Beth Norcross, Founder and Executive Director
Beth Norcross brings her training and experience in both theology and ecology in founding and
leading The Center for Spirituality in Nature. She is most at home, and at peace, in the natural
world, where she loves to share her passion and affection for both the Earth and the Spirit with
others. She regularly speaks, teaches and writes about the importance of immersion in nature as an essential way to encounter the Divine Mystery deeply and intimately, and to foster a healthy relationship with the Earth.
After receiving a B.A. in mathematics and a Master of Forestry from Duke University, Beth spent
the early part of her career working as professional staff for the U.S. Senate National Parks and
Forests Subcommittee. After leaving the Senate, Beth worked as Vice President of Conservation
for American Rivers, then returned to school to study the interface between ecology and
theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. There she completed Master of Theological Studies
and Doctor of Ministry degrees, specializing in eco-spirituality.
Beth is adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where she has
developed and taught courses on eco-spirituality and eco-theology. Along with colleagues
Laurel Kearns and David Rhoads, Beth co-founded the Green Seminary Initiative dedicated to
infusing care for the earth into theological education.
Beth has written articles and developed educational materials on deepening spirituality through nature, most recently a video education series through Wesley Seminary – Nature, Our First Way of Knowing God, due to be released summer 2020. She also wrote popular Christian and inter-spiritual study guides to Ken Burns’ film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea."
A full list of Beth’s publications can be found on our Resources page.