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.