TRINITY CHURCH

ANNUAL REPORT - 2020

VESTRY - CLASS OF 2023

Dave Hensley is a local native to Asheville raised in the Youth programs at First Presbyterian and graduated from TC Roberson. Dave attended Brevard College and later graduated from Appalachian State University with a BA in Marketing and Graphic Design.  As an avid runner and elite bike racer, Dave traveled throughout the US and Canada racing road and Mountain bikes.

Katherine and Dave were married in 1997 at the Cathedral of All Souls. The Hensley’s moved to Trinity Episcopal Church in 2003 after hearing Father Bill’s welcome and call to service.  Dave is thankful to have found an amazing foundation for raising our three children.

David Hensley

Confirmed in 2005 Dave continued to grow in his faith and was called to serve in Trinity’s Youth Development.  He has served in that role for the past 7 years and is still involved with the Middle and High School classes.  In 2019 Dave’s leadership led him to accompany Trinity Youth on the Cuba Mission trip. Dave describes the experience as an enlightening and humbling Christian experience.Dave is an active member of the Parish Life Committee and Trinity’s Buildings and Grounds Committee. Dave is a compassionate servant leader to the community and remains faithfully optimistic and reasonable to the needs of our challenging future. Dave describes his faith, prayer, and mindfulness as grounded in our spiritual community and leaders.

Katherine Clemens Ray was born in Atlanta and baptized and raised in the Methodist church (with some forays into the Presbyterian church).  But then she went to Sewanee and fell in love with the openness, ritual and comfort of the Episcopal church.  She also met her husband Billy (a lifetime Episcopalian) on the Mountain.  There, they went through the Catechumenate together, Katherine was confirmed in Easter 1998, and they were married at All Saint’s Chapel in 1999.   

After getting married, they moved to Durham, NC and joined St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.  They co-led the Rite 13 youth group, and their children Lizzy and Will were baptized in this wonderful church.

After four years in Winston-Salem (where Billy attended medical school), they settled in Asheville, with a goal of making this their forever home.  While Billy was starting residency at MAHEC, Katherine decided to take the kids to visit Trinity.  They were met with open arms by Beth Chestnut and knew they had found their church home.  They have loved being a part of Trinity, from Godly Play to the youth programs to Parents in Conversation.  Katherine is currently serving on the finance committee and looks forward to growing in her involvement with Trinity.  

Katherine has worked for Wells Fargo for over 20 years (through several mergers).  She is currently a Credit Client Service Manager, who works with compliance and regulatory matters in the commercial lending area of the Private Bank.  She loves spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, hiking and reading. 

Katherine Ray

Last Fall, I had the opportunity to attend the 2nd Annual Trinity Men’s Retreat. Over that weekend at Lake Logan, I was able to join with an amazing group of like-minded men to nurture our faith and community. 

In December 2019, Bonnie and I completed the 4-year EfM program with an extraordinary group of Christians (led by Peggy Buchanan and Sandy Grant). This experience has led me to a much deeper and mature understanding of my faith and how to use it to positively impact the world around me. 

I have a real passion for working with young people (after all, in my spare time I work as a Pediatric Oncologist at Mission Hospital). I am looking forward to having even more opportunities to help the Youth programs at Trinity. 

I am deeply honored to be nominated to serve on the Vestry and look forward to the day when we may all be together again for worship and fellowship

My name is Doug Scothorn, and I moved to Asheville from Dallas, Texas with my wife Bonnie, and my children Reid and Rebecca in 2006. We joined Trinity in 2007 and watched our children grow up in Trinity’s nurturing environment. We are now living the life of “empty nesters” with our household menagerie (currently 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 finches and a betta fish). 

I was a regular participant in “Parents in Conversation” until I was asked to help Todd Cross and David Hensley with the Middle School Sunday School program several years ago. Prior to our current pandemic I spent many Sunday mornings working with the youth at Trinity. My involvement in the youth program has continued to expand, and I have been working with Debbie Cox in the High School Sunday School Program. I have also served as a Confirmation Mentor for 3 Trinitarian youth. 

Doug Scothorn

Imogene Radeker Stevens, aka Cissie, has been a member of Trinity for over 50 years.  She was born in Washington, DC and lived in various parts of the country until moving to Asheville in 1948.  A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Cissie has always been involved in education and women’s issues. As the mother of three sons she tried to practice what she values – honesty, integrity and caring for others.  Brought up as a Catholic she and her husband, Jack, chose to become Episcopalians prior to their marriage in 1965.  It was not until joining Trinity that she felt she had finally come home. Home to a welcoming place, with caring people dedicated to making our community better.  Cissie is especially concerned that all people work diligently to halt the spread of bigotry and injustice and that as a congregation we strive to become more diversified.

Cissie Stevens

Until her retirement, Cissie was the Director of the College for Seniors, a life long learning program, now known as Ollie at UNC Asheville.  She is a trustee of UNC Asheville and a member of Pen and Plate. She resides at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community with her beloved dog, Beau.  She likes to garden, cook, read, hike and meet and gather with people. She is honored to be considered for the Vestry at Trinity.

I’ve been a faithful Episcopalian for many years.  After the Foreign Service, I was the Chief Operating Officer of the Episcopal Church, working for Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori for 5 years. I was on the Board of Episcopal Relief and Development during that time as well.  I am a certified spiritual director.  My Christian faith, with its emphasis on love, mercy, justice, and grace, is a constant for me.  I treasure hearing about people’s spiritual journeys, whatever that might mean to them.   

