Election Results


Bishop and Council


Positions Open:

1 Lay South East Area

1 Lay Upper East Area

1 Clergy Middle East Area

Term: Three-year terms ending in 2023.

The Bishop and Council “B&C” comprises the bishop, the dean of St. John’s Cathedral, plus ten lay and clerical members who represent each of the three geographical areas of the diocese-two of each from the populous South East and Middle East areas and one of each from the Upper East area.

“B&C” carries out the work of the Diocesan Convention between its annual meetings and oversees the program of the diocese.

In 2019, the Bishop and Council adopted the following guiding principles. We ARE:

  • attuned to a eucharistic moment when past, present, and future co-exist
  • focused on God’s work in us and in you
  • hopeful about the church
  • collaborative
  • three regions as a trinity
  • ecumenical, participative, supportive
  • all in this together
  • prayerful
  • speaking truth in love
  • the convention between conventions

Among its responsibilities, Bishop and Council prepares the diocesan budget to be approved by Diocesan Convention and approves grants and loans recommended by the Opportunity Fund Committee. Members may serve on the Opportunity Fund and other council committees: Budget and Finance, Health Insurance, Stewardship, the Diocesan Council on Youth Ministry, or Diocesan Convention. Each term is three years. Clergy and lay members may not be from the same parish, and members must be 18 years old or more. Bishop and Council members may not serve simultaneously on the Standing Committee. Members gather approximately six times a year for meetings at the Diocesan House in Knoxville, although annual meetings may include an all-day or overnight retreat.

Please see Rule 8.03 of the Diocese of East Tennessee Annual Convention Rules of Order for specific provisions governing the election of members of Bishop and Council.


Lay South East Area

Bo Hixson, St. Paul’s Chattanooga

Nominated by the Rev. Claire Brown, St. Paul’s Chattanooga

Bo Hixson is a long time member of St. Paul’s Chattanooga. He has practiced law in the Chattanooga area for over 30 years, and is an active outdoorsman and community member. Bo is involved in parish ministry as a lector, verger, and Eucharistic minister. He is married to Carol, and the father of three adult children.


Lay Upper East Area

John Bellamy, St. Paul’s Kingsport

Nominated by the Rev. Johnny Tuttle, St. Paul’s Kingsport

At St. Paul’s in Kingsport I have served on our Vestry, chaired the Finance Committee, chaired our Christmas dinner, and served on other committees. Currently I am a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. I have twice served on Discernment Committees for our parish and served on the Bishop Search Committee. I am licensed by the Diocese as a Lay Worship Leader and a Lay Pastoral Care Leader. I received my B.A. from King College and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee.  I am married to Tim Bradshaw. We have two sons, Rhys (9) and Rowan (7), who serve as acolytes.


Clergy Middle East Area

Rev. Elizabeth Farr, Good Samaritan, Knoxville

Nominated by the Rev. Cal Calhoun, Church of the Good Samaritan, Knoxville

Elizabeth will mark ten years in the Diocese of East Tennessee in 2020.  She and her husband Matt returned to East Tennessee in 2010 when Elizabeth was called to serve as the Youth Director at Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain, after three years serving in full-time lay ministry in the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  With five years at Good Shepherd, a call to ordained ministry and a return to Sewanee for seminary, and just over a year of ministry at Good Samaritan in Knoxville, Elizabeth is excited by the opportunity to grow in her leadership experience on Bishop and Council.


Standing Committee


Positions Open:

1 Clergy

1 Lay

Terms: Three-year terms ending in 2023.

The Standing Committee serves as a council of advice to the bishop. Among its responsibilities, it gives consent for all bishops elected in The Episcopal Church, recommends individuals for ordination, and advises on the purchase, sale, or encumbrance of any diocesan property or property held by a congregation or ministry of the diocese. In the event the diocese is without a bishop, the Standing Committee serves as the ecclesiastical authority until the diocese elects a new bishop.

The Standing Committee schedules monthly meetings, but sometimes it conducts business via e-mail or conference call.

The Standing Committee has six members, three clergy and three lay. One clergy and one lay member rotate off each year. Each member’s term is three years, and they may be re-elected for one successive term. Members of the Standing Committee may not serve simultaneously on Bishop and Council, Commission on Ministry, or Disciplinary Board.


Clergy Standing Committee

Rev. April Berends, Grace Church, Chattanooga

Nominated by the Rev. Lou Parsons, St. Francis of Assisi, Ooltewah

I have been ordained for 15 years, serving congregations in Miami, Washington, DC, Milwaukee and Chattanooga.  I am the rector of Grace, Chattanooga, and I co-chair the Music and Liturgy committee in East Tennessee.  I have served on both the Standing Committee and Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Milwaukee. I am interested in supporting parishes in navigating the changing landscape of religious life in our region, communicating across difference, attending to generational shifts, and equipping congregations to listen to and engage with the communities around us as we seek to walk in the way of Christ’s love.


