ABOUT REV. WHIT

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Whitney Fauntleroy was ordained on October 19, 2014 by the Presbytery of New Hope and installed as the Designated Pastor of Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church on November 9, 2014 by the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina.

Whitney grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and is the youngest of three children. Whitney confirmed her faith at Davie Street Presbyterian Church in the sixth grade and has remained connected with the PCUSA since that time. Whitney’s zeal for her faith began as a middle school student attending Presbytery retreats, camps, and conferences. She began to discern a call in to ministry during her junior year of high school while attending Montreat Youth Conferences. She credits the Montreat Youth Conferences and the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation as some of the most formative events and communities in her faith. Whitney graduated from University of North Carolina Wilmington, a public university in North Carolina, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy and Religion. During her time in Wilmington she was an interim youth director, as well as a volunteer youth advisor at two local churches. After completing her undergraduate studies she went to New Orleans, LA to serve as an AmeriCorps Member with a rebuilding organization.

Whitney  attended Princeton Theological Seminary where she received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Art in Youth and Young Adult Ministry in 2012. While in seminary, Whitney was involved with many campus organizations including Seminarians for Peace and Justice, Student Government, and the Association for Black Seminarians.  Whitney also worked for the office of the chapel as a sexton, the Office of Admissions as a campus host, and Seminary Relations as a phonathon caller and later the first student supervisor of the Phonathon.

Now in her fifth year of professional ministry, Whitney is grateful to have experienced ministry in many context.  Whitney has served as Director of Youth Ministry at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill from 2012-2014 before taking her first ordained call as Designated Solo Pastor at Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC where she served for 2.5 years. In the Spring of 2016, she began serving as Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. 

In the last few years, Whitney has increased her service to the greater church through Montreat College and Youth Conferences, Presbyterian Youth Workers Association, NEXTChurch and More Light Presbyterian. She also is part of Wake Forest Divinity School's  Clergy Making A Place Cohort, an ecumenical group of pastors who seek to be community leaders and rooted in their geographical places.

    In addition to ministry, Whitney is a lover of pop-culture, Duke Basketball, the city of New Orleans, NPR and Nikes (but not a collector). If she didn't have to "adult" all the time, she'd spend her time exclusively eating brunch, going to concerts,  visiting friends, and spreading the good news and wisdom of Dolly Rebecca Parton to anyone who will listen.  She currently most identifies with Eddie Huang of Fresh Off the Boat, Disney's Moana and, Gayle King as her celebrity spirit animals.