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The Rev. Joseph H. Hensley, Jr.

St. George's Episcopal Church
Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Rev. Joseph H. Hensley, Jr. grew up in Greensboro, NC at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and UNC Chapel Hill. A monastery experience at age 23 helped cement his commitment to Christ. He later worked as a professional youth minister and for a community mediation center. Preparing for priesthood, he served at St. Mark’s, Roxboro, NC, Goodwin House (Alexandria, VA) and Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D.C. and graduated (MDiv) from Virginia Theological Seminary. Ordained deacon and priest in 2007, he became assistant rector at St. Luke’s, Durham, NC, serving on the Diocesan Council in North Carolina from 2010-2014. Since 2015, he has been rector of St. George’s in Fredericksburg, VA.

Joe is committed to his own work toward justice and healing and dismantling all forms of oppression which inhibit our flourishing as God’s beloved children.

Joe and his spouse of 23 years, Sarah White, have three children, Lucy, Stella, and Owen. He currently chairs the Human Kindness Foundation Board of Directors and has had gigs as a musician, Outward Bound instructor, and performing clown (“Ashes”). He loves singing, playing outside, contemplative practices, and making holy mischief.

Application Essay Answers        Resumé   

Translations of essay answers are incorporated into the full bio packets available in Spanish and Korean.

Nominees were asked to create a video answering, “What in our profile sparks excitement when you image yourself as Bishop of Virginia?”