116 N Academy St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130  615-893-3780

Clergy

The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess

The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess grew up in Bozeman, Montana where she enjoyed hiking and skiing. She received a BA in Music (Organ) from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. After seminary, Kristine and her husband Michael were awarded the Graduate Preaching […]

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The Rev. Michael Whitnah

The Reverend Michael Whitnah grew up in Virginia and Connecticut, before attending Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts where he studied History. While at Gordon, Michael worked for the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education leading backcountry immersion experiences. Michael and his wife, Joanna, met while both working for La Vida. Michael served as the Director […]

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Music Staff

Angela Tipps

A native of Murfreesboro, Angela graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor of Music in organ performance, and she received a Master of Church Music from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville. In addition to conducting the adult choir and senior choristers at St. Paul’s, Angela conducts the MTSU Women’s Chorale, teaches conducting and organ, and coordinates […]

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Morris Hamby

Originally from Ripley, Tennessee and a member of Immanuel Episcopal Church, Morris began attending St. Paul’s in 1990 when he started attending Middle Tennessee State University on a full scholarship. In 1995, Morris earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Industry from MTSU and went on to receive his Master of Music degree in […]

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Garrett Doo

Garrett received a Bachelor of Music degree in both vocal performance and vocal/general music education. He is a music teacher and choral director at Eagleville School, a K-12 school. Garrett conducts the senior choristers (grade 6 through high school) on Sunday afternoons.

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Rachel Lapinski

Rachel received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal and General Music Education from MTSU. During that time, Rachel worked as a staff singer and children’s choir director at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville. For three years she served as the Director of Music for Atlantic Highlands United Methodist Church in New Jersey. At the […]

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Adult Discipleship & Christian Formation

David Rowe

David came to St. Paul’s when he moved to Murfreesboro in 1981 to teach in the History Department at Middle Tennessee State University. In 1987, following his Cursillo weekend, he began a long ministry at St. Paul’s that has taken many forms but that focuses in three areas: spiritual formation for adults, developing and administering […]

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David Loucky

I was raised in Syracuse, New York by Christian parents. My mother had been a missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship to indigent communities in the American Southwest and to Czechoslovakia. My father was an aspiring Czech minister when they met and were married. They settled in the Syracuse area and raised 6 children, of whom I […]

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Joyce Adkins

St. Paul’s has been Joyce’s church home since 1991 when she and her husband Greg got married in our St. Andrew’s Chapel. Through the years, Joyce has enjoyed many opportunities for spiritual formation and growth and greatly values each of them. Joyce helps facilitate Pilgrimage, has served two prior terms on our vestry, sings in our adult […]

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Youth Ministry

Cameron Parham

Cameron “Cam” Parham will be joining St. Paul’s as a Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) youth ministry resident in July 2021. We are excited to have her on board for the next three years to lead our youth ministry.

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Don Clayton

My wife Melanie and I have been worshipping at St. Paul’s since 1992. We have two grown children (Matt and Allie) and one precious little granddaughter (Savannah). I work for Ingram Content Group, and currently serve on the Boards of Directors of Read To Succeed and the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. I […]

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Children's Ministry

Cindy Guévart

Cindy oversees St. Paul’s programs for children 5th grade and younger. With an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree focused on Curriculum and Instruction, she has taught abroad in New Zealand and China and also for several years here in Tennessee. She states, “I feel blessed to mix my love of […]

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Dierdri Matteson

Dierdri lives in Murfreesboro with her husband, Todd, and two children, Nicholas and Taylor. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Psychology, where she also worked with children in the Headstart program. She has lived in Murfreesboro since 1997 and has stayed active volunteering in different activities with her children, including the Scout […]

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Sharon Dieringer

I am a native of Cookeville, Tennessee, and grew up in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. I am a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee College of Law. I have been a stay-at-home parent for several years.  My husband Nick and I have 2 daughters, Celeste and Daphne. We moved to Murfreesboro […]

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Outreach

Liz Huber

Liz has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2002. During that time, she has served one term on the Vestry, and helped build the Outreach program here; including Coldest Nights program, Journey Home ministry, and the Christmas Card project. During the past decade, she has been a member of the Building Committee, chaired the […]

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Susan Severn

Susan moved to Murfreesboro in 2018 with her husband Steve, her son Will and their dog Clyde.  Stephen is a member of the English Department at MTSU and Will attends Central Magnet High School.  Susan heads up St. Paul’s Coldest Nights Program, helping homeless women to find safe shelter from November to March.  Originally from […]

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Kim Baumann

Kim is a cradle Episcopalian and has experienced a variety of parishes in OH, MA, MN, IL, OK, and CA. Over the years she has assisted during worship as an acolyte, lector, and chalice bearer. In Christian formation, Kim teaches Sunday school classes and is a youth leader. Her other service had included the altar […]