Lay Standing Committee

David Sanders, Good Samaritan, Knoxville

Nominated by the Rev. Cal Calhoun, Good Samaritan, Knoxville

David has been a member of the Church of the Good Samaritan for over thirty-five years.  He has over twenty-five years of legal experience and has often advised institutional board members and executives.  His legal and lay experience inform his current service on the Standing Committee, which he hopes to continue into a second term.  He has been a delegate to several diocesan conventions.  He has served Good Samaritan on vestry, as a Sunday school teacher, and in other leadership roles.  David is a Sewanee alumnus and is a current trustee, as well as a former Naval Intelligence Officer.


Disciplinary Board


Positions Open:

1 Clergy

1 Lay

Terms: Three-year terms ending in 2023.

The Disciplinary Board is comprised of seven persons, four members of the clergy and three lay. Clergy members must be canonically and geographically resident within the diocese, and lay members must be adult communicants in good standing who are geographically resident in the diocese. Members of the Standing Committee may not also be members of the Disciplinary Board. Functions of the Disciplinary Board are listed in the Canons of the Episcopal Church, Title IV.


Lay Disciplinary Board

Carly Woodfin, St. Paul’s Chattanooga

Nominated by the Rev. Claire Brown, St. Paul’s, Chattanooga

Carly Woodfin is a parishioner at St. Paul’s Chattanooga. She is the development coordinator for the Tennessee Aquarium, where she serves that education and conservation nonprofit through her passion for excellent community organization, healthy communication, and values alignment in mission, programming, and development. These gifts are also present in Carly’s dedication to the church, from her regular commitment to children’s ministries and formation, to her critical vision and deep wisdom around the mission of the church at the parish, diocesan, and national levels. Carly is married to the Rev. Joe Woodfin, and they have two children, Luke and Maggie.


Clergy Disciplinary Board

The Rev. Dorrothy (Dorrie) Pratt, Good Shepherd, Knoxville

Nominated by the Rev. Cal Calhoun, Good Samaritan, Knoxville

In September 2016 the Reverend Dorrie Pratt began as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Fountain City.  She graduated from The General Theological Seminary, with a Masters of Divinity in 2005. She has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Art from the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Prior to ordained ministry, vocation was richly varied as a professional grant writer, yoga therapist, psychometricist and workshop leader incorporating art and healing practices. Dorrie traveled on pilgrimage to the Diocese of Kondoa in 2017, 2018 and 2019 where she preached, baptized and participated in the preordination retreats.


Trustee, University of the South


Position Open:

1 Clergy

Terms: Three-year term ending in 2023.

Two lay people and one member of the clergy serve on the Board of Trustees of the University of the South. The term of office is three years, and trustees can be re-elected for one successive term. One trustee rotates off each year.

Trustees are expected to attend the annual board meeting each year and any special meetings that may occur throughout the year. Trustees should be personally committed to the basic aims of the university. They are responsible for informing their dioceses about the university and should be willing to contribute to its financial wellbeing.


Clergy Trustee

Rev. Matt Farr, The Episcopal School of Knoxville, Knoxville

Nominated by David Sanders, Good Samaritan, Knoxville

Matt has many roots at the University of the South.  He holds B.A. and M.Div. degrees from Sewanee, is currently working on a Master of Sacred Theology, worked for five years in development, and he and his wife, the Rev. Elizabeth Farr, met as undergrads. Such connections give Matt a deep appreciation for and an abiding understanding of the University’s mission and ministry.  He hopes to lend his voice to those shaping the future of Sewanee as a place of encounter for transformative education and spiritual growth.  Matt serves as the chaplain at the Episcopal School of Knoxville.


General Convention Deputy


Positions Open:

4 Clergy Deputies

(4 Clergy Alternates)

4 Lay Deputies

(4 Lay Alternates)

Terms: Three-year terms ending in 2023.

Four clergy and four lay people are elected in the year prior to that of a General Convention. The scale of votes determines each deputy’s seat and order of alternates. Deputies serve for three years—until the next group is elected—and they may be elected to successive terms. Indeed, in some respects, the stability of a deputation relies on a healthy mix of new and experienced deputies.

Deputies sit in the House of Deputies of the General Convention, which is the legislative body of the Episcopal Church.  The House of Bishops is the other unit in this bicameral body. Deputies are not delegates; they are deputized to act on their own and to vote their own consciences. Experienced deputies may represent the Diocese of East Tennessee on national committees.

In the Diocese of East Tennessee, deputies will attend an orientation and spring gathering in the month of March.  They also attend additional deputation meetings, Province IV Synod meetings (June of 2020 and 2021), and then the General Convention (June 30- July 9 in Baltimore, MD). 

