Welcome Cathedral Seminarians
Discerning God’s call to ministry, Stephen entered Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2016 and is a Master of Divinity candidate. He was confirmed at Christ Church Cathedral in 2006 and has served as parish visitor coordinator and on the liturgy planning committees for Night of Light and Night of Peace. He now serves as lay healing prayer minister. In a world with much suffering, divisiveness, and fear, Stephen desires to offer comfort, promote unity, and share the hope of God’s love. A registered nurse for 25 years, Stephen is passionate about care that improves quality of life and minimizes suffering. As he seeks God’s path of calling, he finds himself expanding his role of providing care beyond the nursing domain to the pastoral care domain also. Stephen is an officer on the board of the Nashville Chapter of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has been in Nashville for 24 years. Stephen and his husband AJ Busé have four sons and live in East Nashville with their cat Smokey.
Kevin Antonio Smallwood, who goes by “Kevin Antonio,” is in his third and final year at the School of Theology at The University of the South: Sewanee. He is working toward his Masters in Divinity as a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. While in Massachusetts, he served two years at Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, under the direction of the Episcopal Service Corps (ESC). During his time at Christ Church Cathedral Springfield, Kevin Antonio implemented a community program called “Faith in Action/Fe en Acción,” which aimed to bridge the relational gap between the parish and the city in which it resides. The goal of the program was to build relationships by way of stepping out of the parish and into the city through civic engagement events and opportunities to socialize with people of all walks of life. “Faith in Action” speaks to Kevin Antonio’s ever-growing passion for relationship building, community engagement, and proclaiming the Good News, all of which he plans to share in his journey with us here at Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville.