Our team members are highly trained spiritual directors
who want people to experience the fullness of God.



Brenda Golden, MS, CAS

(678) 469-6027

Brenda enjoys creating space for the soul to breathe and to connect to the triune God. She experiences God through walks in the woods with her husband, Jonathan, and their four dogs, as well as through sea glass hunting, stand-up paddleboarding, worship, and the Ignation Exercises.

Brenda Golden earned a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Georgia State University and a Diploma in Christian Counseling from Richmont. She is a certified addictions specialist and a trained spiritual director. Brenda is both a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA). 

Brenda and Jonathan, along with their two sons, founded St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church in Roswell, Georgia, where she leads worship and women’s groups. She is also the founding partner of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company through which she and Jonathan work with coffee farmers and orphans in Rwanda. 

Brenda is available for spiritual direction at The Agape Center for Spiritual Formation in Historic Roswell. 



Dick Baxter

(678) 516-7806

Dick Baxter is a certified spiritual director practicing in Gainesville, GA and now also at the Agape Center in Roswell, GA. He received his M. Div. at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He also has earned a Certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation from the Renovare Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation where he was able to study under the late Dallas Willard. His Certificate in Spiritual Direction was earned at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA.

He feels called to walk with people who desire to know God more deeply. He believes that God desires to communicate with us and grow us into people who truly enjoy His presence. He is also a cancer survivor and is drawn to people who face that struggle.

He is married and has three grown children.


Marlayne Whitlock

(678) 463-4009

Marlayne enjoys coming alongside others on their spiritual journey and desires to listen people to life through the spiritual direction relationship. Often our life stories are filled with pain or sorrow or questions.   Spiritual direction is a companioning relationship of holy listening where two (or more) are led by the true Director.  Marlayne believes the formation of one’s soul takes place in cooperation with the Holy One.  As Christ followers, each moment holds an invitation to move toward Kingdom life.

Marlayne is a trained spiritual director through Richmont.  She is presently pursuing coursework in spiritual formation with the Boston cohort of Renovaré Institute. Marlayne loves the image of soul formation through relationship in community.  She has experienced this rich Kingdom life through these programs.  She is a life long learner and sometimes leader in spiritual formation.

Marlayne is also a licensed professional counselor.  She has also worked with individuals and families in both public and private education settings. She has volunteered in a variety of settings including hospice support for families experiencing loss as well as at women’s shelters and teaching English to refugees.  She has lived in Atlanta for seventeen years and has three grown children.

Juli Able

(678) 361-6238

Juli is a wife and a mother to teen and young adult sons. Her own journey into spiritual direction allowed her to encounter God in an intimate way that brought freedom and healing. While that personal journey continues, she is also passionate about sharing the gift of spiritual direction with others. In August 2017, Juli will receive a graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction through Richmont University. 

Juli is a member of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and is active in prayer, Bible study, and small groups at church and in the community.

Pam Pitt

(404) 323-4342


Pam finds joy in walking alongside people wherever they are on their spiritual journey. She's worked with people in a wide range of settings, from college students, to leaders of anti-trafficking ministries in Nepal to terminally ill patients in the hospital. Her passion for pouring out to others is refueled by her deep love of contemplative space with God.

She's a trained Spiritual Director and has her Master's in Counseling. While working in nonprofit world fighting human trafficking she found soul nourishment in a contemplative community called JourneyMates. She now co-leads Atlanta JourneyMates offering contemplative monthly retreats in her home. She completed a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) unit at Emory St. Joseph's Hospital.

After losing her first husband to cancer Pam remarried John and they are blessed with a large blended family including ten adorable grandchildren. Pam enjoys biking and hiking, reading, gardening, and pretty much anything outdoors. She offers Spiritual Direction out of her home in Grant Park, Atlanta and at The Agape Center in Roswell, GA.  



Melissa Freas 

(404) 405-2569

Moving to Georgia in 1998, Melissa began her journey at Richmont Graduate University in Fall 2009. She received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in May 2014, with specializations in both Spirituality & Counseling and Trauma Counseling.  Melissa channeled her strong desire to journey with other souls seeking a closer relationship with God, by applying for the new graduate certificate program for Spiritual Direction at Richmont – which she completed in December 2015.  Melissa is now a co-facilitator with the Spiritual Direction program at Richmont, finding great joy every day in her position! 

Melissa loves working with middle-aged, older, and aging adults, seeing their struggles with meaning and purpose linked to the spiritual and/or their relationship with God. The inherent human struggle with death and dying is a struggle that touches Melissa deep within her soul.  Her belief is that spiritual direction reawakens a desire for life and provides a sense of peace that can only be found in God. 

Melissa is available for spiritual direction at The Agape Center in Historic Roswell. 




The Agape Center provides a space for students, currently enrolled in Richmont Graduate University's Spiritual Direction program, to offer spiritual direction during their internship.