Who I Am


Brenda BuckwellLiving Streams Flowing Water is a spiritual formation ministry from the heart of its founder, Brenda Buckwell.

Brenda is a spiritual director, life coach, educator, and author who opens interior space for the power and presence of Christ to shape individual and community life to fullest potential for authentic living.

In addition to her ministries of Living Streams Flowing Water, Brenda is a national retreat leader, co-founder of Hearts on Fire: the National Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors & Retreat Leaders.  She is certified by the International Coach Federation for coaching.

Her book, The Advent of God’s Word, invites readers into a daily retreat experience offering inspiring reflections and creative ways to let God’s word sink deeply into one’s heart and soul.

The Advent of God's Word

As United Methodist ordained elder, Brenda trained as a Spiritual Director and Supervisor of Spiritual Directors at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.  She holds the United Methodist Certification in Spiritual Formation and lives a deep passion for spiritual formation within the church.  Dr. Buckwell is adjunct instructor at Ashland Seminary in the area of spiritual formation and prayer. With special certification for online teaching, she also teaches for General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for the UMC Cyber Campus, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Life Long Learning.

Brenda regularly joins the community in praying the Daily Offices.


UM Endorsement Spiritual Direction and Life Coach | General Board
Transformational Leadership Training | Strategic Business Consulting
Conflict Resolution Training | Capital University Law School
Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Direction Supervision Training | Mercy Center
Coaching Certification | International Coach Federation
Mental Health First Aider | Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board, Franklin County
On-Line Teaching Certification | United Theological Seminary
Doctorate, Leadership and Theology | Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Ordination | United Methodist Church
Master of Divinity | Boston University – School of Theology
Bachelors of Arts | Bowling Green State University