About Renovaré

About Renovaré

Renovaré: Where it all started

Richard foster mountains

In 1978, Richard J. Foster first published a book called Celebration of Discipline, which led to a widespread ministry of speaking and teaching on spiritual formation. This led to the foundation of Renovaré in November 1988. He has since authored over 60 arti­cles and six books, includ­ing Streams of Living Water, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home and Cel­e­bra­tion of Dis­ci­pline, hailed by many as the best mod­ern book on Chris­t­ian spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. Richard lives in Denver, Colorado and con­tin­ues to write on the spir­i­tu­al life.

Dallas Willard

Another significant contributor is Dr. Dallas Willard. As well as Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy at The Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Dal­las was an ordained min­is­ter who spoke at church­es and Chris­t­ian orga­ni­za­tions world­wide. Along with Richard J. Foster, Dallas was a found­ing mem­ber of Ren­o­varé. He wrote, among oth­ers, The Divine Conspiracy, Renovation of the Heart, Hearing God and Life Without Lack. Dal­las is sur­vived by his wife Jane, son John, daugh­ter and son-in-law Becky and Bill Heat­ley, and grand­daugh­ter Laris­sa, who con­tin­ue his lega­cy and work.

Through conferences, retreats, publications, podcasts, books and spiritual formation groups, Renovaré in the US, Korea, South Africa, Canada and the UK, continue to teach, model and advocate for a deeper life with God, kingdom living and becoming more like Christ. Since Renovaré US was founded in 1988, local expressions of Renovaré have sprung up around the world. Renovaré (Britain and Ireland) was established in 2001.

The Renovaré team in Britain and Ireland includes:

Rob Hare

Rob Hare (Chair)

Rob is Operations Lead, Bible Academy (Bible Society) and the creator of Bible Society's Lyfe resources. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Centre and the Renovaré Institute for Spiritual Formation (Denver, Colorado Cohort).

Andy Malcolm

Andy Malcolm

Andy is the Adviser for work with Young People at Salisbury Diocese. He is committed to seeing spiritual formation take root in the lives of young people.

Jo Frost

Jo Frost

Jo is director of communications at the Evangelical Alliance. She has also worked extensively at a national level with a number of Christian charities. Jo’s background is in public communications and campaigning, and she teaches and preaches regularly on communications, conflict, whole-life discipleship, mission and leadership.

James Catford

James Catford

James is Chair of Renovaré (US) the UK publisher SPCK. He is the former Chief Executive of Bible Society (BFBS) and now a leadership consultant and coach.

Joanna Williamson

Joanna Williamson

Joanna is Founder and a Director of One Rock International and SheLives. She is also a Lecturer at Westminster Theological Centre and Director of MA in Public Service Leadership at Waverley Abbey College.

Gordon Cotterill

Gordon Cotterill

Gordon is a Salvation Army Officer at a church in Sutton. He is also a former Spiritual Programme Director at William Booth College.

Alison Thomas Steer

Alison Thomas Steer

Alison is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute for Spiritual Formation (Boston Cohort). She currently works for the NHS.

Roy Searle

Roy Searle

Roy is a founder of the Northumbria Community. He is a Free Church Tutor at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College Durham and Associate Tutor at Spurgeon’s College London. Roy is a former President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and a Baptist Union Pioneer Ambassador and Advocate.