Because of His Great love for us and desire to commune with us without hindrance, his blood was willingly shed, and his body was willingly broken. We do this in remembrance of He who died and rose, of He who lives and moves and breathes. #chattanoogachurch#communion#communionwithjesus
5022 hours ago
“How many days until church?” That’s what my five year old asks me just about every day, and luckily, the answer is tomorrow! We can’t wait to see you all as we learn about work, life, and contentment. #chattanoogachurch#mybossisjesus
PRESS PLAY: It isn’t every day that we are in for such a special treat! We are incredibly grateful to have the First Baptist Cleveland Church Choir (@firstcleveland) with us today to serenade and uplift our #soupkitchen guests with beautiful voices and open arms. 🧡🍴🎶 #SoupAndSoul
People of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church spotlight Paul Thomas, Director of Music "Hi, I’m Paul Thomas, Director of Music at St. Paul’s. My job is to lead the congregation in worshiping God through music. I play our magnificent Casavant organ on Sunday mornings, special services, and concerts (sometimes in a T-Rex mask!) Of our five choral and handbell ensembles for adults, children, and youth, I direct two and provide support for the others, which are directed by the wonderful Andrea Spraggins and Janet Hale. As artistic director of the Artist Series, the Friends of Music committee assists me in bringing fine musicians from around the country and beyond to perform in our beautiful Nave. My favorite thing about my job is showing people the joy of making music together. Guided by the Holy Spirit, what we can accomplish together with our diverse talents and abilities is far beyond what we can accomplish by ourselves.
I’m originally from the Charlotte, NC area. My wife Meredith and I met at Furman University, where we both studied music. We moved to Connecticut, where I completed a Master of Music degree at Yale, and then worked in Charleston, SC for four years before arriving at St. Paul’s last summer. We have been married eight years and have a son, Graham (2), a daughter on the way, and a Westie named Rigby. When not making music, I enjoy playing golf, traveling with my family, cooking on the grill, and learning from my father-in-law how to do projects around the house! With no family in Chattanooga, we love how St. Paul’s has truly become family and a spiritual home to us." #stpaulschatt#episcopalchurch#episcopalmusic#chattanooga#chattanoogachurch
People of St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chattanooga spotlight Father Joe Woodfin "Hi, I'm Joe Woodfin, associate rector at St. Paul's. As you can probably guess from my job title, my job is to do whatever the Rector (Fr. Brad) assigns me to do. I share in priestly ministry, celebrating the sacraments, providing pastoral care, and teaching the faith. My particular responsibilities right now are: Christian formation for all ages, working in partnership with Hope Hutchins and Rachel Broughton; assisting with liturgy planning; and overseeing communications.
I'm from South Pittsburg, TN, a small town about 20 minutes from Chattanooga. I graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville with a B.A. in theology and ministry (I had planned to work in the ministry of the Church of Christ, the denomination in which I grew up). Carly and I found our home in the Episcopal Church while in college, and I worked in higher education and then was a partner in my family's printing business before I went to seminary in Sewanee in 2012. While in seminary, I was a seminarian at St. Paul's (2014). After seminary, I was appointed priest-in-charge of the Church of Our Saviour in Gallatin, TN, where I served for two years until I was called back to St. Paul's. It felt like coming home!
Carly, Luke, Maggie, and I love this parish. My favorite thing about my work is getting to be part of beautiful liturgies with wonderful people each week. When I'm not here working, I love to cook, drink coffee, travel, lift weights, and play racquetball. #stpaulschatt#chattanoogachurch#chattanooga#episcopalchurch
People of St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chattanooga Spotlight Suzanne Burch, Deacon "Hi, I’m Suzanne Burch, your Deacon at St. Paul’s. I was Ordained to the Diaconate in December of 2001. The overall role of a Deacon is to share the Good News of the Gospel of Christ, bring the cares, concerns and hopes of the world to the church, and to assist the Bishop and other Clergy in worship services. A Deacon is not ‘employed’ by a church but is assigned to a Parish by the Bishop of his/her Diocese, with the approval and support of the Rector of that Parish. So I was thrilled when, at the invitation of Fr. Brad, Bishop Cole assigned me to St. Paul’s in February of 2018. Fr. Brad, Fr. Joe, and the entire Parish have been so welcoming and I am very blessed to be a part of this wonderful church family.
