Reverend Jane Vennard is ordained to a special ministry of teaching and spiritual direction in the United Church of Christ, a Protestant denomination. She is an astute scholar of Christianity who has also practiced Buddhism. For many years, she was a Senior Adjunct Professor at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, teaching numerous courses on prayer, spirituality, and discernment. Reverend Jane is a spiritual director in private practice and leads retreats across the country and teaches in a variety of ecumenical settings. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, Stanford University, and the San Francisco Theological Seminary.