Suzanne Issacs, Taylor Boone and donna strieb look on as lynn barton leads a breakout session on spiritual formation at annual conference.

Suzanne Issacs, Taylor Boone and donna strieb look on as lynn barton leads a breakout session on spiritual formation at annual conference.

How is it with your soul? This question resounds throughout the Wesleyan tradition of spiritual formation. John Wesley once even equated spiritual formation with vitality and productivity in ministry when he said in an address to his earliest societies in Ireland, “…wherever [true religion] is really fixed in the soul, it will be shown by its fruits.” In keeping with this Wesleyan spirit, the recently reorganized Rio Texas Conference Spiritual Academy Council has established the definition for spiritual formation for the Rio Texas Conference to be as follows: “Spiritual Formation is the life-long process of being constantly transformed by God’s love into the image of Christ for the sake of others/the world.”  This page will feature upcoming events being planned by the Academy Council, as well as other spiritual formation events around the Conference, that will offer resources to help leaders of the Rio Texas Conference remain spiritually grounded to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Academy Council

Offering Spiritual Formation Opportunities for the
Rio Texas Conference & South Texas Area
Chair: Rev. Donna Strieb

The Academy Council seeks to serve as a resource to support and enhance spiritual formation for both laity and clergy in our Rio Texas Conference and South Texas area through Academy Events.  The Council meets four times a year, and sponsors Five Day Academies, shorter events known as A Taste of the Academy, and partners with the Upper Room in support of Two Year Academies.  All events are ecumenical.

For more information, contact Rev. Donna Strieb at

Meet Your Academy Council 2017-2018 Members

Donna Strieb, Chair            
David King
Judy Baumann            
Paula Long
Taylor Boone            
Germaine Mathis
Dave Collett                
Nancy McDougall
Mary Faithful            
Susan Shaw-Meadow
Paul Harris                
Fernando Sanchez
Jackie Heupel            
Fritzi Simon
Patricia Jentsch            
Carolyn Stapleton
Pam Travers

What is the Five-Day Academy®?
The Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation is a program of Upper Room® Ministries, providing an opportunity for clergy and laity to draw close to a loving God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, learning, and reflection. Each day includes teachings by gifted spiritual leaders to deepen our walk with God, periods of silence, morning and evening prayer, Eucharist, and an opportunity to share with and encourage one another. We will experience a “taste” of this spiritual program.

Five-Day Academy
August 27 - September 1, 2018
Oblate Renewal Center, San Antonio

Presenters: Dr. Amy Oden and Rev. Jerry Haas

Leaders: Janet Weatherston - Retreat Leader, Linda Baumheckel - Worship & Music,  David Hensley - Covenant Group Leader, Paula Long - Hospitality, Karen Keck - Registrar

2019 Five-Day Academy
Leader: Donna Long
March 24-27, 2019

Download The Academy for Spiritual Formation Newsletter
Contact for additional information regarding the Academy Council:

Rev. Donna Strieb
Academy Council Chair