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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Her former role was Curator for Emerging Communities in the Diocese of El Camino Real.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.