Reverend Don Chatfield
All Souls Interfaith Gathering Lead Pastor
Rev. Don is an interfaith minister who comes to All Souls from the Osage Forest of Peace, where he served as executive director. The Forest of Peace is an interspiritual contemplative retreat center near Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Don established a robust schedule of interfaith events and founded a School of Spiritual Direction.
Don holds a Master of Divinity degree, a master’s degree in counseling, and a Ph.D. with a focus in community development. As part of his doctoral research, Don spent time studying at Los Horcones commune in Sonora, Mexico, to learn about their system of governance, known as “personocracy.”
He has a deep commitment to social justice, honed during his service as executive director at a large nonprofit serving the homeless and working poor in Tucson, Arizona. During his tenure, the nonprofit was successful in pressing for legislation to limit predatory lending and to establish fair practices for day labor halls. He also operated a training program to teach construction trades to homeless persons.
Don’s commitment to environmental protection is equally as strong, as evidenced by his experience as chief operating officer of a Western conservation organization. He supervised environmental programs in offices ranging from Bozeman, Montana, to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to Mexicali, California, with an emphasis on collaborative conservation to find shared environmental solutions.
Don and his wife, Karen, established La Cholla Center for Integrative Spirituality in Tucson, through which they taught contemplative practice and led interfaith retreats. Also in Tucson, Don became a board member at Sanctuary Cove, an interfaith retreat center adjacent to Saguaro National Park.
A certified spiritual director, Don finds great fulfillment in being a companion with others on the spiritual journey. His interests in the field of spirituality include the development of an interspiritual liturgy, eco-spirituality, contemplative spiritual practices, and developing interspiritual curriculum resources for training ministers.
Don and Karen fell in love on the slopes of Killington and spent much time skiing, camping, and hiking in Vermont while they were dating. They have been married for 31 years and are relocating to Vermont with their Bichon Frise, Lily.
Don said, “I am delighted to join the All Souls community and to continue the interfaith tradition established by Mary Abele. Along with all of you, I look forward to expanding the opportunities for meaningful interfaith expression and spiritual connection at All Souls.”
Reverend Don Chatfield (right), Karen Chatfield (left), and Lily (center).