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Office of the Bishop and
Bishop's Staff

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The Rt. Rev. José A. McLoughlin


The Rt. Rev. José A. McLoughlin is the 7th Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina. He is the chief pastor of the diocese and visits a different congregation almost every Sunday.

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The Rev. Canon Augusta Anderson

Canon to the Ordinary and Chief of Staff

Canon Augusta assists the bishop with general oversight of the diocese. Get in touch with her if you have questions about parish property transactions, church transitions, leadership development, or parenting four children and three pets with a sense of humor.

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Carol Tannenbaum

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining the diocese, Carol served as the Corporate Director of Finance for BayCare Health System, a large mission-based not-for-profit healthcare organization in Florida. She earned her Master's in Business Administration and Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta and she currently holds a CPA license in Tennessee. Carol is excited to serve the people and churches of the diocese. 

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Lisa Rettew

Executive Assistant to the Bishop

Lisa manages Bishop José’s calendar and visitation schedule, and assists with diocesan committees such as Executive Council and Commission on Ministry.  Contact Lisa if you need to make an appointment with the bishop, have questions about the discernment process, clergy licensing or canonical transfers, or want to talk about Carolina basketball, in season or out.

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Charlotte Garcia

Interim Youth Coordinator

Charlotte oversees Christian formation for middle school youth, high school youth and young adults. She coordinates (with the help of youth and youth ministers) programs such as conferences, mission trips, and pilgrimages for middle school and high school youth. She also oversees the youth council and deanery events. 

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Kelsey Davis

Director of Blue Ridge Service Corps and Campus Missioner at WCU and UNCA

Kelsey is Director of Blue Ridge Service Corps & Campus Missioner at UNCA & WCU. She loves accompanying younger adults along their spiritual journey & vocational discernment. She is passionate about contemplative activism, practical theology, sacramental life, forming community, and service in solidarity. A former professional soccer player and coach, she loves to spend time outdoors hiking with her wife, Heather, and dog, Nicks. Kelsey holds a M.Div. and Certificate of Religion in the Arts & Contemporary Culture from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a B.A. in Theology with minor in Education from the University of Portland.

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Rachel Carr

Missioner for Communications

Rachel Carr is a communications professional with a passion for sharing stories. Her writing and visual storytelling expertise come from a background in publishing with community newspapers, independent authors, and quarterly Sunday school publications. Her creativity flows from a love for God and a love for bringing people together. She is always open to questions and seeks to serve with sincerity and clarity. 

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The Rev. Oscar Rozo

Diocesan Missioner for Latino Ministries

The Rev. Oscar A. Rozo was born in Bogotá, Colombia. During his first years in the Episcopal Church he served as musician for the Latino ministry at Grace and camp counselor for the diocesan summer camp. He attended seminary and received his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.

He is married to the Rev. Elizabeth Tester and together they have two children.He is passionate about social justice, multicultural ministry, and community development. He enjoys playing and listening to music, hiking and family time. 

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The Rev. Miguel Alvarez

Regional Missioner for Latino Ministries

Father Alvarez ministers to several growing Hispanic congregations in our diocese. Padre Alvarez is from Chiapas, Mexico and his last assignment was in Santo Tomas, Las Vegas NV.

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The Venerable Brenda Gilbert


The Archdeacon is a deacon of the diocese who is appointed by, responsible to, and with access to the Bishop. The Archdeacon is the liaison between the Bishop and the deacons in the Diocese, which includes but is not limited to advocating for deacons, assisting the bishop in addressing the pastoral needs of deacons, and assisting the deacons and Bishop in arranging and maintaining parochial assignments. The Archdeacon is also involved in the discernment process for deacons as well as deacon formation. 

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Jessica Forbes LeFiles

Director of Camp Henry and Outdoor Programming

Jessi has an impressive skill set from over nine years' experience in year-round outdoor education and summer camping for youth and children. Jessi attended Georgia College and State University where she studied Outdoor Education and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. After graduation Jessi moved to Mikell Camp and Conference Center for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and home to Blue Ridge Outdoor Education Center where she held several positions, from instructor to Director. Jessi has served as Program Director for SOAR, a local camp and Academy serving students with learning disabilities. Jessi is a Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard instructor, and loves teaching and learning new skills.

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The Rev. Anna Shine

Campus Missioner, PECM App State and Missioner for Creation Care & Social Justice at St. Luke's, Boone

Anna serves as the Campus Missioner to Appalachian State University, working with the undergraduate students through the Presbyterian Episcopal Campus Ministry (PECM) as well as serving as the coordinator for 3rd Place. In addition, she serves as the Missioner to Creation Care and Social Justice at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone. She aspires to walking alongside others in their faith journeys and delving into the deep questions of faith and life. She considers part of her job to be a collector, keeper, and purveyor of story, which started early on with her appreciation for the stories from Godly Play. Her passions include any and all things related to stewarding and caring for the planet and all that inhabit it. 

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Lewis Sorrells

Office Assistant and Receptionist

Lewis serves as the office assistant at the bishop's office, answering calls and keeping things organized. A genuine native of WNC, Lewis grew up in Haywood County. He graduated from Carson Newman College with some further study at Vanderbilt University. He had a 40-year career as a bookseller and bookstore owner in Asheville, operating Accent On Books for 30 years until retiring in 2014. An active member of the Cathedral of All Souls since 1977, he has served in many capacities as a vestry member, senior warden, usher, and committee chair. He currently chairs the Altar Guild. Lewis is married to Christine Longoria and has a daughter Rachel and a son Franklin, both longtime Camp Henry attendees and counselors. There are now four grandchildren. He can most often be found in the garden or out on a hike. 

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