Leaders to be Elected at the Convention
Below is description of positions open and a little information about each position, followed by the nominees standing for election at our 2019 Convention.
NOTE: It’s not too late to be nominated to serve as a leader in our diocese! You can be nominated from the floor of the convention. Click here for full information.
Bishop and Council (B&C)
The Bishop and Council 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.
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 four to six times a year for meetings at the Diocesan House in Knoxville, although annual meetings may include an overnight retreat.
“B&C” carries out the work of the Diocesan Convention between its annual meetings and oversees the program of the diocese.
Among its responsibilities, B&C 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 and the Diocesan Council on Youth Ministry, or Diocesan Convention.
A complete description of the functions of Bishop and Council and the Standing Committee are listed in the Diocesan Constitution and Canons.
Bishop & Council, Positions Open:
Bishop & Council positions open:
Terms expire 2022
1 Clergy South East Area
1 Clergy Middle East Area
1 Lay Middle East Area
1 Lay South East
B&C MIDDLE EAST, NOMINEE:
The Rev. Mandy Lippe – Rector, St. Francis Norris; Nominated by the Rt. Rev. Brian Cole, Bishop
Mandy Lippe and her husband Jason moved to Norris in 2017 and she began serving St. Francis, Norris, as priest-in-charge in February of 2017. Mandy was installed as rector in April of 2018. Previously, she served as assistant rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Church and School in Coral Gables, Florida, for 3.5 years and as Curate at St. Margaret’s in Miami Lakes, Florida, for a year. Mandy is on the Continuing Education Committee and helped with the redesign of the diocesan website and newsletter this past summer. She was appointed to fill a vacancy on Bishop and Council in 2018.
B&C SOUTH EAST, NOMINEE:
The Rev. Jason Emerson – Rector, Church of the Nativity, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; Nominated by the Rev. Mac Brown, Assistant to the Rector, Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain
Rev. Jason Emerson is the rector of the Church of the Nativity in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. He firmly believes we are fed at God’s altar so that we can go out into the world and feed others. Before answering the call to Nativity in 2017, he served for 12 years in the Diocese of Nebraska, including a stint as president of the Standing Committee and six years on their version of Bishop and Council. He is passionate about preaching, Christian formation for all ages, and equipping the saints for ministry in the world.
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.
Disciplinary Board Positions Open:
Disciplinary Board positions open:
Terms expire 2022
The Rev. Ann Weeks – Retired; Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain; Nominated by the Rev. Mac Brown, Assistant to the Rector, Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain
The Rev. Ann Weeks grew up in Chattanooga, graduated from UT Knoxville and owned her own interior design firm in Chattanooga until her retirement. Ann was ordained a vocational deacon in December 2007 and served at St. Paul’s Chattanooga for 10 years, at which time she retired from parish ministry. Ann remains active in community social justice in Chattanooga. Ann and her husband Brad reside on Lookout Mountain and have two grown daughters Brooke and Sarah and three grandchildren. Ann is a Rotarian and serves on the Caldsted Foundation, Outreach Haiti & South Broad Redevelopment boards in Chattanooga.
Mr. Greg Love – St. Francis, Ooltewah; Nominated by Sheila Crane, Vestry member of St. Francis, Ooltewah
I have been a member of three different Episcopal churches over the past 30 years. I have attended St. Francis for the past six years, as I followed Lou Parsons here when she became the full-time rector from Grace Church. I am the Stewardship chair, past Vestry Jr. Warden, Lay Leader, Eucharistic Minister and Lay reader.
I have served on volunteer boards and in doing so have had the opportunity of several discipline hearings. I would be happy to serve as needed for Bishop Brian and the diocese.
Mr. John Bellamy – St. Paul, Kingsport; Nominated by the Ven. Chris Harpster, Archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee
John Bellamy has been a member of St. Paul’s in Kingsport for more than 30 years. In the past three he has served on the vestry, chaired the Finance Committee, co-chaired the Annual Christmas Dinner, and served on other committees. He is currently a Licensed Lay Worship Leader, Eucharistic Minister, Lector and member of the Discernment Committee. He is preparing to be a Licensed Lay Pastoral Care leader. John served on the Bishop Search Committee for the diocese and chaired an annual convention. He is married to Tim Bradshaw and has two sons, Rhys and Rowan.
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 the Bishop and Council, Commission on Ministry or Disciplinary Board.
Standing Committee Open Positions
Terms expiring 2022:
The Rev. Jay Mills – Retired, St. Paul, Kingsport; Nominated by the Rev. Maggie Zeller, Rector, St. Christopher, Kingsport
I graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1976 and from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1980. I continued my education with Classical Greek at Marshall University and East Tennessee State University. I have served 11 churches in the Dioceses of West Virginia, South West Virginia, and East Tennessee – many of them interim positions. I am married to the love of my life and we have two children, Sarah (age 29) and Jamie (age 35). I love water sports, shooting, hunting, youth work, preaching and teaching. I am currently an adjunct professor at Tusculum College.
Ms. Elizabeth Jones – Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain; Nominated by the Rev. Mac Brown, Assistant to the Rector, Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain
As a member of Good Shepherd in Chattanooga I have been involved in many ways. I have also had the wonderful privilege of serving on the Standing Committee for the past three years. My first meeting was an announcement of Bishop George’s retirement. I asked myself what I had signed up for?! I signed up for many blessings and meeting so many wonderful people. I think continuity is very important in such a position and I would like to follow through with what we have started. I hope to continue to serve you all for the next three years.
Trustee, University of the South
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 May 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 well being.
Trustee position open:
Term expires 2022
Mr. Troy Eichenberger – Christ Church, Chattanooga; Nominated by Joel King, Vestry member, Christ Church, Chattanooga
Troy has a B. S. in mathematics from University of the South, and currently serves as an active Lay Diocesan Trustee working on the New Trustee Orientation and University Relations Committees ensuring trustees and alumni are aware of the University mission as well as ways to contribute to its success. During this term, the University has made great strides in its capital campaign and vision toward student and seminary growth. He is a senior program manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority. A member of Christ Church Chattanooga, he has served on the vestry, the finance committee, treasurer, and as Eucharistic Minister. He is a board member of Project Canterbury as well as an alternate lay deputy to the 2018 General Convention.
Dr. Lee Phillips – St. John Johnson City; Nominated by Mr. John Nagy, Vestry member, St. John, Johnson City
Lee Phillips served two terms as a Sewanee trustee, from 2010 to 2016; during this time, she was a member of the Community Relations Committee. She graduated from Sewanee in 1991 with a B. A. in English literature, and she holds a master’s degree and doctorate (1998) in English literature from Vanderbilt University. For 21 years, she has attended St. John’s in Johnson City, where she is currently a member of the Search Committee for a new rector. She is an EfM graduate and has mentored the EfM group at St. John’s for 10 years. Dr. Phillips and her husband Will (Sewanee c’91) have two children, Catherine (a freshman in college) and Wyatt (a sophomore in high school).