Bill Gaultiere


Bill is the Co-Founder of Soul Shepherding, Inc. with his wife Kristi. He’s a Ph.D. psychologist (PhD. PSY12036 in CA), spiritual director/mentor, author, and speaker.

As a former pastor, he’s served in a mega-church and a church plant. He’s also trained over 1,000 lay counselors and taught courses in Christian psychology and spirituality at the graduate school level. He and Kristi train pastors and other men and women in ministry in their Soul Shepherding Institute and Spiritual Direction Training program. They also travel to speak in churches.

Bill was personally mentored by Ray Ortlund Sr. and Dallas Willard. His recent book Your Best Life in Jesus’ Easy Yoke tells the story of his spiritual renewal from anxious living and burnout and introduces the message and way of Soul Shepherding.

Bill has been speaking in churches and conferences since 1987 and especially enjoys speaking with Kristi. You can listen to their weekly podcast “Soul Talks” or read their weekly blog “The Soul Shepherding Devotional.”

Kristi Gaultiere


Kristi is a Co-Founder of Soul Shepherding, Inc. and leads the ministry with Bill. She’s a psychotherapist (Psy.D.; LPC4 and MFT29887 in CA), and spiritual director/mentor.

As a pastor’s wife, mother, and ministry professional, Kristi offers empathy and wisdom from her experience personally and as a therapist who has spent many thousands of hours caring for people.

Kristi enjoys speaking, training, teaching, consulting, counseling, and retreat leading with Bill as well as recording their weekly “Soul Talks” podcast.

Kristi has been mentored by Jane Willard and Dr. Jan Stoop.  She also leads a spiritual formation group for pastors’ wives and women in ministry.


Board of Directors

Spiritual Leadership (Volunteers)

Soul Shepherding, Inc. was established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization on July 31, 2009.

In semi-monthly Board meetings Bill and Kristi help the team to be led by the Spirit of Jesus in the community, not an “agenda.” Generous amounts of time in every meeting are spent in Scripture meditation and prayer to encourage us to integrate spirituality and business. All ministry decisions are based on the answer to the question, “What is the best investment of resources for the Kingdom of God?” All directors are donors and so they have a personal stake in decision-making.

Our Board Members include: Bill & Kristi Gaultiere, John Snyder (Entrepreneur, Dana Point, CA),  Margaret Snyder (Bible teacher & 12 Step Recovery Sponsor), Betty Southard (Christian author & speaker, Newport Beach, CA), Joe Johnson (Pastor, Laguna Woods, CA), and Michael Risley (Pastor, Irvine, CA).


Ministry to Pastors

Soul Shepherding Associates are pastors, spiritual directors/coaches, or counselors trained by Bill and Kristi Gaultiere to care for men and women in ministry in their cities. They have independent ministries that are affiliated with Soul Shepherding, Inc. Learn how you can become a Soul Shepherding Associate.

David Kong

Content Curator

David oversees Soul Shepherding’s online platform including the website, weekly blog/email/podcast, video content, and social media outlets. He is currently an Mdiv (Spiritual Formation) student at Talbot and enjoys sharing Soul Shepherding content to care for pastors and leaders and cultivate their intimacy with Jesus.

Miriam Knight

Administrative Assistant

Miriam is an M.Div. graduate from Bethel Seminary, who supports and assists Soul Shepherding’s behind-the-scenes processes. She is grateful to be a part of a team who resources pastors for deeper, more integrated ministry.

Sue Wood

Operations Assistant (Volunteer)

She serves Soul Shepherding in the areas of accounting, bookkeeping, calendaring, and other special projects. For many years she worked as an Operations Director for an international Christian nonprofit organization. Currently she’s an Area Director for Community Bible Studies in Seattle, WA. She completed Soul Shepherding’s Institute, earning a certificate in “Spiritual Formation and Soul Care Ministry.”

David Gaultiere

Technology Advisor (Volunteer)

David is a graduate of Westmont College with a degree in Economics & Business and works as a Product Manager at a software company in Santa Barbara. He advises Soul Shepherding on technology initiatives and other strategic projects including overseeing the design and development of this website.

David Hartshorne

Financial Advisor (Volunteer)

David is the Principal of Orange County SMB Clients, providing financial management and consulting. He’s also a graduate of “The Masters Program” in Christian leadership.

Elizabeth Holbrook

Tax Advisor (Volunteer)

Liz is a CPA and teaches accounting for Point Loma Nazarene University. She assists with Soul Shepherding’s annual nonprofit tax return and related forms. She also provides additional accounting advice and support.

Briana & Brianne Gaultiere

Creative Media & Photography (Volunteers)

Briana is the Office Administrator at CIFT Counseling. Brianne is the Employee Experience Specialist at Sonos. “The Bries” contribute artistic design and photographs for Soul Shepherding’s website and resources.