The Reverend Dr. Carol Jablonski
The journey that brought me to St. James started when I was in graduate school studying Communication and felt a call to priesthood. I spent 25 years in the academy before I could answer that call. I served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, Indiana University, and the University of South Florida, teaching and researching the communicative dynamics of social and cultural change. I was working on a book-length project on Dorothy Day when I realized I had to listen to the stirrings of my own soul. And so I did. When I became a postulant, we sold our house and moved "lock, stock, and barrel" to a small apartment in Alexandria, Virginia, so I could start Virginia Theological Seminary. It wasn't long before my husband, Tyler Jones, started to discern his own call—to the vocational diaconate. After graduating from VTS (each of us with diploma in hand!), we moved to Durham, NC, where Ty did a year-long residency in Clinical Pastoral Care at Duke Medical Center, and I served as Associate Rector at St. Stephen's (also in Durham). We left Durham in 2009 for College Park, MD, where I served for seven years as Rector at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. In 2016, we retired to Asheville. The call to ministry hasn't gone away. For the past few years, I've been helping with the Diocese's "Fresh Start" program for clergy in new cures. I've also served as Interim Priest-in-Charge at St. George's in West Asheville, and have been an adjunct clergy at the Cathedral of All Souls. I am delighted to be at St. James, and look forward to our time and work together! When I am not at church, I enjoy quilting, knitting, reading, hiking, and, most of all, spending precious time with my husband and our crazy cat, Pookie.
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.
I have been a part of St. James since 2014, when, new to Hendersonville, my family and I joined as members. I was ordained a deacon on July 9, 2020 and am delighted to be spending my transitional time serving at both St. James and at St. Paul’s, Edneyville. This was, in fact, my second ordination: I was consecrated in another denomination in 2009, fresh out of Duke Divinity School. After coming to St. James, however, I felt a strong pull toward the Episcopal Church and soon entered into the discernment process for Episcopal ministry.
My spouse, Julie, and I met as undergraduates at Trevecca Nazarene University. After graduate school, we lived in California for four years, where Julie completed her residency training and I served as a Palliative Care Chaplain. Since moving to Hendersonville, much of my time has been devoted to caring for our children and working with food-security non-profits in our community (e.g., the Society of St. Andrew, Root Cause Farm, Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, Veterans Healing Farm). I also had the privilege of serving on the St. James vestry and as Senior Warden—experiences that gave me a deep appreciation for the gifted and devoted leaders we have in our parish. I’m incredibly grateful to the St. James community for the ways it has loved and nurtured my family, and for the ways it has supported my discernment journey. It is a blessing to serve as part of your clergy team during these transitional months.