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Pastoral Care

Dan Felciano

St. Paul’s has been my church home and family since I arrived in Murfreesboro, August, 2005. In the past, at St. Paul’s, I have served on the Vestry (2008-2010), a rector search committee, and participated in Cursillo #62. I also served as a Cursillo table leader and enjoyed participating in our Pilgrimage sessions about the […]

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Kristi Hay

I am a school nurse in the Rutherford County Schools system. My husband, son, and I have been members of St. Paul’s since moving to Tennessee in 2003. It was at St. Paul’s that we found a family away from family. After having moved to Japan from 2015-2018, the community of St. Paul’s is one […]

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Rick Burcham

Rick joined the Episcopal Church in 1986 and has loved it ever since. He was a teacher and principal in middle school for 30 years including the last six teaching math and science on an Army base in Heidelberg, Germany. He is a greeter, a sponsor in Pilgrimage, and is one of the four parishioners […]

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Administration & Finance

Heather Studenberg

Heather, a native of middle Tennessee, is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She also holds a Master of Education from the University of Florida in Higher Education Administration and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Nova Southeastern University in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Fort Lauderdale, FL. While living in south […]

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Jeanne Potter

Jeanne and her husband Wayne began attending St. Paul’s during Eastertide 2004. They live in Christiana with four pets. She grew up in the Baltimore area and attended the John Carrol School in Bel Air, Maryland. Jeanne graduated from Towson University and received a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech. Jeanne has practiced accounting […]

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Martha Tolbert

A lifelong Episcopalian, I was baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville, KY.   From KY, the state of my birth, my family moved to the Kansas City area when I was in high school.   Our family was again blessed with a wonderful church experience at Christ (Episcopal) Church in Overland […]

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Steve Sachs

I am a cradle to the grave Episcopalian. Brenda and I moved to Tennessee in 2000 just after Brenda retired. She retired after 30 years as a teacher in Atlanta. We have been married for 56 years. We have two daughters and three granddaughters. I flew in the Army and for Delta Airlines. I retired […]

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Parish Office & Communications

Kathy Warlick

A native of Rutherford County, where she attended school and has worked most of her life, Kathy has worked in several clerical and administrative settings. She has been with St. Paul’s for 14 years and she and Alice Gibson co-share this administrative assistant position.  Previously she worked with Samsonite Furniture in Murfreesboro in data processing, […]

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Alice Gibson

A Springfield, Tennessee native, Alice first came to Murfreesboro in 1977 to attend Middle Tennessee State University. Before joining the St. Paul’s staff in 2017, she worked over three decades in IT support/programming and purchasing for both business and government. She shares the administrative assistant position with Kathy Warlick. Raised a Southern Baptist, when Alice […]

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Stacy Wood Clark

Stacy brings her creativity and focus on strategic, clean, and functional design to the world of worship – helping to rebrand and redesign many of the print and online communications pieces for St. Paul’s. She compliments her 20 years’ experience in marketing and graphic design with a simple, no-nonsense approach. Stacy founded her firm, Bluebird […]

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DeAnna Bartsch

My name is DeAnna Bartsch and I am honored to be considered for St. Paul’s Vestry 2019. My husband, Jonathan, and I came to Saint Paul’s Parish after we were married in 2005. We have two children – Molly, a 6th grader, and Ben, a 5th grader, and three dogs – Tess, Lucy, and Annie. […]

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Building Operations & Facilities

Preston Akers

Preston grew up in Murfreesboro, graduating from Oakland High School and Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. In 2012, he began worshipping at St. Paul’s and has since been involved in Education for Ministry, Cursillo, Youth Ministry, Shepherding Ministry, Stewardship committee, and the Eucharistic minister’s team. Being called […]

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David Owen

David and his wife, Stacey, began attending St. Paul’s in 2008, when they moved to Murfreesboro from Georgia. That year, they participated in Pilgrimage and were confirmed into the Episcopal Church.  Since then, they have been blessed to grow as Christians and raise their three children (Peyton, Andie, and Hayes) within the loving St. Paul’s community. […]

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Vestry

The vestry is the “board” of the Episcopal church, which has material responsibility for the parish within a committee structure.
Our current vestry consists of thirteen church members. We elect new vestry members annually to serve three-year terms.

2021 Vestry

Each vestry member is shown under their respective areas they support listed above.

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Anna Stewart

Anna grew up in Nashville, attended Davidson College in North Carolina, and taught middle schoolers in Texas and Kentucky before settling in Murfreesboro in 2014. She holds graduate degrees in Liberal Studies and Library Science. St. Paul’s is the first church she visited in Murfreesboro, and she has never left! Her family loves the sense […]

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