 

I like church governance.  I was the Vice President of the Standing Committee and a deputy to General Convention for the Diocese of Utah, and was elected deputy from the Diocese of Western North Carolina for the 2021 General Convention.  I am a member of the Board of Trustees of the Church Pension Group, elected in 2018 for a six year term, and serve on the finance and audit committees.  I also served on the vestry, and was Senior Warden, of our church in St. George, Utah before we moved to the Asheville area.  

   

My extremely supportive husband, Leo Duncan, and I moved to Weaverville in January 2017.   We found Trinity in our second week here and knew immediately it would be our home.  I am a welcome minister, facilitated our downtown community study, have presented a couple of Sunday forums, and am one of Trinity’s representatives on the Church Street Collaborative. I am also on the advisory board of the Diocese’s Blue Ridge Service Corps. 

 

My son and his family live in Cary; my daughter and her family in Nashville.  I have three perfect grandchildren.  I am a voracious reader, an occasional volunteer Spanish translator for Pisgah Legal, a devotee of British cop shows, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, take classes at OLLI at UNCA, am involved with a national organization of women leaders, and play in a mountain dulcimer ensemble.

Linda Watt

My “first career” was the Foreign Service, which included assignments in Managua, London, San Jose, Quito, Moscow, US Southern Command, and at the State Department (Near Eastern Affairs and Western Hemisphere Affairs), plus as acting Ambassador in the Dominican Republic and Ambassador to Panama.  My area of expertise is Latin America, which I studied in college and grad school. I was born in Japan and have been to 88 countries. Traveling is in my blood and soul.  I love learning about other peoples and cultures. 

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Elizabeth (Liz)

Colton

Elizabeth (Liz) Colton grew up as an Episcopalian in Western North Carolina and Asheville, was “raised” in Trinity Church, where she was confirmed and was active in the church’s junior choir, Sunday School, and EYC before she left for college and eventually for a lifetime of work and travel worldwide.  In all the places she has lived in the U.S. and around the world, Liz says she has almost always attended and become active in a local Episcopal/or Anglican congregation, no matter how short a time she might have lived in some far-flung place.  Now back home in Trinity, Asheville, she has discussed her global work, including her religious experiences, in various lecture series she’s presented over recent years at Trinity, for the Diocese of WNC, at Deerfield, and at many local colleges, clubs, civic organizations, and libraries. She has served on Trinity’s Vestry from 2018-2020.

  

Liz Colton’s lifetime career bridges education, journalism, diplomacy, & politics, and she continues to speak, write and teach about the interrelationships of all of these today. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Kenya, worked at the United Nations in New York, conducted doctoral ethnographic fieldwork in Maldives /Indian Ocean, worked as an international journalist around the world and the U.S., edited newspapers, established a program in Mass Communications, Politics, & Journalism at Shenandoah University, lectured worldwide and on cruises, served as a Fulbright Scholar, and also as a Foreign Service Officer in overseas posts and at the State Department in Washington, D.C.  

Educated in Asheville’s public school through high school graduation, Liz Colton later earned several higher degrees: B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College; two Masters’ degrees at Vanderbilt University; a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Currently, she teaches global online courses on diplomacy for UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training & Research) and also serves as Diplomat & Journalist in Residence at nearby Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. Liz  is active now again in the Asheville community and serves on several local boards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr., Association of Asheville & Buncombe County, also Leadership Asheville Forum, and on the executive committee of The Pen & Plate Club.  Liz says she would be “most honored to be chosen to be a delegate to the WNC Diocesan Convention.”

Fred Fairhead

Fred was born in Chicago and moved to Delray Beach, Florida, with his parents, as a teenager. He has a BS degree in Marketing/Accounting from Florida State University, where he met his wife of 49 years, Marcy, a cradle Episcopalian, from Nashville, Tennessee. They raised two daughters, Libby and Emmie.

After a career of selling computers for IBM, he went into the home building business in Nashville. He was also on the faculty of Nashville State Community College where he taught night classes in home building, finish carpentry and home repair & maintenance. He continues in the business as a home repair & painting contractor.

A member of St. George's Episcopal Church, Nashville for 40+ years where he was an EYC adviser for 13 years and a leader of EYC outreach mission trips to Charleston, after hurricane Hugo, the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota and with the South Cumberland Mountain Ministries group. He also served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and taught Sr. EYC Sunday School.

Fred served on the Board of Directors at the DuBose Episcopal Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee as Chairman of the Building & Grounds committee.

Since transferring to Trinity in July 2015, Fred has been very involved in church activities. He volunteered for work on Episcopal House XI & XII Habitat house builds, most recently serving as Liaison, responsible for recruiting all the volunteers from Trinity. He has done several repair, painting and carpentry jobs at the church, including all the exterior doors. He also built new shelves for the Church of the Advocate's shoe closet and built the entryway doors to the Redwood Chapel. He also is a regular volunteer working on improvement of the Buildings and Grounds at our Diocesan Camp and Conference Center, Lake Logan. 


Fred currently serves as our Jr. Warden and as a member of the Building & Grounds Committee. He is a member of the Ministers of Service team as a lay reader. He and Marcy also have helped with Vacation Bible School. He would be honored to serve Trinity at the Diocesan level.