Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Ed Collins, Board Chair
  • Former Vice President of Medical Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Resident of Cedar Grove, Member of Cedar Grove UMC
Geof Gledhill, Financial Secretary
  • Owner-Operator, with his wife Jane, of Cedar Grove Windy Hill Farm raising fruit and grass-fed beef 
  • Mostly-retired lawyer with Coleman, Gledhill, Hargrave & Merit, Hillsborough, NC
  • Resident of Cedar Grove, Member of Cedar Grove UMC
Kim Gotwals, Fundraising Chair

Chris Burtner
  • Former Farm Manager and current Equestrian Programs Director at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center
  • Co-founder of Covenant Community Garden in Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Resident of Hillsborough, NC and member of Hillsborough United Methodist Church
Tony Hackney

Rev. Megan Pardue
  • Pastor of Refuge Home Church in Durham
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School
  • Resident of Durham, NC
Ann Talton-Lee
  • Former Director of Medical Services and North American Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Resident of Cedar Grove, Member of Blacknall Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC

Rev. Karl Grant

  • Pastor, Cedar Grove United Methodist Church

Advisory Council

Fred Bahnson
  • Co-Founder Anathoth Community Garden and 2009-10 IATP Food & Community Fellow
  • 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”
Grace Hackney

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 Community Garden & Farm


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


Julia has volunteered at Anathoth since 2008, and has felt drawn not only to the garden’s beauty and bounty, but also to watching how good work, good food, and a cared-for place bring together so many people.  After working as a community organizer and journalist in West Virginia, she returned to North Carolina to solidify her skills growing food sustainably.  She apprenticed at A Way of Life Farm in Rutherford County, NC, and managed the CSA program at Woodcrest Farm here in Orange County — her home county.  She continues to write, as a freelancer for the Charlotte Observer and Chapel Hill News.  She is grateful to Anathoth for helping inspire her commitment to sustainable agriculture. She is equally grateful for the chance to grow food with and for many wonderful people.  

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.