Seeking Stillness Ministries is a unique non-profit organization that seeks to support the Christian spiritual growth of women. Spiritual practices like prayer, journaling, deep Bible reading are used by Seeking Stillness retreat directors, in a variety of retreat and devotional settings, to help women develop their relationship with God.
“Seeking Stillness retreats have given me confidence in my understanding of God and how important it is that we are not intimidated or inhibited when ministering to others.”Romana Meadows, Retreat Attendee
Seeking Stillness is a virtual community of women who support each other in seeking God. Sponsored retreats and devotionals are times to quiet prayer and reflection during which God is present in powerful ways. These times away with God help build the spiritual “muscle” and hunger to spend more time with God day-to-day.
What We Believe
- The Bible is God’s true and inspired Word to us.
- Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior, redeemer of our brokenness and of our broken world.
- The Holy Spirit is the teacher and guide Christ left with us when He ascended into heaven.
- God showered His grace upon us by sacrificing His Son Jesus and creating a way for us to live eternally with Him.
- Salvation is given to all those who profess faith in God and is never revoked. We are all sinners and by God’s grace we are saved.
- Prayer is the tool God has given us so that we can have a personal relationship with Him.
- Our relationship and time with the Lord enlivens and strengthens us to do the work He has planned for us to do.
Amy McElwain – President
Amy is the Operations Manager of the Bridge Avenue School, a Christian school for at risk students in Cleveland. She is a licensed social worker and has a heart for youth in marginalized communities. She, her husband Dan, and her daughters Rachel and Meagan attend Bay Presbyterian Church.
Leslie Gicei – Treasurer
Leslie is a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Bath. She served on its church council and leads its education ministry. She also served on and chaired a number of not-for-profit boards including Building Hope in the City and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (and its Support to At-Risk Teens pillar). Leslie is the President of ABL Products, Inc., and she has over 33 years of experience as a lawyer. With her business and legal backgrounds, she consults with other companies to help them improve their bottom lines.
Lana Rook – Secretary
Lana Beros Rook has more than 30 years of experience in sales and sales management in the IT industry. Lana has served on multiple boards including acting as President of the Miami University Alumni Association and NOHIMSS. She is a member of Bay Presbyterian Church where she has worked in Children’s Ministry in the toddler room for more than 10 years and has served as a deacon the financial committee.
Cindy Rios – Member
Cynthia Rios is the Executive Director of The Haven Home which provides emergency shelter for women with children. Cynthia is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a degree in Business Management. She also holds a certificate in Project Management from Kent State University. Cynthia is a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church and attends with her husband, Tony.
Shawn Gibeault – Member
Shawn Gibeault is a Sales and Marketing Consultant with Spectrum Reach. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional and digital advertising. She guides business leaders in creating and implementing marketing strategies to grow their companies. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Communications. Shawn has volunteered as a Church Elder, Kids Worship Leadership Team Leader and on numerous planning and leadership teams within congregations. She worships at Heartland Community Church in Medina.
Debra Griest – Executive Director/Founder
Women’s Retreat Director
Deb has over 15 years of experience directing retreats and providing spiritual guidance. She has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation from Ashland University and received her spiritual direction training at the Shalem Institute and The Ignatian Spirituality Institute (John Carroll University) . Deb was a business consultant and executive coach until her retirement.
Michelle Gregory – Program Director
Michelle joined the Seeking Stillness team as a contractor to assist with retreats and administration. She has a professional background in Children’s and Youth Ministry and has worked for several non-profit ministries in the Akron area that support under-resourced children and teens. She recently launched her freelance Virtual Administrative Assistant business, “4 Freedom VA Services” in order to support small non-profits. Michelle loves the outdoors and traveling and has 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren. Attends and supports the Kenmore Campus of The Chapel.
Bertha Simpson – Book Keeper
Bertha is retired with 29 years of experience in various capacities in the Banking Industry. Her prior experience, the gift of administration and love for God has enabled her to serve in various positions at True Vine Baptist Church during her 13-year membership there. Currently, she serves as the Church Administrator.
But as for me, I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
Seeking Stillness Ministries
626 Revere Dr.
Bay Village, OH 44140