In the Psalms, you can often find a notation in italics interspersed between the stanzas — Selah. The Psalms were the original hymnbook of the Israelites and Selah was a notation that told the worshippers it was time to breathe. We are excited that the Selah Spiritual Life Center will do that same thing for people in our community, reminding them to take a breath in the midst of this life, to connect more deeply with themselves and their God. 

Selah Spiritual Life Center is committed to being a place of inclusive welcome, drawing the lost, the wounded, the curious and the hungry to Christ through worship, faith formation and community in ways that speak to individuality and creativity. 


SSLC provides new and diverse experiences to deepen spiritual lives.

 

Experiences offered:

  • Workshops of different topics and spiritual disciplines
  • Retreat Experiences – both SSLC-sponsored retreats and those customized for your own context
  • Classes
  • Support Groups
  • Spiritual Direction – both individual and group, led by a certified Spiritual Director
  • Creative and Meaningful Worship


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Keep up with all we have to offer!

See a calendar of upcoming events below and be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Questions? Email us at selah@gatherforgoodkc.org or call 913-780-0255.

selah spiritual life center leadership

  • ronda welander

    Director

    A former K-12 music educator, Ronda received a BA in Music from Illinois College in 1989. In 2021 she completed the course work and received the Church Leadership Certificate from Dubuque Theological Seminary. Ronda has served as a Commissioned Pastor at Heritage Presbyterian since January of 2023.


    As the Director of SSLC, Ronda is excited to offer her leadership in ways that will provide varied and out of the box alternatives to discipling and meeting the need of community in a fast paced and ever-changing culture.


    Ronda, and her husband Rob, reside in Olathe and are blessed to have their son Jacob, and his wife Larissa, and daughter Ellen, living nearby.

  • diana mitchell

    spiritual DIRECTOR

    Diana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development from The Ohio State University. Her degree served her well during ownership of two businesses with her late husband, Tom.


    While a member of Firelands Presbyterian Church, Port Clinton, Ohio, she became a Stephen Minister after completing the required 50 hour course. Following that, she completed training to become a Stephen Leader, qualifying her to teach the course. When Firelands Church expanded their diaconate to include pastoral care, Diana facilitated Pastoral Deacons for many years using the Stephen Ministry format.


    During the one-on-one nature of pastoral care, Diana felt a passion toward becoming a Spiritual Director which involved four years of in-person classes, reading and reflection papers. She became certified in 2006. While still living in Ohio Diana began leading spiritual retreats in Ohio, Arkansas and eventually in Kansas.


    Diana has two daughters, Julie and Jill, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She lives in Lenexa with her late-in-life husband, Stu.   

Selah Spiritual life center board

From left to right: 

Jennifer Ross, Ronda Welander, Dave Wormus, Rebecca Thesman, Janice Oyer. 

(Not pictured, Diana Mitchell. See Diana's photo and bio above under leadership)

calendar of events

If you have any questions about our events or offerings, please email or call us! 

selah@gatherforgoodkc.org / 913-780-0255

  • Spiritual Direction is a conversation between a certified spiritual director and another person. This conversation intentionally includes God and God's Presence in, with and for us. Ultimately one continues their spiritual journey and examines if that journey fosters the development of who God created them to be. The inner self, True Self, the person God created is nourished and validated in the process.


    Sessions are usually an hour. If you are interested, please email selah@gatherforgoodkc.org or call 913-780-0255 for more details. 

  • Vision Boarding - 10:00am-12:00pm

    It’s halfway through 2024 and if you’re like most of us, you set New Year’s resolutions in January, but you may not be following through on them. If you set goals, visions, or resolutions, there is a much higher chance of reaching them when you write them down and place them in a spot where you see them each day. One creative way to daily see your goals is a vision board.  


    Join Anne Rauth for an interactive, hands-on class as she guides you through the process of creating your very own vision board you will be able to take home at the end of the session.  


    Click here for all the details and to get registered.


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    Anne has been writing for only a few years for Christian publications but is already being featured in publications such as Guideposts’ Angels on Earth and an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul. Well-seasoned in the fields of marketing, promotion, and advertising, Anne worked in the Finance, Advertising, and Hallmark Hall of Fame divisions of Hallmark Cards, as well as other Fortune 500 companies, such as H&R Block, directing national promotions and sponsorships.  


    Anne and her husband have also recently opened an Air BnB used for quilting and writing retreats in the peaceful countryside around the Quilting capital of the world (https://airbnb.com/h/-quilt-retreat-oasis). She is also the mom of three boys, all Eagle Scouts.  


    Anne is a firm believer in building relationships, both in person and through social media outlets like LinkedIn and Facebook. Vision boards and helping others to uncover the vision for their lives is one of Anne’s passions.  

  • If you are a caregiver, what would a reprieve look like for you? When living life as a caregiver, self-care is seldom a priority and we don't know where, or from whom, to find support. Join other caregivers as we navigate together the journey of caring for our loved ones. We meet once a month on the second Tuesday at 6:30pm. If this sounds like something that would be helpful in your life, we invite you to join us. 


    This group is free to attend. Please RSVP to selah@gatherforgoodkc.org or 913-780-0255. 

  • Prayer Bead Workshop - 10:30am-12:00pm

    Prayer beads serve as one of many valuable aids to assist with prayer. They enable us to establish a profound connection with God, utilizing our senses of touch and sight to guide our prayers from mere thoughts to heartfelt expressions. It’s important to recognize that the beads themselves aren’t the ultimate goal; rather, they serve as a pathway to achieve communion with God.


    Join us for a fun morning of crafting and learning more about this valuable prayer aid and ways to use them. Cost is $48 and all supplies will be provided for you. Click here to register.


    The Prayer Bead workshop is led by Ronda Welander.

  • Morning Prayer at Selah Spiritual Life Center - 9:30-10:15

    Join us on the 4th Wednesday and 4th Saturday of each month for Morning Prayer from 9:30 – 10:15. Although an order of the

    service will be provided for all participants, you are invited to bring your own Bible and journal.

  • If you are a caregiver, what would a reprieve look like for you? When living life as a caregiver, self-care is seldom a priority and we don't know where, or from whom, to find support. Join other caregivers as we navigate together the journey of caring for our loved ones. We meet once a month on the second Tuesday at 6:30pm. If this sounds like something that would be helpful in your life, we invite you to join us. 


    This group is free to attend. Please RSVP to selah@gatherforgoodkc.org or 913-780-0255. 

  • Join us for this very special book study that kicks off with a free movie night! 


    The Shack movie night - Friday, July 12th

    Join us for a good old fashioned movie night! Movie viewing is free of charge, but we will accept free-will donations towards snacks that will be provided. 


    The Shack book study - Begins Wednesday, July 17th

    All those who wish to dive a little deeper into the story and read the book upon which the movie is based, join us for this 9-week book study. We'll read and discuss approximately 2 chapters/week.


    There will be a cost of $40 for the 9-week class. Participants will need to bring a copy of the book and their bible to each class. Click here to get registered!


    The Shack study will be led by Janice Oyer. 

  • Morning Prayer at Selah Spiritual Life Center - 9:30-10:15

    Join us on the 4th Wednesday and 4th Saturday of each month for Morning Prayer from 9:30 – 10:15. Although an order of the

    service will be provided for all participants, you are invited to bring your own Bible and journal.