The Right Reverend José McLoughlin | Bishop of Western Diocese of North Carolina
José Antonio McLoughlin was consecrated as the seventh bishop, and first Hispanic, of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina on October 1, 2016.
Prior to his election as bishop of the diocese of Western North Carolina, José served as the Canon to the Ordinary and Chief-of-Staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma since 2008. Previously, José served congregations in the dioceses of Southeast Florida and Virginia.
Ordained in 2005, José earned his Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida. Prior to his call to the priesthood, José worked in the criminal justice field serving in the state of Florida as a police officer and in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in various capacities, most recently as the special assistant/senior advisor to the assistant attorney general.
Since becoming the Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, Bishop José has declared, in many and various ways, that he hopes to be a different kind of bishop, and he particularly does not want to be remembered as a distantly-removed dignitary. While not disregarding the great traditions of the Church, Bishop José believes that changes are necessary in the ways the church ministers in our day, and many of those changes must originate from the ministry of the bishop. He has to be a “hands-on” bishop who is close to the people of the diocese and the clergy who serve them. He has committed to being fully engaged in the church’s ministry with youth, minorities, and underserved populations. He is passionate about raising up a new kind of leadership for the church in our day.
José and his wife Laurel have two children, Alexander and Alyson. Alex is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he majored in Sports Media with a minor in Spanish. Alex works for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the triple A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Alyson is a student at UNC Charlotte majoring in Criminal Justice. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bishop José is bilingual, enjoys music, playing the drums, and studying 18th century American history.
August 1, 2021 Homily below:
June 18, 2023 | The Reverend Dr. Robert Black | St. Luke's Church, Salisbury, NC
Father Robert Black has served as the Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, North Carolina since 2014 having previously served as the Assistant Rector at St. Francis in Greensboro, NC and at St. John's - Lafayette Square in Washington, DC.
Born and raised in south Florida, Robert's family moved to North Carolina at the start of high school. He studied religion as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, earned an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a D.Min from The University of the South: Sewanee.
He and Tyler, who works as an accountant, have been married since 2008 after dating for many years beginning in high school. They have two elementary school-aged daughters, Ellie and Rowen. Robert's hobbies and interests include reading, tennis, bourbon, and kettlebells. The Black family greatly appreciates and enjoys the time in Linville and at All Saints.
June 19, 2022 Homily below:
July 16, 2023 | The Reverend Jim Adams | Christ Church, Raleigh, NC
August 20, 2023 | The Very Reverend Samuel Candler | The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, GA
July 4, 2023 | The Reverend Dr. Robert Dannals
Reverend Dannals originally came to us from Christ Church, New Bern, North Carolina, before he went on to serve as Rector of Christ Church, Greenville, South Carolina and Saint Michael and All Angels, Dallas, Texas.
Following his retirement from Saint Michael’s, Dallas, in 2015, Reverend Dannals served as Interim Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City, Holy Innocents' Church, Atlanta, and then All Saints’ Church, Beverly Hills, California. Bob is presently serving as Interim Rector at Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida.
A north Florida native, Reverend Dannals received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University, and Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary, Drew University and The Graduate Theological Union.
In addition to the churches listed above, Reverend Dannals has served two other parishes in North Carolina: Christ Church, Charlotte and Trinity Church, Statesville. Reverend Dannals is married to Valerie, whom he met following high school, and they have three adult daughters and four grandchildren. Their daughter, Danielle, lives in Fleming Island, Florida, with daughters Ansleigh, age seven, and Samantha, age five. Their second daughter, Kaleigh, and her husband, Neelesh, live in Charlotte with their three-year-old son, Layndon, and five-month-old Lucas. Their youngest daugther, Mary Blair, and her husband, Ty Holden, live in Washington DC, with their golden retriever puppy, Lina.
July 31, 2022 Homily below:
July 2, 2023 | The Reverend Chip Edens | Christ Church, Charlotte, NC
The Reverend Chip Edens is the eighth Rector of Christ Church in Charlotte, NC.
Chip has led Christ Church in numerous strategic initiatives that have strengthened the parish’s ability to equip and empower its membership of 6000. During his tenure, the parish has grown over 70 percent in both church membership and stewardship.
At Christ Church, Chip is the founder and moderator of the Faith Forum, a public conversation addressing issues of faith and culture. Since 2010 he has interviewed over 100 thought leaders, including New York Times bestselling authors, marriage and parenting experts, artists, musicians, business leaders, and politicians. The subjects explored during the Faith Forums range from Biblical studies and Christian spirituality, to relationships, health and wellness, justice, interfaith relationships and leadership. These events draw an audience from around the region, some with 2400+ in attendance. The Faith Forum is live-streamed to viewers around the world.
