60 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801


828-253-9361 x 227

ABOUT US




OUR HISTORY

Church of the Advocate is located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, and is a worshiping community of the Episcopal Dioceses of WNC. Our ministry was established in 1997, meeting regularly at Pritchard Park, making it one of the earliest ministries to the unhoused in downtown Asheville. On Sundays, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 1:30, offering a safe and sacred space for our congregation to worship God.  At 2:00, a homemade community lunch is shared. During lunch, we also open our shoe closet and our basics closet, which offers a wide range of toiletries+other necessities. Participation in worship is not required to take part in any of our other offerings.


OUR CLERGY

The Rev. Mike Reardon--Vicar

Mike Reardon joined Church of the Advocate in January of 2024. Born and raised in eastern Connecticut, Mike earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut before attending Yale Divinity School for his Master of Divinity.

Mike previously served at Grace Episcopal Church in Asheville, Haywood Street Congregation, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Willimantic, CT. Mike also currently serves as Assistant Rector at Trinity, Asheville. In each of his pastoral contexts, Mike is committed to cultivating a spirit of gentleness, consistently reminding others of the blessedness that we all share.

Mike is a passionate cyclist, competing in bikepacking and gravel races. He loves to make homemade pizza, read, tend to his garden, and watch UConn basketball. He lives on a small homestead in Candler with his wife, Miryam, his hound, Balsam, five chickens, three sheep, and his livestock dog, Badger.

 

OUR BELIEFS

Church of the Adovcate is a worshipping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, and a partner of the Anglican Communion. We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as expressed in scriptures, and interpreted by early church. We join the church in all ages and places, proclaiming God who has created, redeemed, and sanctified us.

We bless and affirm the sacredness of all of God's people, and fully welcome people of all races, creeds, and sexual identities in our congregation.

OUR PARTNERS

Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville Youth Mission, Buncombe County Community Paramedics, & more.

 

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