Speaker · Workshops

Meet Kimberly Penrod Pelletier

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I (Tammy) had the privilege of having Kimberly as my spiritual director for almost nine months. Every session with her brought me new insight and greater courage. The question she would often ask was, “What is this an invitation to?” That question transformed my thinking and has informed my decisions and actions ever since. I’m so excited I get to share Kimberly with all of you!

Kimberly loves creating space for authentic connection with God and self. Whether with a pen, a microphone, or one-on-one as a spiritual director, she is passionate about staying with those in places of transition, grief, confusion, and growth as they search for God’s presence in their life. Through her own story of loss, betrayal, and abuse, Kimberly has met God in loving and transformational ways. She sees all of life as an invitation to transformation.

Kimberly serves as the Director of Soul Care at a The Mansio Center in Glen Ellyn, IL. Her writing and has been featured at Smallgroups.com, The Redbud Post, The Mudroom, and she is a contributor to Finding God, a Loyola Press newsletter. When she is not writing or serving the Mansio center Kimberly can be found reading a good book, wondering how life produces so much laundry, or traipsing around the woods with her husband and three kids.

Poetry · Speaker · Video

Anita Scott is Coming!!!


We are absolutely ecstatic that Dallas spoken-word poet Anita Scott will be performing at Deeply Rooted again! Anita is a high school teacher with a gift for creating powerful poems that capture audiences, leaving them wanting more. She is the Poet in Residence at The Mudroom, contributing a spoken-word video each month, and has performed her poetry nationally. Join us November 4 & 5 for our next gathering. Watch this video for an introduction to Anita Scott.


Michelle Van Loon for November!

We have our lineup finalized and are working on the details of the schedule for our November 4-5 gathering. Joy and I have that squeee! feeling, like, We’re really doing this?! Again?!

We are so excited when we get to brainstorm together how to bless, encourage, and challenge the women who will be attending.

I met Michelle Van Loon at the Festival of Faith and Writing. She squeeed all over me when we were introduced, telling me how much she loved Jesus People USA and our ministries. I told her about Deeply Rooted, and she gushed when she said, “If you EVER need a speaker, please let me know. I would LOVE to be a part of that.”

So here’s Michelle, and she’s a part of it! She is a woman who tells the stories of “spiritual ragamuffins, rebels and refugees.” I’m sure all of us fit into at least one of those categories right now, or will soon enough. You won’t want to miss her in November.

She is the author of four books, has contributed to several devotional projects and is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s popular Her.meneutics blog.

I have a contributor blog called The Mudroom and Michelle is today’s featured writer. You can read the first part of her post here, and click the link if you want to read more. If you like what you read, consider following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, leaving a comment, or subscribing.


Requiem For a BFF by Michelle Van Loon

Being the new girl in 8th grade was like walking over hot coals every day. All the other kids were a part of established cliques. Hormones and insecurity are a double rip tide that pulls under all but the strongest and most resilient of us during middle school.

It was a life preserver to have Karen draw me into her circle of friends during a ski trip. Her clique wasn’t “cheerleader popular”, but they were a pretty cool group. As time went on, we cycled between being besties and drifting from each to connect with others in the intense friendships that characterize adolescence. Karen and I found our first bond in our respective difficult home lives and our shared weed smoking habits, then as each of us came to newfound faith in our Rescuer, Jesus.

When I got married at the end of my sophomore year in college, Karen and I learned that the bond of true friendship was elastic in nature. Our lives went in different directions for a while, and our rubber-band bond stretched farther than it ever had before.

Our lives were different for a while, as I focused on married life and then starting a family, and she traveled abroad and finished college. We fell again into closer orbit after she and her husband started a family. We were together in the trenches of parenting, and our kids grew up spending lots of time together. Even after my family moved a couple of hours away midway through our kids’ respective childhoods, Karen and I stayed tethered to one another by phone call and visit.

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You can also read more of Michelle’s writing on her blog: Pilgrim’s Road Trip.