Who we are
The Center for Renewal Retreat Ministry is run by an all-volunteer staff. Bob and Barbara Japenga are the directors of The BARN’s Center for Renewal Retreat Ministry and lead the all-volunteer staff. They have been members at The BARN since 1973 and have worked with the Retreat Ministry since 1991. Barbara is a certified Spiritual Director for over 10 years and has served in various other ministries at The BARN. Bob has been certified as a Spiritual Director since 2016. He has been an elder since 1980 and is the author of two books on Listening Prayer – one for individuals and one for groups. Many of his sermons are available on-line. Bob and Barbara have been married for over 30 years and have 3 daughters and eight grandchildren.
Other volunteer staff include Rick and Lynne Schoenhardt, Jon and Kim Nelson, Beth Rotblatt, Julie Peacock, Margot Saadeh, Lynn Skoglund (Retreat House Hostess), and Santiago Velasquez (The BARN’s sexton).
Our lead pastor Matt Blazer is also an integral part of our team and often meets with other pastors while they are on retreat.
We are privileged to have such a great staff. Everyone on the staff is a spiritual mentor. You too can become a spiritual mentor as you learn first to be alone with God and then learn to be alone with God with other people. Read more about this here.