The Rev. Dr. Robert Voyle, Interim Rector
Rob+ can be reached at 704-366-3034, ext. 231 (O), 704-620-0315 (M) or via email at
The Rev. Dr. Brad Smith, Sr. Assoc. for Adult Formation & Spiritual Development
Deb and I very excited to be joining you in ministry at St. John’s. We have been warmly welcomed and anticipate many great opportunities to serve with you as we love God and neighbor.
For the last eight years, I served as rector of St. Paul’s, Monroe. Before coming to the Diocese of North Carolina, I served parishes in Atlanta and East Tennessee. Prior to seminary (Sewanee), I completed my PhD in Philosophy/Medical Ethics (UT — GO VOLS!) and my BA (William & Mary) along with a 2-year hospital chaplain residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
My faith in God is expressed most deeply through my orientation to the contemplative life, specifically centering prayer and lectio divina. In addition to having served as Co-Coordinator and Workshop Facilitator of Contemplative Outreach Piedmont, NC, I lead centering prayer retreats at St. Mary’s, Sewanee and centering prayer support groups. This way of living motivated me to convene a centering prayer group (The Inner Room) for clergy in our diocese, who gather each quarter at the St. Francis Prayer Center (Greensboro), giving them the chance to be nourished in silence so that they may better serve their parishes. Lastly, I am a Benedictine oblate with St. Gregory's Abbey (Three Rivers, MI) and incorporate the Rule of Benedict in all aspects of my faith.
With my background in philosophy and medical ethics, I have had the privilege of serving on numerous medical ethics committees, most recently Novant (Charlotte) contributing the language of faith to multidisciplinary discernment of ethical issues in the medical arena. Aside from leading clergy workshops on medical ethics, I have founded and organized Bishops Committees on Bioethics in East Tennessee and in North Carolina, helping parishes (clergy and laity) understand the language of medical ethics and how the language of being an Episcopalian informs our medical decision-making.
Deb and I have been happily married since 1994. We met in college and have never missed a day to just have fun together. She is a special education attorney serving as in-house counsel for the Union County School System. In my spare time, I enjoy fly fishing, golf, tai chi, cycling, trap/skeet, and reading.
Brad+ can be reached at 704-366-3034, ext. 224 (o), (704)288-8118 (m), or email at
The priests of St. John's are always ready and willing to support anyone who is in need by providing prayer, Healing Service, counseling, or just a quiet, listening presence-- in your home, over a cup of coffee, in the hospital, or in the church. We are also happy to share in your moments of joy and celebration, to offer prayers of thanksgiving and blessings.
Neither care nor celebration are impositions on our time—these are the moments for which God calls us into ministry and for which we train and prepare. Please call the church office to speak with one of the priests if you or your family need prayer, counseling, or any form of pastoral care.
If there is a pastoral emergency please call 704-366-3034 press 1 and your call will be transferred to our message center , and one of the priests will respond as quickly as possible.
The Parish Health Team also provides support in time of need through a variety of ways, including Meals Ministry, Visitation Ministry, and Eucharistic Visitors, to name but a few.