20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,[a] so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. – John 17:20-23

We encourage individuals and congregations to discover deeper connections with Jesus Christ, find renewed inspiration and purpose in the Cross, and become faithful disciples of Christ.

Spiritual Wellness Resources

Looking for mental health help? There are several ways to start your search.

Fostering Spiritual Wellness – YouTube Playlist

Checkout free Spiritual Wellness resources, seminars, and videos on our LSS Mission Playlist for Fostering Spiritual Wellness.


Breathing In Christ

Breathing in Christ

Welcome to the Breathing in Christ community, where we consciously connect to Christ one breath at a time! We are here to learn again and again that God’s love is unlike any other. Breathing in Christ is a conscious choice of letting go of all things that get in the way of the life God in Christ offers. Perhaps for the first time, give yourself permission to be authentic and real before God.
Breathing in Christ hosts a variety of resources, including podcasts and a blog.
Living in Holy Rhythm Breathing in Christ Workshop

Do you ever feel like life is a never-ending race, leaving you exhausted and yearning for something more? If so, it’s time to pause, reflect, and embark on a transformative journey towards a life of true abundance and purpose. This live workshop presented by Deacon Marsha Roscoe, Founder of Breathing in Christ, and recorded on August 29, 2023, shares holy and basic practices that help us experience the promise we have in Christ as beautifully articulated in John 10:10b: “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Watch the recording here.

Spiritual Directors

For a list of recommended spiritual directors, please contact Marty Shifflett at mshifflett@lss-elca.org.

Allie KochertRoot Grow Thrive

Allie Kochert is the Lower Susquehanna Synod’s Psychospiritual Consultant. She is a burnout and trauma therapist and certified spiritual director in private practice, and specializes in supporting helpers, healers and folks in ministry reclaim resiliency post-burnout and trauma. Her therapy and spiritual direction is decidedly embodied and focused on mind-body-spirit connection. She is owner of Root Grow Thrive, dedicated to supporting helpers, healers, and those in ministry leadership. She offers spiritual direction and soul care groups, and is passionate about supporting people in ministry, maintaining their resiliency and preventing burnout so they can grow and thrive in their vocations.

Pastor Henry Herbener

Pastor Henry Herbener, a Lower Susquehanna Synod retired pastor, has extensive counseling background and experience and would be happy to meet with rostered ministers who feel they need counseling.

Emotional Wellbeing Counselors

Rev. Kyndall Rauthaus

Allen Proctor

Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodi

Christa Hesselink

Additional Counselors

Debbie Doubrava


Ellen Dionna

Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director

Samaritan Center

Counseling Services

Spiritual Wellness Blog

Latest Posts

Marsha Roscoe

Marsha is an assistant to the bishop for spiritual wellness, mission and communications and is founder of Breathing in Christ. Marsha has spent most of her working life helping others fall in love with Jesus over and over again. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran in America (ELCA), she has taught and ministered in areas of spiritual formation and missional outreach for nearly two decades.