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St. John's Episcopal Cathedral - Knoxville, Tennessee

Dean Search Process & Timeline

A video message from:

The Very Reverend John C. Ross

Dean of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral - Knoxville, Tennessee

Video sent via email to Parish:  Friday, April 5th, 2024

For the Election of a Bishop, or other Minister

from the Book of Common Prayer

Almighty God, giver of every good gift; Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese (or, rector for this parish), that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Letter to Parish from Senior Warden

Senior Warden letter emailed to Parish: Monday, May 6th, 2024.

Senior Warden letter Included in Cathedral Update weekly email:  Thursday, May 9th, 2024

Dean Search Committee Applications

Invitation to apply to join the Dean Search Committee extended by Meg Sprouse in Morning Services:

Sunday, May 19th, 2024.

Paper applications available in service and link for online application sent via email:

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Applications were accepted through Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

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Dear Cathedral Parishioners, 


 “It is with incredible gratitude that I share notes from the applications to assist in the Call of our next Dean of the Cathedral. We received an incredible and overwhelming response as  62 people raised their hand, ready to step up and serve.  St. John’s is a very special place, indeed!  This result is an indication of both the health of leadership in our church and the passion for serving our St. John’s community.  Thank you to everyone for coming together to start this process.”   -  Meg Sprouse 


I am excited to announce that the Dean Search Committee has been selected and voted in by the Chapter. 

The Search Committee is comprised of the following people: 

  • Julia Connor 

  • Jessica Wilds 

  • Meg Sprouse 

  • Sharon Pryse 

  • Braxton Hunter 

  • David Jones 

  • George Baddour 

  • Rusty Russell 

  • Steve Bailey 

I want to thank these folks for agreeing to serve. 

The next step will be focus groups and parish profile. We need all the participation we can get. So please get involved when the time comes. 

Thank you for your support and prayers as we move forward. 


My best,  

Steve Bailey

Senior Warden 

Committee Meeting Schedule:

  • Friday, June 28th, 2024     4:00-6:00 pm

  • Monday, July 22nd, 2024     5:00-6:30 pm

  • Monday, August 12th, 2024     4:30-6:00 pm

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Click the image above to view the video announcement made in services on Sunday, July 7th, 2024. Email was sent to parish on Monday, July 8th and information was included in the weekly Cathedral Update email on Friday, July 5th, 2024

Dean Search 2024 Focus Groups
Sunday, July 14th - Sunday, July 28th

We are ready to move onto the next step on our search for the new Dean of St. John’s Cathedral with our focus groups.  These meetings will begin July 14th and extend three weeks - through July 28th.  There will be multiple times to attend on Sundays as well as a few midweek zoom meetings. We will include childcare for many meetings.  

The goal of these congregational conversations is to gather the thoughts, hopes and needs of our congregation and to learn what values we want in a new Dean. Contributions collected will be used to draft a parish profile and will guide the search committee through the call of candidates. 

We hope each of you will join us. This is a critical part of our search and your stories, reflections, thoughts and wishes are valuable.

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