meet our staff

Beth Norcross, Founding Director

Founding Director Beth Norcross brings her training and experience in both theology and ecology in founding and leading the Center for Spirituality in Nature. An enthusiastic and popular teacher, speaker and preacher, she loves to share her passion and affection for both the earth and the Spirit with others.


Beth is adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where she has developed and teaches courses on eco-spirituality and eco-theology. Beth has spoken to a wide variety of churches and organizations, and has written several articles and developed educational resources for congregations, including a spiritual study guide to Ken Burns’ film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.


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. She also currently serves on the Steering Committee of Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light,  a Washington, D.C.-based group that, as part of the national Regeneration Project, encourages congregations to limit their carbon footprints by reducing energy use.

Contact us to book Beth for a sermon, talk or class.

Sarah Anders, Spiritual Director of Church of the Wild

Sarah holds both M.T.S. and M.Div. degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. Her greatest learning, however, comes from the natural world. Further deepening from the Shalem Institute’sprogram, “Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats,” Cynthia Bourgeault’s “Wisdom School,” and Joanna Macy’s “The Work that Reconnects” have enhanced her spiritual growth and leadership.

She has worked with all ages during her church ministry in Maryland and has especially enjoyed her time with older adults and children. She is on the Board of the Potomac Association of the UCC.

A retreat leader and contemporary theology enthusiast, Sarah’s personal theology is progressive, with strong leanings toward mysticism in world religions. She is passionate about fostering non-dual awareness and exploring ways to connect with the spirit in and around us, free from the dogma and physical setting of today’s churches. She can often be found outdoors.

Abby Grofic, Outreach Manager

Abby is a communications professional with over ten years of experience working in Public Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, including as part of the start-up team for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She holds a BA in Art and Anthropology from Washington College on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. As a mother of two and a life-long nature lover, she is passionate about the outdoors and helping others connect with the earth so that we can all enjoy and preserve our natural resources for generations to come.  

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