About Us

Karen Scheib, PhD. writer, teacher, story companion

Karen Scheib teaches pastoral care at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is an ordained United Methodist Minister, and has served as a local church pastor, a chaplain, and a pastor counselor. Her current writing and teaching focus on how to care for ourselves and others through story. She believes that paying closer attention to the stories can promote spiritual growth and increase our capacity to love God, others, and ourselves. She is the author of Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives and Attend to Stories: How to Flourish in Ministry (forth coming). She believes in the power of creative writing as a particular way to care for our life stories. She is available to offer workshops on Story Care and writing as a spiritual practice.

Ellen Shepard, DMin


Ellen is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Women, Theology, and Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology at Emory. She has decades of ministerial experience and in leading spiritual retreats for various groups. 


Her current research includes vocational discernment, women’s studies, Christian spirituality and women’s advocacy. Shepard has written two books and co-authored a third as well as developing curricula for spiritual retreats and workshops.

Jennifer Winingder Thd. spiritual creativity enthusiast, healing processes aficionado

Jennifer is a lifelong student of life and explorer of new landscapes both internal and external. She has traveled extensively and lived in several different countries with her multicultural family. A survivor of some challenging life lessons, she is fascinated by and passionate about cultivating and practicing creative spirituality and healing processes, as she believes healing can be easily identified and practiced for any person who is in pain. She wishes to make these practices accessible and available to anyone in need. The intensive retreat process is a particular one that can be especially effective and powerful for those who commit to it. She created Spiritual Pathways with this in mind. 

Jennifer is an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at Candler School of Theology, she has a private counseling practice in the Atlanta area, and she hosts a podcast, Present Pilgrimage, on interracial and intercultural dialogue and how it is expressed in the world today with her podcast partner Iyabo Onipede.