Rev. 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.
Recently Anna has joined a prestigious group of entrepreneurial faith leaders as a Beatitudes Fellow and locally has been awarded the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Women’s History Month Award, the Immaculate Heart Mary Award and Senator Isadore Hall’s Extraordinary Citizens Award for the transformative effect the Garden Church has had on the community in one short year. The Garden Church has been featured in Christian Century Magazine, Diana Butler Bass’ newest book “Grounded,” “Do Something Else” by Nate Phillips and multiple local news agencies.
Anna grew up in the San Juan Islands in Washington State, has lived around the country and traveled throughout the world, and is always glad to come back to the Pacific Ocean. She enjoys nature, gardening, art, children, writing, community, singing, laughter, and a good cup of Chai.