Tom Albin


Rev. Tom Albin is the current Executive Director of the United Christian Ashrams International (UCAI) and has worked extensively with Christian Ashrams. Tom is also Director of Spiritual Formation & Congregational Life for The Upper Room.

Tom has written extensively on prayer, spiritual formation, Wesley studies, historical theology, mission, and evangelism. He is passionate about helping people on their journey toward spiritual maturity through prayer, study and action.

Tom and his wife, Maryle, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Smu, staff, student affairs, chaplain and minister to the university, Steve Rankin

Steve Rankin


Rev. Stephen W. Rankin, PhD, is the outgoing Chaplain and Minister to the University at Southern Methodist University. After twenty-five years in higher education and fourteen prior years of congregational ministry, Steve is beginning a new mission called The Spiritual Maturity Project. His focus is on helping people grow deeply in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ through his own teaching and writing, but also by putting people in touch with resources not usually accessible to lay people. He is author of Aiming at Maturity: the Goal of the Christian Life and other articles and book chapters on Wesleyan theology and discipleship.

Steve is an ordained elder in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is married to Joni Leeper Rankin and they have four grown children and five grandchildren.

Joy Kerr-Owens

Youth Leader and Technical Director

Joy teaches theater at Modesto Christian School. She uses dramatic play to promote self-expression, team bonding, and social emotional learning. She specializes in building community, mentoring young leaders, and lives by the motto "Be Kind. Be Prepared. Be Fearless." She is thrilled to be leading the youth this year.

Rachel Sanders

Children's Leader

Rachel is currently working with elementary school students as an instructional aide and afterschool program leader. This is her 3rd year running the program for the younger kids at Redwood Christian Ashram and she is excited to take on the challenge of making it happen in our current situation. Rachel has been attending Christian Ashrams since she was a baby and understands what makes them so special. She is dedicated to bringing as much of that energy as possible to the virtual experience this year.

Lindsay Frankovic

Assistant Director and Children's Leader

Lindsay Frankovic has been attending Redwood Ashram since before she can remember. Over the years she has taken on a variety of leadership roles including being the youth director for a time. As a mother of five, she spends her time investing in the ministry of raising and teaching her brood.

David Jump

Music Leader

David's desire is to lead God’s people to sing to the Lord with all their hearts in Spirit and truth using songs from the rich heritage of Christian music, both old and new. He is the pastor of Open House Fellowship in Visalia, CA and an ordained minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America. David is married to Debbie and they have three grown daughters and five grandchildren.

Gayle Kerr


Gayle is a former educator, avid hiker, and occasional quilter. She and her family have been a part of Redwood Ashram for many years; they now bring along the grandchildren as well!

Donna Sanders


Donna first came to Redwood as a teenager and is grateful that her three children also had the experience of being a part of such a loving community of Christ followers. It has enriched their lives.