St. George's Leadership
Welcome! Meet the faces of St. George's Church
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The Rev. R. Leigh Spruill, Rector
To reach Leigh, please contact Claudia Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Rector
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The Rev. R. Leigh Spruill has served as Rector of St. George’s since early 2005. Prior to his call to St. George's, Leigh served as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida, as Associate Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama and as Assistant Rector at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia.
A native of Tappahannock, Virginia, Leigh received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college and following several years in the commercial real estate industry in Richmond, he attended the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He was ordained in the Diocese of Virginia in 1996.
Leigh is married to Susalee, and the Spruills have three children, Eleanor, Peter and William.
The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess, Senior Associate Rector
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Kristine grew up in Bozeman, Montana where she enjoyed hiking and skiing. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Organ) from St. Olaf college in Northfield, MN and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. After seminary, Kristine and her husband Michael were awarded the Graduate Preaching Fellowship and spent a year in Australia studying, visiting Aboriginal communities, and working on a sheep station. Prior to her call here, for eleven years Kristine served a congregation in Rigby, Idaho and mentored a constellation of congregations and clergy up and down the Snake River Valley.
Kristine received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological seminary in 2012. Her project emerged from her passion for helping congregations and judicatories flourish as they live ever more deeply in God's kingdom and learn to make disciples who make more disciples. Her thesis considers the identity, character, and skills of the transformational leader.
Kristine and Michael are proud parents of Jack and Natalie.
The Rev. Samuel Adams, Associate Rector
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Born and raised in the small southeast Texas town of Bridge City, Sam graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007. After graduating, he spent a year in Rwanda working for a Christian relief and development organization, doing mostly economic development research and learning valuable lessons about the complexities of community development and cross-cultural engagement. Shortly after returning from Rwanda, Sam was confirmed in The Episcopal Church, having grown up Southern Baptist. He graduated in May 2014 from Wycliffe College in Toronto.
During Sam’s time in seminary, he had the opportunity to intern on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota for a summer, and he was honored to serve as the Senior Student (essentially the student body president) at Wycliffe during his final year.
Generally speaking, Sam enjoys good conversation, natural light, french pressed coffee, recreational softball, exploring cities on bicycle, and growing tomatoes, among other things.
The Rev. Michael Blaess, Associate Rector
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Born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, Michael received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota. After dismissing stories of such things happening, Michael met his wife Kristine during Summer Greek at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where they both received Master of Divinity degrees in 1999. He was also awarded the G.M. and Minnie Bruce Award in New Testament studies and, with his wife Kristine, was awarded the Graduate Preaching Fellowship which took them to Australia for a year. Prior to his call here, Michael served for twelve years in Pocatello, Idaho.
He performed stand-up comedy for comedian Maria Bamford at Maxfuncon 2010 and fronted the Pocatello rock band Mrs Gren in 2012. He also enjoys brewing beer, playing tennis, typography, graphic design, and digging into the creative process.
Michael is husband to Kristine and father of two delightful kids (Jack and Natalie).
The Rev. Clinton (Clint) Wilson, Associate Rector
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Clint was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, where he also attended college. In 2006 he moved to Denver, Colorado, to attend Denver Seminary and pursue a degree in Biblical Studies with the intention of future doctoral work and teaching. However, God called him to parish ministry through his involvement in a local congregation where he worked in missions, outreach, and church planting. Clint later attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary to finish a Master of Divinity degree.
Clint has been married to Theresa since 2007. She has a background in Student Affairs/Higher Education with a focus on student leadership development. She was born in Mobile, AL, but grew up primarily overseas in Panama where her parents were missionaries. Theresa and Clint are "people persons" and also love all things outdoors, music, movies, discovering new restaurants, and travel, as well as their dog, Denver!
The Rev. Richard Kew, Priest Associate
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Richard was born and raised in England, was educated at the University of London and London College of Divinity, and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, in 1970. Almost forty years ago the Kew family moved to the USA for what they thought would be a few years! Since then Richard has served parishes and ministries in Massachusetts and Upstate New York, moving to the Diocese of Tennessee in 1985. He was for a year Interim Rector at the Church of the Resurrection, Franklin. From 2007 until his retirement in 2013, Richard was Development Director at Ridley Hall theological seminary, Cambridge, England, during which time he was appointed a Canon Missioner of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Owerri, Nigeria. The Kews returned to their home in Williamson County in 2015.
Rosemary Kew taught foreign languages and literatures at MTSU for nearly twenty years. The Kews have two grown daughters, Olivia and Lindy, and are immensely proud of their four grandchildren.
