Our Clergy

The Reverend Dan Wall

Vicar

Father Dan became Vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension at Fork on January 1, 2017. He was previously Priest Associate at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Clemmons, and earlier in his life had served as Minister of Education at Hickory’s First United Methodist Church as well as Pastor of St. Timothy United Methodist Church in High Point. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in the early 70’s, was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in the late 70’s, and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2015.

He is a native North Carolinian, and was educated at High Point University, where he was graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Behavioral Science and Sociology, and was awarded an M.Div. from the Divinity School of Duke University in Durham. He studied Religious Education with Father John Westerhoff at Duke, and remains passionate about Christian formation in the local parish, particularly intergenerational learning. His other lifelong passion in the Church is social justice, advocating for full inclusion and equality for all people in both church and society.

Father Dan lived in Chicago and Long Beach, CA before returning to North Carolina to care for his aging parents. He currently shares a home in Thomasville with Boogie Boy, a cat who allows him to continue living with him.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, theater, reading, and just killing time with people…and animals.

Father Dan is also the diocesan chaplain for Daughters of the King, a lay order for women dedicated to prayer, service, and evangelism.

You can reach Father Dan via email, or by leaving a message at the church, (336) 998-0857.

Email me: Father.Dan@Ascension-Fork.org

The Reverend Joan L. Sherrill

Deacon

The Rev. Joan L. Sherrill accepted the call to be our Deacon in 2015 after her ordination as a Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Church.  She graduated with a BS degree in Accounting from the University of NC at Greensboro.  She was a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church before coming to Ascension. While there she served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor and was very active in the church. She is happy that Ascension is her first church where she will serve as Deacon.  For over thirteen years, her ministry has been with the prison systems of NC and Forsyth County Jail.  She has been working with inmates with addiction problems and helps them to readjust to life outside of prison.  She is also a volunteer Chaplain at Forsyth Hospital.  At Ascension, she enjoys serving with the volunteers at Our DailyBread food pantry.While away from Ascension, she is an accountant for two local businesses.  She enjoys playing golf and Canasta.  She loves being at home reading and just sitting with her cat, “Boo.”  She also loves the coast of NC and goes there at every available opportunity to sit on the pier and fish.

You can reach Deacon Joan via email, or by leaving a message at the church, (336) 998-0857.

Email me: joanls.ascension@gmail.com

The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman

Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of North Carolina

Bishop Sam was ordained and consecrated as the 12th Bishop of North Carolina’s on July 15, in the Chapel of Duke University in Durham, NC.

Rodman previously served as the Special Projects Officer for the Diocese of Massachusetts, a role he took on after spending five years as the diocesan project manager for campaign initiatives, where he engaged congregations, clergy and laity, in collaborative local and global mission through the Together Now campaign, helping to raise $20 million to fund these initiatives. Prior to that, Rodman spent 16 years as the rector of St. Michael’s in Milton, Massachusetts, during which the parish established a seven-year plan that included a capital campaign for a major renovation of the church building.

Ordained in 1988, Rodman is a graduate of Bates College and Virginia Theological Seminary. He is married to Deborah Rodman, and they are the parents of two adult daughters. In his free time, Rodman enjoys basketball, golf, kayaking, walking his dog, crosswords and creative writing.

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