RECTOR & STAFF
Click on a staff member below to read their bio and find their contact information. To find more information about our La Esperanza Latino Ministry leaders, visit our La Esperanza page. To get to know our vestry and read recent meeting minutes, visit the Vestry page.
The Rev. Dr. Dena Bearl Whalen has been ordained for over thirty years, and her experience includes leadership which is both visionary and pastoral, a reconciler and community builder, preaching based on scripture that proclaims God’s love and draws people further into a life in Christ—and much more. Her undergraduate studies were in music therapy and gerontology before she heard the call to ministry. Dena started her pastoral career in Jacksonville, Fl, followed by 3 years in Greenville SC, 9 years in Clarkesville GA, and then she came to North Carolina to be rector of St. Paul’s in Wilmington. She most recently served at the Church of the Advocate in Asheville.