St. Matthias' is excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Erin Kirby as its new rector. Most recently, Rev. Kirby was Associate Rector of St. James Parish, Wilmington, NC.
Erin obtained her theological training at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA (2008-11) under the sponsorship of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Valle Crucis, NC. Her second year of training was spent abroad at an Anglican seminary, Ripon College Cuddesdon, located in the English village of Cuddesdon with field placements in Littlemore and London.
Upon receiving her Master of Divinity degree in 2011, Erin returned to England to serve as Junior Dean at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served as a curate in the Church of England, on the Dorchester Abby Team in the cluster of churches including St. Peter's Marsh Baldon, St. Lawrence, Toot Baldon, and St. Mary and St. Berin at Berinsfield. Upon her return to the United States in 2012, she was ordained to the priesthood, serving as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shrewsbury, MA, before being called to St. James-Wilmington.
Prior to her theological training, Erin was employed in higher education at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC (1995-2005), where she served as webmaster and adjunct faculty member, while earning her doctorate in education. From 2005-08 Erin served as Assistant Professor of Education at Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, NC.