Yoga Chaplains

Rev. Bethel Lee
(Founder of Yoga Chapel)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Born in beloved Seoul, Korea, Bethel has pilgrimaged across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, but has always had a heart-connection with the West Coast. She lives in Vancouver with her soulmate David, their son Moses and his furry sibling Chance.

Bethel Lee earned her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She is an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada and a Campus Chaplain at the University of British Columbia .

After attaining her 200-Hour Hatha Teacher Certification through Open Source Yoga in Vancouver, BC, Bethel has continued advanced training for her 500-Hour Certification through Semperviva Yoga College, specializing in Yin, Vinyasa, Prenatal and Kundalini yoga. She loves designing classes that are creative, incorporating various styles and approaches, while remaining sensitive to anatomy because she believes that participants should be both challenged and empowered.

Bethel is deeply grateful to the United Church of Canada's New Ministries Foundation, the Davey Family Endowment Fund, the Leadership Endowment Fund and the Kingscourt United Church Endowment Fund, which have supported the dream of Yoga Chapel to become a living, breathing reality.

Rev. audrey warren
Florida City, FL (USA)

A native Floridian, Audrey did not venture too far from her hometown of Naples to plant some roots. Audrey currently resides in Florida City, FL, an urban suburb of Miami, where she and her husband Jose Luis are active members of their very diverse community.

Audrey B. Warren earned her Bachelor of Arts from Florida Southern College where she majored in Religion and her Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. Audrey then continued her studies at Wesley Theological Seminary where she earned her Doctorate of Ministry focusing on Children and Spirituality. She is an ordained Elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently serves as Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Miami. She is also the co-author of the book Fresh Expressions.

Though Audrey has been practicing yoga for eight years now, it was not until the death of a close friend that her practice took on a spiritual dimension. She found the deep inhales and exhales to be a form of prayer that carried her through a crisis of faith. Yoga became a profound gift and spiritual practice that continues to nurture her faith daily. With the desire to share this gift, Audrey received her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certificate through Sunshine State Yoga. Audrey strives to create an experience of renewal and refreshment within each class that can be taken off the mat and then shared with the world.

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Rev. Jennifer Witten
Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Jennifer is passionate about the intersection of movement and Christian meditation. She marvels at the mystery of the human body, mind and spirit, and how God meets us there. When she’s not practicing yoga, she is raising her boys in Agoura Hills, CA along with her husband Jeff. They share life with two dogs and a bearded dragon.

Raised in Sunnyvale, CA, Jennifer Witten graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and from Princeton Theological Seminary with a M.Div. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction. Since 2001, she has served PCUSA congregations on both the east and west coasts. She leads Yoga Chapel classes monthly at Lightshine Church and weekly at Moorpark Presbyterian Church, where she is currently serving as Associate Pastor.

For years Jennifer found yoga to be a powerful way to pray. Over time, she felt compelled to share this practice with her faith community in hopes that others might experience the deep nourishment found through this ancient moving meditation. This led her to yoga school! She received her first teacher training through Holy Yoga and her second teacher training through Yoga Works. In her yoga classes, she strives to a create a safe and welcoming space for people to breathe, move and find a deeper connection to God.

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Camp Hill, PA (USA)

Born in Central Pennsylvania, after moving nineteen times since high school, Anna has returned to serve God in the same community where her life began. She currently serves as a pastor in Camp Hill, a suburb of Harrisburg, PA and is grateful to share this precious life with her spouse and partner-in-life, Simon, and their son, Dominic.

Prior to serving as a pastor for more than 3 years in South Africa, Anna Layman Knox earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. She became an ordained Elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2014 and currently serves as Lead Associate Pastor of Camp Hill United Methodist Church. While Anna had practiced yoga off and on over the years, her love of meditation and movement was cultivated during the 4 years she served as a pastor in the beautiful Pocono community of Hawley, PA. Attending Roots Yoga Studio became a sabbath ritual that sustained and nurtured her faith and her body.Upon arriving in Camp Hill, she discovered that others in the wider community also craved the opportunity to engage in prayer through movement and meditation. For Anna, sharing yoga is a transformational way to interpret scripture and live its story through the fullness of our bodies, minds, and spirits. She is Level-One trained through YogaFit and is currently pursuing her 200-Hour certification, while offering experiences for people in and beyond the traditional church to experience worshipping God through yoga.

Anna is passionate about listening, exploring the unknown, authenticity, and Five Roses tea with milk and sugar. She loves the challenge and joy of walking alongside others, and at any given moment in the day, you'll probably catch her singing.

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Camp Hill, PA (USA)

Through a morning practice of the Ashtanga yoga sequence following her devotional time, Kristin discovered the beautifully meditative aspect of yoga as a pathway to a deepening relationship with Christ. Combining breath and Scripture, movement and prayer with mindful awareness of God’s presence, Kristin enjoys yoga as a spiritual discipline. She loves sharing prayer yoga with her community as a fresh and creative way to live out God’s call to share His light and truth with the world.

Kristin Mooney is Level-One trained through YogaFit and is currently pursuing her 200-Hour certification. She completed her first yoga teacher training, “Yoga from a Christian Perspective,” through New Day Yoga. She enjoys creating time and space for students to meet with God where they can experience transformation of body, mind, and soul.

Off the mat, Kristin spends her time as a freelance editor, mother, and leader in her church. She is an entrepreneur and steward of the environment with her husband Dave whose patented technology Ecoremedy converts problematic and messy wastes into renewable energy and useful animal and plant nutrients. With a passion for building Christian community, her past and current lay leadership endeavors include launching new Bible studies for young mothers, establishing a multi-generational women’s ministry, and developing a ministry for parents in the midst of raising their children. She holds a bachelor of science in communication studies from Virginia Tech.

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Shannon Savage-Howie
Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Although Shannon has called California home now for the better part of 20 years, her roots run deep from the Montana Rocky Mountains to the fertile soil of Eastern Washington. After college, she married a true California boy, and together they are raising three more California boys in Thousand Oaks. When they’re not soaking up as much sunshine as they can with their oh-so-sweet mastiff “Baby,” they like to travel and see the world.

Shannon is a certified Spiritual Director who loves to hold space for people to explore faith, spirituality, art, and yoga. She has been deeply impacted by the intersection of these pieces in her own life and is passionate about using these elements to draw people into deeper relationship with themselves, with others, and with the Divine. She has received her certification as a 200-Hour yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and is currently in the process of completing her 300-Hour advanced teacher training through YogaWorks. In addition, Shannon received her undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University, majoring in Religion with a minor in Ethnic Studies, and her Master of Arts degree from Luther Seminary in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. She is rostered as a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Throughout the many manifestations of her time in ministry—whether mentoring youth, providing adult spiritual direction, working with clients in substance abuse treatment centers, and now teaching yoga—Shannon’s deepest joy is in helping people find wholeness and balance of body, mind, and soul.