Office of the Bishop and

Bishop's Staff

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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 Rt. Rev. José A. McLoughlin


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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The Rev. Canon Augusta Anderson

Canon to the Ordinary and Chief of Staff

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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Carol Tannenbaum

Chief Financial Officer

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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Lisa Rettew

Executive Assistant to the Bishop

As the Assistant for Finance and Diocesan Life, Kelly equips us to serve our congregations with direct staff support in both financial services and operational assistance. She assists the Chief Financial Officer and the Canon to the Ordinary, serves as a resource for parish administrators in their various responsibilities, and supports both the regular operations of the diocesan office and our ongoing diocesan-wide events.

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Kelly Stephenson

Assistant for Finance and Diocesan Life 

Eden 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 works with the campus and young adult ministers to provide programming that meets the needs of young adults on college campuses and in our local communities. 

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Eden Lewis

Missioner for Youth and Young Adults

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 Rev. Miguel Alvarez

Regional Missioner for Latino Ministries

Virginia Taylor is a photographer, writer, and videographer. Above all she is a storyteller, and enjoys finding any way she can to connect and share the stories of those around her. Her recent work with the Diocese of WNC has included collecting oral histories of many of the churches and community members. She is also passionate about sharing a modern idea of faith to the younger generations.

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Virginia Taylor

Officer of Communications

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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The Venerable Brenda Gilbert


Dani'el Garvin is a former campus minister and missionary in Indonesia. Shem is a seminary graduate and a licensed psychotherapist. Ordained to Indigenous Native American ministries, shem is also a Powwow dancer, blowdart champion, Native American 2-spirit medicine person with seer gifts, and Torah teacher. Shem is acknowledged as chief on indigenous missions to South America and Trinidad. 

Dani'el Garvin

Volunteer Receptionist

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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Jessica Forbes LeFiles

Director of Camp Henry and Outdoor Programming


Monday- Thursday: 8:30 AM-4:45 PM 

Friday: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

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