Vicar joins Church of Ascension

Published 9:11 am Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension at Fork is has a new Vicar, The Rev. Dan Wall, who has been at Ascension since January.

He came from St. Clement’s, Clemmons where he was Priest Associate.  Earlier he served as minister of education at Hickory’s First United Methodist Church as well as Pastor of St. Timothy’s UMC in High Point. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in the early 70s, was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in the late 70s, and was ordained Episcopal Priest in 2015.

He is a native North Carolinian, and was educated at High Point University, where he was graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors in behavioral science and sociology, and was awarded a master of divinity 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 church and society.

The Deacon at Ascension is The Rev. Joan Sherrill, who joined the staff in 2015 following her ordination as a Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Church. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UNC Greensboro. She attended St. Timothy’s Episcopal in Winston-Salem where she was a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor.

For over 14 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 re-adjust to life outside of prison.

At Ascension, she preaches monthly, and volunteers at “Our Daily Bread” Food Pantry. In her spare time she enjoys golf and Canasta. She also loves being at home reading or pier fishing at the coast.