As an ecumenical hub dedicated to the serious study and practice of Christian spirituality, CenterQuest (CQ) is collaborating with its Affiliate Partners in providing a vast array of spiritual resources to the Christian community through the growing medium of online technology.

CQ LIFELONG LEARNING COMMUNITY (LLC) exists as a virtual host to a wide variety of e-courses all designed to foster personal change within its participants and promote deep connectedness to the world and with fellow-travellers on the journey.

LLC offers a series of ongoing short-term courses (4-6 weeks in length): both Basic (Introductory) as well as Advanced (Special Topic) online classes on the broad subject of spiritual formation designed with the following participants in mind:

  • those who are interested in learning the foundations and dynamics of spiritual formation
  • spiritual seekers who wish to deepen their journey with God and others
  • folks who desire to engage in the intentional cultivation of various spiritual practices in their faith-life
  • lifelong learners who are committed to study for personal enrichment
  • those invested in their own professional development (via CEU credits)
  • fellow-journeyers who long to be connected with a community of learners
  • individuals committed to expanding their knowledge and experience base via certain specialized topics of interest uniquely relevant to their own contexts
  • anyone who wants to sample and experience the exciting adventure of online learning


E-Course Titles (Four-Week Classes):

CS – God’s Reality: Exploring the Basics of Christian Spirituality (Wil Hernandez) – July 2-28 (4-Week Course) 

For basic course description on Exploring the Basics of Christian Spiritualityclick here.

SF – In Christ’s Image: Exploring the Basics of Spiritual Formation (Val Dodge Reyna) – June 4-30 (4-Week Course)

For basic course description on Exploring the Basics of Spiritual Formationclick here.

SD – Habits of the Heart: Exploring the Basics of Spiritual Disciplines (Brenda Buckwell) – May 7-June 2 (4-Week Course)

For basic course description on Exploring the Basics of Spiritual Disciplines, click here.

ES – Beauty in the Ordinary: Exploring Everyday Spirituality (Val Dodge Reyna) – Aug. 6-Sept. 1 (4-Week Course)

For basic course description on Exploring Everyday Spirituality, click here.

SC – Exploring Self-Care: Tending to Our Heart, Body, and Mind (Scott Strand) – Sept. 3-29 (4-Week Course)

For basic course description on Exploring Self-Care, click here.

PLExploring the Prayerful Life: Developing a Lifestyle of Attentiveness to God (Daniel Ethan Harris) – Oct. 22-Nov. 17 (4-Week Course)

For basic course description on Exploring the Prayerful Life, click here.

E-Course Titles (Six-Week Classes):

ET – Exploring Your Enneagram Type: Why You Do What You Do (Jaye Andres) – May 7-June 16 (6-Week Course)

For basic course description on Exploring Your Enneagram Type, click here.

AR – The Advent of God’s Word: A Devotional Retreat in Preparation for Christmas and the New Year (Brenda Buckwell) – Dec. 3, 2018 – Jan. 11, 2019 (6-Week Course)

For basic course description on Advent Retreat, click here.

SL – Exploring the Spiritual Life: Following the Journey of Henri Nouwen (Wil Hernandez) – TBD (6-Week Course)

For basic course description on Exploring the Spiritual Life, click here.

CL – Exploring the Compassionate Life: A Call to Creative Action (Carol Ashton) – TBD (6-Week Course)

For basic course description on Exploring the Compassionate Life, click here.

Online Facilitators:

Wil HernandezWil Hernandez, Ph.D., Obl. O.S.B.

Wil is founder and executive director of CenterQuest (CQ) and serves as the program director of its School of Spiritual Direction (SSD). A trained spiritual director, supervisor, and online instructor, Wil teaches several online classes in the field of spiritual formation for various universities and seminaries in the U.S. He serves on the editorial board of Presence journal published by Spiritual Directors International (SDI). Wil is a lay Benedictine Oblate of Saint Andrew’s Abbey at Valyermo, CA and the author of a trilogy on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen.

Carol Ashton, M.A., Ed.

Carol brings her experience as an Instructional Designer  with Pearson North America in Course Design, Development and Academic Research to create engaging, interactive online courses. Drawing on her certification in meditation and teaching background in psychology and education, she is especially interested in the merging of spirituality, neuroscience, and social engagement. Recent work in her studies of compassion includes participation in a nine-month compassion formation with The Center for Engaged Compassion (Claremont Lincoln University).

Jaye Andres, M.B.A.

Jaye is a certified Enneagram professional and Executive Director of the Arizona Enneagram Association. Jaye is also a “founding mother,” past president and Emeritus Director of the Arizona Enneagram Association. As a life coach, consultant and workshop facilitator, her passion is to assist others in raising their self-awareness and move past limiting beliefs and habits to live a fuller, freer, richer and more peaceful life. Learn more at

Brenda Buckwell, D.Min.

Brenda is founder and CEO of Living Streams Flowing Water ( and serves as spiritual director, coach, consultant, trainer, retreat leader and educator. A trained spiritual director, supervisor, and online instructor, Brenda teaches several online and on-site classes in the field of spiritual formation for various seminaries in the U.S. and the UMC Cyber Campus. She serves as spiritual director for the executive board of the Spirituality Network, Columbus, Ohio. Brenda is the author of The Advent of God’s Word: Listening for the Divine Whisper.

Daniel Ethan Harris, M.A.

Daniel is a retreat leader and author of Live Prayerfully and several devotional books. A blogger, he writes regularly at Prior to his training as a spiritual director with CenterQuest’s School of Spiritual Direction, he studied spiritual formation at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and completed a two-year formation program with the Transforming Center in Wheaton, Illinois. Daniel manages a family business in Midland, Texas where he makes his home with his family.

Val Dodge HeadVal Dodge Reyna, M.A.

Val is one of the founding members of CenterQuest’s Community of Companions and functions as the communications coordinator for CQ. Prior to being involved in CQ, she served as program coordinator for three years with Spring Arbor University’s Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership (MSFL).  Val facilitated a course for MSFL entitled “Soul Care and the Church.” A practicing spiritual director, she is also part of the Mentors Pool of CQ’s SSD. Val is currently a chaplain for a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Scott Strand, M.Div., D.Min. (Cand.).

Scott lives in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, with his wife, Kris, of 30-plus years. They have two adult children and a wonderful granddaughter.  A lifelong learner, he has been involved in higher education and instructional technology since 1998. He serves in his local church and offers a teaching ministry in a state prison. Through his life story, Scott has realized his calling to come alongside others on the path of transformation. Scott assists in the instructional design and technology aspects of CenterQuest’s School of Spiritual Direction.

Course Details

Course Fee: $135 (4-Week eCourse) / $175 (6-Week eCourse)

Class is limited to a maximum of 20 participants per course

(First come, first served basis)

For any questions, email or call 1-855-WHEEL-05.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Online Learning Modality, click here.

LLC Courses take place on Moodle

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