Bishop to speak at Church of the Ascension on Sunday

Published 4:52 pm Friday, January 6, 2023

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The Right Rev. Samuel Rodman will make his yearly visit to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension at Fork on Sunday, Jan. 83.

Bishop Rodman will lead the adult Sunday School class at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. He will celebrate the Holy Eucharist, preach, and confirm and receive new members at the 11 a.m. liturgy. There will be a potluck following the service in the bishop’s honor.

Rodman succeeded the Right Rev. Michael B. Curry, who is now Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Rodman was ordained and consecrated as the XII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham on July 15, 2017. He was elected on March 4, 2017.

Prior to his election, Rodman served as the Special Projects Officer for the Episcopal 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, he spent 16 years as the rector of St. Michael’s in Milton, Mass., 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, Bishop Rodman is a graduate of Bates College and Virginia Theological Seminary. He and his wife of 37 years, Deborah, live in Raleigh with their dog, Neo. They are the parents of two adult daughters. In his free time, Bishop Rodman enjoys basketball, golf, kayaking, walking his dog, crosswords and creative writing.

The Church of the Ascension is at 183 Fork-Bixby Road, Advance. The church can be followed on Facebook, and at The phone number is 336-998-0857.

The rector of the parish is the Rev. Gus P. Chrysson and the deacon is the Rev. Joan Sherrill.  All are welcome.