Imago Dei Ministries was founded in 2004 by Catherine (Katie) and Jim Skurja to come alongside those who are ready to face their inner darkness and uncover their true identity — the image of God within them. Our ministry is dedicated to helping people everywhere engage in a Christ-centered healing process, transforming relationships with God, self and others through teaching and practical experiential exercises.
Our ministry team has grown and changed over time as God has invited various people to participate in the mission of Imago Dei. Our team members bring experiences from fields as varied as counseling, social work, business, art, church ministry, real estate, teaching, and spiritual direction. We are richer for our variety of gifts and skills, and for our commitment to intentionally practicing the material we teach. Most important is our ongoing endeavor to live it out as a community.
Catherine (Katie) Skurja
Mary Welch studied Art and Literature at the University of New Mexico, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts. After a life so full of adventure that she could easily fill her own book, she finally settled down and joined the Imago Dei team in 2005. Mary has been captivated by visual arts, theater, literature, and music throughout her life, and she and her husband, Willie, both enjoy creating their own artwork in their Portland home. Mary has focused on developing her unique pen-and-ink style since 2008, as well as exploring painting, sketch comedy, and story-telling. Her artistic talents, her passion, and her in-depth understanding of Imago Dei Ministries’ material make her the ideal artist-in-residence.
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Catherine (Katie) Skurja runs a private practice in North Plains, Oregon. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University as well as a Certificate of Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Her undergraduate work was in elementary and special education from Northern Arizona University. She taught elementary school for nine years, most recently on Sauvie Island just outside of Portland, Oregon. Katie has been married to Jim for 32 years and has two grown sons. The questions and obstacles Katie faced early in her personal faith journey left her passionate to help people find real hope and freedom that truly transform their day-to-day lives. She has dedicated her teaching and ministry career to this pursuit. In addition to Imago Dei Ministries, Katie is an instructor in the Spiritual Formation department at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and an ordained pastor at Rock Creek Church.
Rebecca (Becky) Grisell received a MDiv with Spiritual Formation Concentration from George Fox University, and is a Certified Spiritual Director. She is a counselor, caseworker, teacher, and facilitator among women caught in the trap of addiction, teaching about the power, healing and freedom available in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Becky is a Christ-follower who is passionate about people and relationships. She is a wife, mother of three, and a Registered Nurse. Becky is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary in Portland Oregon.
Kathi Gatlin is a Certified Spiritual Director, writer, spiritual formation group facilitator, retreat speaker, and leadership mentor. Kathi's greatest joy is walking alongside others in their own spiritual journey and seeing them grow in the depth of their own understanding of who God is and who they are in relationship with God. Kathi's training has been through an M.Ed. at George Fox University and an M.A. in Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary.
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