Petra Malekzadeh

Facilitator Training Coordinator, Instructor and Advisor

Petra relocated to the U.S. from Germany with her family 15 years ago. She has had a career in the corporate world and worked as a self-employed artist and small business for over a decade. Four years ago, she joined the staff of a large Seattle-based church where she established a thriving story group ministry, leading groups and coaching a growing team of story group facilitators.

As part of her journey with the Allender Center, Petra completed the NFTC 1, Externship, and Fellowship Programs and has been working as a Core Facilitator and Facilitator Advisor. She believes that healing and redemption are found where people can make sense of their own stories in the context of God’s greater story. This is what ultimately opens the door to embracing one’s own calling with clarity, capacity, and courage. Petra has long been drawn to the transformative power of small groups in inviting people to become what they are most meant to be and loves to utilize the group experience to spark curiosity, to invite authenticity, and kindle desires that lead to a more resilient hope.

Petra also offers 1:1 or group coaching and care to those who have completed the Allender Center’s training programs and are ready to start leading story groups in their own communities.