Chip is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and Yale University Divinity School. He has studied organizational leadership at Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied at the Duke Center for Reconciliation and Justice.
Chip has served the Church in a number of capacities, including as a board member for the Gathering of Leaders, the Consortium of Endowed Parishes, and The Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. In 2018 Chip was selected a scholar at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
A native of Virginia, Chip grew up in Richmond and spent his summers on the Chesapeake Bay. He is an avid fly fisherman. Chip is married to Beverly, an artist. They have three children and three Labrador Retrievers.
July 10, 2022 Homily below:
July 23, 2023 | The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, Bishop of El Camino Real - Retired | San Jose, CA
June 11, 2023 | The Reverend Geoffrey Hoare, Rector | St. Alban’s Church in Washington, DC
We welcome to All Saints today, the Reverend Geoffrey Hoare, Rector of St. Alban’s Church in Washington, DC. This will be Geoffrey’s 23rd year with us.
A native of England, Geoffrey came to America as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina in 1976. After taking an additional degree from Cambridge University, where he is a member of Magdalene College, he returned to the United States and to the Yale University Divinity School together with its Episcopal component, the Berkeley Divinity School.
He was ordained Deacon and Priest in the Diocese of North Carolina where he served at Christ Church in Raleigh 1982-1987, also teaching theology in the Vocational Deacons Training Program before becoming Rector of St. Paul's Church in Alexandria, Va., 1987-1998. During those years he also served as adjunct faculty at the Virginia Theological Seminary.
In 2016, Geoffrey Hoare stepped down as rector of All Saints' Atlanta after eighteen years and moved to Washington DC where his wife, Sage had taken a new position in Public affairs with AT&T. Since then he served for six months as Interim Rector of The Church of the Epiphany on G Street in downtown Washington and from March 1, 2017 as Priest-in-Charge of St. Alban’s, the parish on the close of the Washington National Cathedral, being elected Rector in March 2018.
Geoffrey has served church and community in a number of capacities including seeking to address issues of race, class and other "isms" on a national level (VISIONS Inc). He has served on the Board of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and is currently on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Yale Divinity School. . In Atlanta, he served as an instructor in the contextual education program of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he is also on the Advisory Council of the Anglican Studies Program.
He enjoys singing in church, shower and any other venue that will have him. He is an avid golfer, reader, writer and chef. He lives with his wife, Sage, and their children.
September 4, 2022 Homily below:
July 30, 2023 | The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith | Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith was named the 11th Dean of Washington National Cathedral in 2016 after serving as rector of St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., for 16 years. Dean Randy previously served as rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Skidaway Island in Savannah, Georgia. He was ordained in 1990 and he holds degrees from Denison University and Yale Divinity School.
In his tenure at the Cathedral, Dean Randy has led the creation of a five-year strategic plan, raised $27 million for the renovation of the Cathedral College, overseen a comprehensive capital campaign for $150 million, grown the Cathedral's budget from $14 million to $25 million, and reoriented the institution toward radical welcome and hospitality, with a particular focus on racial reconciliation and outreach to the nation’s veterans.
Under his leadership, the Cathedral has seen growing attendance at worship, six years of budget surpluses and significant progress in ongoing repairs from the 2011 earthquake.
Dean Randy loves hunting and fishing. He is married to the Rev. Melissa Hollerith, and he is the proud father of two adult children. The Holleriths live on the Cathedral Close.
August 28, 2022 Homily below:
May 28, 2023 | The Reverend Dr. Harrison McLeod | Christ Church, Greenville, SC
We welcome back to All Saints, the Reverend Dr. Harrison McLeod, Rector of Christ Church, Greenville, South Carolina.
Harrison was born in Virginia and grew up in Birmingham, AL, as a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After college, he worked for several years in New York City and in Birmingham, before entering seminary at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, where he received the degree of Master of Divinity.
After seminary, Harrison served as Assistant Rector of All Saint's and as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, both in AL. Later he was called as Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler, TX. In the summer of 2008 he was called to be the twentieth Rector of Christ Church in Greenville, SC.
Reverend McLeod has been married to Jennifer Byars McLeod for over 20 years. They have two sons, Hal and Jack.
