Janet Thompson Jackson

  Janet is Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS. Her husband is Pat               serving as  pastor at  Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Raytown, Mo. Janet brings in-depth knowledge of non profit corporations, a lively faith, and a teacher's heart to our board.

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Elijah the Tishbite

Elijah is the latest of many four legged critters who have served The Sanctuary in advisory capacities through the years. The dog is named for the prophet, Elijah, of the Bible, who is revered as the Father of the Carmelite Religious order. Theresa of Avila, Therese of Liseaux, Brother Lawrence, and St John of the Cross are some famous Carmelite saints and teachers. As his namesake learned, Elijah teaches us to listen for the still small voice of God.  The mellow lab reminds us that God is not in our windy rushing around, our stormy foot-stomping, or our fiery self-importance, but rather comes to us, as we calm and quiet our souls.

Our Mission
To see clearly, listen well, and love deeply.
What We Offer

Soul food that sticks to your ribs.

​The Sanctuary Foundation provides spiritual nurture though spiritual guidance, teaching, and publishing. We have been helping others discover and respond to the presence of God in their lives for over twenty five years. Grounded in the Christian tradition, we work with people of varied faiths and traditions, ​as we focus on the experience of a loving God speaking in an individual's life with grace, challenge, and transformation. 

Loretta F. Ross

Loretta, a Presbyterian minister, is the Executive Director and founder of The Sanctuary Foundation for Prayer. She is an honorably retired member of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas with the ecclesiastical designation of Spiritual Director. Loretta earned her Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. She also holds a Masters of Arts degree in theater, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Shalem Institute. She has served in Presbyterian, United Methodist, and United Church of Christ churches, and offered spiritual guidance for more than 25 years. Her writing has been published in numerous journals and books including Letters from the Holy Ground (Sheed & Ward, 2000), The Christian Century, Theology Today, Weavings, Presbyterian Survey, Reformed Liturgy and Music, Presence, Upper Room.

Pat Ireland

Pat is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. She lives in the midst
of the beautiful Flint Hills in this historic town close to her family and grandchildren.Her wit, enthusiasm and
long service to a local church bring wisdom, grace, and practicality to our board.


Greg Hildenbrand
Greg is the Executive Director of Life Star of Kansas, air medical services, and is also the leader of contemporary and blended worship at First Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. He has written and recorded dozens of songs, some of which are a regular part of worship services. Greg is the author of Life Notes a weekly contemplation of God's presence in our lives. He and his wife, Carrie, live near Lawrence and have two adult children, Grace and Reid. Samples of Greg's music and writing can be found on his website: www.ContemplatingGrace.com


What others say about us

​​Annadelle Teems, Granbury, TX:

...I ponder three things you fed to my heart: "grace upon grace," "Tell them I miss them," "Is it I Lord?"- and to my very being, and continued to create in me thoughts, prayers, reflections, li stening for my Lord's messages to me, grace to me, directions to me. 


Cathy Hamrick, Bixby, OK:
When I think back to your keynotes at MO- Ranch and read some of them I am overwhelmed with your insight and knowledge. What a blessing it is to me for our paths to have crossed. 

​Stephany Gagen:
Thank you so much for your ministry! Our last session has opened several doors of thought and prayer. I am deeply grateful for the Lord's direction/clarity in my life and I praise God for your availability to the Spirit's wisdom and prompting.

Spiritual Nurture and Support for Contemplative Living 


The business of a Christian is everywhere and always one: to increase one's fire and let it give light to everyone.

                                                  Leo Tolstoy