Kayla Allen

Pastor & Spiritual Director

Life is messy.

Love makes life beautiful

I am passionate about creating space for people to experience love, connection, and belonging in God’s presence. Shaped by my own seasons of loneliness, grief and faith deconstruction, I have a heart for walking with people on a journey of healing. As a spiritual director, I am an attentive listener to the story unfolding in your life and am committed to helping you identify where God is working to make His love known.

I have a MA in Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary and am a certified spiritual director. I am an experienced discipleship pastor, having served in the DC Metro area for over 15 years. Now nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Charlottesville, VA, I meet with companions in my home or over video call.

Most of my directees are caregivers, counselors, academics, ministry professionals, recently or in training spiritual directors and range in age from college to mid-50’s. I am open to working with anyone that feels a nudge to connect – and I hope you do reach out.


Storytelling, creativity and fun are at the heart of my practice and home. As a mom of two elementary aged children, I devote my days to seeing beauty in the mess and enjoying the simple routines of outdoor play and after school snacks. On weekends, you can find me facilitating a retreat, officiating a local wedding or hosting a theme party for family and friends. I enjoy birdwatching, floral arranging and hot yoga. I love meeting new people and gathering around the table, usually for tacos.

Schedule time with me

Introductory Phone Call

A complementary, 30-minute initial phone call to see what brings you to spiritual direction, answer any questions you may have, and hear a bit of your story.

Spiritual Direction Session

A 50-minute session, video or in person, to pay attention and respond to the movement of God in your life.

Create space to hear God