For more than 35 years Joel has led leader and lay retreats, workshops, and groups around the theme of ordinary people moving toward a more intimate daily experience of God. As a spiritual director and co-founder of WellSpring Life Resources, Joel has written and published spiritual formation curricula used across the country.
Joel is a graduate of Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. His special love for Christian ministry leaders is expressed through pastor and leader retreats that both comfort and challenge leaders in their call. His many years in the corporate world before co-founding WellSpring in 1999 with his wife, Gerri, a Temperament Therapist, give him lots of insight into the challenges and joys of ordinary people in their journey with God.
For over 35 years, Gerri Warne has ministered in helping individuals and groups move toward wholeness in Jesus Christ. As co-founder of WellSpring Life Resources, Gerri is passionate about helping individuals grow, heal, and be released into their God-given potential.
Gerri holds a Masters Degree in Counseling & Psychotherapy, a B.S. in Psychology with a Marriage & Family emphasis, and is certified for Temperament Counseling with the SACC. Gerri works with Christian leaders, ministry staffs, and lay people, guiding counselees into understanding the gift of their God-given temperament. She helps women, men, couples, and teens find freedom, focus, and new purpose in their lives with God.
Retreat & Event Teams
Joel and Gerri offer retreats and events in partnership with a variety of talented Minnespolis / St Paul area teams. Team members include Judie Ritchie, pastor and spiritual director; Greg Wollan, worship pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St Paul; Deanne Parks, artist, instructor, and artist in residence; Nancy Blanski, spiritual director and founder of Venite Ministries in Minneapolis, Debbi Jo Dieter, spiritual director and retreat leader, and others!