To continue the perpetual spirit of Western North Carolina by building up brave leaders, engaging with our communities to strengthen our relationships with young adults, and expand young adult ministry.
Starting in 2019, The Diocese of Western North Carolina will launch an Episcopal Service program. This program invites young adults to complete a year of service by walking their path and seeing where God is at work in their lives. Our community will nurture these individuals through the work they will do at local nonprofits, living in intentional community, and deepening spiritual awareness.
Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) is a national program, but in our diocese alone we have had at least 10 young adults complete a year of service. Our diocese is special because it’s organic upbringing has been woven deeply into the hearts of people that grew up here. As young adults we have felt called to continue what we know, and what has been a constant in our lives: service. The people in Western North Carolina have helped to nourish the constant foundation in our Episcopal faith and we hope to continue that tradition.
Our mission is simple, to serve. We invite anyone wishing to serve their greater community to join us. We are grounded in the ability to bring change and hope to this community through acts of service, leadership development, and spiritual awareness.
At Blue Ridge Service Corps, we welcome everyone into our community, regardless of walk of faith, gender, sexuality, or race. We are all part of God’s creation, and at Blue Ridge Service Corps we celebrate being exactly who God created us to be. We aim to be an inclusive, judgement-free community where everyone can feel safe and valued while they do God’s work.
We welcome you as you are. We cannot wait for you to join us.
Learn more about the experience being in Blue Ridge Service Corps in this video.
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Meet the Advisory Board
The Rev. John Roberts
The Rev. Anna Shine
The Rev. J. Clarkson
“I think all young Episcopalians should participate in a service year. A year of service helps young adults learn how to put all that they have learned from their youth into action. It also helps us transition into living out our Baptismal Covenant in everyday life.”
“It is hard to express the true value of my time spent serving with the ESC program. Without the relationships and formation I experienced working in the broader church I would not be on the path that I am today. Time spent in service to God’s creation is beneficial to you, the Church, and the world as a whole.”
more faces of service
Hover over an image below to read about their experience completing a year of service with Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) or Episcopal Service Corps (ESC). .
We cannot wait to have you as a part of Blue Ridge Service Corps program based in Asheville, North Carolina. Our program is open to people of all faiths hoping to serve in an intentional community. Apply today for your opportunity to serve in our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
The following application is processed through the national Episcopal Service Corps organization. Please specify ‘Blue Ridge Service Corps’ on the application to serve with us.
Megan Cox is the director of Blue Ridge Service Corps. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or get involved in this ministry, please contact Megan to get started. Being an active volunteer isn’t the only way to get involved, and we would love to have you be a part of this ministry.