The Reverend David Henson

The Reverend David Henson

Rector

The Rev. David Henson became the rector of St. James Episcopal Church in August of 2021. Prior to St. James, he served for five years at Trinity Episcopal in Asheville and for four-and-a-half years at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal in North Augusta, S.C. David holds degrees from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. Prior to being ordained, David was a daily newspaper journalist for four years and a stay-at-home dad for five. David is active in the Diocese of Western North Carolina, having served on the Commission on Ministry and as the preaching instructor for the WNC Iona School of Ministry. He is married to Amber, a family physician for Blue Ridge Community Health, and they have two children in high school, Brendan and Will. In his free time, David enjoys hiking and backpacking, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and watching movies, spending time with his family, and drinking coffee with friends on his porch.

The Reverend Tim Jones

The Reverend Tim Jones

Deacon

Tim is a native of Henderson County. In 1991 he married Kerry, the love of his life since high school. They raised their two children in Hendersonville. Tim was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2010 and has served on the clergy team at St. James since 2010. As a vocational deacon, his ministry in the world has focused on feeding the hungry and providing shelter to the unhoused in our region. Since 2001 he has been the Chief Operations Officer for the Hendersonville Rescue Mission where he oversees the daily operations of a 77 bed homeless shelter for men, women and children as well as a free daily feeding program for the public, a drop in day center, a community medical clinic and transitional houses for women and children. Tim serves on many local advisory boards and task forces related to public transportation, affordable housing and other issues that impact the wellbeing of the local community.

Tim is a lover of words and colors. He is an avid hiker, storyteller, poet and artist. His nature photographs and paintings have been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions and public installations in places of healing. He has had three books of poetry published, including a book of blessings for everyday situations in life. Tim passionately believes that creating is part of the essential work of the soul and that art has the power to heal and change the world. Tim often leads tours and facilitates group conversations about the history, symbolism and theology of the stained glass windows at St. James.

The Reverend Tim Jones

The Reverend Corey Smith

Curate

Corey Smith hails from Macon, Georgia, where he was raised in a rich tradition of faith and service as the son of Eddie D. Smith, Sr., and Verlene Fields Smith. A devoted father, Corey embodies the values of high character, care, and compassion.

As a fourth-generation minister, Corey’s journey has taken him from the Baptist tradition to discerning a path within the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. Recently appointed as the Associate Dean of Chapel and Spiritual Life at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Corey brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to nurturing spiritual growth and community engagement.

A graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary, Corey distinguished himself as a student representative for the Multicultural Affairs Committee and continues to serve on the Alumni Stewardship Board of the Justice and Reconciliation Society. With over 25 years of experience in congregational leadership, Corey has served as a church consultant, pioneering innovative ministry models that bridge generational divides and foster inclusivity.

Educated at the University of Georgia, with additional studies at Morehouse College and Emory University, Corey is a passionate advocate for the intersection of ecology, theology, and social justice. Currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Educational Leadership at the Virginia Theological Seminary, Corey aims to equip future leaders with the tools to address systemic inequities and empower communities.

A member of Georgetown University’s inaugural Faith and Justice cohort, Corey has lent his voice and abilities to causes ranging from racial and economic justice to combating homelessness and human trafficking. Beyond his ministerial endeavors, Corey’s talents in live production have allowed him to serve as a mentor and guide for aspiring artists, contributing to award-winning projects such as The Hope TV.

With unwavering dedication, Corey Smith endeavors to inspire others to embrace their divine calling and to shape a more just and compassionate world for generations to come.

Corey’s ordination is set for May 2024.