Our mission is simple, to serve. We invite young adults, ages 20-26, who wish to serve their greater community to join us. We are dedicated to joining our neighbors enacting change and hope in the local community through service and justice. We create space for young adults to deepen spirituality and live simply so that they may discern their vocational path.
The Core Pillars of our Program are:
serving others in solidarity
forming Beloved Community
The Core Values of our Program are:
Hospitality | Collaboration | Compassion | Gratitude | Resiliency | Integrity | Spirituality | Courage
Blue Ridge Service Corps values and celebrates diversity in all of God’s creation, strives to build a service corps program reflective of beloved community, and commits to creating affirming space for all, particularly BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ persons. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or ability.
The Diocese of WNC is proud to have had over a dozen young adults go on to participate in programs such as Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) & Episcopal Service Corps (ESC). In 2018, Bishop José McLoughlin and Canon Augusta Anderson gave the support to gather a Steering Committee to explore the feasibility of creating a service corps community in the Diocese. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, the committee worked with Megan Cox, founder of Blue Ridge Service Corps, to lay the groundwork for the program, which had its inaugural year in 2020. Currently, BRSC is supported by the Diocese of WNC, Bishop Jose, the BRSC Advisory Board, Missioner for Youth & Young Adults Eden Lewis, Director Kelsey Davis, partner organizations, and many others who share their resources with us.
Blue Ridge Service
Corps Members 2020-2021
Mayden graduated from UNC Asheville at the age of 20 with a degree in Mass Communication. She is currently working at two different placement sites. Throughout the week, Mayden works with Creative Peacemakers through St. George's Episcopal Church in West Asheville, and with the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. Mayden is a beekeeper and loves to read, write, bake, take photos, make short films, and travel.
Bonnie is currently serving at Calvary Food Pantry and Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, NC. She graduated in 2019 from Furman University and spent a year working in DC before returning to NC during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. She spends her spare time hiking, baking, reading, watching art documentaries, and exploring Asheville's breweries and wineries.
Kelsey Davis, Director
Kelsey is Director of Blue Ridge Service Corps & Campus Missioner at UNCA & WCU. 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. She holds a M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School and B.A. in Theology from the University of Portland.
The Rt. Rev. Bishop José A. McLoughlin
José Antonio McLoughlin was consecrated as the seventh bishop, and first Latino, of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina on October 1, 2016.
Prior to his election as bishop of the diocese of Western North Carolina, José served as the Canon to the Ordinary and Chief-of-Staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma since 2008. Previously, José served congregations in the dioceses of Southeast Florida and Virginia. Learn more
Eden Lewis, missioner for youth & young adults
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.
Meet the Board
The Rev. Toni Belhu
Cheryl A. (Toni) Belhu received her M.Div. with a concentration in Latinx Ministry from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.
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.