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.

The Rev. Tricia de Beer, M.Div., D.Min. is an Episcopal priest of 28 years who has served in congregations small and large, rural, suburban, and urban. She has been an educational consultant and trainer with Education for Ministry for 35 years. Her joy is working with people seeking the transformation the gospel promises.  She is a Shalem-trained spiritual director and is one of a worldwide network of coaches certified to assist individuals and organizations make the crucial changes they desire using Immunity to Change.

Linda Beatrice Brown is the author of three novels and numerous poems, plays, short stories and essays. Her latest novel, Black Angels, a novel for young people, is set in the Civil War.  A retired professor of African American Literature, Linda graduated from Bennett College in 1961 where she took part in the sit-ins. She has written for such publications as The Black Scholar, and Religion and Intellectual Life. Her book, Belles Of Liberty, published in 2013 grew out of her life long decision to speak out for justice and equality. Linda’s latest book is a collection of poems, entitled, A Mother Knows Her Child, focused on Mary the Mother of Jesus. The book was also published as a CD in 2015. A second collection, focused on Mother Mary, Something of His Mother to Remember, was published in 2016. Linda has led numerous workshops and classes, with a spiritual focus in various locations including at the Healing Ground in Summerfield, NC. and St. Francis Prayer Center in Stoneville. NC. She has been a member of Holy Trinity episcopal Church for over twenty years.

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.

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

Mike Morrell is the co-author of The Divine Dance with Richard Rohr, OFM. He is the Communications Director for Presence International, co-founder of The Buzz Seminar, and was a founding organizer of the Wild Goose Festival. Mike curates and facilitates contemplative and community experiences via Relational Yoga, The ManKind Projectand Authentic North CarolinaHe takes joy in holding space for the kind of extraordinary transformation that can take place at the intersection of anticipation, imagination, and radical acceptance. Find out more about Mike's work at mikemorrell.org.

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.

The Rev. Susan Sherard grew up in Mississippi, made her way to Illinois for undergraduate and graduate school, and landed in her late 20’s in the mountains of North Carolina.   While commuting to Asheville to the nearest Episcopal Church, she was visited by the idea of creating a congregation right in Madison County.  After attending General Seminary and being ordained in 1985, she and others who shared that vision developed the Church of the Holy Spirit, a progressive parish with a reputation for compassion for its neighbor.  When she married Tom Panek in 2000, Susan moved to Southern Pines, where she served as director of an adult literacy non-profit, while also supplying, guest preaching, consulting and leading retreats in congregations and dioceses throughout the country.  Her long-time involvement in the Institute for Servant Leadership made her a good match for the School for Servant Leadership, where she was on staff from 2013-2016, while also functioning as parish priest at Holy Trinity.  Recently retired from parish ministry, Susan is back in the mountains, scanning the horizon for what waits to greet her from the future.

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.

Dr. Benjamin Wall is Assistant Professor of Religion & Ethics at Greensboro College. In 2016 Dr. Wall moved to Greensboro with his wife, Leah Elizabeth, and their three children (Elisha Quinn, Genevieve Elise, and Cassian Alan). Prior to his position at Greensboro College Dr. Wall was Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the Houston Graduate School of Theology, was a resident scholar at St. John’s University in Minnesota, a co-lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Wall has engaged in education and ministry in several churches and also has worked as a mental-health community support professional. His first book, “Welcome as a Way of Life: A Practical Theology of Jean Vanier,” was published in July 2016 with Cascade Books. He also has published book reviews and other commentary. Dr. Wall holds a M.A. in Christian Ethics, Th.M. in Theology, and Ph.D. in Practical Theology (University of Aberdeen).   

Marilyn Wolf, M.Ed. is a teacher and retreat leader in Greensboro. A retired psychotherapist, Marilyn now provides guidance to others through her current practice, Space for Conscious Living. She offers classes, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics including the Enneagram. She also works with individuals seeking personal and spiritual transformation. Having trained in the fields of addiction and somatic experiencing, she incorporates recovery principles and body awareness in her sessions with her clients. She likes to say that her work is where mind, body and spirit intersect, a place where we find our deepest connection to self, others and the Divine. You can learn more about Marilyn at www.spaceforconsciousliving.com.