Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Catherine Lee, Board Chair

Chip Millard, Financial Secretary

Kim Gotwals, Fundraising Chair

John Beck

Maricarmen Gonzalez 

Tony Hackney

Andy Scott

Ann Talton-Lee

Rachel Taylor 

Advisory Council

Fred Bahnson
  • Co-Founder of Anathoth
  • Co-Author, “Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation” and “Soil and Sacrament: Four Season Among the Keepers of the Earth”
Rev. Grace Hackney
  • Co-Founder of Anathoth
  • Founder and director of Life Around The Table 
Dr. Norman Wirzba
  • Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life, Duke University Divinity School
  • Author, “Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating” and “The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age”
Scenobia Taylor
  • Visionary and long-time community leader
  • Land donor to Anathoth


Julia Sendor, HarvestShare CSA Coordinator/ Open Hands Teen Internship Coordinator/ Co-Production Manager


Julia grew up here in Orange County, NC. She returned home to put into practice farming and community-building skills developed in West Virginia, Nicaragua, western NC, and Massachusetts. Before working at Anathoth, Julia managed the CSA program at Woodcrest Farm in Hillsborough. Julia brings to Anathoth a passion for community organizing and sharing stories, and fluency in Spanish, after working as a community organizer and journalist in West Virginia, and with a women’s weaving association in rural Nicaragua. Julia received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Williams College, in Massachusetts. By experiencing Anathoth first as a volunteer in 2008, Julia was inspired by how good work, good food, and a cared-for place can bring together so many people. She is grateful for the chance “circle back” — to draw on her farming and community-organizing experience to continue nurturing a place where people and crops can flourish, together.  She also continues to write, as a correspondent for the News & Observer’s Chapel Hill and Durham News. Julia lives in Hillsborough, with her partner Andrew.

Chas Edens
, Executive Director/ Adult Internship Coordinator/ Co-Production Manager

me, heidi, daisy

Chas is originally from North Carolina and a graduate of NC State University where he received a BS in Horticulture. Before coming to Anathoth, Chas was the Co-Farm Manager of Peacehaven Community Farm, a sustainable farm in the Piedmont Triad connecting people with disabilities to their community. Chas received an MA in Christian Studies at Duke Divinity School where his research-focus centered on themes related to Christian Education and Agrarian Studies. Chas coordinates Anathoth’s adult internship programs where he is particularly passionate about facilitating opportunities for interns to connect their life of faith with the health of the land and community. Chas lives with his wife, Hannah, daughter, Heidi, and mother-in-law, Bebee, on “the farm”. 

Our Mission

Cultivating peace by using good food and sustainable agriculture to connect people with their neighbors, the land, and God.