The Rev. Dr. John B. Pollock, Rector
The Rev. Deacon John J. Gaskill, Jr., Deacon
Born and raised in New Bern, John graduated from Wake Forest (where he met Donna) with a B.A. in English, and from the University of Florida with a Master’s in Education. He then honored his ROTC commitment with two years active duty as an officer in the Army, spent mostly at Ft. Hood, Texas. After finishing his military obligation, John and Donna and their daughter Shannon moved to Auburn, Maine, where John taught Jr. High School English and drama for two years, before the whole family up and moved to Miami, Florida, where John taught High School English for three years. After being strongly encouraged to do so, John applied for and was accepted as a Special Agent with the FBI, where he spent the next 26 years, most of it living in northern Virginia, working mainly counterintelligence and counterespionage matters, and teaching at the FBI Academy. Daughter Taylor and son Matthew were born during this time. After retiring, John and Donna moved here to Carteret County, and John, finally responding to an insistent itch in the back of his mind that just would not go away, began the discernment process toward ordination as a Deacon. After three and one-half years and many hundreds of miles back and forth to Diaconal training at the Episcopal Center at Duke University, he was finally ordained and assigned to St. Andrew’s. His Diaconal ministry is working with those with severe and persistent mental illnesses and their families and caregivers. In doing so, working closely with NAMI (the National Association on Mental Illness), for 12 years he taught the 12-week long Family–to-Family course, and was certified to train other teachers for the course; for the past 12 years he has co-facilitated several support groups, currently running groups in Morehead City and New Bern. For the past couple of years he has been Archdeacon for the diocese. John loves his wife, music and singing, digging in the dirt of his veggie garden, his five grandchildren, reading most anything, and his Jeep.
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Wednesdays: 12:15 Holy Eucharist, Rite One :: 5:30 Holy Eucharist, Rite One, with Healing Service