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The Church

Rev. Francis Kinyua is founding Pastor of The Church at Spring Forest. Pastor Francis has served as a Superintendent Minister in the Methodist Church of Kenya and as a United Methodist pastor in Kansas. He is also a veteran organic farmer. Pastor Francis is married to Agnes Kirimi, an agricultural biologist. They are the parents of three beautiful children.

Contact Pastor Francis at francis.kinyua@nccumc.org 

Rev. Dr. Elaine A. Heath is Abbess and co-founder of the Community at Spring Forest. You can find out more about her at: www.elaineaheath.org.

Contact Elaine at office@springforest.org

Our ministries include: 

The Garden at Spring Forest: A regenerative farm that provides thousands of pounds of food each year for area food banks, and generates financial support for the ministries of the community through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We have a robust team of volunteers who help with planting, tending, harvesting, and distributing our wholesome, natural produce. 

Contact: Heather Kouros, volunteer coordinator tour scheduler at heather@springforest.org

Forest Feast: A potluck dinner around the campfire (or indoors during inclement weather), followed by a simple worship experience led by different members of the community. Forest Feast meets on the third Saturday each month, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, on the farm at 1907 New Sharon Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Contact: office@springforest.org

Campfire: A monthly social gathering with a pot luck cookout around the campfire, conversation, and fun. Campfires are held the first Saturday of each month, 6-8 PM, on the farm at 1907 New Sharon Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. 

Contact: office@springforest.org

BreatheA monthly gathering to foster contemplative spirituality. Our group meets via Zoom on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. (If you would like to eat together via Zoom join us at 6 PM with your dinner.) To find out more about this group or to access the Zoom link:

Contact office@springforest.org 

Hope 4 Humanity: An educational ministry that through webinars, immersion experiences, and reading groups guides participants into deeper awareness of justice issues and advocacy for people who suffer from forced migration, and for indigenous people.

Contact: Lisa Bachman, h4h@ .org

Grow It: A nutrition and wellness program for young families, Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Parents and preschoolers come to the farm for a multicultural experience of forest walks, learning about farm life, kiddie yoga, and a nutrition class and snack prepared by professional chefs with produce grown on the farm. Grow It is held on the farm at 1907 New Sharon Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Contact: office@springforest.org

Global Friends: Welcoming and companioning refugees in their resettlement, is a central ministry of The Church at Spring Forest. In addition to sponsoring families through World Relief and Church World Service, we offer a robust ESL program in collaboration with several other area churches. We also host hospitality events at the farm to welcome refugee families and for social gatherings. Our Friendship Gardens are under development, and provide spaces on the farm for refugee families to grow their own, familiar veggies from their homeland. 

Contact: office@springforest.org

Spiritual Formation: Spring Forest offers a range of retreat options for individuals and small groups, and curated small groups for spiritual formation.

Contact: office@springforest.org

Morning and Evening Prayer: Morning and evening prayer are held M-F, 8 am and 8 pm, via Zoom. For more information or to request the link for prayer:

Contact: office@springforest.org