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IMG_0004Rev. Anna Woofenden is the founding pastor of The Garden Church in San Pedro California. She received her Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion, a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies, and is an ordained minister in the Swedenborgian Church of North America. She has sixteen years of ministry experience both on a denominational and local level prior to following her call to ordained ministry. Anna has a passion for spirituality, justice, beauty, compassion, and community, and is driven by a calling to re-imagine church.


Jana CarterJana Carter is a seminary student at Bethany Theological Seminary. Prior to entering seminary, Jana served as the Director of Search for Common Ground’s USA Racial Healing program. Jana also holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley’s School of Law.”


“I support the Garden Church because I believe that expanding the ways in which we experience church and engage in worship and Christian community together allows for people to experience God in new and powerful ways.”


Rebecca Esterson

Rebecca Esterson is a member of the Cambridge Society of the New Jerusalem and holds the position of Swedenborgian Scholar in Training at the Swedenborgian House of Studies in Berkeley, CA. She is a third year PhD student in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University. Her research interests include the history of biblical interpretation, Christian Hebraism, Jewish-Christian relations and comparative mysticism. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two young sons, and plans a move to Berkeley in the summer of 2015 to join the community of scholars at the Swedenborgian House of Studies. Rebecca is excited to see how the Garden Church might serve the Swedenborgian community, in its various denominational formations, as a model for alternative forms of worship and service.


Katharine CarrKatharine Carr lives in Redondo Beach, Ca with her husband and bunny rabbit, Eleanor and has resided in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles for 27 years. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Soil Science and a minor in Land Rehabilitation. One of the most trans-formative times of her life was the season she spent working for the United States Forest Service in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska as an assistant soil scientist. For the past eight years she has worked for AECOM, an engineering firm in the Environmental Services business line, specifically in environmental investigation and remediation of soil and groundwater.


Nancy H. Richardson

Sailing through life, Nancy combines work and play by bringing ideas and people together at sea and ashore.  Now ‘retired’, she’s still an active volunteer known for networking in the community, building on her experience as a high school teacher, and on the national staff of Girl Scouts of the USA.  Dedicated to ‘mission, inclusion and innovation’, she’s drawn to start-ups like The Garden Church, and calls Wayfarers Chapel her spiritual home. Recognized for connecting ‘youth-of-all-ages’ with educational adventures on tall ships, Nancy says “We can count ships but it’s shipmates that count!”  An Art Education major at Penn State and Stanford, two of Nancy’s typos describe her way of work – ‘coollaboration’ and ‘eduaction’!