Sacred Well Congregation International was founded in 1994 as a Universalist, independent, non-evangelical Wiccan Church, organized for the purpose of conducting and promoting religious study, worship and ordination of clergy in Wicca while also embracing early on other alternative Spiritual Paths. Since then, while retaining our original focus, our membership and services have grown more inclusive to provide open, public venues, fellowship and training for the practice of Natured Centered religions. We promote community benevolence efforts, spiritual counseling, and religious educational programs, and provide extensive spiritual and administrative support to service members, their families and military communities. SWCI now sponsors hospital Chaplains, military Distinctive Religious Groups, and is a recognized Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organization with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc. (BCCI). SWCI provides denominational sponsorship to those groups and faith group leaders whose congregants and officials require it to sponsor their practice. Finally, in conjunction with multiple educational institutions, and as a member of BCCI, SWCI provides an intern program resulting in ordination of professional clergy for a myriad of Nature Centered Spiritualities.
To be a safe, welcoming, inclusive fellowship of Nature Based clergy and practitioners and a forum of higher learning supporting all spiritualists who come seeking.
Sponsor, endorse and provide infrastructure for Nature-Centered military and community groups; provide support, education and assistance to the served community and beyond; provide information and resources for chaplains, military and community leaders and Nature Based practitioners.
Ethics and Equality
Sacred Well Congregation International (SWCI) strives to be as inclusive as possible in our organizational makeup, philosophy and conduct of affairs. SWCI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of congregants in its programs and activities, or in employment and volunteer assignments and application for employment or other positions of membership or leadership. Furthermore, SWCI organizational policy includes prohibitions of harassment of students, members and employees/volunteers, i.e. racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.
Bringing formal and informal models of experiential, academic, and intuitive learning resources to practicing nature-centered spiritual communities.
We understand that that membership is not one-size-fits-all. Choose the level of membership that works best for you.
Helpful research and resources from the Sacred Well Archives
SWC Board of Deacons
Elen síla lumenn’ omentielvo: A star shines on the hour of our meeting
REV. RONALD SCHAEFER
Ron Schaefer (Astralaya) was born in Sinton, Texas. He grew up in Germany and later in all points in Texas, finally landing (until college) in Victoria, Texas. It was there he met…
REV. WILLOW ORINGDERFF
Vice Executive Director
Willow Oringderff was born and raised in a small town in Belgium. In March 2003 Willow signed up for coven training. About a year later she first heard about SWC and she…
REV. DR. DAVID ORINGDERFF, PHD
Dr. Oringderff is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University, and holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University (Maryland) and a Ph.D. in Clinical…
REV. SHANE NELSON
Director of Military Affairs
Shane is a healer, a teacher, a chaplain, and a ritual leader that has been actively walking his path of Nature-Centered Spirituality for over twenty years. His path has led…
REV. DEA MIKEWORTH
Director of IT
Dea is Wife, Mother, Priestess, and Witch. She is also mistress of all things web-related. Dea was born and raised in a small Southeaster Illinois town. In 2000…
REV. RYAN ADAMS
Ryan is a former Chaplain Assistant in the US Army, a Paramedic, and a Coven Leader in the Greencraft Tradition of Wicca. For the last 20 years he has been involved in…
DR. ILLARA SILVERBREEZE, MD
Illara has a Bachelors of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Doctor of Medicine from University of Maryland, and completed her residency in Family…
REV. GENE PRESCOTT
Lia is an artist, a musician, a healer, and an open ear for just about anyone who needs one. She has been studying and practicing her faith for 23 years and is…
REV. RENÉ DELAERE
Sacred Well Congregation is a 501(c)3 organization that provides service, support, and spiritual care, education, and fellowship to serving military personnel, veterans, family members, and civilians alike. We are a non-profit organization. Please consider contributing to our organization.