Brad Houff – Founder & Executive Director – Brad has over 25 years of experience in the areas of spiritual formation and leadership development. For nine years he served as the Pastor of Community & Spiritual Formation at Hope Church in Richmond, VA. Prior to that, he was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 16 years – first as a Campus Minister at Wake Forest University and then as an Area Director for campuses in Eastern Virginia. He holds degrees from the College of William & Mary and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of Renovare’s Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation.
Marmi Houff – Director Emeritus – Marmi also has over 25 years of ministry experience. The first half of that time was with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – serving as both a Campus Minister and an Area Director. The second half of that time has been in the area of Spiritual Formation – leading groups and retreats and providing one-on-one spiritual direction. She spent six years under the leadership of Ruth Haley Barton at The Transforming Center – first as a participant and then as a member of the intercession and serving team. She has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and was trained as a Spiritual Director at Richmont Graduate School.
COMPASS ASSOCIATE STAFF
Kayla Allen – Spiritual Formation Associate – Kayla has over 15 years of ministry experience in the areas of spiritual formation and discipleship. For 9 years she served as a pastor at a large church in the DC metro area providing leadership to small groups, classes and retreats. Prior to that, she was on staff with the Coalition for Christian Outreach serving as a campus minister to George Mason University in partnership with a local PCUSA church. Kayla has a MA in Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary and is a certified Spiritual Director. Currently, she lives in Charlottesville, VA where she offers spiritual direction in person, over the phone and video call. You can read more about her work at kaylaannallen.com.
Susan Cromer – Spiritual Direction Coordinator – Susan is trained as both a spiritual director and a retreat leader. She has a deep desire to help others recognize God’s love for them, to awaken worth in them. She earned a degree in Social Work in 1979 and worked with both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. She has served as a Bible teacher, small group leader, and retreat leader for the last 30 plus years. Currently, she serves as a volunteer with Shepherd’s Way Ministries in Richmond where she helps to feed some of Richmond’s homeless and underserved. Susan completed a two year program through Sustainable Faith to become a spiritual director. The gift of listening to others and helping them discern the movement of God in their lives has been extremely rewarding for her. Susan lives in Midlothian, VA where she offers spiritual direction in person and via phone or video call.
COMPASS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cathy Allen – Board Member – Cathy grew up in Howard County, MD. She received her BSN from University of MD School of Nursing and worked for 26 years as a Neonatal ICU RN. She and her husband Tom moved to Richmond 31 years ago where they raised there 3 children who then scattered to the 3 winds. Cathy and Tom have been members of Hope Church almost from its inception, and she has worn many hats there including Missions Director, Prayer Team member, HopeKids Volunteer Administrator, and Infant Nursery Coordinator. Currently she is a Small Group Leader, Greeter and co-manages the Toy/Children’s Book Department at Hope Thrift Patterson.
Robyn Almquist – Board Member – Robyn grew up in Martinsburg, WV. She graduated from WVU with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Master’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies. She and her husband Doug have lived in Richmond for 20 years where they enjoyed raising their three sons. Robyn is currently on Staff at Hope Church where she serves as an Assistant Manager at Hope Thrift. She has enjoyed serving in other ministry areas including Hope Kids and Groups. Her involvement with the Apprentice classes offered at Hope Church began a renewed appreciation for Soul Care and Spiritual Transformation.
Gilpin Brown – Board Member – Gilpin grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and found his way to the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia with a degree in mathematics education. He taught high school mathematics for 40 years. He and his wife Pam have two children and four grandchildren. Their family has been members of St. Giles Presbyterian Church for forty years where he has taught children and adults and currently is helping to facilitate a men’s group and a discipleship class along with serving on the session. He enjoys photographing landscapes and wildlife. For him, the Christian journey is thrilling, challenging, sometimes confusing, but hopefully, always growing. Compass came across his radar a couple of years ago, and he has participated in soul training and is excited to be a member of the board.
Drew Cleveland – Board Member – Drew is the Director of Young Adult and College Ministry at Third Church. He earned an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Virginia Tech. Drew learned the spiritual rhythms of life and mind at the Trinity Fellows Academy, working for the Trinity Forum in DC, church planting in Milwaukee, and cultivating philanthropic endeavors around the integration of faith, work and economic wisdom with the Kern Family Foundation. Drew is local supporter of Jobs for Life, Common Good RVA, Q Commons, and any opportunity to have a meaningful conversation around fire with a bourbon.
Shirley Hayes – Board Member – Shirley is a native Richmonder who graduated from James Madison University. She met her husband, Clay, while they were getting their MEd in School Administration. They have been married for almost 40 years and have three children. Shirley taught Elementary School for 15 years and was also a Special Education Coordinator and Assistant Principal before retiring. She attends Hope Church where she enjoys Groups, Women’s ministry, and Mission Trips. She was an active participant in the Apprentice Series at Hope which spurred a love for Spiritual Transformation and Soul Care.
Joe Moore – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – Joe lives with his wife, Patti, in Winston-Salem, NC. He graduated from James Madison University in 1977. The following fall he joined the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where he has served since. In 2006 Joe became the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Blue Ridge Region. The following year he became the National Co-Director for Spiritual Formation & Prayer. In 2016 Joe left the National Co-Director role to become the Assistant Regional Director for Spiritual Formation & Prayer for Carolinas Region. Joe has two Certificates in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary and from the Renovare Institute.