The Right Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt
The 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.
Bishop Bauerschmidt was born in 1959, and was brought up and attended school in Columbia, South Carolina. He received an A.B. degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1981, and then attended the General Theological Seminary in New York, from which he graduated in 1984 as Master of Divinity.
In 1986 Bishop Bauerschmidt married Caroline Barnard Pearce of New York, New York. They have three children: William, born in 1991; Henry, born in 1994; and Caroline, born in 1997.
In 1987 Bishop Bauerschmidt matriculated at Oxford University, England, from which he received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1996. While a doctoral student, Bishop Bauerschmidt was also a Priest Librarian of Pusey House, an Anglican chaplaincy to the University community.
In 1992 he was called as rector of Christ Church, Albemarle, in the Diocese of North Carolina. During his time in North Carolina, he also served on the Ecumenical Commission of the diocese, for several years as chair. In 1997 he was called as rector of Christ Church, Covington, in the Diocese of Louisiana. While there he served on the board of trustees of Christ Episcopal School, the parish’s parochial school, and also on the board of directors of Christwood, an affiliated continuing care retirement community. From 2003 to 2005 he was president of the Christwood board. He served on the executive board of the Diocese of Louisiana, and for two years was the president of the Standing Committee of the diocese. Bishop Bauerschmidt also taught in the Diocesan School for Ministry and was a clerical deputy to the 2006 General Convention.
Bishop Bauerschmidt has a professional interest in theology and an amateur love of history, in particular the history of ideas. In addition to these, he reads widely, especially fiction, reportage, and travel literature. He has written a number of articles and book reviews. He is a dedicated scale modeler.
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.
His musical settings of hymns, service music, choral anthems, and children’s songs have been published by Abingdon, GBGMusik, and Hinshaw Music, Inc., with several of his psalm antiphon settings appearing in the United Methodist Hymnal.
Dean Kimbrough and his wife, Darlene, are proud parents of four, three grown sons (Joshua, Caleb, and Otis) and a daughter, Hannah.
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.
Matthew enjoys hiking, running, reading, and serving. He believes in doing ministry according to the verse “I must decrease, he must increase” from John 3:30. He is very excited about working with parish life, evangelism, and young adults, and seeing God move in the city of Nashville.
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.
Lissa joined Christ Church Cathedral as Associate for Pastoral Care and Cathedral Life in 2017. She and her husband, Dr. Edwin Williamson, are the parents of three boys, Ted, Van, and Gilbert.
Roger 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.
For more than 15 years, Roger’s secular work was in the tour and travel industry, developing group tour itineraries throughout the U.S. for Tauck World Discovery, a Connecticut-based leader in global travel. He scouted destinations, hotels, and attractions, and acted as the company’s buyer throughout the U.S.
Roger’s ministries of many years include clinical and home pastoral visits, Eucharistic ministry, healing prayer, and refugee resettlement. He is also certified nationally in disaster chaplaincy, participates in periodic disaster training events, and helps represent the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
Roger says, “As servants, deacons commit to a ministry of service and witness, uniting the needs and gifts of the world with the needs and gifts of the church. I believe our call to service is rooted in the threefold commission Jesus gave to the twelve apostles to go out into the world, to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is near, and to heal the sick (Matthew 10:6-8). Go. Proclaim. Heal. This has been at the heart of my ministries.”
He adds, “The accomplishments of the past and opportunities for future engagement make this an exciting time to discern new ways to ‘Go-Proclaim-Heal’, and to connect directly with the needs and hopes of those who suffer, those who are weak, and those who long for justice and peace.”
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.
He is a chaplain of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician and founded the first chapter of the order in the Diocese of Georgia, in addition to serving as chaplain for the state of Georgia. For three years, Father Hurst served as president of the Georgia State Council of Churches.
Following his retirement from St. Anne’s parish several years ago, Father Hurst traveled extensively and lived in Colorado before moving to Nashville in 2011. In July 2012, Bishop Bauerschmidt asked Father Hurst to serve as part-time vicar of St. Luke’s in Springfield, where he continues to serve. At Christ Church Cathedral, he assists with pastoral outreach and daily Eucharists.