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. He is married to Amber, a family physician for Blue Ridge Community Health, and they have two sons, Brendan and Will. David is active in the diocese, serving on the Commission on Ministry and as the preaching instructor for Iona WNC, an educational collaborative with Seminary of the Southwest for bivocational ministers. In his free time, David enjoys hiking and backpacking, reading and watching movies, spending time with his family, drinking coffee with friends on his porch, and chasing after his exceptionally energetic Australian Shepherd, Archie, and mending fences with his cat, Milly, who still hasn’t forgiven them for getting a dog. 


The Reverend Christie Olsen
Associate Rector

I have been a member of the clergy at St. James since February of 2015. I moved to Hendersonville from the Panhandle of Florida, where I served as the Rector of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Gulf Breeze for nearly five years. Before that, I was an Associate Rector at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX and Canon for Community Life at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. At St. James, I oversee all pastoral care ministries and ministry with younger adults, along with preaching, teaching, leading retreats, pastoral counseling, and working with children and families.

My childhood was spent in Dallas, TX and Palo Alto, CA, and I attended college in Virginia, where I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains. Before attending seminary, I lived and worked in Boston, MA. I hold a BA degree in Music and Vocal Performance from Sweet Briar College, a Master’s of Divinity from the Yale Divinity School, and the Certificate of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

I love spending time with my dogs, reading, singing, exploring history of all kinds, and walking through the woods of North Carolina.


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 two 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.