Ned serves with Soul Shepherding as a Spiritual Director and Sabbatical Coach with a focus on chaplaincy support and missionaries serving cross-culturally. He is the Director of Member Health for World Gospel Mission, has traveled to 31 countries, and served cross-culturally in Mexico and Ecuador. Over the past 30 years, Ned has pastored churches in Ohio and Michigan and served as a hospital chaplain as well as a missionary.
He has an M.A. in Ministerial Education and is a Board Certified Chaplain, with specialties in Crisis Incident Stress Management and Stress Debriefing. Ned has completed the Soul Shepherding Institute Spiritual Direction Training program and is certified in Spiritual Direction.
Ned was drawn to Soul Shepherding when the desire to be better equipped to speak into the lives of missionaries merged with a lot of loss and grief in his own life, leaving him feeling distant and disconnected from Jesus. The journey to be better equipped for ministry led him to pursue God’s leading to become a spiritual director and learn to minister out of the reservoir of God’s fullness. Dr. Bill and Kristi Gaultiere impacted and influenced his journey to spiritual renewal and equipping for effective ministry to pastors, missionaries, and leaders.
Ned and his wife Marlene live in Marion, IN, are the proud parents of three adult children, and have two grandchildren.