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 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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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 teaches English as a Second Language, and their children Rosie (13) and Owen (11). 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.

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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. Carol Hubbard

The Rev. Scott Oxford

The Rev. William (Bill) E. Smyth

The Rev. Charlotte Waldrop

The Rev. Deacon Peggy Buchanan