The vestry is excited to announce that The Rev. Dr. Carol Jablonski will be serving as our Interim Rector and will officially begin on August 1st. She comes highly recommended by WNC’s Bishop José and Canon Augusta, and our vestry is confident she will be a great fit for our parish during this season of transition. The Rev. Dr. Jablonski’s bio is as follows.
Carol was born in Milwaukee and spent much of her childhood in Wisconsin and Indiana. Her family moved to northwestern Pennsylvania during her sophomore year in high school. Carol attended Allegheny College, in Meadville, PA, where she majored in English. She went back to Indiana after college to earn MA and PhD degrees in Communication at Purdue University. She spent the next twenty-five years in higher education, serving on the faculties of the University of Virginia, Indiana University, and the University of South Florida, before answering the call to ordained ministry. Carol earned her Master of Divinity degree at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2006, and was ordained to the diaconate in June 2006 and the priesthood in February 2007. She served at St. Stephen’s in Durham, NC as a Curate and Associate Rector from 2006 until 2009, when she was called to be the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in College Park, Maryland. In 2016, Carol and her husband, The Rev. Deacon Tyler Jones, retired and moved to Asheville. They continue to be active in ministry. Carol served as Interim Priest-in-Charge at St. George’s Asheville (2017-2018) and as an adjunct priest at the Cathedral of All Souls (2018-2019). She is also a facilitator for the Fresh Start program for clergy new to the diocese. After serving for several years at All Souls, Tyler will be serving at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Mars Hill starting this August. When they aren’t at church, Carol and Ty enjoy hiking, cooking, and reading, and taking care of their cat, Pookie. Carol is also an avid quilter and knitter.