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Ruth Haley Barton's Bio:
Barton is a spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader trained through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Washington, D.C.) and the Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership (Nashville, Tennessee). She is cofounder of The Transforming Center, a community of Christian men and women who shape and care for the souls of leaders--equipping them to guide their churches and organizations in becoming spiritually transforming communities that discern and do the will of God.

Educated at Wheaton College and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Barton has served on the staff at several different churches, including Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. She is a past president of the Chicago chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. Her other work includes An Ordinary Day with Jesus: Experiencing the Reality of God in Your Everyday Life (a spiritual formation curriculumn coauthored with John Ortberg, Willow Creek Resources) and The Truths That Free Us: A Woman's Calling to Spiritual Transformation (Waterbrook/Shaw).