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Rhesa Higgins was called into ministry at the age of 17 which lead her to earn a degree from Abilene Christian University focusing on youth and family ministry. 

Rhesa stumbled into the contemplative life by following the bread crumbs of God through a book, a Google search and a nun. She has chosen to follow the path that leads closer to experiencing the mystery that we have named God. She seeks to walk alongside others as they discern the crumbs laid out by God for them.  

Her current contemplative practices could best be summed up in the title of Denise Roy’s book, My Monastery is a Minivan. She is the mother of three children and finds God in every moment with them; in goodnight kisses, in hearing their hearts, in teaching them to pray, and in praying over each of them. While more formal times of silence for meditation, prayer, artistic journaling, and retreat are certainly helpful, the life of motherhood has become the place where the holy is encountered most deeply.

Rhesa is a spiritual director and experienced retreat leader. She is a graduate of HeartPaths, a 3 year training program in spiritual formation and direction.  She teaches on a regular basis at Highland Oaks and writes occasionally. Rhesa serves as the founding Director for the Center for Spiritual Formation at Highland Oaks Church of Christ in Dallas, TX.

Rhesa also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Abilene Christian University’s Leadership Camps, on the board of Spiritual Ministries Institute, and as a New Contemplative for Spiritual Directors International. She is married to Chad Higgins, worship minister at Highland Oaks Church of Christ. Together they are raising their three children.

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  1. April 8, 2013 4:31 pm


    I have the honor of introducing you and your workshop at the SDI conference this weekend. I can use some of the biography on this web page. Is there anything else you would like me to say?
    What are you passionate about?
    What do you do for fun?

    Pat Hendricks
    I am the executive director of Christos Center for Spiritual Formation in Minneapolis, and I have an interest in today’s youth and young adults. I’m the author of: Hungry Souls, Holy Companions, Mentoring a New Generation of Christians. I look forward to meeting you and to attending your workshop.

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