At the General Convention, they consider resolutions, elect officials, establish a budget, pray, worship, laugh and sometimes cry together.  The schedule is full and the opportunities to connect with other leaders in our denomination are vast.  When they return, they are asked to interpret for East Tennessee Episcopalians, along with the Bishop, the actions and decisions of the convention.


Clergy Deputy

Rev. Leigh Preston, Instructor of Pastoral Spanish and Latino/Hispanic Ministry at the School of Theology, Sewanee – Deputy

Nominated by the Rev. Cal Calhoun, Good Samaritan, Knoxville

Prior to teaching at Sewanee, I was Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Chattanooga. I have also served parishes of varying sizes in El Salvador, Connecticut, and Virginia. I am active in diocesan leadership, serving as the current chair of the Commission on Ministry, and as deputy to General Convention 2018. On the national level, I am on the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church, as well as the Council of Advice for Latino/Hispanic Ministries. I hope to be a deputy again, and to help the church witness to God’s love through diverse, inclusive, and faithful ministries.


 

Rev. Joseph (Cal) Calhoun, Good Samaritan, Knoxville – Deputy

Nominated by the Rev. Brad Jones, St. Andrew’s, Harriman

The Reverend J. W. (Cal) Calhoun is Rector of The Church of the Good Samaritan in Knoxville.  Cal was a deputy for the 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 General Conventions and served as Chair of the ETN Deputation in 2009.  At previous GC’s, Cal served on the Committee on World Missions, the Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Committee, and the Dispatch of Business Committee. Cal has served the Diocese of East Tennessee as a member of the Standing Committee (2007-10, Pres. 2009-10), and the Commission on Ministry (2006-2007).  Cal and his wife Anna, have two children, Bryce (26) and Molly (21).


Rev. Leyla King, Thankful Memorial, Chattanooga – Deputy

Nominated by the Rev. Leigh Preston, The School of Theology, Sewanee

The Rev. Leyla King has been rector of Thankful Memorial in Chattanooga since 2010.  She served as deputy in 2015 and first alternate in 2012.  Elected deputy for 2018, she inconveniently had a baby at the same time so had to miss the enjoyment of Church governance and the fellowship among other deputies.  Inadvertently timing her progeny along the GC schedule has meant that to every Convention, Leyla has brought a baby.  While that was entertaining, Leyla looks forward to the opportunity to serve as deputy with more concentration on the tasks at hand and no babies underfoot!


Rev. RJ Powell, St. James, Knoxville – Deputy

Nominated by the Rev. Maggie Zeller, St. Christopher’s Kingsport

The Rev. RJ Powell has served as the associate at St. James, Knoxville since May 2015, and co-chaplain at Tyson House at UTK since January 2016. He has served the diocese in a number of capacities including as a current member of the Standing Committee, and formerly as a member of the Disciplinary Board, as a member of the Search Committee for our Fifth Bishop, and as a Deputy to the General Convention in Austin, TX in 2018. RJ enjoys sharing life with his husband, Michaelangelo, cooking for (and eating with) with friends, and spoiling their three dogs.


Rev. April Berends, Grace Church, Chattanooga – 1st Alternate

Nominated by the Rev. Lou Parsons, St. Francis of Assisi, Ooltewah

I have been ordained for 15 years, serving congregations in Miami, Washington, DC, Milwaukee and Chattanooga.  I am the rector of Grace, Chattanooga, and I co-chair the Music and Liturgy committee in East Tennessee.  I have served on both the Standing Committee and Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Milwaukee. I am interested in supporting parishes in navigating the changing landscape of religious life in our region, communicating across difference, attending to generational shifts, and equipping congregations to listen to and engage with the communities around us as we seek to walk in the way of Christ’s love.


Rev. Jason Emerson, Nativity, Ft. Oglethorpe – Alternate

Nominated by Christi Brown, Nativity, Ft. Oglethorpe

The decisions GC makes, for example with regards to Health Insurance and liturgy, impact “on the ground” ministry a great deal, especially in average to small sized parishes.  I am the rector of the Church of the Nativity in Fort Oglethorpe, GA.   In 14 years of ordained ministry, I have served primarily in average to small sized churches.  I was a Deputy for the Diocese of Nebraska in 2012-15 serving on the State of the Church Committee. I have an extensive community organizing and advocacy background.  As a deputy to general convention, I will listen to the Holy Spirit and advocate on behalf of “on the ground ministry.”


