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

Betsy Hutson | Washington, DC

Anthony Lazaro | Charlottesville, Virginia

Charles Marsh | Charlottesville, Virginia

Leslie Merrick | Dallas, Texas

Molly McFarland | Dallas, Texas

Nancy Scoper | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Steve Scoper | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Maria Tassopoulos | Atlanta, Georgia


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Garrett Losty, UC Boulder school of business '17 | Operations Intern

Garrett comes to us as a 2017/18 Trinity Presbyterian Marketplace Fellow in pursuit of vocational experience, theological and discipleship training. A native to Virginia, Garrett is returning from a 4 year adventure out in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. As a recent college graduate, Garrett is excited to be in Charlottesville for the first time this year, despite previously living in Williamsburg, VA for 15 years. He is a big believer of exploring, connecting with people, talking sports of any kind and not judging people for their handwriting that hasn't changed since 3rd grade. He is thrilled to be a part of Theological Horizons, and to learn from his wonderful mentors within the organization. 



Summer Allen dreams of a world where she can spend her days obsessing over ancient literature and eating bagels. As a 2nd year classics major living in close proximity to Bodo’s, she is proof that some dreams do come true. You can find her running, baking, or counting down the days to the next Vintage lunch. 



Joanie is a 4th year undergraduate studying in the Political and Social Thought program. Though she calls Maine home, she has been lucky to spend the past few summers in the Ossippee Mountains of New Hampshire, and most recently, on the island of Martha's Vineyard. She loves spending time with small children and dogs and is happy to say that there are many of both here in Charlottesville. Recently, she learned how to knit and is happy to show anyone and everyone her latest (and only) creation. 

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Megan is a 4th year undergraduate student studying English and Religious Studies. Megan is from Richmond, Virginia, and loves people, all things planet earth, wandering around bookstores, and persuading her friends into spontaneous adventures. She first got involved with Theological Horizons for the free food every Friday, but stuck around because of the rich theology, generous mentors, and unassuming and welcoming atmosphere found at every Theological Horizons event. 

Calling gaskins, UVA '20 | vintage INTERN

Callie is a 2nd year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, hailing from Falls Church, Virginia. She plans to study English and French. Callie first became involved with Theological Horizons by attending Vintage lunches her first year. Her perfect day would involve going on a long walk through the countryside (wearing Chacos), curling up with a good book, and throwing a dinner party (starring brussels   sprouts and kale, of course). 

sarah ruckle, uva '20 | vintage intern

Sarah is a 3rd year undergraduate student majoring in Religious Studies and Youth and Social Innovation. She’s from Bristow, Virginia, but ever since her first semester, she also calls Charlottesville home. Sarah loves watching sunrises and sunsets, hiking, exploring Cville’s many coffee shops, spending time with people, and singing with her a cappella group. She got plugged into Theological Horizons after stumbling into a Vintage lunch and falling in love with the atmosphere and mission of TH. She’s super duper excited to serve behind the scenes this year!!

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 pastorel 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.