Spiritual Formation Certificate

Spiritual Formation Certificate

Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre

What is Spiritual Formation?

Spiritual formation is an ongoing journey as we learn more about ourselves and grow in greater intimacy with God. We invite you to join us this coming year through our certificate programs as we journey with spiritual companions, become more aware of God’s presence in our daily lives through prayer and spiritual practices that are experiential and embodied, and connecting to the Divine through music and worship.

There will be online videos for students to watch one week beforehand in preparation for the LIVE Zoom session. Once registered and closer to the date, details concerning the format of the module and Zoom link will be sent to you.

Upcoming Modules

Module 5: Music and Spiritual Formation

Module 7: Spiritual Warfare


Dr. Tom Sweeney

Dr. Tom Sweeney, D.Min.

Module 1 Facilitator

Tom has taught on spiritual formation for 20 years, both in Canada and as a missionary in Brazil. He teaches on spiritual formation in several seminaries across North America, with particular emphasis on practical holiness, developmental spirituality and spiritual warfare.

Misa Mochinaga

Misa Mochinaga M.Div., Th.M., CSD.

Module 2 Facilitator

Misa was the manager for the bookstore at Tyndale for many years, supporting students and faculties alike. Misa is also a pastor of a Japanese congregation in Scarborough. As a spiritual director and supervisor to spiritual director interns, Misa enjoys walking along side others in their spiritual journey.

Jan Evans

Jan Evans, MASF, Spiritual Director/Supervisor

Module 3 Facilitator

Jan is a spiritual director and supervisor. She teaches spiritual formation and trains spiritual directors with the Ontario Jubilee Program. She has a MA in Spiritual Formation from Carey Theological College with a focus on Ignatian Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer. Through extensive study of the Enneagram. Jan has come to value three-centred living – integrating the wisdom of head, heart and body.

After 35 years working as a physiotherapist, Jan is intimately acquainted with the body and has come to value the wonder and wisdom of her own body and its importance for living a deeply embodied and active spirituality.

Tara Owens

Tara Owens, MTS, CSD, CSDS.

Module 4 Facilitator

Tara Owens, MTS, CSD, CSDS is the founder and executive director of Anam Cara Ministries, based in Colorado Springs, CO. A graduate of Tyndale, she is the author of two books (Embracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh & Bone, IVP and At Play In God’s Creation: A Contemplative Coloring Book, Franciscan), leads pilgrimages in Ireland and England, practices spiritual direction and supervision, and leads a unique training in spiritual direction called the Anam Cara Apprenticeship. She also leads and trains others in rabbinic-style Scripture studies called Scripture Circles.

Dr. Ken Michell

Dr. Ken Michell, MTS., DWS.

Module 5 Facilitator

Ken is on faculty at Tyndale University as a Lecturer, Music and  Worship Arts. Alongside Applied courses in music theory, guitar instruction, songwriting and music ensemble, Ken teaches three courses in the Christian Ministry department on Christian Worship (Theology, History, and Contemporary Worship).

Ken also serves as the Worship Director in his home church and works with Christian Conservatory of Music, Canada (a music examination system that incorporates worship repertoire). Ken and his wife, Nicole, live in Scarborough.

Jenn Aspilla

Jenn Aspilla, M.Div., CSD.

Module 6 Facilitator

Jenn Aspilla is an adjunct Instructor for Tyndale Seminary in the areas of Spiritual Formation and Youth Ministry. She is also the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Encounter Covenant Church and Lay Minister at Bramalea Free Methodist Church. Jenn resides in Brampton, Ontario with her husband and children ages 7 and 5.

Rev. Peter W Cusick

Rev. Peter W Cusick, MTS., CSD.

Module 7 Facilitator

Peter has been a pastor since 1978 and has pastored three churches during that time. He is a Certified Spiritual Director with an active practice serving the spiritual needs of individuals and groups—with a special emphasis to other pastors and ministers. He founded and is the director of Beside Peaceful Streams Inc., a ministry of prayer, soul care, and spiritual direction. He has co-authored The BluePrint and self-published Prayers and Reflections Volume 1 and Lord Teach us to Pray.

Learning Format

Both in-person and online options are available for some modules in this Certificate. Please select one of the attendance options at registration. We require a minimum of 8 students for the in-person option. If the minimum number is not met, the module will be hosted online only. The final details concerning the format will be communicated to you one week before the module.


  • Each module is $135.00 plus administrative fees
  • $850.50 for the package of 7 modules (plus administrative fees), complete cost for the Spiritual Formation Certificate program with 10% discount
  • Packages are only available before the start date of the first module
  • There is a 10% discount for full-time Tyndale students, alumni and staff. You will need to contact the Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre to receive a discount code before registering online
Email tsfc [at] tyndale [dot] ca to receive a promo code.

Refund Policy: Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of event date, will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 3-6 days before the event, we will offer you a credit for future TSFC events. Cancellation requests made within 24 hours of the event may not receive a refund nor a transfer. If TSFC cancels an event under circumstances that would make the event non-viable, registrants will be offered a full refund. When you register for an event, you agree to these terms.