Our Faculty


Our Faculty

Ruth Anderson

Ruth D. Anderson, Ph.D. received her M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Communication. Ruth, a professor at North Carolina State University for 15 years and then vice-president of Kindermusik International for eight years, brings both theory and practice to servant leadership. Currently, Ruth is director of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro, where she teaches and learns in Servant Leadership 1, Centering Prayer, Compassion Circles, Enneagram and through other servant leadership experiences. Ruth is an author, consultant, and speaker who has written two books: Hairpin Turn: Trusting Your Heart’s Direction in Leadership and Life and Ruthie Stories: Recapturing the Girl Left Behind.

Steve Cushman earned an MFA from UNC-Greensboro and has published six books, most recently the novel Hopscotch. He has taught writing workshops at UNC-G, GTCC, Guilford College, and The Creative Center. More information on Steve and his writing can be found at www.stevecushman.net

Summer Estes received her MA from Denver Seminary in an integrative program in theology and community counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and keeps a part-time private practice. When she is not actively keeping up with her three young children and hubby she finds herself engaged in connecting with others and learning modalities and practices that help her “come home” and inhabit her heart. She loves fostering an environment for others to do the same.

The Rev. Gregory Farrand spent the majority of his childhood in Japan and Taiwan, returning to the States as a teenager to attend an Episcopal prep school in Bethesda, MD.  His parents, dyed-in-the-wool Episcopalians, raised him in their tradition, but in an act of teenage rebellion, Greg became a Presbyterian.  He moved to NC to attend UNC-Greensboro, where he married his wife, Beth, and in 1994 they moved to Uganda, East Africa to serve for a number of years as missionaries. Greg returned to NC to attend Reformed Theological Seminary, during which time he served as Director of College Ministries for Redeemer Presbyterian Church.  After his ordination in the Presbyterian Church in 2002, Greg planted a church in downtown Greensboro, where he served as senior pastor for almost nine years.  Greg and Beth also served as founders and Co-Executive Directors of Selah Spiritual Formation, a non-profit focused on spiritual direction and retreat leadership.  In 2011, Greg was invited to join the staff at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. He subsequently completed his Anglican studies at Sewanee, thus returning to the Episcopal fold of his youth, to his parent’s great delight. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in June of 2016. He and his amazing wife have three teenage sons that keep him young.

Randall Hayes, “your friendly neighborhood neuroscientist,” has degrees from the University of Kentucky (BS) and the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine & Dentistry (PhD). He started meditating at the Rochester Zen Center in the mid-1990s and sits with a couple of different groups around town. He also spends a lot of time doing science outreach with various groups, including the Greensboro Science Café and Greensboro March for Science, and writes a science column for our local science fiction magazine, www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com.

Linda Hiatt has been a yoga student for six years and is currently completing her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at the Triad Yoga Institute. In addition, Linda is a certified catechist in all three levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a religious formation experience for three- to 12-year-olds. Linda believes her dharma (life’s purpose) is to share the gifts both these practices bring to the soul’s journey.

Carol Lucas, MPH, BSN is a certified Health & Wellness coach and an active member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Her passion is to help individuals achieve the life they have always desired. She began her career as a nurse, specializing in spinal cord rehabilitation, and has worked in employee health and wellness, and most recently served as the first director of Health Coaching Programs at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has been facilitating trainings in wellness coaching and motivational interviewing since 2013. Visit her website at balanceandthrive.com or email her at

The Rev. Timothy Patterson is one of the founders of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro. A graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School, Tim’s experience includes six years’ work as a counselor on an in-patient psychiatric unit, two years of Clinical Pastoral Education at Duke Medical Center, and completion of the certificate program in Spiritual Direction at General Theological Seminary in New York. Since arriving in Greensboro in 1989, Tim has served at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where he became Rector in 1995. He was awarded the 2001 Leadership Medal by Leadership Greensboro for his work in community outreach and establishing The Servant Leadership School.

Kristen Leigh Southworth, M.Div. is a professional singer/songwriter and recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University in New York City, where she studied music, art, theology, and ecumenical worship. She has published papers on music in the early church, artistic vocation, and the theological significance of secular art and music. Kristen has independently recorded and produced three albums, and has the performed for over a decade in venues across the U.S. as well as Indonesia and the U.K. Kristen also composes chant settings and has led traditional worship music and paperless chant singing in diverse congregations around the country, with training from Ysaye Barnwell, the Taize community, John Bell, and Music that Makes Community in NYC. She loves to invite those who feel timid about singing and music into the joy of collective creativity, improvisation, participation, and musical collaboration. You can hear Kristen's original music at www.kristenleighmusic.com.