Ted also teaches as adjunct faculty in the Spiritual Formation Program at Phoenix Seminary, and leads the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona. Ted planted and served as lead pastor of a church in Texas for almost 10 years before moving to the Phoenix area where he lives with his wife, Jenifer, and children, Trey and Claire.

Ted has degrees in D.Min. in Leadership, from Phoenix Seminary, a Master of Sacred Theology, from Dallas Seminary, a Master of Divinity, Western Seminary, in Portland, Oregon, a Certificate in Spiritual Direction: Selah, Leadership Transformations, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction, New Way Ministries.

Ted has published Mansions of the Heart Study Guide, Co-authored with Tom Ashbrook, Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Advent Reflections, and The Practice of the Presence of God Study Guide.

Ted says about his passion for spiritual formation, “Having served as a pastor for the last twenty years, I have grown deeply passionate about seeing people become aware and intentional about their own spiritual formation. In addition, thinking about the ways that our churches are involved in spiritual formation is of deep interest to me. Finally, my deepest passion is for the formation of leaders because churches will only go as far as their leaders have gone.”

For more information about Ted and his ministry, see

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