Bill Haley | Executive Director
The Rev. Bill Haley is Executive Director of Coracle and the Associate Rector at The Falls Church Anglican. A graduate of Bethel College (1991) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (magna cum laude, 1994), he is an Anglican priest and spiritual director, having completed his training with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (2007). His life has been profoundly shaped by many international experiences, particularly in places of deep brokenness in the world, and he has devoted many years to ministering in urban contexts, especially in inner-city Washington DC. With his wife Tara and four kids, Bill lives at Corhaven in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
Since 1996 he has ministered with The Falls Church in a number of different capacities. Bill was the founding Rector of St. Brendan’s in the City in Washington DC. He recently served as the Director of Formation for The Washington Institute and previously served as president of The Regeneration Forum and publisher of re:generation quarterly, a magazine devoted to “community transforming culture”. He has also served on staff at the Servant Leadership School of Church of the Savior, was a founding board member and then President of the Southeast DC Partners, and is currently a US Trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund and on the Advisory Council for The Telos Group. Because of such diverse experiences in life and around the world, and so many questions to ask, and so many things that matter, Bill’s life has been fired by the phrase “in Christ all things hold together.” He wants to be able to live and say with the same passion of St. Paul, “It is no longer I who live, it is Christ who lives in me.”
Bill publications include articles in The Washington Post, re:generation quarterly, Prism and Sojourners magazines, Inward/Outward of The Servant Leadership School, The Cry of Word Made Flesh, and with The Washington Institute. He has compiled several original editions of poetry and prayers. His interests include outdoor sports, especially fly-fishing, the visual arts and music, reading, writing, and long conversations over a good cup of coffee (or wine).
Erin Clifford | Senior Minister
Originally from Washington, DC, the Reverend Erin Clifford lived in London for 7 years, where she served as an Anglican priest at Holy Trinity Brompton and St. Michael’s Chester Square. From her early years growing up in East Africa, Erin developed a passion to see humanity flourishing in other cultures, including the poorest of the poor. After receiving her Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Erin was granted the Parish Pulpit Fellowship award and with it attended London School of Theology. Her topic of research was “Who are the poor in the Bible and how do we preach about that today?” Erin’s passion for expository preaching and her understanding of God’s heart for the poor and marginalized has led her to preach all over the world. As a continuation of the belief in the role of the local church as a vehicle of God’s trans-formative hope for the world, Erin is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Missiology through Fuller Theological Seminary. Erin can often be found eating cheddar cheese, drinking coffee, sitting in the sun, talking about Jesus or laughing loudly in or around Washington, DC where she currently resides.
Tara Haley | Director of Creative Care
Tara Scherer Haley lives with her husband, Bill and their four children at Corhaven in The Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. She serves Coracle as the Director of Creative Care, offering hospitality, creation care, and combining the two, and tending the large organic garden and livestock at Corhaven. Tara has a BA in Biblical Literature from Taylor University in Indiana and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt in Nashville. When she is not at home growing and cultivating children, animals and food, she works part time as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Tara’s background is diverse, but with a common thread: offering excellent and compassionate medical care for the the most vulnerable poor and homeless. She’s done this, all over the world, inspired by her time with Mother Teresa, to be the presence of Jesus while touching the body of Jesus. She’s a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harrisonburg.
Sarah Kohrs | Director of the Corhaven Graveyard (website)
Sarah Kohrs is a homeschooling mother of three sons, artist, writer, and philanthropist. She creates written and visual art that seeks a unique perspective on how surroundings kindle hope in even a disparaged heart. Sarah has poetry published in Crosswinds Poetry Journal, From the Depths, and Poetry from the Valley of Virginia; photography in Blueline Literary Magazine and Virginia Literary Journal; and creates pottery for commission and local farmer’s markets. Altruistic endeavors that encourage her creative side include: making pottery for local Empty Bowl soup suppers in Woodstock and Harrisonburg; managing The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, a non-profit poetry and fine art journal based in Winchester; serving on the board of Nasaruni Academy, a primary school for Maasai girls in Narok, Kenya; volunteering with Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association; and finding other ways to support artistic, educational, and social justice outreach opportunities in The Shenandoah Valley. She discovered Corhaven Graveyard through the Coracle-led workshop “Honoring the Forgotten” in January 2015 and felt the heart’s pull to contribute to breaking the silence that has surrounded historical and modern slavery. Sarah received a BA, with majors in Archaeology and Classical Languages, from The College of Wooster and holds a VA state teaching license, endorsed in Latin and Visual Arts. During an undergraduate study abroad program in Greece and Turkey, she met her husband, Russell, on the volcanic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. She lives in The Shenandoah Valley, whose Appalachian beauty inspires each day. Sarah attends The Church of the Incarnation in Harrisonburg, VA.
