Reverend Dr. Brenda Buckwell is a nationally known retreat leader, teacher, and adjunct faculty at United Theological Seminary where she has taught the United Methodist Spiritual Formation Certification classes. As spiritual formation consultant for individuals, local congregations, districts and conference, Brenda weaves together spiritual direction and ancient prayer practices opening space for God's presence to be experience and shared within community. With 25 years of congregational pastoral leadership, Brenda has extensive experience in practical application of spiritual direction, conflict resolution and corporate prayerful practices, which lead congregations to healthy communication and vision for vital renewing ministry. Brenda is the Co-founder of The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders which kindles Hearts on Fire. After serving as chair of Hearts on Fire for over 10 years, Brenda now serves as Director of Learning and Formation for this national affiliate organization of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.