All Clergy may be contacted at (828)253-9361 or via the email in their bio.


Scott White became the 15th Rector of Trinity Church in October of 2012. A native of Newport, RI he spent most of his formative years sailing and building boats. Scott is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in communications. A life-long Episcopalian, he attended the General Theological Seminary in New York where he earned his Masters of Divinity in 1996, and he attended the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria where he earned a Doctor of Ministry in Ministry and Leadership Development.

Scott has served as the Assistant Rector at St. Martin’s in Charlotte, NC, the Associate Rector at Christ Church in Raleigh, NC and the Rector at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Rocky Mount, NC. In the Diocese of North Carolina Scott served on the Diocesan Council, the Bishop’s Pastoral Response Team, as chair of the Fair Share Appeals board, and Dean of the Rocky Mount Convocation 

In addition to other diocesan ministries, Scott has served on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Western North Carolina and will serve as a delegate to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2021. 


Scott leads workshops in appreciative leadership and serves as a Conference Leader of CREDO, a program of the Church Pension Fund where the clergy of the Episcopal Church are given time away to examine the core areas of their life and ministry. Scott loves to cook, run, hike, read and write. Scott is married to Missy Sherburne who has served for many years in the non-profit community raising funds for public schools and now consults with the Education Technology field. Missy and Scott have two sons, Samuel and Harrison.

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Bob Zito is a native New Yorker and served three parishes in the Diocese of New York as deacon: Church of the Incarnation (Manhattan), Trinity Wall Street (Manhattan) and Christ the King (Stone Ridge). His ministry has focused on education, evangelism and church growth. He was ordained in 2001, was a member of various diocesan committees and served as Church Attorney for the diocese under the Church’s disciplinary canons. He is a graduate of Tulane University and New York Law School. Bob lives in Arden with his wife Dana Cole, a devoted needle-pointer and jigsaw puzzler, and their two PBGVs, Clancy and Chowder. Bob loves to cook and play the violin and guitar. He and Dana are avid golfers and tennis players. They also enjoy yoga, hiking, biking and birding. 

The Red Door

Church of the Advocate


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The Rev. Dena Whalen

vicar, Church of the Advocate

The Rev. Dena Whalen, vicar of the Church of the Advocate, brings a wealth of diverse experience and seasoned wisdom to the diocesan ministry to Asheville's homeless and economically marginalized community, including 27 years of ordained ministry. In her first few months at COA, she has already made an impact at both COA and at Trinity, deepening the ties between the two congregations that share space by, among other things, being involved in Trinity's weekly staff planning meetings and, occasionally, in preaching and serving in the Eucharist. Her visible presence among us has been a profound blessing and reminder of the ongoing partnership between COA and Trinity. 

A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary in 1992, Whalen has served as an associate priest and chaplain at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Day School in Jacksonville, Florida and then as canon at St. John's Cathedral. While at the cathedral, she regularly served at St. Mary's Episcopal Church and Outreach, a community very similar to Church of the Advocate. There as at COA, the Eucharist was the hub of ministry that springs from the radical hospitality of Jesus. During her time there, she was involved in their food pantry, tutoring, pastoral care, and hosting residential ministry groups. Whalen served as rector of Grace-Calvary in Clarkesville, Ga., for 10 years and, most recenlty as rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wilmington, N.C. 

She earned her doctorate in 2018 in congregational development. 

In 2015, Dena married Gary Whalen who has lived in Asheville for more than 30 years. She has two grown children and two grandchildren that she says are her pride and joy. She enjoys gardening and music. She and Gary look forward to creating a home together and hiking the local trails with their two dogs. 

Assisting Clergy


The Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann (Sam) Faeth

The Rev. Dennis Fotinos 

The Rev. Peter Hawes

The Rev. Carol Hubbard

The Rev. Scott Oxford

The Rev. William (Bill) E. Smyth

The Rev. Charlotte Waldrop

The Rev. Deacon Peggy Buchanan