Robyn Whitaker

Training & Pastoral Care Team

Robyn has always been curious about the stories people live. This led her to study psychology at Southeast Missouri State University after high school. Decades later, after raising three daughters with her husband, she received a BA in General Studies with an emphasis in Psychology. She loves hearing, telling, and writing a good story. As she began the process of engaging her own story of harm, Robyn felt called to listen to the stories of others and reframe them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She served as the Director of a crisis pregnancy center for six years and was the Ministry Leader of the Small Group Abuse Recovery ministry for over 11 years at her local church. Over the years, Robyn received training through Open Hearts Ministry’s Journey Group Leadership Training where she led groups with the ministry and at home. After completing the Training Certificate, Externship Programs, and apprenticing at The Allender Center, Robyn became an Allender Fellow and is grateful to be a part of this community and sacred work as she facilitates groups for the Training Certificate Level I and the Story Workshop. She is pursuing an MA in Clinical Mental Health back in her hometown in Texas. She has been a contributor to the online magazines of Momology and Red Tent Living and The Allender Center blog.

Robyn believes that transformation requires walking into the shadows of the wounded heart. It is in this sacred space that we have a chance to find our true selves. It is her privilege to journey with people taking the risk to explore their stories of shame and harm in order to find the hope of Jesus Christ and the goodness of their new name. Robyn is grateful that God is still writing her story and the story of others.