Mother Paula Durren received her Master’s of Divinity from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois in 2002. Mtr. Paula also has a Master’s in Counseling from Indiana University and practiced as a therapist for over 20 years. Her special interests lie in the fields of Benedictine and Celtic spirituality. She has been on pilgrimage to Glendalough, Ireland, Scotland, and England. Mtr. Paula and her husband Michael were 2008 recipients of the Virginia Theological Seminary Small Church Collegium, a project funded by the “Making Connections” initiative of the Lilly Endowment Foundation.

Mother Paula has served on the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan Standing Committee and worked to revise the critical training program, Safeguarding God’s Children.  She remains in an advisory capacity to this program.  The summer of 2014 will involve her in the Episcopal Youth Camp Leadership in Training program

Administrative Assistant: 

Linnea Berg serves as the Mediator’s Administrative Assistant after a long career in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she was an executive director of a small faith-based nonprofit in Hamtramck, Michigan (near Detroit) which included a food pantry and other programs. Since music is her passion, she plays in the handbell choir and sings in the choir at Harbert Community Church. She and her husband live in Sawyer.