May 28, 2023 Homily below:
September 10, 2023 | The Reverend David Meginniss | Christ Church, Tuscaloosa, AL
The Reverend David Meginniss, recently retired rector of Christ Church in Tuscaloosa, AL, was born in Dothan, Alabama, the fourth child of the Episcopal priest there. At age ten, the family moved to Mobile. In 1973 he attended the University of Alabama where he majored in broadcasting and worked at one of the local radio stations. Wisely sensing that his lack of talent would prevent him from flourishing in a career in broadcasting, and seeking to avoid following in his dad's footsteps, David got a law degree in 1980. He married Barbara Osborne of Birmingham in 1984 and moved to Huntsville, AL where he practiced law for nearly twenty years.
Although he was perfectly happy practicing law, God got his attention and called him to the ordained ministry. With fear and trepidation, instead of buying a red convertible, David's midlife crisis consisted of uprooting his family and moving them to Sewanee for seminary. After graduating from Sewanee in 2001, David became the rector of a small church in Wetumpka, AL outside of Montgomery. Four years later, he accepted the call to go to Christ Church in Tuscaloosa, where he served as rector until last year.
David and Barbara have a daughter, Sarah, who is an attorney and criminal prosecutor in DC. She is married to a history professor and they live in Alexandria, VA, along with their daughters Annette, age 4, and Evelyn who is two, and baby Royce.
David is delighted to return to the mountains of North Carolina, having spent twelve summers growing up at a summer camp near Tuxedo. He and Barbara spent their honeymoon in these wonderful mountains. David enjoys playing golf and guitar and is looking forward to taking his daily morning walks in Linville.
September 25, 2022 Homily below:
Sept. 3, 2023 | The Very Reverend Stephen Morris | St. Peter’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg, FL
The Very Reverend Stephen B. Morris is Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, St. Petersburg Florida, in the Diocese of Southwest Florida. He will soon conclude his 14th year in this position. He has served the church in Texas, Montana, North Carolina and Florida. Originally from Louisiana, he was educated at LSU (Geaux Tigers!), SMU and The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.
Dean Morris has come to Linville for the past 22 summers and considers it a real highlight of his 28 years of ordained ministry. He and his wife, Christina, have a blended family consisting of six children: Rachel, Ellen, Henry, Lee, Holly and Tommy (the last one left in college!). All have spent time in Linville and made plenty of good memories throughout the area biking, hiking, jumping off Elk River Falls, the 4th of July games on the driving range and just hanging out playing games in the rectory.
Stephen and Christina enjoy hiking and walking, travelling, watching LSU football and all things Florida as Christina is a native of St. Petersburg, FL. Dean Morris is also Vice Chair of the Board of the American Friends of the Anglican Center in Rome. The Center’s Director is the Anglican Church’s liaison to the Papacy. This service to the greater church affords Stephen and Christina ample opportunity to spend time in the Eternal City. They are also active in the North American Dean’s Conference..
July 3, 2022 Homily recording below:
Sept. 17, 2023 | The Reverend Tom Newcomb | The Church of St. James the Less - Retired | Scarsdale, NY
August 6 and August 13, 2023 | The Rt. Reverend Henry N. Parsley, Jr., Retired Bishop of Alabama
We celebrate the return of Henry Parsley to All Saints. Bishop Parsley was consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama in 1996 and became the tenth Bishop of Alabama in 1999 and served until 2012. He has since served as Bishop Provisional of Easton, MD, 2014-2016 and as Visiting Bishop for the Diocese of South Carolina, 2020-2021. He was ordained in 1973 and is the 923'd bishop in the American succession.
He earned his BA degree in English literature from the University of the South, Sewanee in 1970 and a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary, New York in 1973. He holds honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both institutions.
Bishop Parsley served as the Chancellor of the University of the South from 2003 - 2009 and as a member of the Board of Regents for a decade. He was chair of the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops from 1999 - 2011 and a member of the Board of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion 2004 -2015. He has attended two Lambeth Conferences and ten General Conventions, and continues on occasion to take his place in the House of Bishops.
Before his election to the episcopate he was Rector of Christ Church, Charlotte, NC, 1986 - 1996. Previously he served parishes in the Diocese of South Carolina. He has a special interest in the outreach ministries of the church and in teaching and leading retreats on literature and the spiritual life. In addition to his ministry as a bishop Henry enjoys fly-fishing (especially in the Linville River), reading fiction and poetry, and travel.
He is married to the former Rebecca Knox Allison. Their son Henry N. Parsley III and his wife work in Broadway theater and are currently with the show “Hamilton.” The Parsleys are enjoying their retirement cottage on Masonboro Sound in Wilmington, NC.
August 7, 2022 Homily recording below:
August 14, 2022 Homily recording below:
August 27, 2023 | The Reverend Lisa Saunders | Christ Church, Charlotte, NC
The Reverend Lisa Saunders grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Virginia Theological Seminary. She has served at Christ Episcopal Church since 1988, and in the last year scaled back her hours to one-quarter time.
