About Us

Mona Pineda, MRL, Cert. Spiritual Director

I am a Certified Spiritual Director. I graduated from the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program at Benet Hill Monastery near Colorado Springs in 2012.  As a result, I both understand and embrace the Christ-honoring simplicity of Benedictine spirituality. In addition, my graduate work at Emory  included study of the impact of patriarchal theology on the souls of women, narrative theory, and pastoral care. This practical and spiritual education, along with my own unique ways of seeking God, makes me an uncommon and life-giving spiritual director.


As a spiritual director, I help others  to listen for God and to see how God is at work in their lives.  This singular approach to a unique but centuries old way of seeking and finding God is my offering to the people in my world.

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.