Clergy

The Reverend Joan Grant,
Rector

Joan, with her canine companion, Lily

Joan, with her canine companion, Lily

The Rev. Joan Grant has been called to serve as rector at St. John’s in Haw Creek in Asheville. Joan joins St. John’s from Kalispell, Montana, (just south of Glacier National Park) where she served as rector of Christ Church for five years. She originally hails from the Diocese of Southern Ohio, having grown up in Columbus, and lived also for many years in the Cincinnati area after a four-year-stint in Southeast Florida. She was ordained as a priest in 2010 after graduating from Bexley Hall in Columbus, Ohio. She previously served 7 years as a deacon in Southern Ohio. Joan is the mother of two adult children — a daughter who lives in Nashville, and a son who lives in Brussels, Belgium — and also has a five-year-old granddaughter. She loves hiking, swimming, and birding; was a college French major, and worked as an attorney in Ohio for 17 years before entering seminary. She is thrilled to have been called to Asheville and St. John’s, and looks forward to getting to know the Diocese here.

Vestry

Dianne Gudger, Senior Warden, term ends December 31, 2017
Ed Seel, Junior Co-Warden, term ends December 31, 2016
Chris Rhodes, Treasurer, term ends December 31, 2018
Tom Smith, term ends December 31, 2017
Walt Ward, term ends December 31, 2018
Thomas Belmore, term ends December 31, 2018
Vacant, term ends December 31, 2018
Leslie Anderson, term ends December 31, 2016
Susan Fisher, term ends December 31, 2016

Staff

Paul Templon,
Choirmaster

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Sunday Worship, 11:00 AM
Wednesday Choir Practice, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 

Abigail Suarez,

Administrative Assistant

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Abigail is an Episcopalian and grew up in Asheville. She attended A.C. Reynolds High School and later graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in International Studies. She has lived in various parts of the country and abroad in recent years, but is glad to call Asheville her home once again with her husband and young son. Abigail came on with St. John’s in 2013.