Our Staff

Grafted Life is staffed by a small and specialized team. We endeavor to model our value for relationship, prayer, discernment, and depth in our daily interactions.

Debbie Swindoll

Executive Director 

Debbie is the founder of Grafted Life Ministries. She serves as the producer and teacher of Grafted Life’s formation and training products. Debbie writes, speaks, and consults on issues of relational theology and spiritual leadership. She also ministers as a spiritual director for both individuals and groups.

After growing up in the church and serving for many years as a Bible teacher and small group leader, Debbie pursued her Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University, completing her degree in 2007.  She worked as a staff spiritual director at the Institute, directing students and faculty before moving to Dallas in 2008.

Building strong relationships with God and others has become the passion of Debbie’s life. She and Curt have been married since 1981 and love spending time with their adult children and growing grandbabies.

Carolann Duffin

Administration/Program Support

Carolann is the Administrator for Grafted Life Ministries. She facilitates relationship with newcomers to the ministry, manages the mobile office, and consults with churches about the small group studies. She also coordinates the membership needs within ESDA.

Prior to her work at Grafted Life, Carolann has had a wide variety of professional experiences ranging from office operations to all aspects of running her own small business. In addition, she has more than 20 years of experience in area of chemical dependency and recovery ministries for families affected by addiction.

In the summer of 2010 she and her family relocated to the Dallas area. Carolann has been married to Michael for 34 years, has two sons; Noah and Alexi, and 2 step children; Michael and Steven.

Monica Romig Green

Content Development

Monica writes Grafted Life’s formational and training materials with Debbie. She specializes in creating the interactive experiences which invite participants into transformative encounters with both God and others Christians.

After a 28 year career in live theatre, Monica followed God’s call to begin ministering as a spiritual director, speaker and retreat leader. She completed her master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Talbot School of Theology in 2005, and was immediately hired as staff and adjunct faculty there to supervise spiritual directors, care for students and teach on various topics of spiritual formation. She left Talbot in 2010 to join Grafted Life, where she conceived of and led ESDA for its first 5 years.

Monica has been offering spiritual direction and supervision for over 10 years. She also leads a retreat experience she created combining theatrical improvisation and spiritual formation called Pray Thru Play. While currently residing in Dallas, TX, Monica has lived in both the US and Canada with her brilliant husband Matthew, who is completing his theological PhD studies in spiritual growth and neuroscience.

Cheri Hudspith

Leadership Development

Cheri is engaged in training the Life with God Leaders for Grafted Life. She is excited and grateful that her current role allows her to invest in the lives of church leaders.

In 2003, the Lord led Cheri to step away from her first career as a Certified Public Accountant and enter seminary. She completed a Master of Arts in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008, there discovering the art of listening to the Lord and to others through prayer. She received additional training after Fuller, including becoming a Recommended Facilitator for Listen To My Life and completing spiritual direction training from Selah, a ministry of Leadership Transformations near Boston, MA.

Cheri lives with her husband Dave in Highland Village, TX. They have entered the “empty nest” stage and enjoy every opportunity they have to share life with their son, Matt.

Mike Bowden

Director of ESDA

Mike is the Director of Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA), a ministry of Grafted Life. He serves ESDA in ways that are particular to Spiritual Directors working and ministering within the Evangelical world. Mike sees Spiritual Direction as a vital gift to the Evangelical church of today.

Mike’s “day job” is Spiritual Care Facilitator for TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission). In this role he serves as a Spiritual Director and Retreat leader as a means of “Soul Care” for missionaries around the world. Prior to this he served for 17 years as a missionary in the Czech Republic with his wife Sonja and their two daughters.

Mike received his training in spiritual direction from North Park Seminary in Chicago and lives with his family in Southwest Michigan.