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

Clergy, Staff & Vestry

Worship

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

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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.

Read Biography

Fellowship

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

Outreach

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 […]

Read Biography

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

The Rev. 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, Gene worked in the insurance industry for 20 years. He has been married to Janelee for more than 47 years and has a […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

Discipleship

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

Julie Gibbons

Julie is an alum of the Nashville Fellows a faith-based post-graduate leadership development program. She loves the outdoors, sports (especially climbing), and game nights. Julie is very extraverted, always seeking to share quality time with those around her. She values her involvement with the Youth Ministry at St. Paul’s, as well as building meaningful relationships […]

Read Biography

Administration

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 […]

Read Biography

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 2007, and she and Alice Gibson have co-shared this administrative assistant position since 2016. Previously she worked with Samsonite Furniture in Murfreesboro in […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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.

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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. […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

Dan Felciano

St. Paul’s has been Carole’s and my church home and family since we 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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

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 […]

Read Biography

Bonnie Black

For over twenty-five years I have been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. My church activities started in ministries that supported women and children. I served a term as ECW President and taught in Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and volunteered to help with all sorts of special events in South Carolina. As my […]

Read Biography