Wade Ballou | Community Minister for Northern Virginia
Wade Ballou is Coracle’s Community Minister for Northern Virginia and offers spiritual direction through Coracle. Wade is passionate about helping others in their journey with Jesus Christ. He is a member at The Falls Church Anglican where he is active in the prayer and healing ministry and, with his wife Teri, in the pre-marriage mentoring program. He earned his Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction Studies from Washington Theological Union. Wade continues to participate with fellow alumni of Washington Theological Union, meeting regularly with a group of spiritual directors for fellowship and continuing education. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International, and he meets regularly with his spiritual director.
Wade grew up in Roanoke, Virginia where he was active in the church of his youth, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal, then moved to Northern Virginia after law school. He served in several capacities at Christ Church of Arlington, PCA, including as Clerk of Session. At The Falls Church Anglican, he has taught Sunday School and the communion preparation class for many years, served on the Day School Board (including as Chair), and has served as a lay eucharistic minister and liturgical coordinator.
Wade is a Scout leader and Eagle Scout. He served the Falls Church community as Cubmaster and Den Leader in Pack 657 and as Scoutmaster for Troop 895. He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster and merit badge counselor with the troop. He enjoys the outdoors and introducing others to the beauty and wonder in the natural world. By day, Wade is an attorney in the Office of the Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives. He has a law degree from the University of Virginia, and Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Virginia Tech. Wade lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife Teri. They have two adult sons.
Scott Buresh | Community Minister for Baltimore
Scott’s journey with spiritual direction began with the discovery of the deep impact C.S. Lewis’s relationship with his spiritual director had on his formation. After a number of years benefitting deeply from spiritual direction he was delightfully surprised to sense the invitation to pursue training in direction with Sustainable Faith and Kavanna House in York, PA. Scott delights in walking with men and women as they create space to recognize the loving presence of God in their lives.
Scott has long had a passion for the wedding of social justice and mission across the globe. These interlocking passions led to degrees in Asian Studies and Missions, a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia, the founding of Cambridge School which partners with Cuirim House in Mexico to connect students from Baltimore with families on the border, field work among rural communities in Indonesia, and over twenty years of walking with students at Towson University as they discover their God-given destinies in the world.
Scott is the proud father of three adult daughters and a member of the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in Baltimore. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Susan Den Herder | Business Developer
Susan Den Herder is a wife, mother and designer who was born and raised in the Garden State and is a graduate of Wake Forest University. She came to the Washington, DC area through the Falls Church Fellows program in 2002 and met her husband, Nate, soon after. They now reside with their four children in Falls Church, Virginia. In 2008, at home with the first of those children, Susan started her own line of letterpress stationery and in doing so, discovered her passion for the intersection of art & business. In addition to time with family and good friends, Susan enjoys food & drinks, repeated attempts at a backyard garden, playing tennis, exploring beautiful stores and restaurants, and wide open spaces. She is grateful for the spiritual direction offered through Coracle and hopes to continue living faithfully into her life and responsibilities.
Jennifer Custer | Financial and Administration Manager
Jennifer Custer is Coracle’s Financial Manager. She lives in Mt. Jackson, Virginia, with her husband, Buck, and two sons, Wade and Garrett. They have a farm and raise beef cattle and chickens for Pilgrim’s Pride. Jennifer graduated Lord Fairfax Community College in 1989 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Office Systems Technology and a specialization in Executive Secretary. She worked in a real estate law office upon graduation until after Wade was born. She spent time at home with Wade and Garrett for a couple of years and went back to work doing bookkeeping part time. This has gradually become full time working not only with Coracle, but with other organizations as well as continuing to do the farm’s bookkeeping. She and her family attends a church in Mt. Jackson.
Karla Petty | Communications Manager
Karla was born in Ohio but claims Northern Virginia as her native land. Coming from a military family, she moved every 2-3 years until her father retired and she got to go to the same high school for all four years! After her undergraduate studies, she spent two years living in France and then in Martinique, returning later to Northern Virginia to complete her graduate studies in International Education. She first encountered Coracle by taking a personal retreat at Corhaven in 2012 and has been coming back ever since. She shares her time outside of Coracle communications as an academic advisor for international students in Washington, D.C., consuming as much music as possible, preferably live, participating in book discussions, and riding her motorcycle. She loves to meet with God in His Creation, and seeking ways to be more fully formed as a bearer of His Image.
Kathryn McIvor | Corhaven Summer Intern
Kathryn McIvor was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and loves exploring the world around her, preferably through local coffee experiences and/or scenic viewpoints. She grew up in the Portland area, and studied music at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. For the past four years, she served as the Director of Worship at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, WA, and is coming to intern this summer at Coracle as part of a season of intentional listening for God’s invitation. She wrestles with her identity as a daughter of a mother with dementia, loves being big sister to a brother who seems to always live near a beautiful California beach, and cherishes her relationship with a dad who unconditionally supports her, even if he doesn’t understand her desire to travel the world. She stands on the shoulders of so many faithful followers of Jesus who have encouraged her, asked her hard questions, and offered her their homes and their lives in pursuit of the already-not yet Kingdom, and is looking forward to her time with the Coracle community this summer.