Liz Hayden experienced an epiphany in 1997 when the Lord refocused her life and called her to serve Him. Her heart yearned to enter more fully into the presence of the Holy Trinity and to be a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. She began a journey with others, particularly Christian leaders, who also desired to discover deep relationship with Jesus. Her call was to spiritual formation within the congregation. Liz wanted not only to share her own story of redemption, contemplation, and ministry but was also drawn to spiritual direction. It was the longing of her heart to discover more fully the love of God and His purpose for her in His plan. Following a sabbatical of silence and solitude, she began to consider intercessory and healing prayer, mentoring, teaching, facilitating small groups, and sharing life stories within the faith community.
Following a two-year program in polity, in 2000 Liz became a licensed minister in the Disciples of Christ at a congregation in Colorado upon completion of a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Guidance at Denver Seminary. She served as a Chaplain Intern, created a pastoral care ministry, formed a spiritual direction practice, conducted retreats, and mentored Denver Seminary students. In 2011, Liz and her husband relocated to Chicago where she served in the Transformation Conversations and Mentoring program with Wheaton College students at Church of the Resurrection. That same year, Liz became a Partner of Imago Christi. In 2013, Liz’s husband, Steve, accepted a positon in Florida where they currently reside. In Winter Springs, FL, Liz has a spiritual direction practice and a spiritual formation ministry with African refugees through her local congregation.
Imago Christi offers the opportunity and blessed privilege of serving as a full time spiritual formation missionary. In 2014 Liz joined the staff of CRM where she serves as Imago Christi’s Leadership Team, and as treasurer, spiritual director, Discovery retreat presenter, and coach to pastors and church leadership. She is a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.