SABBATH BY THE SEA LEADERS
Craig Davis, Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California, oversees Sabbath by the Sea. Craig met and married his wife Debbie while both were studying Christian Ministry at Barclay College. Their first call to serve in the church came in 1987 to become Youth Pastor at Friendswood Friends Church, Texas. Craig served on the team at Friendswood Friends for 19 years, as he an Debbie added Justin, Ashley and Brandon to their family.
In 1999, Craig completed a certificate program in Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary. That opened new opportunities with Youth Specialties serving as a conference and retreat spiritual director, as well as leading Craig to Sabbath by the Sea. In 2006, Craig and his family moved to Yorba Linda, California where Craig began serving at Rose Drive Friends Church as College Pastor. After 5 years in that role, his role changed to Pastor of Spiritual Formation, which continues through today. Most recently, Craig has networked with Soul Shepherding, a ministry to shepherd Pastors and others who seek Spiritual Direction. He teaches and supervises new Spiritual Directors in Soul Shepherding’s pilot program in Spiritual Direction. He has attended and served as a Spiritual Director at Sabbath by the Sea 7 different years. His 3 children are married now, and most importantly he enjoys time with his 3 year old grandson, Tommy.
Debbie Davis is married to Craig, and finds joy in her grown children, their spouses and especially her grandson, Tommy age 3. Debbie is the Assistant Director at Little Friends Preschool in Yorba Linda, California. She has worked at LFPS for twelve years, supporting 23 staff and 140 children. She has actively served in many ministries at Rose Drive Friends Church, including College, Rooted Discipleship, Women’s Ministry, Foster Families and Guest Services. Debbie has also led teams to serve in the community, including leading volunteers to serve undocumented, unattended minors living in residential group homes overseen by Homeland Security. She has participated in Sabbath by the Sea two years and will be offering Soul Care alongside Craig during Sabbath by the Sea 2019.
Hank Helsabeck recently retired from a 35-year calling at George Fox University, where he was a professor and academic dean. For several years, he also worked alongside the Director of Prayer Ministries for the Navigators where he was involved with prayer retreats as well as co-authoring a book on praying from God’s heart. Throughout these years Hank has experienced a significant number of mentoring relationships. He is a good listener. Hank holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He is also married to Jo Helsabeck.
After her adult conversion to Christianity, Jo Helsabeck began a journey to know God and to make Him known to others. Serving in volunteer positions in church, responding to God’s call to ministry, deciding to go to seminary late in middle age, and coming alongside others on their spiritual journeys have been her response to the deep hunger for God He has placed in her heart. Jo holds a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri, a Bachelor’s from Culver-Stockton College, and a Certification as a spiritual director from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She’s served as Pastor of Outreach Ministries and Pastor of Women’s Ministries at Newberg Friends Church, participated in 12-step recovery programs for 20+ years, provided spiritual direction since 2004, and co-led weeks at Sabbath by the Sea since 2009.
Stan has spent many years serving and loving the Church as youth pastor, missionary, church planter, ministry coach and most recently as Superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church Southwest. In the Spring of 2018, Stan began a new venture, “Equipping Leader Ministries, Inc.,” driven by his passion to help local churches prepare for the next wave of ministry by helping pastors connect to their deepest calling – being an equipper. In addition to his experience, Stan has gifts in leadership, discernment, coaching, encouraging and modeling a life of discipleship that strives to ask the question, “What does God want me to do?” and then “What am I going to do about it?” Stan has been married to Sandi for 36 years, has three grown daughters, and 5 grandchildren.
LaNeal facilitates Christian spiritual formation groups in her local church and walks alongside many individuals as they explore their life with God. She is willing to explore questions of faith which encourage a loving, vibrant, close relationship with God. Providing unhurried space and friendship, along with real life application for the journey is her privilege and joy. Her professional background includes teaching children in public and private school settings, curriculum development, and strategic mentoring for classroom teachers. Her vocational direction is now one of ministry in the context of supporting spiritual formation for every age group. This path of walking with others led to her current enrollment in the Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband of 35 years, Dana.
WORSHIP MUSIC LEADER
Mauri Macy served at Newberg Friends Church as pastor of worship ministries for more than 20 years. He has led the worship singing in most of the “by-the-sea” January retreats. Besides long-time church music ministry, Mauri has co-produced/recorded music for the well-known children’s song series, Wee Sing. Comfortable with traditional, contemporary and contemplative songs, he places a high value on joining with others in worship through God’s creation and wonderful gift to us—music.