The Integrated Life

Our Story

The Integrated Life began in the Summer of 2011 when three friends gathered to formulate a training workshop to help people discover their identity in Christ and how that could overflow in service congruent to whom God created that person to be. We continue to develop The Integrated Life approach into an online training and software platform as a ministry resource to church leaders who share our desire to help transform lives that worship God in all things, serve others in  love, and authentically sharing our Christ restoring witness to a confused culture.

Meet the Team

Dori Sear – Executive Director and Trainer

Dori’s passion is to see spiritual renewal in local churches. After a 17-year marketing career, and raising her son, God called Dori to full-time church ministry as a spiritual formation director, leadership trainer, and developer of discipleship and assimilation programs. Dori is the author of “All Consuming Fire”, a workbook on spiritual formation. She is a natural organizer and communicator, she keeps everything in order including labelling her laundry bins.

Steve Goodenberger – Development Director

Steve loves seeing people worship God in every part of life. As a classically trained musician and musical arranger, he served as a director of worship, or worship pastor for for nearly 40 years. Steve is an accomplished director of choral groups, orchestras, worship bands. He is famous for his Christmas concerts where you may catch him in a Scottish kilt rather than a long-tailed tuxedo. The Integrated Life was instrumental in renewing his passion for worship that is 24/7 and not just on Sunday mornings. Steve studied at Occidental College for four years and two semesters at North Park Seminary.

Joanna Schoenhals – Chief Editor and Staff Writer

Joanna a natural educator, organizer, and artist. Her experience includes 10+ years as an Administrative Assistant and 20+ years of teaching young children. Between various jobs, she juggled life as a home-maker, battling childhood cancer and food allergies, while trying to keep life as normal as possible for her family. Joanna grew up in Africa as her family were career missionaries, so she brings a valuable and unique perspective to the Integrated Life staff. She loves music, painting, children’s literature, sunshine, puzzles, hosting parties for her girls and their friends. Joanna has a BA in Education with Minors in Fine Arts and Religion, from Calvin College

Steve Tonkin – Writing and Training Director

Steve is a professional trainer, writer, and entrepreneur. He works with businesses to help them discover the authentic identity of each employees so they can contribute more fully to the organization’s success. Steve Leverages 20 years of financial accounting and controller experience with over 30-years of teaching, leading, and facilitating groups to develop training programs based upon each person’s authentic identity. Topics include discovering your authentic identity, identifying one’s intrinsic motivations, improving communication, and effective teamwork. In the first 10-years of his career, he was focused exclusively on vocational ministry, only to have God call him to business as an accountant, even though he didn’t know how to balance his checkbook. Steve received his BA in Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University, his M.Div. from Denver Seminary, and an advanced accounting certificate from the College of DuPage so he could pass the C.P.A. exam.