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The Journey to Wholeness Formational Care Seminar

 Join us for a Healing Place Event


Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM - Saturday, April 27, 2024

Event Information

Seminar Overview


The Journey to Wholeness Seminar will prepare clergy, counselors, family life counselors, lay counselors, spiritual directors and Christian educators to provide care and intervention to hurting individuals and families. The seminar focuses on the ministry of Formational Care, a healing care ministry pioneered by Dr. Terry Wardle. Formational Care is a ministry of the Holy Spirit, moving through a Christian caregiver, bringing the healing presence of Jesus into the place of pain and brokenness within a wounded person. Special applications of the Formational Care Model are included along with teaching, modeling, group experience special workshops, and skills development training.

Seminar Objectives

  • Define formational care
  • Define trauma and its impact
  • Provide tools for addressing dysfunctional behaviors
  • Develop sound techniques for emotional healing
  • Discern the ministry of the Holy Spirit in healing
  • Demonstrate pathways that help people dismantle destructive false beliefs
  • Provide Biblical and theological foundations for inner healing
  • Share principles of spiritual warfare and healing
  • Equip caregivers for good self-care
  • Teach steps for dealing with deep wounds, sin, brokenness and the place of forgiveness


R. Neal Siler

Dr. R. Neal Siler, Senior Pastor of First Shiloh Baptist Church is a clinician and founder of The Healing Place Center for Counseling and Spiritual Formation. He holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology and a D. Min. in Formational Counseling. He is an adjunct professor and director of HCM International's Spiritual Formation and the Art of Spiritual Direction Program.

In addition to conducting numerous seminars and workshops in healing soul care for counselors, clergy and pastoral care professionals he is a contributing author for UMI's Pastor's Precepts Commentary, the author of How I Got Over: Healing for the African American Soul and several other books and small group curricula that focuses on spiritual formation, soul care and inner healing in the African American experience.

Sharon Siler

Dr. Sharon Siler is the Executive Director of The Healing Place and has provided care for persons experiencing death and non-death losses for a number of years.  She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  Virginia Commonwealth University and  the College of William and Mary.  In addition to her work in education, Sharon is an ordained minister, a trained spiritual director and formational prayer caregiver.  Her commitment to provide care and support to the bereaved has resulted  in her pursuit of a Master's of Science in Thanatology from Marian University in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. One of her favorite quotes written by Darcy L. Harris and the late Howard R. Winokuer says:  

 "Our lives are often shaped and shattered by the experience of various losses over time".

Proctor Beard

Dr. Proctor N. Beard Sr serves as chairman of the board of New Life Ministries of VA. He is the pastor of Executive Pastor of First Shiloh Baptist, Mechanicsville, Virginia and holds a B. A. in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Christian Education,  the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, and the Certificate in Formational Prayer from the Institute of Formational Counseling, Ashland, Ohio.  As a senior caregiver, he is a board member of Healing Care Ministries International, and a caregiver small group leader for the Institute of Formational Counseling's Formational Prayer training events.

Dr. Beard's extensive training in Formational Prayer includes, facilitating numerous small groups utilizing the 16-week and 12-week small group curriculum, training and mentoring caregivers, and providing leadership for launching Healing Care Ministries in various venues.   He has over 20 years of pastoral experience with youth and children, conducting youth and children retreats, as Youth Pastor, Executive Director of the First Shiloh SonLight Learning Center and as a youth ministry consultant.


Alesia Johnson

Dr. Johnson is a skilled educator, workshop facilitator and minister of the gospel. Lisa, as she is usually called, is a product of Richmond Public Schools and has been teaching in that same school system for the last twenty-six years. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Virginia State University in education and additional graduate studies at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Formational Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.

Lisa works as the resident counselor for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Abuse at the First Shiloh Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, VA. There she also serves as a caregiver on the healing care team for the Healing Place Center for Christian Counseling and Spiritual Formation and Minister of Youth Development.

Lisa enjoys teaching, facilitating, fellowshipping with her family and friends, worshipping our Savior and studying the word of God. It is her desire to be used of God to serve as a wounded healer, bringing others to a place of holistic healing.


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