Rev. Wanda Craner
Wanda Craner is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor, a Gestalt Pastoral Care minister, and a spiritual director. In addition to her Gestalt Pastoral Care (GPC) practice, she served as the Minister of Spiritual Nurture on the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC) staff of the United Church of Christ (1997-2016). September, 2013 to August 2014, Wanda served as Acting Conference Minister of the PSEC, with a specific call emphasis on healing and reconciliation within the Conference. She teaches GPC Foundational Training and leads “Opening to Grace” retreats. Her GPC practice is based in the Pottstown-Reading area of Pennsylvania.
Wanda first encountered Gestalt Pastoral Care in a class taught by Tilda Norberg and Rev. Dr. Robert D. Webber at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA, in 1986. Experiencing profound personal healing and spiritual growth as a result of this class, and witnessing the same in others, Wanda was drawn to further training and study with Tilda, as well as assisting her with the GPC Foundational Course in Staten Island, NY. Wanda has over 30 years of experience leading workshops, seminars, worship services, and retreats in the areas of healing, Gestalt Pastoral Care, prayer, social healing, and spirituality in a variety of ecumenical church communities.
Wanda graduated from Millersville University (PA), with a degree in Biology (1975). Upon graduation, she taught science in public school until being called to ministry. She received a Masters of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary (PA); and completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Lancaster General Hospital (1986). Wanda completed specialized training in small group spiritual direction at Shalem Institute, Washington D.C. (1991); and individual spiritual direction training at Maria Wald Retreat House, Shillington, PA (1991).
Wanda is the contact person for the Eastern Pennsylvania Community of Practice.