I am an author, instructor in the Spring Arbor University’s Master of Spiritual Formation program, retreat speaker, musician, mother and pastor’s wife. My husband is an Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, CO.  I have two daughters and two sons-in-law.

I have been very involved with Renovare, the small group movement that grew out of Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, including organizing a regional Renovare conference in Boulder (January 1994). I have taught yearlong adult Sunday school classes that were an in-depth look at the Spiritual Disciplines, and I do workshops and retreats on the Spiritual Disciplines. My book, written with co-author Dr. Marti Watson Garlett,  Habits of a Child’s Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines is published by NavPress (2004).

Spiritual Disciplines Devotional: A Year of Readings (InterVarsity Press) came out in 2007. “The Life of the Body: Physical Health and Spiritual Formation,” co-authored with Lane M. Arnold (InterVarsity Press)comes out January 2013.

I teach in the Master of Spiritual Formation and Leadership program (MSFL) for Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI. I was on the National Board for the “Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Congregations” (LPM), a cooperative ecumenical continuing education program for church musicians and clergy. Before going on the national board, I administered and taught in a local LPM program.

I received my Masters in Church Music and Organ from Valparaiso University. I have a B.A. in Music and Psychology from Metropolitan State College in Denver. I am currently the Coordinator of Music Ministries for Trinity Lutheran church in Boulder, Colorado. I am one of the music reviewers for the American Recorder Society’s national magazine and I was one of the main editors for Chautauqua Porches, a community cookbook in honor of the Boulder Chautauqua’s hundredth anniversary in 1998.

John and Valerie Hiking

Besides my work with the Spiritual Disciplines, I love music: playing the organ, harpsichord and/or recorder and singing. I enjoy traveling, especially internationally. I walk daily and experiment in various visual art mediums. I recently began a Facebook group called Creative Transformations: Linking Christian Disciplines and the Arts. I enjoy playing Mah Jongg (American). I live in a National Historic Landmark community,where I regularly see bears, mountain lions, fox, coyote, and other wildlife.