The Rev. Sarah Puryear, Priest Associate
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Originally from the great state of Maine, Sarah attended Wheaton College, where she studied English, Ancient Languages, and Theology. She received her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2008 and then served at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was ordained by Bishop Dabney Smith in the Diocese of Southwest Florida. Her interest in mission work has led her on trips to Nepal, the Philippines, Mozambique and China. She had the honor of serving as a steward at the Lambeth Conference gathering of bishops in 2008. She enjoys traveling, music, and reading. She is married to Dan Puryear.
The Rev. Roger Senechal, Priest Associate
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Now semi-retired, Roger served as Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Auburn, Massachusetts (about an hour from Boston) for 19 years. While in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, Roger served on its Standing Committee, Evangelism Commission, the Bishop’s Advisory Group, New Church Development Task Force, Bishop’s Task Force on Diocesan Re-Visioning and as Dean of his Deanery. Roger is a Member of the Fellowship of the Way of the Cross and has convened a Spiritual Direction of Congregations Group. He also served his community as President and Board Member of Auburn Youth and Family Services, and was several times elected as President of the Auburn Clergy Association.
Roger graduated from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (M.Div.) and Harvard Divinity School (Th.M.). A lifelong resident of the Northeast, Roger served as Area Executive with the New Hampshire Division of the American Cancer Society prior to serving as Associate Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Exeter, N.H.
Fr. Senechal enjoys bicycling, beekeeping, astronomy, birding, camping, and music. He is married to Diana and is the father of our very own organist, Gerry Senechal.
The Rev. Timus Taylor, Priest Associate
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Father Taylor joined St. George's clergy staff in 1993. Originally from western Kentucky, he attended Vanderbilt University, was a member of the US Air Force, and attended Yale Divinity School and Virginia Seminary. He was ordained in 1964 at Washington National Cathedral.
Father Taylor has served churches in Maryland, California, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee. He was the first director of Paducah Cooperative Ministry, an organization of 40 local churches serving the needy.
Tim married Mary Ready Weaver Parrent of Belle Meade in 1957. His family at St. George's includes son, Stephen, daughter-in-law, Carolyn, and grandchildren Avery and Eleanor Taylor.
The Rev. Chad Jones, Associate Rector and
Priest-in-Charge at Church of the Resurrection
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Chad previously served as rector of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Zachary, Louisiana (outside of Baton Rouge). Bishop Bauerschmidt and Canon to the Ordinary Pamela Snare know Chad from their years in Louisiana before coming to the Diocese of Tennessee. In the words of the bishop, he "cannot speak too highly of Chad." He has been at St. Patrick's for eight years and brought them back from a very low point and provided similar leadership as rector of a prior parish. In addition, he has served as the Bishop's Canon for Program and Development as well as on other diocesan committees and commissions. He is married to Kim who is Head of Trinity Episcopal School in Baton Rouge. They have three children (boys in 7th and 4th grade, and a daughter in 2nd grade).
The Vestry is the “board” of the Episcopal church, which has material responsibility for the parish within a commission/committee structure. Our Vestry is comprised of eighteen laypersons; six vestry members are elected annually by parishioners to serve three-year terms.
|Martha Rodes | Senior Warden
|Rick Hart | Junior Warden
|Class of 2017
|Nancy Cheadle, Commisioner of Formation & Fellowship
|Class of 2018
|Katie Agnew, Commissioner of Worship
|James Hundley, Treasurer
|Jay McKnight, Commissioner of Outreach & Mission
|Class of 2019
|Donald (Duck) Johnston
|William (Bill) Pomy
|Jan Ramsey, Clerk & Ex-Officio Vestry Member
St. George's Church Staff
Lay Member Engagement
Joe King, Director of Lay Ministry Engagement
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Sandra Beld, Communications Coordinator
Elizabeth Reavis, Director of Communications
Lynn Ragland, Pastoral Care Coordinator
Claudia Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Rector
Rebecca Teel, Parish Secretary
Katy Valesky, Financial Secretary
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Laura Zabaski, Parish Administrative Officer
Elizabeth Nash, Director of Children's Ministries
Susalee Spruill, Children's Ministries Program Coordinator
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Laura Bruni, Children's Program Assistant
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Sandra Sarratt, Nursery Coordinator
Daniel Bradley, Director of Youth Ministries
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Sadie Zoradi, Associate Director of Youth Ministries
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Sara Parks, Youth Intern
2016-17 Nashville Fellow
Woosug Kang, Director of Music Ministries
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Gerry Senechal, Associate Director of Music Ministries & Organist
Mary Owens, Music Librarian & Administrator
2016-17 Nashville Fellow
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Jonathan Riggs, Music Leader for The Table
Roman Vlcek, Sexton
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