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Office of the Bishop Staff

The Rt. Rev. Brian L Cole 

Bishop of the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee

bcole@dioet.org
865-966-2110, ext. 13

Bishop Brian is our chief priest and pastor. His ministry serves, supports and expands the mission of the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee which is Reconciling All Things in Christ. Almost every Sunday, he visits a different congregation. Contact Bishop Brian for pastoral care of clergy and families; faith crises; consecrations; blessings; services of confirmation and reception; renewals of ministry.

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Laura Nichols

Bishop's Executive Assistant

lnichols@dioet.org
865-966-2110, ext. 13

Contact Laura for appointments with the bishop; bishop’s visitation schedule and prayer calendar; confirmation questions; clergy days; background checks; our annual convention.

Laura has served on diocesan staff for 13 years as the Bishop’s Executive Assistant. She currently lives in Knoxville with her husband Randy. She and Randy have two children, three grandchildren and two lovable pups. Laura enjoys gardening, knitting, and fun office supplies.

 

The Rev. Canon Michelle Warriner Bolt

Canon to the Ordinary

mwbolt@dioet.org
865-966-2110, ext. 11

Michelle is our Canon to the Ordinary, Deployment Officer and Diocesan Liturgist. Contact her for our parish search process; updating clergy and lay professional resumes and OTM profiles; the “Emmaus Road” program for clergy in transition; annual convention planning.

 

 

Jody Davis

Youth Coordinator

jdavis@dioet.org
865-966-2110, ext. 19

Jody nurtures and facilitates unity of all youth ministry in East Tennessee. Contact him for Diocesan Council for Youth Ministries (DCYM); Happening; New Beginnings; Safe Church.

A lifelong East Tennessee Episcopalian, Jody grew up heavily involved in ETNYouth. In his youth, he participated in DCYM, PYE, Grace Point and Happening, and even served as rector for Happening #62. During his time at UT Chattanooga, Jody worked as the youth leader at St. Peter’s in Chattanooga, while working on Grace Point Summer Staff in the summer months. Jody enjoys hiking, water sports, traveling, and spending time with good friends. He currently lives in Fountain City.

Gracie Dover

Special Assistant

gdover@dioet.org
865-966-2110, ext. 10

Contact Gracie for general information and assistance; hospitality; and Grace Point Camp marketing, registration and promotion.

Gracie moved to East Tennessee after graduating from the University of Alabama in 2016. Before beginning her work with the diocese, she served as the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at St. Elizabeth’s, Farragut, and the Program Director at Grace Point Camp. Gracie fell in love with Tennessee after her work on Grace Point summer staff throughout her college years. She enjoys hiking the Smokies, yoga, cooking, baking and snuggling with her dog Lincoln and cat Hashbrown.

The Ven. Chris Harpster

Archdeacon

harpschris1114@gmail.com
423-817-3147

Chris’ focus is on providing administrative oversight and support of deacons in the Diocese. He also serves as deacon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport and as chaplain of Emmaus House Episcopal Campus Ministry at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Moving from Pennsylvania, Chris settled in Kingsport 21 years ago. He and his wife Deborah have three adult children, Adam, Julia and Timothy. In his off time, Chris loves to spend time with his family, and likes to swim, bake and read. If you’re counting calories, you might try to resist having more than one of his favorite things to bake: Pennsylvania Dutch Whoopie Pies.

Canon Beverly Hurley Hill

Canon for Mission and Lay Ministry

bhurleyhill@dioet.org
205-213-6640

Contact Beverly for Licensed Lay Ministries, and Living Local: Joining God Initiative.

Beverly moved to Signal Mountain, TN in 2015 after more than 50 years of living in Birmingham, AL. Before her work with the diocese, she was a project manager for an insurance company, held several roles in software development, did technical recruiting, and spent most of her free time in lay leadership roles in episcopal churches in AL. She enjoys flat-water kayaking; walking the neighborhood; spirituality retreats; music festivals; time with her cat Meriwether, dog Roux, and husband Derrick; and visits with family.

The Rev. Brad Jones

Executive Director, Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center

bjones@gracepointcamp.org
865-376-0589

Contact Brad for summer camp; camp registration; Grace Point facilities; donating funds or furnishings to Grace Point; directions to Grace Point.

Brad moved to East Tennessee after graduating from General Theological Seminary in July 2012. He has been the priest at St. Andrew’s, Harriman since 2016. He has been married to his wife Gale for over 20 years and they have two children, Addison and Parker. Brad and Gale have been involved in youth work and camp ministry since their college years. He enjoys hiking and fishing, spending time with family and friends, and his dogs Kate and Ella. He looks forward to another wonderful summer at Grace Point, and spending time with the youth of our diocese and the incredible summer staff.

Vikki Myers

Communications Director

editor@dioet.org
865-966-2110, ext. 15

Contact Vikki to share stories, news, and events; advice or help on publicizing parish events; media relations; writing, photography, or videography opportunities; web site assistance.

Vikki is a native southern Californian who fell in love with East Tennessee after visiting with her husband Don. Her background in communications includes IT and Human Resources. She enjoys reading; yoga; walking the local greenways, spending time in the Smokies, and caring for abandoned critters who show up at her doorstep. Vikki is also a writer, spiritual director and artist.

 

Kirby Purjet

Diocesan Administrator

kpurjet@dioet.org
865-966-2110, ext. 16

Contact Kirby if you need a resource for your parish treasurer; about parish voluntary commitments; setting clergy compensation; insurance for clergy and lay church workers; long-term disability and workers compensation for church workers; grants; parochial reports.

Kirby moved to East Tennessee in February 2014 to become the Diocesan Administrator. Prior to coming to the diocese, Kirby spent 40 years in parish administration in Presbyterian churches in Nashville, Chicago and, most recently, at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas. Originally from Texas, he met Gloria, from New York, on a cruise of the Greek Isles. They have been married for 35 years and enjoy playing golf and travel.

Jerry Lee

Canine to the Ordinary

jerrylee@dioet.org

Contact Jerry Lee for good vibes.

Jerry Lee moved to East Tennessee after his dad got elected bishop in 2017. As “canine to the ordinary,” Jerry Lee is responsible for spreading his furry love throughout the diocese. You can find his two-dimensional form wandering from parish to parish, always ready for a photo. Jerry Lee enjoys visiting his godmother Mary Kay and girlfriend Doris, sitting on the front porch, a good nap, and tasty treats from Laura’s desk.