About us

Meet Our Spiritual Director

Rick & Sonja Capezza

Ram Dass once wrote that “Life is an incredible curriculum in which we live it richly and passionately as a way of awakening to the deepest truths of our being.”

 

Throughout the joys and traumas of my life, I have had a clear sense of my mission in this life – to love God, love my neighbor, and most profoundly, love God through loving my neighbor.

 

While my professional career has primarily been spent in higher education, I do not consider myself an academic. I have always learned more from observing and interacting with others and the world than I have from books and classes.

 

Each and every day, my heart is filled with a great deal of gratitude for and wonder at this gift of life. I have an immense curiosity about how to live this experience more passionately and richly. I have found that many others have this spark living in them as well, but the existential burdens of this life have dimmed it to a mere flicker. My greatest joy in this life has been the opportunity stoke in others the divine spark that gives us breath and gives us life. 

 

I am, at the deepest levels of my soul, merely a spiritual pyromaniac.

Rick Capezza, Spiritual Director

 

Why The Spiritual Care Fund Matters

At the heart of The Spiritual Care Fund is a deeply personal narrative. My journey began with an earnest desire to provide solace and guidance to those navigating life’s profound existential and spiritual questions.

 

However, the noble pursuit of caring for others often provided an escape from my own personal, spiritual, and existential burdens. As these burdens accumulated, so did the physical weight on my shoulders and, quite literally, on my body. At my heaviest, I was over 500 pounds, a tangible manifestation of the spiritual and emotional weight I bore, but the demands of work and family did not leave me much emotional space to process my struggles and traumas.

 

I embarked on a transformative journey toward wholeness and peace, and it was in the crucible of personal hardship and recovery that the concept of The Spiritual Care Fund was conceived. Recognizing the profound need for spiritual care professionals to find respite from their roles. A recommitment to cultivating the mind-body-spirit connection became an integral part of my shedding harmful spiritual beliefs and practices as well as over 300 lbs.

 

This initiative stands as a testament to the realization that providing spiritual care requires a foundation of personal well-being. The retreats facilitated by The Spiritual Care Fund are not just an abstract concept for me; they are born out of the crucible of my own struggles and the profound understanding that caregivers need care too.

 

Through this initiative, we aim to break the cycle of emotional and spiritual burnout, offering spiritual care professionals a sanctuary where they can reclaim their peace, reconnect with their spiritual roots, and rekindle their passion for compassionate caregiving. The weight of others’ existential struggles need not become a burden that hinders our own well-being.

 

I invite you to join us in this transformative journey—a journey toward creating a culture of self-care within the spiritual care community. Your support and engagement with The Spiritual Care Fund contribute to a vision where caregivers find the respite they deserve, and in turn, provide more authentic and compassionate care to those they serve. Together, we can cultivate a community where the well-being of spiritual care professionals is valued, nurtured, and prioritized.

Our Team

Sonja Capezza, RN

President

Sonja Capezza, RN, is a Nursing Supervisor at a psychiatric facility. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Gonzaga University with a specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) studies. Sonja has genuine compassion for individuals facing mental health challenges and provides valuable insights to The Spiritual Care Fund's mission to provide holistic care that integrates social, spiritual, mental, and physical wellness. Sonja is married to Rick, our Spiritual Director. She is an avid hiker, climber, snowboarder, stepmom, and dog mom.

Jenn Childers

Secretary

Jenn Childers is a Chaplain Candidate in United States Air Force Reserves slotted to join the Washington Air National Guard in Spring of 2025. She is a seminary student at Multnomah University. Her passion and calling is the mental health and well-being of troops, with a focus on PTSD and veteran suicide. Her approach is compassionate, empathetic, and individualized. Jenn is married to her husband Chris, and they have three children. She enjoys reading about origins of consciousness, neuroscience, and spirituality. Her dog Walter usually accompanies her in her favorite chair to read.

Rob Dunbar, BCC

Treasurer

Rob Dunbar, BCC, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard. With over two decades of ministry experience, Rob has witnessed the transformative power of balancing spiritual nourishment with personal wellness both in his own journey and in the lives of others. Rob's ministry focus is the intersection of spirituality and self-care, and he has dedicated himself to empowering other chaplains to reach their fullest potential through practical mentoring relationships that demonstrate that personal well-being is paramount to becoming a whole and successful spiritual leader.

Our Partners

Fellowship of Integral
Spiritual Formation

The Association of Multifaith
Spiritual Directors

Kevin Raidy
Hypnotherapy

Gem State Healing Arts

The Association of Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapists

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