Program Leaders

Executive Program Associates

Executive Program Associates have been leading the full spectrum of Listening Hearts programs consistently for decades.

Suzanne Farnham is the founder of Listening Hearts Ministries, co-author of the Listening Hearts Series of books, the original architect of the Listening Hearts programs, and serves on the Board of Trustees. She has been leading programs from coast to coast for close to thirty years.

Frances Sullinger was trained in Listening Hearts discernment in 1990, then as a trainer in 2001. She is an active Listening Hearts trustee. Frances took a lead in developing the “Community Discernment of Calls to Ministry” program and is active in the church at both the parish and diocesan levels. Her background includes teaching at the university level as well as facilitating professional seminars as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. She resides in Centreville, VA.

Senior Program Associates

Senior Program Associates have been trained to lead the full spectrum of Listening Hearts programs.

Wendy Gayle is active as a lay person in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, where she served as a mentor and then the Coordinator for the Education for Ministry (EfM) program. More recently she signed on as a Diocesan Spiritual Discernment Facilitator. Over the years she has been involved in a range of outreach activities. Her special interest is to help people see signs of the Spirit in all aspects of their lives. Her professional background includes ten years as a banker and fifteen years as a practicing attorney. Married with three grown daughters, she lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Martha Harris has long been associated with small groups: Stephen Ministry, Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC), Education for Ministry (EfM), Centering Prayer and Natural Spirituality (dream) groups. She completed training in Spiritual Direction at Shalem Institute, discovering her “tribe” and keeping close to her directors’ peer group. Martha, a recently retired Episcopal priest, is delighted that her son has followed into ordination. Her own ordination was in the Diocese of Atlanta. She now resides in Apalachicola, Florida.

Susan Heath has been deeply involved in the life of St. Michael’s Church in New York City, as a Lay Eucharistic Minister/Visitor, healing prayer minister and lay pastoral caregiver. She also serves on the Commission on Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and serves as a Diocesan Spiritual Discernment Facilitator. In line with that work, she headed up the effort to develop a Parish Discernment Committee Handbook. Susan recognizes a deep spiritual longing among many church communities to learn how to develop a relationship with God, yearning to hear His voice and recognize His guidance. Susan was an editor at Saturday Review Magazine and went on to be a program development officer at PBS/WNET.

After having spent some years as a Stay-at-Home Mom and professional volunteer, Lisa Houston found her calling in Education for Ministry (EfM), becoming a mentor after her graduation from the four-year course. Lisa enjoys being Worship Leader for an annual medical/dental mission to Jamaica. She spent some years in Marketing and loves design in many of its forms. Lisa grew up in the Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, CO and now attends St. Gabriel’s in the suburbs of Denver. She is proud of her long marriage, her two grown sons and her grandchildren.

Stephanie Hull was trained as a Listening Hearts Trainer in 1990 and is a co-author of Grounded in God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations. She has extensive experience leading programs. Stephanie has been active in parish and diocesan affairs, including leadership positions as Senior Warden of Memorial Church and Chair of the Claggett (diocesan conference center) Committee. She is a mentor in the Education for Ministry program. Stephanie lives in Baltimore, MD.

Norma Williamson, a retired Foreign Service Officer, has also served as a consultant in organization development and change management. The experiences where she has most keenly felt she was using her God-given gifts have been working with groups: in group facilitation and mediation, team development and training programs. She has been a mentor for Education for Ministry (EfM) and long-term volunteer facilitator for the Fairfax County, VA Domestic Abuse office. She finds particular inspiration from the value Listening Hearts expresses for group decision-making guided by the Spirit. She has two grown children and two lovely granddaughters.

Program Associates

Program Associates are trained to lead specific programs.

Joseph P. Gill is co-author of Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community, 20th Anniversary Edition, and a founding member and president of the LHM Board of Trustees. He enjoys introducing church adult forums to spiritual discernment and leading “Day of Discernment” retreats. In his day job, Joe serves as Deputy Director of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Department of the Environment.

Tim Grayson is an Episcopal priest and a Listening Hearts trainer. He joined the LHM Board of Trustees in 2008 and enjoys leading “Day of Discernment” retreats and similar programs. He is Rector of the Church of the Messiah in Baltimore, is co-author, with Suzanne Farnham, of the book “Keeping in Tune with God,” and serves as a facilitator in the Fresh Start program of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, which is designed for newly ordained clergy and those called to a new role in the Church.