Our passion is to guide Christ-followers in the organic process of whole life spiritual formation.

We are raising-up a new generation of transformational leaders; providing leadership, training, and resources to the emerging church; as well as bringing a renewed focus of spiritual formation to Christ-followers everywhere.

Over the last 11 years, we have had the privilege of journeying with over 3500 participants and training 95 leaders. Although we have our roots in California and Colorado, God has used Theodyssey in 5 different countries. We’re bringing spiritual formation out of the abbey and into the heart of Post-Modern America.

Theodyssey is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported entirely by God’s generosity funneled through people committed to transforming work of Jesus in human lives.

OUR STAFF

DAVID SMITH

LEAD NAVIGATOR

David is the founder of Theodyssey and the author of our curriculum. He is devoted to helping others experience the radical transformation that only God can bring about.

SHIRLEY JAIRETT

FINANCIAL MANAGER

Shirley manages all facets of our financial world, including accounting, payables, giving records, IRS reporting, taxes and more!

ERIC LEHMAN

STORYTELLER & MINISTRY PIONEER

Eric oversees two main endeavors: tell the stories of how God is transforming lives and brainstorm how Theodyssey can expand into new contexts.

PATTI SNYDER

WEBMASTER

Patti oversees the systems essential to Theodyssey. She works on website development, communications, giving, and other projects.

TOM PETERSON

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Tom oversees Theodyssey's finances as well as all administrative and legal requirements, ensuring the ministry is operating with the highest integrity.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors are deeply invested in the ministry. Their prayerful and humble leadership is the foundation of this ministry. They each oversee a crucial part of Theodyssey.


Robert Nielsen
Bob works as a Principal Consultant for a Management Consulting firm, as well as an executive coach. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, a former pastor, and current associate staff member for Navigators. Bob is married to Sherrill and lives in El Dorado Hills, CA.

Tom Peterson
As a former director of engineering in a high tech Silicon Valley corporation, pastor, and ministry leader, Tom brings a wealth of skills and leadership insights to our board. He and his wife Patti live in San Jose, CA.

Ben Slick
Ben, currently Senior Vice President for Business Development at HydroPoint Data Systems, brings years of experience from the world of high tech start-ups and entrepreneurial leadership. Ben, his wife Marcia and daughter Ellie live in Petaluma, CA.

Joe Sommers
Joe brings practical problem-solving, conviction and simple faith to the board. Joe is the Director of Engineering at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, CA. He and his wife Sherrie live in San Jose, CA.

Jim Williams
Jim brings years of wisdom and know-how from his experience as an officer and pilot in the U.S. Navy and executive leadership in Silicon Valley corporations. Jim and his wife Pam live in La Quinta, CA.

Lisa Olson
Lisa brings more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership roles and is currently the Executive Director of Carolina Creek Christian Camps in Riverside, Texas. Lisa, whose husband, Mark, is already with the Lord, has 4 young adult children.