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OUR CLERGY

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

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Scott White became the Rector of Trinity in 2012. A native of Newport, RI, he spent his formative years sailing, racing and building boats. Scott is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a BA in communications. A lifelong Episcopalian, he attended the General Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity, and the Virginia Theological Seminary, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry in Ministry and Leadership Development.

Scott served at St. Martin’s in Charlotte, Christ Church in Raleigh, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rocky Mount, NC. In the Diocese of North Carolina, Scott served on numerous Diocesan and local ministries in the Charlotte, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount Convocations. In addition to other diocesan ministries, Scott was a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2022 and will be one again in 2024. 

Scott is a Trustee of the Virginia Theological Seminary and the General Theological Seminary, and for many years led the Alumni Committee at General. 

 

Scott specializes in appreciative leadership and serves as a Conference Leader of CREDO, a program of the Church Pension Fund helping the clergy examine and reflect on 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 worked for many years in Educational Technology. Missy and Scott have two sons, Samuel and Harrison.

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ASSOCIATE RECTOR

Amy Peterson joined the staff at Trinity Church in July of 2022 after completing her Mdiv at Duke Divinity School and serving as a deacon at Saint Joseph’s in Durham. Amy grew up in Arkansas and Texas, and studied English (BA Texas A&M), Intercultural Studies (MA Wheaton), and Creative Writing (MFA Seattle Pacific University). Before her call to the priesthood, Amy worked in cross-cultural academics and student development, teaching for two years in Southeast Asia before returning stateside to teach in California, Arkansas, Washington, and Indiana. Most recently, she taught creative writing, intercultural communication, and interdisciplinary honors courses at a Christian college in the midwest.

 

Amy is also a writer; her work explores the intersections of faith, language, and culture. Her most recent book, Where Goodness Still Grows, invites conversation about Christian virtue and public life.

Amy lives with her husband Jack, who is the Director of Academic Resources at Christ School, and their children Rosie (14) and Owen (12). Together they love music and story and travel and the outdoors. Amy is an amateur quilter; she loves baking; and you can often find her reading poetry or climate science or a mystery novel on her day off.

assistant  RECTOR &
     vicar of the church of the advocate

Mike Reardon joined the staff at Trinity Church in January of 2024. Born and raised in eastern Connecticut, Mike earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut before attending Berkeley Divinity School at Yale for his Master of Divinity. 

 

Mike previously served at Grace in Asheville, Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, and as a seminarian at St. Paul’s in Willimantic, Connecticut. He was ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of Julia Chester Emery, January 9th, 2020. In addition to his role at Trinity Church, Mike also serves as Vicar at Church of the Advocate. In each of these pastoral contexts, Mike is committed to cultivating a spirit of gentleness and an abiding sense of the blessedness we share with all God’s creatures.

Mike is a passionate cyclist, competing in bikepacking and gravel races. He loves to make homemade pizza, read, tend to his garden, and watch his beloved UConn Huskies play basketball. He lives on a small homestead in Candler with his wife, Miryam, his hound, Balsam, five chickens, and three sheep.

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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. 

Assisting Clergy

 

The Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann (Sam) Faeth

The Rev. Dennis Fotinos 

The Rev. Peter Hawes

The Rev. William (Bill) E. Smyth

The Rev. Charlotte Waldrop

The Rev. Dena Whalen

The Rev. Deacon Peggy Buchanan
 

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