The Bishop of Tennessee, the Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, announces the call of the Rev’d Andrew Petiprin to serve as Canon to the Ordinary in the diocese, beginning in June of 2017. He will assist our present Canon to the Ordinary, the Rev’d Pamela Snare, in her duties prior to her retirement in February, 2018, when he will take on the role for himself.
Fr. Petiprin has been rector of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Orlando, Florida since 2011, having served previously as a curate in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He has served in the Diocese of Central Florida on the Standing Committee and as chair of the Clergy Events Committee. He was a British Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford and trained for ordination at Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He taught French and German at a public high school in Orlando before ordination. Fr. Petiprin is a regular contributor to the Living Church magazine, Covenant blog, and Key Life, and he is a member of the Living Church Foundation. He has a book of Christian apologetics due out this year from New Growth Press. He loves leading Bible study, and he writes and speaks regularly on prayer, modern culture, and beauty.
He is married to Amber, and they have two children, Alexander and Aimee, along with two cats, Kingsley and Remy. In his spare time Fr. Petiprin likes to exercise, listen to music, and enjoy good food and company. Fr. Petiprin is excited to join the mission of God in progress in middle Tennessee. He prizes collegiality across differences of opinion, and he looks forward to working with all of the parishes and missions of the diocese in the service of the Lord in the years to come. “I have high hopes for the Episcopal Church,” he writes, “and am eager to share Bishop Bauerschmidt’s vision for the diocese.”
“I am delighted to announce this new development and to welcome Fr. Andrew to our diocese,” the Bishop writes. “His call is the result of a process of discernment that began for me over a year ago, and has included conversations and interviews with a number of clergy of our church,” the bishop noted. “During this process I have sought a priest with a primary commitment to parish ministry, who is willing to stretch for the sake of important diocesan work. I have also sought a leader from the next generation who can help to lead us in this next part of our diocesan life. I am grateful to Fr. Andrew for answering this call.”