Photo by  Laura Merricks.

Karen Wright Marsh, Executive Director

Karen holds degrees in Philosophy and Linguistics from Wheaton College and the University of Virginia. She has directed Theological Horizons since its founding in 1991. Karen lives at the Bonhoeffer House in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Charles Marsh, and their three children, Henry, Will and Nan. Email Karen.

Photo by  Laura Merricks.

ChristEN Borgman Yates, Associate Director

Christy returns “home” to Charlottesville with her husband and four children, completing a journey begun when she graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999. Christy has lived from Washington, DC to inner city Boston to Vancouver. She’s studied theology, mentored college students, and developed a community arts initiative. Christy is also an artist: Her husband Chris is a writer and professor of philosophy and aesthetics. Email Christy.


Mark Byrd | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Frank Cox | Charlottesville, Virginia

Laura Draper | Atlanta, Georgia

Kate Harris | Falls Church, Virginia

Taylor Harris | Charlottesville, Virginia

Betsy Hutson | Washington, DC

Anthony Lazaro | Charlottesville, Virginia

Georganne Long | Richmond, Virginia

Steve Long | Richmond, Virginia

Charles Marsh | Charlottesville, Virginia

Leslie Merrick | Dallas, Texas

Nancy Scoper | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Steve Scoper | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Maria Tassopoulos | Atlanta, Georgia

Bobby Woodard | Virginia Beach, Virginia


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Beth wright | manager of ministry operations

Beth majored in Political Science at Southern Illinois University and worked in two capitol cities: Springfield, Illinois and Washington, DC. She met her husband, Kevin, in a church choir and together they raised two boys in northern Virginia. Not quite empty nesters, Beth and Kevin moved to Charlottesville in 2015  - and are still singing in a church choir!  In addition to music, Beth’s interests include reading, travel and hiking. Between her professional work in politics and development plus her volunteer opportunities, Beth has met many interesting people and has enjoyed many varied experiences.  She looks forward to continuing to doing both in her new role as the Manager of Ministry Operations.


Maddie sugg, UVA '20| Development intern

Maddie is a 3rd year undergraduate studying Government & Religious Studies from Chantilly, VA. She enjoys exploring Charlottesville, being outside with friends, and crunchy ice from Chick Fil A. She got connected with Theological Horizons by wandering into Vintage for free food but kept coming back for thoughtful discussions, openness to questions, and Ginger the dog.


ELLIE GALE, UVA '20 | vintage INTERN

Ellie hopes to graduate in 2020 with a double major in Global Sustainability and Religious Studies with a concentration in Christianity and a minor in Urban & Environmental Planning, and then do the 10 month Master's program in Commerce. She wants to someday have a business helping people live more sustainably, and possibly intertwine this with missions. She grew up on a horse farm in a small county on the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia. She enjoys hooping - an exercise involving dancing and a hula hoop, mermaiding - swimming with a mermaid shaped diving fin - and artsy activities such as making the jewelry she is wearing in this photo!



Neely is a 3rd year student from Florida studying Political & Social Thought as well as Computer Science, and she will be the new Marketing and Social Media intern! She hails from a big family so loves having lots of people around at all times. If you need her you can either find her in Alderman (gov docs to be specific), lounging on the Lawn or her cozy apartment. If she meets you just once be prepared to have her say hi to you every time she passes you on Grounds. She also thinks it's important that people know her favorite movie is the Sound of Music. 


Caroline broom, UVA '20 | vintage INTERN

Caroline is from Chesapeake, Virginia and grew up coming to Charlottesville to pick apples and always dreamed of going to school at UVA. She is majoring in Politics but hopes to combine her love of children and passion for education to do nonprofit work once she graduates. Growing up by the beach, she has loved living in the mountains for college and enjoys taking in their natural beauty on hikes. She loves watching movies, eating avocado toast, and making people laugh.  A close friend of hers recommended she check out Vintage when she got to school and the first time she went she met one of her very best friends! 

Charles Marsh, Founding Director

Charles is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and directs the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia. His books include The Beloved Community;The Last Days and God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights. Charles’s most recent book, Strange Glory, is a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer published by Knopf.

Saranell Hartman, Assistant Director Emeritus

From 2010 to 2014, Saranell was a guiding pastoral presence at Theological Horizons. Saranell graduated from Wheaton College and Fuller Seminary. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister who, along with her husband, Tim Hartman, started and co-pastored a new faith community in Baltimore before moving to Charlottesville in 2009. Saranell has three children, Simeon, Eliana, and Jeremiah. We bid her a sad but grateful goodbye as she and her family move to Decatur, Georgia.