OUR CLERGY

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.

David Henson joined the staff at Trinity in 2016. He was ordained as a priest in 2014 and previously served as a youth minister and as an assistant rector at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in North Augusta, S.C.  While in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, David also served as the chaplain and spiritual director for the Diocesan Youth Council.

Prior to being ordained a priest, David was a newspaper reporter in Northern California for four years and a stay-at-home dad for five . He grew up in northern Alabama, earned a B.A. from Samford University in Birmingham, and an M.A. in history from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

David enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and backyard Wiffle ball. He has two young sons, Brendan and Will, and is married to Amber, a family medicine resident with MAHEC in Hendersonville.

The Rev. Deacon Timothy Ervolina was ordained to the vocational Diaconate in 1999 in the Diocese of Central Florida. 

 

His Diaconal ministry has centered on establishing social justice, especially in health care, education and income inequality. He served a number of parishes as Deacon in Central Florida and South Carolina before moving to Asheville at the end of 2018. 

 

His ministry included a twenty-five-year career with local and statewide United Ways.  In 2006, he became the President and CEO of the United Way Association of South Carolina, the training, public policy and technical assistance arm of the local United Ways that serve the people of South Carolina. He served in a number of statewide positions appointed by Governors Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley 

to improve the health, education and financial stability of South Carolina’s most vulnerable residents. Additionally, he served in a number of national efforts, focusing on asset-based community development, community stewardship and volunteerism. In 2016, he retired from his service with United Way.

 

In addition to work in parishes, Deacon Tim has worked in diaconal formation, helping diaconal postulants and candidates learn to fully live into their diaconal vows. He is currently on the faculty of the School for Deacons in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., where he teaches New Testament, Homiletics and Community Organizing. He served as Diocesan Episcopal Relief and Development Officer and Disaster Response Coordinator for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. 

 

To support his vocation, he also serves as Vice President for Ervolina Associates Inc. a Fort Lauderdale, Florida based manufacturer’s representative firm serving the kitchen and bath industry.

 

Tim and his spouse, Kendra DeMarco were married in 2017 and have built a home in the historic Burton Street Community of West Asheville. Tim has five grown children, one grandchild and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. He and Kendra love hiking, paddling kayaks, and the vibrant music community of Western North Carolina. 

 

Tim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Systematic Theology from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.

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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
 

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