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Dwight H. Judy

About Dwight H. Judy


Dwight H. Judy, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. After forty years of service, I took retired status in 2009, as an ordained United Methodist minister (Elder). I was a parish pastor in the Dallas area in the 1970s. The discovery of contemplative prayer practices brought me into retreat leadership. I have guided retreats in spiritual formation practices since 1980 and was privileged to assist in developing the nationally recognized United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation, approved in 2000. I continue to teach part time in the spiritual formation program at Garrett-Evangelical as Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation. I also offer on-line continuing education courses through Lifelong Learning at Garrett-Evangelical.

During my career, I have served as parish pastor, academic administrator of two graduate programs, retreat leader, retreat center director, spiritual director, and faculty member. I was licensed as a psychologist in California and maintain membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors International.

I am a graduate of Southern Methodist University (BA in history, 1966) and Perkins School of Theology, S.M.U. (MTh, 1972). From 1980-84, my wife, Ruth, and I undertook PhD studies at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. Beginning in 1986, I directed the Global (External) Program at ITP and served on the core faculty until 1994, when we moved to northern Indiana to assist in the renewal of a 100-year old conference/retreat center, Oakwood Spiritual Life Center, Syracuse, IN. In 2001, I began my faculty appointment at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

I serve on the editorial review panel for Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International. I am a member of the Adjunct Research Faculty for Sofia University and author of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregatonal Life (Upper Room Books, 2013); Discerning Life Transitions: Listening Together in Spiritual Direction (Spiritual Directors International Imprint, 2010); Embracing God: Praying with Teresa of Avila; Christian Meditation and Inner Healing; Quest for the Mystical Christ: Awakening the Heart of Faith; and Healing the Male Soul: Christianity and the Mythic Journey. I was a founding board member of Hearts on Fire: Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders.

Ruth and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary in 2015. We are parents of two grown sons. Ruth is Core Adjunct Faculty with Sofia University.

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