Reflective Supervisor Bios

Seanne Larson Emerton

Seanne lives in Central Nebraska, has been a marriage and family therapist for many years and is now doing relational life coaching. Throughout her years as a licensed mental health provider her passion has always been spiritual formation and resilience. She especially enjoys her work as a Reflective Supervisor, finding inspiration in how the Holy Spirit works through the process. She says: “Reflective Supervision is very Wesleyan in its form, offering an evidence-based method to allow the Holy Spirit to enter and lead the process. I find it to be both effective and efficient in ways that nothing else is. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

She and her husband have two sons, living with their families in Cambridge, MA and Fort Collins, CO. Seanne has offices in Grand Island, NE and Omaha, so enjoys seeing clients either via zoom or in person.

Rev. Doug Gahn

Doug retired from USDA-NRCS after 34 years of service and entered full-time ministry. He has served 5 churches in Nebraska, each with less than 120 in weekly average attendance. Currently, he serves in Cozad NE.

He understands that being a supervisor is a way he can be in connection with and accountable to fellow clergy in the Great Plains Conference. He says this about his experience in reflective supervision: “I gained more confidence serving as a pastor as I worked through specific work issues with my supervisor. I felt every Reflective Supervision session was a sacred space where the Holy Spirit was guiding me with my work. I also felt my supervisor cared about my effectiveness as a pastor. I was less anxious and more at peace addressing challenging work issues. As a result of my positive experience as a supervisee, I want to others be blessed by this process and unique relationship.”

Rev. Nancy Lambert

Nancy is retired from full-time ministry. She is currently the manager for Reflective Supervision for the conference. During her years of active ministry she served at one of our smallest congregations, one of our largest, and a county seat church. Her last appointment was as Director of Clergy Excellence and Assistant to the Bishop. She has a passion for helping clergy become the most effective pastors they can be and believes that reflective supervision helps us fully live into and live out our calling as pastors. In her own experience she has found reflective supervision is a process which is theologically grounded, experience tested, and centered on healthy relationships. She and her husband live in Hastings NE.

Rev. Dr. Shelly Petz

Shelly and her family live in Hutchinson, KS. She works as a consultant with the Clergy Excellence Team in the area of Clergy Faith and Wellness. She received a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological Seminary, focusing on Worship, Preaching, and Spirituality. Shelly has served churches from small to large and has a passion for supporting clergy. She has completed the 2-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, a CPE chaplain residency program, and served as the Program Director at Camp Chippewa.

“I have found reflective supervision instrumental in navigating ministry during a pandemic. Reflective supervision allowed me to have a space to focus on my call, gifts, ministry opportunities, and finding God in the midst of it all.”

Rev. Alice Purvis

Alice has been serving in ministry with the United Methodist Church for more than 20 years after having spent a few years in the mission field. She currently serves Fredonia First UMC in Fredonia, KS. She has 2 adult children and enjoys family, music, and travel.

From her experience of reflective supervision, she says, “As I have grown in my understanding of Reflective Supervision I have found a great appreciation for how the Spirit works through sharing and conversation to help an individual discover the heart of their concerns, to discern strategies and to find ways of healing and growth.”

Rev. Rick Saylor

He and his wife now live in Kansas City, MO. As a hospital chaplain, local church pastor of six churches and district superintendent, a major theme throughout his ministry has been helping people connect to their inner resources and dreams that are Spirit driven. He has always believed in the importance of doing the work of self-reflection about his own life, relationships, and ministry.

He says this about reflective supervision: “The Reflective Supervision Process has been a creative, structured and open-ended way of doing this sacred work with a trained supervisor. As a supervisor I see my role as holding and promoting a safe space for a supervisee to dive deep with their agenda in self-reflection by exploring, questioning, imagining and affirming in a spirit of adventure and openness, while we both pay attention to spirited moments of insight that may appear. For me, Reflective Supervision is a fresh, innovative way to find support for the demanding and at times lonely journey of ministry.”