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 mate 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 within the United Church of Canada.

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 Kingsgcourt 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 is currently a part of Lightshine Church which is a Presbyterian new church development in Westlake Village, CA.

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.

Pamela Welle
Victoria, BC (Canada)

Tucked in behind her family’s organic vegetable farm Wray Creek is the little community centre where Pamela practiced yoga for the first time. It was a mind-blowing experience for her. Never before had she made the connection between body and prayer. She found the ease with which she was able to enter into meditative prayer following yoga beautiful, and her 20-year meditation practice moved markedly deeper through combining it with a yoga practice.

Having lived her whole life in Victoria, BC, Pamela completed her BEd in 1983, taught elementary school for a few years, had a passel of kids (4), spent a year with her family working at an orphanage in Nigeria (Ministry of Mercy, which she continues to work with), taught some more school, and then went back to earn her Masters in the Arts of Spiritual Formation in 2013. Since then, she has been giving Spiritual Direction, working as a pastor at The Place Community Church, creating large mosaic stained glass window installations, serving as a Funeral Celebrant, offering silent retreats, and working on the farm.

Pamela is not a trained yoga instructor, but partners with fully certified local instructors to offer her meditation and yoga classes in Victoria.