I am an author, church musician, instructor in the Spring Arbor University’s Master of Spiritual Formation program, and retreat speaker.

I was involved for over 20 years 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 s include one 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 am currently working in the area of worship as spiritual formation.

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 am also on the Writer’s Committee for the Lutheran Arts Center. I administer two Facebook groups: Creative Transformations: Linking Christian Disciplines and the Arts and The Body and Spiritual Formation.

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 have done a number of music reviewers for the American Recorder Society’s national publication 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 playing the organ, harpsichord, recorder, and singing. I enjoy traveling, especially in the Southwest USA as well as internationally. I experiment in various visual art mediums.  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 on my daily walks.