Lisa is married to Tim, a pediatric and neuro ophthalmologist, and they have three adult children and one grandchild. She enjoys cycling, reading, travel and pummeling a speedbag. Saunders is the author of Even at the Grave, The P is Silent and From Stars to Stable.
.July 17, 2022 Homily below:
June 25, 2023 | The Reverend Becca Stevens | Thistle Farms, Nashville,TN
Becca Stevens is a speaker, social entrepreneur, author, priest, founder, and President of Thistle Farms. As an entrepreneurial leader, she has established 10 justice initiatives and has raised over $65M in funding. Stevens leads important conversations across the country through speaking, advocating, preaching and writing. She walks the line between pragmatism and poetry in her message that love is the strongest force for change in the world.
Stevens founded Thistle Farms in 1997 with a single home for survivors of trafficking, and addiction. Almost twenty-five years later, it is a global movement for women’s freedom. Today the Nashville flagship includes a residential program that serves as a national model for women’s recovery, and three justice social enterprises that provide jobs to survivors—amounting to $4M in earned income last year. Stevens developed the Thistle National Network to provide tools, workshops, and conferences to support young organizations wanting to follow its holistic model of recovery. There are now 92 organizations, providing over 500 beds to survivors, in its network. She also created Thistle Farms Global Shared Trade which supports 1,400 artisan survivors through 39 partners in 21 countries.
Additional enterprises Stevens has helped establish include the Center for Contemplative Justice and Larkspur Conservation in the U.S., as well as Escuela Ann Stevens and Sibimbe in Ecuador, Moringa Madres in Mexico, and Love Welcomes in Greece.
Stevens has been featured on PBS NewsHour, The Today Show, CNN, ABC World News and in The New York Times. Her many awards include CNN Hero, White House Champion of Change, Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, Tennessee Human Rights Outstanding Service Award, and induction into The Entrepreneur Center’s Hall of Fame, and Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. Becca attended the University of the South and Vanderbilt Divinity School, receiving alumnae distinction awards from both. Stevens has also been conferred multiple honorary doctorates.
Stevens speaks to a broad range of non-profit, religious, and business audiences—often in bare feet to show solidarity with those she serves. Drawn from 25 years of leadership in mission-driven work, the courageous stories of women survivors, and wisdom from nature and healing traditions, Stevens inspires and motivates audiences everywhere with practical and loving steps to inspire change in individuals and communities. Her latest book, “Practically Divine,” released September 2021 on Harper Horizon.
As a priest, author, and entrepreneur, Becca says, "I have tried to spend my life inspiring communities to organizae and act with love." Her husband of 30+ years is Grammy-winning and Hall of Fame songwriter Marcus Hummon. "Marcus has been the gift of my life. He lives for creativity, which means we pursue our individual paths together. We have raised three sons who are all artists in their own right, and so our home is filled with music, paintings, designs, and too many dogs."
June 26, 2022 Homily below:
July 9, 2023 | The Reverend Leigh Spruill | St. John the Divine, Houston, TX
The Rev. Dr R. Leigh Spruill is rector of The Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, Texas. He is a native of Virginia, and received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Leigh received his Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee), and his Doctor of Ministry from Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto.
Prior to moving to Houston in January of 2021, Leigh was the long-serving rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Earlier in his ordained ministry, he served as rector of St. Mark's Episcopal in Jacksonville, Florida, and as associate and assistant rector at parishes in Birmingham, Alabama, and Richmond, Virginia.
He is married to Susalee Cain Spruill, and they have three adult children, Eleanor, Peter, and William.
August 21, 2022 Homily recording below:
Sept 24, 2023 | The Reverend Caroline Rinehart Stewart | The Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, MD
Reverend Stewart, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, graduated from Converse College with a degree in Psychology. She later received a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Virginia, then served as Director of Admissions at Garrison Forest School in Baltimore, Maryland.
In 2000, Caroline entered the Pastoral Counseling Program at Loyola College and received her Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. She spent a year at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for hospital chaplaincy training before becoming the chaplain at St. Paul's School for Girls while attending the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's Seminary. Subsequently she received a Post Graduate degree in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in t h e Diocese of Maryland in 2006.
Caroline has served in a variety of parishes in Maryland, as the Episcopal Chaplain at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, on the faculty of The Center for Spiritual Support Training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, as Chaplain with two independent schools and as the Executive Director of the Center for Wellbeing at The Church of the Redeemer. She is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid and a Spiritual Director.
Caroline and her husband Bill have two adult children and two granddaughters.
September 22, 2022 Homily below: