The Parish

For pastoral emergencies:  contact The Rev. Linda Wofford Hawkins at:

Home: (828) 295-4308       Cell: (703) 244-7037

Office: (828) 295-7323      Other: (864) 836-2624


St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church
140 Chestnut Drive
 Post Office Box 14
 Blowing Rock, NC 28605-0014

Phone: 828.295.7323
Fax: 828.295.5086
Web Site: http://stmaryofthehills.org
General E-mail: office@stmaryofthehills.org


Church Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


The Vestry


  • Chip Myers, Senior Warden
  • Paul McGill, Junior Warden
  • Bob Miller, Treasurer
  • Mary Galke
  • Dick Kitchell
  • Ryan Postlethwait
  • Jim West
  • Bill Devereux
  • Lynn Searfoss
  • Amanda White
  • Crawford Cleveland
  • Bill Furr
  • Jane Milner


To contact members of the Vestry, please contact the Church Office.



The Staff


The Rev. Linda Wofford Hawkins, Interim Rector




The Rev. Sam Tallman, Priest Associate


James Bumgardner, DMA, Director of Music

Greta Wilson, Parish Administrator

Joe Raulerson, Financial Secretary



Bill Stroh, Sexton


Meagan Lawler, Emily Blackburn, Rachel Blackburn, Alex Scheurer -  Nursery Attendants

The Rt. Rev. Gary GlosterAssisting

Sue Sweeting- Altar Guild 

Page Parsons - Flower Guild

Garland Myers - Ushers

Acolytes- Michelle Curry

Chalice bearers


The Discernment Committee

  • Loy McGill, chairperson
  • Kyle Ball, seasonal representative
  • Doug Galke
  • Susie Greene
  • Marjory Holder
  • Jane Milner, vestry representative
  • Chip Monroe
  • Patty Patella
  • Tim Silver
  • Ed Springs


History of the Church


St. Mary of the Hills was built in 1918 and dedicated in 1921 as the Susie Parker Stringfellow Memorial Church. With the generous gift of Elliott Daingerfield’s painting, Madonna of the Hills, the name was changed to St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Mission. St. Mary of the Hills became a parish in 1972.

St. Mary of the Hills houses within the confines of the grounds several items of interest, including the following:

- The painting of St. Mary by Elliott Daingerfield, an artist of national renown, who was a summer communicant at St. Mary’s for over 50 years. 

- Four bells that were cast in Baltimore and installed in 1921, electrified in 1951, and still ring daily on the hour. The largest was dedicated to the men from Watauga County who fought in World War I. The ivy on the tower housing the bells is said to have originated from a sprig growing in the cloister at Westminster Abbey.

- "The Offering" - a statue of the Virgin offering her Son to the world, completed by noted sculptor Marjorie Daingerfield Howlett - longtime communicant at St. Mary’s and daughter of Elliott Daingerfield. The sculpture is located in the Mary Garden beyond the east church wall.

- The stained glass windows installed in 1977, 1990, and 1993, which depict the life of Christ.

As the Congregation of St. Mary’s continued to grow, an addition was completed in 1994 to maintain the integrity, beauty, and uniqueness of the original structure.  In the year 2000, a second floor addition over the Parish Hall was built to accommodate our need for increased Sunday School space.

"The Annunciation", a sculpture by local artist and communicant Alex Hallmark, was placed on the gable facing Sunset Drive in April of 2002. 

In February of 2003 the Stations of the Cross were completed and installed in the Nave. These beautiful objects of devotional art were designed and cast by Alex Hallmark. 

A beautiful new set of kneelers for the church were dedicated in the summer of 2005, hand-stitched by communicants. 

Funds for a new organ - built by Lively-Fulcher Pipe Organ Builders - were given by an anonymous St. Mary's couple. This gift, spurred a complete renovation of the nave, completed in 2014.  The renovation included both structural and insulating work to ensure conservation of resources and the continuing structural integrity of the church into the next century.