Bishop Announces Call of Canon to the Ordinary

The Bishop of Tennessee, the Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, announces the call of the Rev’d Joseph B. Howard, II, to serve as Canon to the Ordinary in the diocese, beginning February 11, 2019.

As Canon to the Ordinary, Fr. Howard will focus on the transition of clergy in congregations, as well as other areas of diocesan life. He will act as the Bishop’s Chief of Staff. “The Canon to the Ordinary serves as another pair of eyes and ears in the Diocese,” Bishop Bauerschmidt writes. “The work requires the ability to discern the whole picture of diocesan life.”

In February, Fr. Howard will conclude his ministry at The Church of St. Joseph of Arimathaea in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he served as priest-in-charge from 2010-2012 before being called as rector. Prior to his service at St. Joseph’s, Fr. Howard served as Vicar of St. Francis’ Church in nearby Goodlettsville from 2007-2009, leading the successful union of the two churches in 2009. Ordained in the Diocese of Tennessee in 2006, he served for a year at Trinity Church in Winchester, before moving to Sumner County.

He has served two terms as a member of the Bishop and Council of the Diocese of Tennessee, and also as a member of the Cathedral Chapter. He was elected by the Diocese as a Clerical Deputy to the 2015 and 2018 General Conventions of the Episcopal Church. He has also been an Examining Chaplain of the Diocese for a number of years.

He is married to Anna Howard, and they have two children, Eli and August.  A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Jody is a graduate of UNCA Asheville and the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  “I am thankful for my ministry here in the Diocese of Tennessee, especially the time I’ve spent at St. Joseph of Arimathea,” Fr. Jody said.  “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Canon to the Ordinary and excited to engage in the shared ministry of the Diocese of Tennessee in a new way. There are many challenges and opportunities that face us as Christians and Episcopalians, and I am inspired by the thought of finding the best ways to engage them together here in middle Tennessee.”

“Fr. Jody has served here in Tennessee under two bishops, and brings enormous experience of the Diocese to this new service,” says Bishop John. “He has proved himself as a pastor and leader among us on multiple occasions. I give thanks for his willingness to accept this new ministry among us.”