Clergy & Staff


The Right Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt

11th Bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee


John Crawford Bauerschmidt was elected the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee on October 28, 2006, and was consecrated on January 27, 2007. In addition to his service as Diocesan and as a member of the House of Bishops, Bishop Bauerschmidt serves as Episcopal co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue in the United States. He has served since 2007 on the House of Bishops’ Theology Committee.

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 The Very Reverend Timothy E. Kimbrough

Dean & Rector


Timothy Kimbrough joined the Christ Church Cathedral staff as Dean and Rector on November 1, 2009, having previously served St. David’s Episcopal Church, Laurinburg, and the Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill, in the Diocese of North Carolina. He is a graduate of Duke University, (Bachelor of Arts, 1979), of the Duke University Divinity School (Master of Divinity, 1983), and of the General Theological Seminary (Anglican Studies, 1984).

His interests in liturgy, music and canon law led him to be a six-time deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church from the Diocese of North Carolina. He has also served the Episcopal Church as a member

of the General Convention’s committees on the Constitution and on Liturgy and Music, as a member of the Joint Committee on the Philippine Covenant (JCPC), and recently as a member of the Executive Council.

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The Reverend Matthew Lewis

Assistant to the Rector

Matthew Lewis is the son of a naval aviator and grew up following his father’s aircraft carrier from coast to coast, living in multiple states and attending churches of different denominations. Since his ordination, he has worked in various Episcopal schools and parishes. He comes to Christ Church Cathedral from Augusta, Georgia, where he served as the Assistant Rector and Director of Student Ministries at the Church of the Good Shepherd, also serving as an adjunct faculty member at the Episcopal Day School. Matthew received his B.A. from the University of West Georgia in Philosophy and Religion (2007), and his M.Div. from Duke Divinity (2011). Matthew and his dog moved to Nashville in October 2016, when he joined Christ Church Cathedral as Assistant to the Rector.

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The Reverend Melissa (Lissa) Smith

Associate for Pastoral Care and Cathedral Life

Melissa (Lissa) Smith, a Nashville native, received a B.A. in American Studies from Trinity College, Hartford, CT; an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York; and a Certificate of Anglican Studies from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA.  Ordained from the Diocese of North Carolina, she served as curate at Christ Church, New Haven, CT (2008-2010) before becoming Assistant to the Chaplain at St. Augustine’s Chapel, Nashville, TN.

Joined at Christ Church by her husband Edwin and three children, Ted,  Van , and Gilbert .


The Reverend Naomi Tutu


Naomi Tutu was born in South Africa, educated in Swaziland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the U.S. Mother to Joy, Mungi, and Mpilo, she and her family have made Nashville home for the past 18 years.

Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa to being coordinator for programs on race and gender and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition, Ms. Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina. She also served as program coordinator for the historic Race Relations Institute at Fisk University.

In 2016, Ms. Tutu received her M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School. While there, she served an internship at All Saints’, Smyrna, and began her ordination discernment process as a member of that parish. She received her postgraduate Diploma in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary.

The Reverend Roger Saterstrom


roger-saterstrom-b-wRoger Saterstrom was ordained vocational deacon at Christ Church Cathedral in June 2016. He came to the Episcopal Church from a Roman Catholic upbringing, including three years of living and studying at St. Martin’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, and four years with the Jesuits of Marquette University, where he was trained and certified as a classroom teacher.

Roger and his wife Anna moved to Nashville from Connecticut in 2009 to be near their children and grandchildren.  Since then, they have been active at St. George’s Episcopal Church and St. Augustine’s Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus.  As associates of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York, and oblates of the Community of St. Mary’s, Sewanee, Tennessee—both Episcopal Benedictine monastic orders—Anna and Roger have an established prayer practice, which includes the Daily Office and contemplative prayer.

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The Reverend H. Jacoba Hurst

Priest Associate


Jacoba Hurst, a native of Kentucky, was ordained priest in June 1972 at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, KY. After ordination he served as college chaplain and director of United Campus Ministries at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, as well as vicar of the Episcopal church on campus. After two years, he was called to be curate at the cathedral in Lexington. Following his ministry at the cathedral, Father Hurst worked as director of an ecumenical organization in Vancouver, British Columbia, focusing on interfaith dialogue. St. Anne’s Church in Tifton, Georgia, called him to be rector in 1982, and his ministry at St. Anne’s lasted 25 years. During his tenure as rector, Father Hurst initiated the Stephen Ministry program, the first in the diocese, and developed an extensive pastoral outreach ministry using trained laypersons. He also served as the rural dean of southwest Georgia and the ecumenical officer of the diocese. He offered his gifts to the diocese in many capacities: as president of the Standing Committee; a member of Diocesan Council, the Nominating Committee for the Episcopate, the Liturgical Commission, the Committee for Re-Structuring the Diocese, and the Pastoral Advisory Committee to the Bishop; and as a deputy to General Convention, among others.

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Lay Canons

MichaelVelting Canon Dr. Michael Velting
Canon for Music


Melinda Balser
Director of Adult Education
Alison Bocking Alison Bocking
Director of Youth Ministries
  Hannah Lavey
Youth Coordinator
 CB2-CROPBW Caroline Bauerschmidt
Director of Children’s Ministries
Michael Gebhart Michael Gebhart
Assistant Organist and Choirmaster
DianneGreen Dianne Green
Director of Communications
AnzoraLeeStarks Anzora Lee Starks
Publications Coordinator
  Ellen Coleman
Events Coordinator
Mark McQueen
Business and Facilities Manager
Elmarie Brice
Assistant Events Coordinator
Nancy Wilson
Parish Membership Secretary
Desaree Welch
Digital Media Coordinator
Will Fulcher
Head Sexton
Marcus Frazier
 Miguel Perez