The London Centre for Spiritual Direction is an independent charity which offers resources, training and support for all those interested and involved in Christian spiritual direction.
Since the earliest days, many Christian people have realised their need to find someone who will walk with them on their journey of faith. At and through the Centre, we celebrate and encourage this tradition by offering resources to anyone looking for a Spiritual Director, or exploring their faith formation.
Alongside this we also offer training, support and development opportunities for new and established spiritual directors, including Encounter (our three-year formation course), continuing professional development, and supervision groups. Please explore our website to learn more or contact us with any questions.
As an independent charity, LCSD relies on course fees and donations to fund its work. If you would like to support us financially, please click here and follow the links. Thank you.
The Centre’s rich history of nurturing spiritual direction began in 1999 when our first Director, Andrew Walker, was invited by the Bishop of London to ‘develop a centre for spirituality’. Its focus was to work collaboratively and ecumenically on promoting spirituality in London and be a resource for people seeking to grow in faith, with a variety of training courses and events. We have been fulfilling that invitation ever since, moving into the church of St Edmund the King in 2003, and refurbishing it so that it was a place of welcome to all those who come in person or use the resources here on our website. For many years we ran a popular bookshop as part of our welcome. Ken Browne served as interim Director from 2011 to 2012 before Mark Godson was appointed as the Centre Director in June 2012. Mark led a faithful team of staff and volunteers whose passion and commitment have delivered and surpassed the Bishop’s original invitation until he left in 2015.
Our links with the Diocese of London were further strengthened by the next Director, Neil Evans who combined his Centre role with being Diocesan Director of Ministry. In 2019, Neil was succeeded by our current Director, Beki Rogers, who is also the Principal of the St Edmund’s Christian Studies and Licensed Lay Ministry training courses both of which operate from St Edmund’s.
In 2016, the Centre was renamed as the London Centre for Spiritual Direction as we recognised the focus of our work on encouraging people to discover for themselves the benefits and joys of having a wise ‘accompanier’ on their journey of faith, together with provision of highly-regarded training and supervision for new and established spiritual directors, and our offering of a range of workshops and courses, all underpinned by our Code of Practice and by the London Diocese safeguarding protocols.
In 2020, in response to the pandemic, we moved much of our work online. This involved a great deal of work and support from our team of directors, tutors and administrators, but it also led us to recognise our decision to save resources and to move our office out of St Edmund’s Church and be based remotely for the time being.
We continue to look ahead in faith seeking to fulfil our mission in the best way possible. We hope our story will continue long into the future.
We have a small staff team, and we are governed by our trustees, chaired by Robin Hepburn who has been involved with the Centre since it was first conceived. You can find out more about them all in the section on staff and trustees below.
Beki is also the Principal of the St Edmund’s Christian Studies and Licensed Lay Ministry training courses both of which operate from St Edmund’s, and she is also currently a second year student on our own Encounter course. She served her curacy in north Birmingham, she and her husband now live in London, where they lead one of the Stepney churches.
Julie’s role is to oversee the formation, support and membership of spiritual directors affiliated to the Centre; She is also Director of the Encounter Course. Julie brings, among other things, her experience as a psychotherapist, spiritual director, licensed lay minister and Benedictine oblate.
Antonia is a spiritual director and a tutor on Encounter, having previously taught on the Ignatian Spirituality Course, and she is also one of the Centre’s supervisors and workshop facilitators. Contact Antonia to help you find a spiritual director, or if you want to find out if spiritual direction is for you. She is also here to help support the Community of Spiritual Directors and is always happy to hear from members or anyone wanting to know more.
Kathy is fanatical about efficiency and keeping things in order. She is a quiz aficionado and enthusiastic church and Rock Choir singer.
Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for the governance of Centre and set the strategic direction. In addition to those listed below, Antonia Lynn from the staff team is co-opted to the board (with no voting rights) as an ecumenical representative of the Centre.
Robin has been involved as a trustee since The Centre was first conceived. He started training as a Spiritual Director on the Encounter course in 2013 and he is now enjoying this new vocation.
For three years the Centre benefited from Neil’s inspirational leadership as Director before handing over to Beki Rogers. He continues to maintain his involvement with the Centre by remaining on the board of trustees. He is Director of Ministry for the Diocese of London. Neil has been a priest in London Diocese for over 30 years serving as a Parish Priest in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Twickenham before his current role. Before ordination he worked as a manager in the Health Service. He is passionate about equipping laity and clergy as fruitful ministers of the Gospel and encouraging them as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Katherine is Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower and Area Dean for the City of London. Prior to this, she was Associate Vicar at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Katherine trained as a Spiritual Director at the LCSD in 2008/9 and has acted as a mentor for clergy as well as a vocations advisor in the London Diocese. Before ordination, she worked in broadcasting for twenty years, including as head of development for an independent production company.
Karen is the vicar of St Mark’s Church Teddington and the Advisor for Spiritual Formation in the Diocese of Kensington. She completed the Encounter Course in 2020. Prior to ordination, she worked in publishing, computers and in local authority social care. She has a long term interest in missional online and has moderated large Christian discussion boards. She is currently working on an exploration of dance and gesture in prayer.