Meet the Board
The Rev. Toni Belhu
Cheryl A. (Toni) Belhu is a senior seminarian at Seminary of the Southwest (SSW). She is a transitional deacon in the Diocese of Western North Carolina and her sending parish is St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gastonia, NC. Toni participates in the ministry and church life of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Manor, Texas as part of her field education. St. Mary Magdalene is a multi-cultural, multi-generational parish with services conducted in both Spanish and English. Her concentration at SSW is Latinx Ministry.
Prior to attending seminary, Toni retired from Bridgestone Americas, Inc. after her 22-year career working primarily in human resources and talent development at four locations including the US headquarters in Nashville, TN. Toni is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served almost ten years as both an enlisted soldier and military officer.
The Rev. J. Clarkson
The Rev. J. Clarkson has not always been a priest. He's also been a teacher, non-profit administrator, and advocate for youth, education, and sustainable food culture. He grew up near Nashville, attended seminary in Austin, and lives near Asheville, so yes, he does know every word to "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show. J. serves as Rector of Calvary Church in Fletcher, NC. The church forests of Ethiopia fascinate him.
The Rev. John Roberts
The Rev. John Roberts has worked in all different roles within the Episcopal Church since his college, with the congregational-saving exception of singing in the choir. Currently, Fr. John serves as the Chaplain of Christ School in the south Asheville area, and finds great joy in building connections with the students and faculty of the Christ School community. John particularly enjoys woodworking (over exercise any day!) as a way to unwind.
Carla is a retired educator. She grew up in Louisville KY and spent the summers in NC at a girls camp and ended up being their program director - her vision was that this would be ideal for a year-round program/school for kids and what an environment to learn it! A Masters in Education helped her facilitate many programs for Special Needs students as a teacher and supervisor. She has been raising and training Labrador Retrievers for 30 years. Ask her about her Cadaver, Arson or Pet Partner Therapy dogs.
The Rev. Tim Ervolina
The Rev. Tim Ervolina is an Episcopal deacon, which is sort of like being a priest, only without the whole turning ordinary bread and wine into the mystical body of Christ part. As a deacon, he takes a nearly fiendish delight in finding obscure Bible passages forbidding the wearing of cotton/poly blends, eating shrimp and getting tattoos of Bible passages that forbid tattooing, while insisting that the whole point of Chrstianity is to love everyone, everywhere, unconditionally, all the time. Period. He and his spouse Kendra, live in Asheville. They use their regular falls while hiking muddy trails as an excuse to drink beer.
The Rev. Kevin Todd
Kevin has lived in Western North Carolina for nearly 8 years, and is excited to be in ministry with the people of St. Paul’s in Edneyville. He was born and raised in Nashville, TN and attended seminary at Duke Divinity School. He enjoys gardening, has three children and seven chickens, and drinks way too much coffee.
Eden oversees Christian formation for middle school youth, high school youth and young adults, as Missioner for Youth and Young Adults in the Episcopal Diocese of WNC. 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.