Catherine Skinner Powell, raised in Clearwater, Florida, discovered that God is love, and knew she was to encourage others to encounter God. After thirty years of computer programming, she founded The Anchorage: A Contemplative Community. The Shalem Spiritual Guidance Program, the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and training to lead eight-day retreats provided her formation. Her DMin at LTSP was in spirituality. Catherine lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband, Skeeter, and their pets.