The Reverend Dr. Joel G. Hafer
I was born and raised in Michigan. I attended and graduated from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, with a BA in English and Spanish in 1980. A month later, I moved to Douglas, Georgia, and there began my love for the southeastern United States and for the Episcopal Church. In 1983, the Diocese of Georgia sent me to the School of Theology of the University of the South, AKA Sewanee. Upon my ordination to the diaconate in June of 1986, I became the Assistant at St. Paul’s parish in Albany, Georgia and served there for three years. In 1989, I was called to be the rector of Christ Church, Dublin, Georgia, and in 1996, I named as the rector of All Saints’ parish in Florence, South Carolina. My wife, Anne, and I married in 2002, and we moved to Hendersonville in 2004. Between us, we have four children, Jonathan, Frances, Joseph, and Catherine and a granddaughter, Caroline. Serving at St. James has been and is a great joy and delight to me.
The Reverend Christie Olsen
I have been the Assistant Rector 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
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.