L to R – Yazzie, Faith, Troy and Priya Bierma
Faith and Troy Bierma joined the Hermitage in the summer of 2022 to assume the role of co-directors. They bring a long history with the Hermitage and spent part of their honeymoon in our Caryll House cabin. They have worked as missionaries in Bangladesh and Nepal. They have been active in the Christian Reformed Church. Troy is a minister in that church and Faith has pursued certification in two long-term passions of hers, spiritual direction and yoga.
The Bierma family joins David, and Naomi Wenger to form the resident community, the prayer community part of the Hermitage vision.
David and Naomi attended Sursum Corda, a spiritual directors’ formation program of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. Naomi received an MAR from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an MATS from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. David is a Licensed Massage Therapist. They have four adult children.
The Wengers came to The Hermitage in 2001 when the founding directors, Gene and Mary Herr, retired.