Rev. Derrick Hill, St. Timothy’s Signal Mountain – Alternate

Nominated by Bess Steverson, St. Timothy’s Signal Mountain

I’ve been the rector of St. Timothy’s, Signal Mountain since March 2015. Prior to this, I served in the Diocese of Alabama. In both, I have served on the diocesan finance committee, currently I serve on the Commission on Ministry, and I am a co-convener of the Chattanooga Clericus. While attending the 2018 General Convention as a guest, I witnessed the impact the church can have on the world when it speaks as one voice – I would be honored to represent East Tennessee’s voice at the 2021 General Convention. Thank you for considering my nomination.


Rev. Joe Woodfin, St. Paul’s Chattanooga – Alternate

Nominated by the Rev. Brad Whitaker, St. Paul’s Chattanooga

The Rev. Joe Woodfin is associate rector of St. Paul’s Church in Chattanooga, TN, where he has served since 2017. Before that, he was priest-in-charge of the Episcopal Church of our Saviour, a family-sized parish in Gallatin, TN. In the Diocese of East Tennessee, Joe serves as Clerk of the Standing Committee, Chair of the Board of Examining Chaplains, and a member of the Task Force on Christian Formation. Joe’s wife, Carly, is Development Coordinator at the Tennessee Aquarium, and they have two children: Luke (9) and Maggie (7).


Lay Deputy

Sinead Doherty, Good Samaritan, Knoxville – Deputy

Nominated by the Rev. David Burman, Grace Church, Chattanooga

I was honored to be elected Deputy to the 79th General Convention, and took seriously my role of listening, discerning and praying as we made decisions for the future of our church. I connected with strong leaders, listened and learned, and felt the Spirit present in our work. I serve as youth minister at Good Samaritan, the church I grew up in, and have been active in Diocesan leadership since I was young, through Diocesan Convention, camps, Tyson House and much more. I feel that my deep faith and love for the Episcopal Church make General Convention a natural fit.


Canon Beverly Hurley Hill, St. Timothy’s, Signal Mountain – Deputy

Nominated by the Rev. RJ Powell, St. James, Knoxville

As an active Episcopalian since 1965 Beverly has been a member of St Timothy’s, Signal Mountain since Mar 2015.  She joined the Diocesan staff in 2016, occupying the post of Canon for Mission & Lay Ministry since Jan 2017.  She has previously served as as Lay Deputy to General Convention in 2018 where she was a fully engaged deputy who made efforts to understand impact of her voice & vote. As a member of bishop’s staff, she is ready to represent interests of ETN in 2021, especially with regards to her work as Chair of Task Force for both Christian Formation and Evangelism.


Lee Phillips, St. John’s, Johnson City – Deputy

Nominated by John Nagy, St. John’s, Johnson City

Lee Phillips has attended St. John’s in Johnson City, Tennessee, for 22 years. She

currently serves as a member of the Rector Search Committee. An Education for Ministry (EfM) graduate, she has mentored the EfM group at St. John’s for 11 years. She served as a trustee for Sewanee: The University of the South (2010-2016), from which she graduated in 1991 with a B.A. in English literature. She earned a master’s degree and doctorate (1998) in English literature from Vanderbilt University.


William Simerly, St. Elizabeth’s, Knoxville – Deputy

Nominated by the Rev. Brett Backus, St. Elizabeth’s, Knoxville

William Simerly is currently the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at St. Elizabeth’s in Knoxville. William is a native East Tennessean, growing up in the Tri-Cities. He was heavily involved with Tyson House during his time at the University of Tennessee serving in many different leadership roles.  William was able to attend the 2018 General Convention as a member of the Young Adult Festival. There he was able to witness firsthand the work of General Convention and understand its importance. William has a passion for youth and young adult ministries, formation, and LGBT issues in the church.


Troy Eichenberger, Christ Church, Chattanooga – 1st Alternate

Nominated by Phil Johnson, Christ Church, Chattanooga

Troy is a senior program manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority responsible for implementing energy efficiency programs across the Tennessee Valley. He is an active member of Christ Church Chattanooga where he is the chair of the endowment committee and routinely participants as a Eucharistic Minister and acolyte trainer. Additionally, he serves as a lay Diocesan Trustee and alumnus of the University of the South, a member of the Board of Directors for Project Canterbury, and as the East Tennessee Diocesan Lay Alternate for the 2018 General Convention. Troy and his wife Laura have three children.


Bill Steverson, St. Timothy’s, Signal Mountain – Alternate

Nominated by the Rev. Derrick HIll, St. Timothy’s, Signal Mountain

Bill has been a member of St. Timothy’s, Signal Mountain for more than 20 years. Prior to that, he attended St. Paul’s and Christ Church, Chattanooga. At St. Timothy’s he is co-mentor of two EfM groups and will serve as Senior Warden in 2020. More recently, Bill has helped organize the annual parish and diocesan participation in the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage in Alabama. Bill organized a series of public forums on Civil Discourse that resulted in St. Timothy’s and the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee receiving recognition on NPR, Episcopal News Service, and Episcopal Café.

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