About The Episcopal Church In East Tennessee
Our Diocese is a collaborative community of engaged members with a “can-do” spirit who are creative, energetic, and generous followers of Jesus. We are nestled in the valley between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains, covering approximately 14,350 square miles in 33 counties in East Tennessee and three counties in Northwest Georgia. Within this area are 46 diverse congregations which range in attendance from 8 to more than 300 faithful worshipers. The Rt. Rev. Brian L. Cole is the fifth Bishop of East Tennessee. Clergy number more than 200, including approximately 55 priests, 15 vocational deacons and more than 130 non-parochial and retired priests and deacons. In addition, the diocese nurtures a vibrant culture of lay leadership and ministry with ongoing formation and support for lay preachers, evangelist facilitators, pastoral leaders, pastoral care ministers, catechists, and worship leaders. All East Tennessee Episcopalians serve under a common call to Reconcile All Things in Christ. Our diocesan offerings, kept relevant and informative through a culture of learning, are the product of our Christian Formation, Evangelism, Becoming Beloved Community, and Pride working groups. The Diocese of East Tennessee is committed to being a community of prayer and action, caring for the people of our beautiful East Tennessee region. Our forward-looking vision is that creativity and innovation are theological tasks, guided by the Holy Spirit. We are rooted in Christ and we are open to the world.
Ordination of Zachary Settle
June 3 @ 11:00 am
God willing, the Rt. Rev. Brian Cole, Bishop of East Tennessee, will ordain Zachary Thomas Settle to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday,...
ETNyouth Trail of Tears Pilgrimage
High School students are invited to join us June 5-9, 2023, as we travel across East TN to learn about the Trail of Tears,...
Ordination of Casey Perkins
June 12 @ 12:00 pm
God willing and the people consenting, the Rt. Rev. Frank Logue, Bishop of Georgia, will ordain Casey Andrew Perkins to the Sacred Order of...
2023 Knoxville MLK Parade
June 19 @ 10:00 am
The Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee is excited to participate in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade on Monday, June 19. Please fill out...
Reconciling Panel Discussion: The Rainbow Initiative and Displaced LGBTQ+ Persons
June 25 @ 3:30 pm
A Reconciling Panel Discussion on the Rainbow Initiative and LGBTQ+ displaced persons will take place at 3:30 pm ahead of the Knoxville Pride Mass...
Knoxville Pride Mass 2023
June 25 @ 5:00 pm
The 2023 Knoxville Pride Mass will take place at Church of the Good Samaritan, Knoxville, on Sunday, June 25, at 5:00 pm and will...
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