Welcome Our New Rector!
On behalf of your Vestry and the Discernment Committee, we are pleased to announce that The Rev. Milly Morrow has accepted our call to be our new Rector at Grace!
Her first day with us will be July 31. She will be in the office on August 3 and lead our worship on August 9.
Rev. Milly is a life-long Episcopalian and was raised in East Tennessee where her mother was a member of the Altar Guild and her father was an EFM mentor and a lay reader in a church her grandparents helped to establish.
She has been ordained since 2013 and has been with the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville since graduating from the Episcopal Divinity School in 2010.
Called to Equip the Saints
Before her ordination, Rev. Milly served as a community educator, and as an advocate and a counselor for several non-profits working with individuals, families and communities.
She specialized in direct service in working with survivors of violent crime and in the areas of economic and racial justice and community capacity building.
Her call is to equip the Saints, and support the Body of Christ in living out our baptismal covenant to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” and “to strive for justice and peace among all people”.
Provides and Oversees Pastoral Care
Throughout her ministry, she has especially focused on providing and overseeing the pastoral care of members in times of need, building empowered lay ministries, decreasing violence (both institutional and personal), uprooting institutional racism and building the capacity of systems to thrive.
Also, she has supported and engaged the church in mission opportunities and created relationships across barriers in the local and wider community.
Founded the Kairos West Community Center
Rev. Milly earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from UT Knoxville and a Master’s of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.
She is the founder and missioner for the new church plant, the Kairos West Community Center in West Asheville, and a current board member of the NC Center for Justice and an active member of Faith4Justice.
Also, she is the mother of a 12-year-old daughter and the stepmother of two young adults. She is married to Bill Buchanan who is the founder of Youth Mission Co and a Presbyterian minister.
Her family lives close to our church and you can often find Rev. Milly running the trail around Beaver Lake. She loves music, especially jazz, blues, gospel and folk from various areas of the world.