Dr. Joe Howell is a clinical psychologist in Anniston, Alabama and a regionally-known expert on the Enneagram, which he has studied and taught for more than 28 years. He is the author of Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway and founder of the Institute for Conscious Being (ICB). A graduate of Samford University (B.A. 1971), Yale Divinity School (MAR 1974), The University of Virginia (Ph.D. 1978), and fellow in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (1978-79), Dr. Howell has been practicing clinical psychology since 1980. He began his work on the Enneagram at the Jesuit Retreat House in Cleveland, Ohio with Patrick O’Leary and Maria Beesing in the mid-eighties. A couple of years later, he collaborated with Don Riso on his visits in Anniston.
Lark Howell is co-founder of ICB and a native of Anniston, Alabama where she attends Grace Episcopal Church. She is also coordinator for the annual summer conference FACE: Faith, Art & Creative Expression (Liturgical Arts) at Kanuga.
Lynda Roberts served on the International Enneagram Association Board of Directors for six years and as President of the IEA for two of those years. She is a Riso-Hudson Certified Teacher, an Authorized Teacher of Riso-Hudson Workshops, and former faculty member of The Enneagram Institute. She designs and delivers customized Enneagram workshops for specific groups and provides other Enneagram-based consulting services such as leadership development, conflict management and team building. “My own personal work with the Enneagram has had an impact on me far greater than I ever could have imagined,” she says. “As I work with groups and individuals, I see the light bulbs come on, the excitement build, and the appreciation for self and others grow. The Enneagram truly changes lives and I am honored to be doing this work.”
Chaplain: The Reverend Robert Childers
A native of Selma, Alabama and a lifelong Episcopalian, Robert was a lawyer in Montgomery, Alabama prior to his ordination as a priest. He graduated in 1991 from the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea, New York City. Before his call to Good Shepherd in 2008, Robert served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Anniston, Alabama for 13 years. He is married to Terry and they have two adult children, Rob and Liz. Currently Rector at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Lookout Mountain, Tenn., Robert loves being a parish priest. When he is not at the church, he enjoys spending time with his wife, practicing yoga, jogging and walking with George, the wonder dog, gardening and, when time allows, brewing beer.
ICB Faculty Presenters
The Reverend John Adams
Brigid Elsken Galloway
Melanie Rodgers (Music Director)