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

Clergy, Staff & Vestry


We grow in relationship with God through Worship. This ministry includes our clergy, music program, and worship teams.

The Rev. Colin Ambrose

Father Ambrose joined the St. Paul’s family in July 2009. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college, and following several years in the business world, Colin attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin. He was ordained by the Diocese […]

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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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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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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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We bring seekers into the fellowship of the Church. This ministry includes welcoming newcomers, discovering and growing every member’s talents, and strengthening one another.

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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Pam Burcham

Pam was baptized at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in 1950, in what is now St. Andrews Chapel. She moved from Murfreesboro as a toddler but returned to St. Paul’s a lifetime later, making St. Paul’s the Burcham family’s church home in 2013. Pilgrimage and the Greeter program led to participation in many volunteer activities, and […]

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We bring the love of Christ to the broader community. This ministry offers humble care for the poor.

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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Pastoral Care

We equip by maintaining the community of love. This ministry involves the concern and safety of our children, the elderly, and all our parish family.

The Rev Gene Wise

Father Wise served as Rector of St. Paul’s from 1991 to 2007. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Virginia Theological Seminary. Before responding to his call to Holy Orders, he worked in the insurance industry for 20 years. Father Wise has been married to Janelee for more than 47 years and has a […]

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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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Kathleen Herzog

Kathleen came to St. Paul’s in 1998 from Baton Rouge. A Louisiana native, she earned her bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University. Kathleen is the executive director of Main Street: Murfreesboro, a nonprofit downtown revitalization program. She has served on our parish vestry and is profoundly involved in Cursillo, Pilgrimage, Women’s Retreats, and many interdenominational outreach […]

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We equip for ministry, including our religious education for our children, youth, and adults.

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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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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Amy Jackson

Amy was born in Nashville, Tennessee, planting her roots in Murfreesboro in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M University in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Over the last twenty years, Amy has enjoyed multiple careers in education including as a classroom teacher, […]

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The St. Paul’s office staff are the glue that binds us together. Without their tireless dedication and service, we simply could not function.

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. Heather’s professional career as a student affairs professional […]

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Sharon Teets

Sharon Teets brings a wealth of relevant experience to her role as our Parish Finance Administrator. Before relocating to Murfreesboro from South Florida, Sharon worked for over thirty years in the finance industry and was Parish Administrator for Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. Sharon’s servant heart has been formed over the […]

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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 since 2006 and she and Alice Gibson co-share this administrative assistant position. Previously she worked with Samsonite Furniture in Murfreesboro in data processing, accounts […]

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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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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.

Ed Arning

Ed has been a member at St. Paul’s since the mid-1970s when he came to MTSU to attend college. His wife Janet joined him here when they married in the 1980s. Later, two sons, Wesley and Jake, were born into this parish and grew up here. A cradle Episcopalian, Ed was born into and baptized […]

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Barry Huber

Barry became a member of St. Paul’s in 2002. He has been happily married to Liz Huber for over three decades and blessed with three sons: Jim, Todd, and Sean. His career with State Farm Insurance as an Auto Claim Team Manager began in 1985. Barry’s parish ministries include serving on the usher team, as well […]

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Paul Adams

Paul and his wife Kimberly transferred their membership to St. Paul’s in 2011. They attend eleven o’clock services where she sings with the choir and he regularly assists as chalice bearer, lector, or intercessor. Paul’s other activities have included committee work, leading morning prayer, helping our MTSU campus ministry, and contributing to Lenten Meditations. In […]

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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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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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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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Mike Becker

A lifelong Episcopalian, Mike began worshipping at St. Paul’s in 1996. He sings in the choir and has worked in many ministries over the years, including Habitat for Humanity, Journey Home, our parish-chartered Boy Scout Troop 1108, the Youth Ministry, Cursillo, the Stewardship campaign, and as “commissioner” of the St. Paul’s Golf Tournament. Mike served […]

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Justin Davis

Justin began attending St. Paul’s in 2007 when he met his wife, Sarah Long, whose family have been longtime members. They married in 2008, and he became a member of the St. Paul’s parish family. Justin attended Pilgrimage, became confirmed in 2012, and served on various teams including the 2015 Stewardship Committee and ushering at […]

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Jenny Fayter

Jenny has attended St. Paul’s since 1991. She is originally from England and moved in 1980 to work in Canada. There she met and married her husband, Rex. They relocated to Murfreesboro for what was assumed to be a three-year job assignment and remained ever since. Jenny attended Cursillo and serves as an usher, a […]

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Alex Hollis

St. Paul’s has been Alex’s spiritual home since 1986 when he and Alicia moved to Murfreesboro. He has witnessed St. Paul’s grow into a vibrant family of committed Christians and considers this an exciting time to be a member of this parish as it faces the future. Alex’s walk with you has included two previous […]

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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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Dale Tipps

Dale grew up in the Methodist Church, but like so many other people at St. Paul’s, he became drawn to the beauty and reverence of Episcopal worship. Dale joined the Episcopal Church at St. George’s in Nashville in 1996. He and Angela joined St. Paul’s shortly after moving to Murfreesboro in 2000 and discovering a parish […]

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Marta Van Hoose

Episcopal parishes in Tampa and Bradenton, Florida nurtured Marta through childhood to Christian maturity, teaching her that church was where one was sure to find love, the means to serve others, and just a whole lot of fun. The Episcopal Chapel in Auburn gave Marta a home away from home when she studied applied mathematics […]

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