July 28, 2017
By Bruce W. Blohm
East Tennessee Episcopalians, gathering on July 28th in St. John's Cathedral in Knoxville TN, elected the
Rev. Brian Cole as 5th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.
We offer prayers of thanksgiving for our Bishop elect, all our nominees, their spouses, the search
committee, the diocesan staff, the transition committee, our clergy and delegates, and the entire diocese.
Ordination service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 2nd at the Church of the Ascension,
Please keep our bishop, our bishop elect, all our nominees, diocesan staff, our clergy, staff and
committees, and entire dioceses in your prayers.
2152 Hawthorne Street; Kingsport, TN 37664
Phone: (423) 247 - 3992
Email: Saint Timothy's.
Schedule of Services
Sunday Morning Worship
9:00 AM Adult Sunday School
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
Jon Hermes to be Ordained to the sacred order of priests
By Maggie Zeller
On Saturday, October 21st, Jon Hermes will be ordained a priest. The service will be held at St. Timothy's
Episcopal Church in Kingsport, TN, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Jon will be the vicar of St. Timothy's, serving as one of the first bivocational priests in the Diocese of East
Tennessee. He will continue in his position with Highlands Union Bank.
The road to this point has been a long one. Because Jon was unable to leave this area to go to a residential
seminary - most clergy attend one of the certified Episcopal seminaries for a three-year program of study -
he had to wait until the Bishop and Commission of Ministry could figure out how to get him educated from
home. Fortunately, the School of Theology at the Univesity of the South offered a two-year non-degree
program to Episcopal Dioceses having this very same problem. Jon and Isaac Blevins, who will be ordained
a priest on October 22nd, began this new program almost three years ago.
Jon received all the "book learning" a resident seminarian would. Once he had completed this part of the
program, he came to the practical side of a priest's education. Here in East Tennessee, he has attended
seminars on preaching, liturgies other than the Eucharist, ending racism and administration. In addition, Jon
has been doing field education at St. Christopher's in Kingsport since January. Here, he has sat in the pews;
served as a deacon, crucifer, Eucharistic minister and lector; helped select hymns for services, sat in on
vestry meetings and begun an adult "bring your own breakfast" Sunday School.
We will miss Jon here at St. Christopher's but we know that he is doing fine work with our brothers and sisters
at St. Timothy's and we will see him at events the two churches do together.