First Methodist adds two ministers
First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville has added the Revs. Christy Sharp and Annie Fritschner to the ministry staff at the church, Senior Pastor Dan Martin announced.
"We are very fortunate to have two individuals with the grace and talents of Christy and Annie joining our staff," Martin said.
Bishop Larry Goodpaster appointed Sharp as an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church. Sharp comes to Hendersonville from Skyland United Methodist Church where she served seven years as an associate pastor. She is a graduate of Davidson College and Duke Divinity School. While at Davidson she traveled to India where she met Mother Teresa and worked in Mother Teresa's Home for the Destitute and Dying.
She is married to Otto, a veterinarian in Swannanoa. They have three boys, Evan (10), Hunter (8) and Eric (6).
Fritschner has joined the staff of the church as a Minister of Visitation. Fritschner comes to Hendersonville from St. Phillip's Episcopal Church in Brevard where she served for four years. She also served the Church of the Advocate Episcopal Church for the homeless in Asheville for 5½ years. She has been an ordained Deacon since 2002.
Fritschner has a diverse professional background that includes non-profit fundraising and teaching. She is an active writer and co-authored a book entitled Daily Practices of God's People. Her ministry has been focused on outreach and has included travels to India, South Africa, Guatemala and Haiti.
She is married to Sam, city attorney in Hendersonville. She has two stepchildren, Aaron, who lives in Washington, DC, and Hannah, who is pursuing a Masters degree in Florence, Italy.