CLERGY
LAY STAFF

The Rt. Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf

The Rt. Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf

901-937-4700

diocese@episwtn.org

Bishop: Fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, the Right Reverend Phoebe A. Roaf was elected on November 17, 2018 and consecrated on May 4, 2019. "Bishop Phoebe" is a lifelong Episcopalian who grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration from Princeton University. She later received a law degree from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and clerked for a federal judge for two years before practicing law in New Orleans. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary, where she is vice-chair of the Board of Trustees. Roaf succeeded the Rt. Rev. Don Johnson, who had served as the third bishop of the diocese since 2001. The Diocese of West Tennessee was established in 1983 and covers all of Tennessee west of the Tennessee River. It has 8,260 active members and an average Sunday attendance of more than 3,000.

The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher

The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher

901-252-6320

orencher@gracestlukes.org

Rector: Since July 2018, the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher ("Ollie", "Father Ollie", "Father Rencher") has served at GSL after service in the Episcopal Dioceses of North Carolina (Charlotte: St. Peter's), West Tennessee (Memphis: Church of the Holy Communion), and Mississippi (Oxford: St. Peter's & The University of Mississippi). He collaborates with fellow members of the GSL Clergy-Staff Team, the Bishop, Wardens, Vestry, Treasurer, parish ministry committees and teams, and GSL School (Head of School, Leadership Team, Board of Trustees) on Church-School interrelated operations; serves as lead clergy contact and resource for Administration, Pastoral Care, Worship & Music, and Stewardship (parishioner giving of time, talent, and money).

The Rev. Laura F. Gettys

The Rev. Laura F. Gettys

901-252-6329

lgettys@gracestlukes.org

Associate Rector: Since July 2020, the Rev. Laura F. Gettys ("Laura", "Reverend Laura") has served at GSL after service in the Episcopal Dioceses of West Tennessee (Memphis: St. Mary's Cathedral), Mississippi (Oxford: St. Peter's), Virginia (Alexandria: Christ Church), Washington (D.C.: Church of the Epiphany), and North Carolina (Charlotte: Trinity Episcopal School). She supports and collaborates with the Rector on focusing on parish ministry and vision through administrative leadership, nurture and support of members and newcomers, oversight of community engagement (outreach and social justice) efforts that encourage parishioner service within and beyond the parish, and assists with officiating School Chapel. 

The Rev. Anne S. Carriere

The Rev. Anne S. Carriere

acarriere@gracestlukes.org

Priest Associate: Both retired and a member of the parish, the Rev. Anne A. Carriere ("Anne", "Reverend Anne") joined the clergy team in October 2019 to assist the Rector and Associate Rector primarily with pastoral care matters and in various liturgical roles on Sundays and other occasions. Before retirement, she served in the Episcopal Dioceses of Arkansas (Mountain Home: St. Andrew's) and West Tennessee (Memphis: Church of the Holy Apostles, Grace-St. Luke's) and on behalf of the Bishop, Carriere currently serves as Chaplain to the Retired Clergy of the Diocese of West Tennessee.

The Rev Jessica Abell

The Rev Jessica Abell

Deacon: Ordained Vocational Deacon on May 29, 2021 at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, the Reverend Jessica T. Abell, was assigned by the Right Reverend Phoebe A. Roaf to serve at GSL beginning in June 2021. "Deacon Jessica" will serve one Sunday per month in liturgical roles in addition to full-time ministry as Director of Spiritual Life and Head Chaplain at St. George's Independent School, where she has served since 2007. In Fall 2020 as part of her ordination process, Deacon Jessica served as Parish Intern at GSL (observing, training, and serving in worship and other roles) and also completed the Alternative Clergy Training at Sewanee (ACTS) at the School of Theology.

Office & Programs

Abby Huber

Congregational Life Associate & Assistant to the Rector

To create an environment of hospitality; assist and direct those who come to or call Grace-St. Luke’s Parish House; provide fellow clergy and certain staff with clerical support as directed by the Parish Administrator or Rector; provide hospitality to affiliates of Grace-St. Luke’s School who regularly spend time through the buildings and grounds of the Church.

901-252-6339

Ashley Kendrick

Facilities Assistant

Chapman Morrow

Membership & Stewardship Associate

Parishioner threefold stewardship investment of time (worship, formation, fellowship, parish life engagement), talent (in-reach and outreach volunteerism), and money (pledge, alms, planned giving); member records and incorporation, newcomers, baptisms, confirmation, and special projects.

901-252-6328

Dr. Patrick Scott

Director of Music & Organist

Principal organist and director of choirs and guest instrumentalists; responsible for parish music repertoire for the liturgical year in consultation with the Rector; lead musician and coordinator of School Chapel music; seasonal support to Belvedere Chamber Music Festival at GSL.

901-252-6323

Debbie Smith

Assistant Organist-Choirmaster

Supports the Director of Music and Organist through organ-playing, conducting the Chancel Choir (adults), and as lead conductor of the Canterbury and St. Cecilia children’s choirs; assists the Director of Music and the Rector with selecting parish worship music; offers music for School Chapel, weddings, and funeral, and seasonal liturgies.

901-252-6331

Amzie Williams

Director of Youth Formation

Coordinator of Journey to Adulthood (J2A) learning program, Episcopal Youth Community (EYC), special programs, confirmation class, adult leadership/mentors to youth, parish involvement in diocesan youth programs, and community-building programs for parents; School Chapel Officiant in rotation with the Clergy.

901-252-6326
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