The Reverend David Henson
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
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 Tracey Kelly
Interim Assistant Rector
I am delighted to join the leadership team of St. James as your interim assistant rector. After living in northern Virginia for thirty years, and raising our family, my husband and I moved to Hendersonville in June 2020. I grew up on the outskirts of Baltimore and received my love of liturgy and sacrament from the large Roman Catholic parish in which I was raised. My husband and I began attending the Episcopal Church as our family grew. There I developed an appreciation of Anglican theology and tradition and began to study scripture.
I entered Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007 and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in December 2011. After ordination, I taught religion at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School (an Episcopal school) in Alexandria, Virginia. For five and half years, I served as an associate rector at St. Francis in Great Falls, Virginia. In addition to a Master of Divinity degree, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
My first career was as a regulatory economist and business analyst in the telecommunications industry. In my free time, I enjoy digital photography and “old stuff” (I have a professional certificate in Historic Preservation): old buildings, graveyards, Civil War sites, and, in particular, old churches. Although my husband and I miss traveling this past year, we are enjoying the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and hanging out with our two dogs.
The Reverend Tim Jones
I am a native of Henderson County where I was ordained as a Baptist minister after graduating from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC in 1991. I began my journey into the Episcopal Church in 2002. I started the process of ordination as an Episcopal deacon in 2005. I have served as a deacon at St. James since 2010. I am also the Chief Operations Officer at the Hendersonville Rescue Mission where I oversee the daily activity of their homeless shelters for men, women and children as well as their public feeding program, day center and medical clinic. I have served in ministry there since 2001. My wife, Kerry, and I were married in 1991. We live in Hendersonville and so do our two sons, Andrew and Perry. I am passionate about hiking, nature photography, public speaking and poetry.