Rev. Stacy L Grove, M.Div
is an ordained Jewish Interfaith minister and spiritual director, who offers retreat programs, officiates life cycle events, and serves as chaplain.
As a spiritual companion to individuals and groups, she focuses on heart-centered experiences in her interfaith healing ministry. Stacy uses sound, rhythm, and energy healing practices, inviting relief from stress, increased relaxation, easing of pain, and the restoration of balance to the body's natural healing energies and the natural world.
She offers her healing music and music vigils to individuals, families and caregivers who are coping with life transitions, including surgery, palliative care, and end of life in hospitals, at hospice centers, and in the home.
Stacy uses flutes and singing bowls, rhythm and chant for healing, meditation, religious services, and life cycle events.
She also facilitates retreats, worship services, and rhythm circles for stress relief and exercise at senior residential facilities, for cancer and other support groups, and for people with special needs.
Stacy has collaborated with professional rhythm facilitators and medical staff in the use of rhythm and sound for adults and children with special needs or illness. She combines more than 25 years practice as a hands-on experiential educator in the natural sciences and mentor for at-risk youth in her work with adult and youth groups.
Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, PhD has served as spiritual leader at Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community since 2010.
She grew up in Los Angeles and attended UCLA for approximately an eternity, earning degrees in English Medieval Literature. Prior to entering the rabbinate, her professional experience included freelance writing and editing, communication skills training and consulting, and software design.
Raachel has been involved in congregational and community service in numerous capacities, in California and North Carolina, including the North Carolina Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights; Pastoral Services Committee of the Triangle AIDS Interfaith Network, and TRAIN's Program Development Committee; North Carolina Council of Churches; Vigils Against Violence Committee of the Wake County Interfaith Alliance; LimiTV; Rex Hospital and WakeMed Ethics Committees; and founding Project Coordinator for B'yachad, an inter-congregational community service organization. She has also served on the Raleigh-Cary Jewish Federation Jewish Family Services Board; OHALAH, the Jewish Renewal Rabbinic Organization; and is Spiritual Director for students enrolled in the Jewish Renewal Seminary; and Volunteer Chaplain, Raleigh Police Department.
In 2003, she received smicha (ordination) as a mashpia ruchani (spiritual director) from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and rabbinic smicha from the Jewish Renewal seminary. Raachel served as Program Director, Assistant Rabbi, and Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Or, a Reform congregation in Raleigh, from 1997 – 2010, in addition to conducting a private practice in spiritual direction.
serves as pastor at Warsaw Presbyterian Church. He has previously served congregations at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and in Oxford, Indiana.
His education includes a BA from Bethany College, WV. He earned a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from Christian Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) from Princeton Theological Seminary with thesis research in Family Systems and Process Philosophy as applied to interfaith family ministry. Sabbatical in 1998 took him to Christ Church, Oxford.
Pastor Ward’s Service beyond the congregation includes service as Vice Moderator of the Council of New Hope Presbytery, Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches, Board of Directors of Raleigh Urban Ministry. He has been an occasional guest lecturer and presenter at local universities.
Four of Dr. Ward’s sermons were among the 216 gathered for a 2004 research project on outstanding southern preaching at Wake Forest University. Publication is pending.
Joe is married to Susan (Petitjean) Ward of Fairfield, Connecticut. They have three sons and one daughter.