Who Are We?

The Henri Nouwen Society is a not-for-profit organization.

Established in 1998 in the USA and in 2002 in Canada, the Henri Nouwen Society maintains offices in Toronto, Canada and St. Louis, Missouri. The Society works in partnership with the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust, which holds the copyright to all Nouwen works. 

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Our Purpose

We share Henri Nouwen's spiritual vision so that people can be transformed through experiencing themselves as God's Beloved.

The Henri Nouwen Society is committed to introducing Henri Nouwen to a new generation of spiritually hungry readers and seekers through creative programs, partnerships and initiatives.

Our Core Values

Love, Spirituality, Creativity, Community, Stewardship & Integrity


We believe that all people are deeply loved by God and reflect this truth in our interactions. We treat others with compassion and kindness, respecting and valuing each one.


Our spirituality is both rooted in Christ and open to all people, recognizing that spirituality can be authentically lived in diverse ways.


We embrace beauty, imagination, and inspiration in all we do, valuing them as creative expressions of faith.


We bring people together in fellowship, inclusion, and acceptance. We work in a spirit of hospitality and partnership with other individuals and organizations to achieve our goals and create the greatest possible impact.


As stewards of Henri Nouwen’s priceless legacy, we are grateful for everything we receive and carefully manage the resources entrusted to us. We are mindful of our role in caring for the resources of our community and the earth.


Striving for excellence, we are committed to working in an honest, ethical, and fair manner. We speak up, listen, and keep our word.

Our Team

Bruce G. Adema
Executive Director

Wendy VanderWal Martin
Director of Development

Tammy Friesen
Communications & Administration Coordinator

Stephen Lazarus
Literary Manager

Hugo Herfst
Latin America Coordinator

Our Board

Rev. Daniel Cho Chair
Minister, Rosedale Presbyterian Church
Toronto, ON

Sharon Y. Ramsay Member
Registered Psychotherapist / Marriage & Family Therapist
Toronto, ON

Fr. Ron Rolheiser Member
Author & Professor of Theology, Oblate School of Theology
San Antonio, TX

Resa Quinn Pearson Member
CEO, Pearson & Co., B2B Sales Strategy Consultancy
Naples, FL

Dr. John Vissers Member
Author & Professor of Theology at Knox College,
University of Toronto
King City, ON

Alec Gewirtz Member
Chief Product Officer, The Nearness
New York, NY

Debbie Deacon Member
Retired – Communication Specialist, CMHA
Thornhill, ON

Raymond Glennon Treasurer
Business Consultant / Secular Franciscan,
Columbia, MD

Expanding Our Impact

With support from generous donors in 2021, the Henri Nouwen Society expanded its work of sharing and nurturing Henri’s spiritual legacy and vision. Download the latest Annual Report to see the highlights.

Help share Nouwen’s spiritual vision

When you give to the Henri Nouwen Society, you join us in offering inspiration, comfort, and hope to people around the world. Thank you for your generosity and partnership!

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