Patricia Benson, Administrator –
Patricia joined the House of Prayer Staff in December of 2016.
Matthew Cobb, Director –
After a sabbatical in India, Matt and his wife Erica will be moved to Minnesota fromWamego, Kansas, where he has served since 2008 as part-time rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in addition to work in pastoral care in a long-term care and retirement community. Matt has had a daily meditation practice for 25 years.
Matt holds a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union at University of California, Berkeley; a Master of Divinity Degree in Social Theory from the Seminary of the Southwest; and a Master of Arts in Ignatian Spirituality and Directed Retreats from Creighton University.
Matt has served in a variety of capacities, from campus ministry to spiritual care and chaplaincy in hospital settings. More recently, he also has worked as a consultant. Erica has recently retired from a 24-year career as a BSN, RN, and has more recently worked as a local reporter. Matt and Erica have two grown children, Ian (22) and Emily Claire (20).
Ward Bauman, Past Director and Elder –
The Rev. Ward Bauman, became the director of the House of Prayer in 2002 and retired in December 2016. Prior to this he served as a parish priest in the San Francisco bay area of California. During that time he developed an organization for interfaith dialogue as well as a spiritual life center for prayer and renewal. His history took him to the Middle East where he lived, worked and traveled, living in Iran for four and a half years. Returning to the U.S., he spent seven years in California’s Napa Valley helping to run a retreat center. All of these things have brought him to this present work where he brings together his passion for working with people in pursuit of a more profound spiritual life. He is the author of Sacred Food for Soulful Living, a cookbook of recipes from the House of Prayer kitchen, and translator with Lynn Bauman and Cynthia Bourgeault of The Luminous Gospels: Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip. To purchase Ward’s books, click here.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
*Indicates Executive Committee Member
*The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior (Chair)
Bishop, Episcopal Church of Minnesota
*Mary Darnall (1st Vice Chair)
*The Rev. Ward J. Bauman (Director)
*Michael Lilja (Treasurer)
Rev. Joan Delamater
Rev. Jeff Hansen
Paul Jasmer, OSB
Barry P. Fernald