St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Tennessee is a community-focused parish of ASA 141 that is well known for the consistent, competent, and compassionate ways they serve their community. Their emphasis on welcoming is more than a saying above the front doors; it is a lived practice informed by worship and Christ’s commandment to be love in the world. St. Paul’s ministries with food-insecure and transitionally homeless populations are rooted in their deep faith and as a community, and they are committed to being vibrant and open, a place where people who are not always of one mind can be of one heart. The people of St. Paul’s Church seek a creative, enthusiastic, compassionate rector to partner with them in continuing this tradition of lived liturgy in the Athens area.
Nestled at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Athens is a town of approximately 13,000 convenient to both cities of Knoxville and Chattanooga and close to abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, including beautiful mountains, lakes, and rivers. With a cost of living well below national average, increasingly retirees are relocating to this area of East Tennessee, and McMinn County is growing, providing more opportunity for healthy growth in the ministries of St. Paul’s.
The next rector of St. Paul’s will be an Episcopal priest who is prepared to nurture and serve a healthy church that lives beyond the doors of the church building and believes the good news of the Gospel is for everyone.
Parish Website: https://www.stpaulsathens.org
Parish Profile: https://www.stpaulsathens.org/seeking-a-rector
Interested priests will please send a letter of interest, resume, updated OTM profile, along with links to audio or video recordings of 2-3 recent sermons to the Rev. Canon Michelle Warriner Bolt (firstname.lastname@example.org).