I was born in Oak Ridge but my family moved to Chattanooga when I was five, so Chattanooga is hometown to me. I graduated from UTC with a B.S. degree in Psychology. The majority of my working years were spent in a healthcare setting and I retired from Memorial Hospital. I volunteer regularly at Metropolitan Ministries and at Memorial. I enjoy participating in the many outreach efforts at St. Paul’s and am constantly amazed at the generosity and true caring and concern this Parish shows for the needs of our community. It is also a privilege to work closely with our Eucharistic Visitors and the Outreach Committee. Thank you for letting me serve among you." #stpaulschatt#episcopalchurch#chattanooga#chattanoogachurch
3859 July, 2019
People of St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chattanooga Spotlight Claire Broome, Parish Administrator "Hi! I’m Claire Broome and I am the Parish Administrator at St. Paul’s. My job encompasses many things, but basically I make sure the office runs smoothly. I handle the day to day operation of the office and I have a fantastic group of volunteers that helps with answering phones and greeting people as they come in. I provide administrative support for the clergy and am responsible for much of the scheduling around St. Paul’s. I also maintain our database and keep our member information up to date. I assist our Financial Administrator, Connie Bryson, with some of her tasks as well.
I grew up in Huntsville, AL and graduated from Auburn University (War Eagle!) with a B.S. in Wildlife Science. I moved to Chattanooga after college where I met my husband Eric. We have been married 13 years and we have 2 kids, Wallace (11) and Emery (8). Before coming to St. Paul’s I was the admin across the street at Second Presbyterian for 5 years. I love all things Disney, the Golden Girls, and Trader Joe’s (not necessarily in that order!). Our family loves to travel when we can, especially to the beach. Two things I love about St. Paul’s are how friendly the people are and the amazing staff I get to work with every day!" #stpaulschatt#chattanoogachurch#chattanooga#episcopalchurch
People of St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chattanooga Spotlight Hope Hutchins, Director of Youth and Family Ministries! "Hi! I'm Hope Hutchins and I am The Director of Youth and Family Ministries at St. Paul's. I work directly with the youth at St. Paul's (6th-12th graders) where we have weekly EYC, many trips throughout the year, and volunteer in the community. I also plan and implement all family events including Advent Family Night, Lent Family Night, Epiphany Night, Feast of Lights, and many more!
I am originally from Macon, Georgia where I grew up attending Christ Episcopal Church. I graduated from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) with degrees in Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood Development. Before coming to St. Paul's, I worked as the Assistant Youth Director at a church and also as a preschool teacher. My favorite memories from St. Paul's include the many road trips with the youth and all the laughs and jokes that come along from them! I am getting married in August (SO SOON) to my fiancé, Brian, and we are so excited to start married life together!" #chattanoogachurch#stpaulschatt#episcopalchurch#youthministry
4622 July, 2019
People of St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chattanooga Spotlight Rachel Broughton, Director of Children's Ministries! "Hi I'm Rachel Broughton. My job at St. Paul's Church is to create, plan, and implement children's programming, like Children's Chapel, Sunday School, and Sunday night programming. I work closely with Hope Hutchins, our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, and together we provide pastoral care for families, and host family events, such as Advent Family Night and Journey to Lent.
I'm from a very small town in Alabama called St. Stephens, north of Mobile. I graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Language Arts and a minor in Human Nutrition. I've taught daycare, preschool, middle school, and high school! I first came to St. Paul's working in the nursery. Later, I moved to the Children's Ministry as a Children's Ministry Assistant, and now Director of Children's Ministries. My favorite event we do is Boo! in the Pews, and my favorite part about working with kids is when I can tell that something I've taught stuck with them! I have been married for two years to my husband, Donald. In my spare time, my favorite things to do are cooking, reading, and traveling." #chattanoogachurch#stpaulschatt#chattanooga#episcopalchurch#childrensministry
Almighty and everlasting Father, in your great mercy you saved Noah and his family in the Ark from the destruction of the flood, prefiguring the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Look mercifully upon this your servant. Wash and sanctify her through your Holy Spirit, that they may be delivered from destruction and received into the Ark of Christ’s Church; and being steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in love, she may pass through the turbulent floods of this troublesome world and come into the land of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.