Clergy and Staff


The Rev. Patrick Wingo was born in Birmingham Alabama, and grew up as an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Homewood. Although his family were mostly Auburn people, he chose a contrarian route, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1982 with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. He graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas in 1992. Before entering seminary, he worked in banking, equipment sales and construction. Pat served as rector of Church of the Resurrection in Gadsden, AL, and St. Thomas’, Birmingham before beginning his ministry on the diocesan level in Alabama in 2008. In 2012, Pat joined the bishop’s staff in the Diocese of Virginia as Canon to the Ordinary. As a parish priest in Alabama, he served on the Standing Committee, directed summer camps and was a deputy to General Convention. In Virginia, Pat was responsible for supporting the ministry of the bishop as the “first responder” in troubled situations, overseeing transition ministry and the ordination process, and assisting with staff oversight. Pat’s vocational interests are in congregational development, conflict mediation in congregations, and leadership. He also is on the faculty of CREDO, a clergy wellness initiative of the Church Pension Group. Pat’s avocations are exercise, being outdoors, music, and reading. He and his wife, the Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo, have three grown daughters. They have family in Nashville and Birmingham, and are thrilled to be moving to Tennessee.


The Rev. Christopher W. Hogin – Assistant Rector

Born and raised in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, The Reverend Christopher Hogin has led a varied career. Graduating from The University of Tennessee in 1995, and then The University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999, he spent the next ten years in a variety of professions, including a United State Senate Capitol Hill staffer in Washington, DC, operations manager of The Red Cross, and a practicing attorney specializing in corporate antitrust law. In 2010, at the age of 38, he heeded the call to holy orders and attended Duke University School of Divinity. Ordained in 2013, he spent the next three years serving as associate rector at St. Michael’s Church in Raleigh, NC. Currently, he is back home serving as associate rector for pastoral care at The Episcopal Church of The Ascension in Knoxville, Tennessee. A single father, he spends most of his free time raising his three year old son, John Michael. They enjoy singing, playing chase, and exploring the world.


The Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo – Interim Assistant Rector

The Rev. Larry Beach – Deacon Associate

The Rev. J. Lawrence (Larry) Beach is a retired deacon making his home at Ascension with his wife Faye. Deacon Larry was ordained on Epiphany III, 1985, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Kingsport was home to the Beach family until his retirement from Eastman Chemical Company in 1997. Upon retirement they moved to Knoxville.

After a brief time Larry was assigned to St. James Parish in Knoxville. He served as deacon there until 2008. He now joyfully sings in the parish choir and fills in as needed in worship services. His heartfelt occupation is serving the Knoxville Hospitality Pantries (FISH) helping to make food available to the hungry and homeless in Knoxville. Larry and Faye have three children and six grandchildren.

The Rev. SuZanne Seavey – Priest Associate




Megan Alden – Director of Children’s Ministries
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Megan Alden has more than 10 years experience working with children and youth in the Episcopal church. She is a long-time member of the diocesan Appalachian Ministry Resource team, which she chaired for two years.  She is finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee, and she is the mother of Sam, who recently graduated high school and will be attending college this fall, and stepmother to Vanessa, who is a sophomore in high school. Her husband, Ken McClain, works at the University of Tennessee, and they live in Fountain City with their two dogs. Megan is a big animal lover, and when not at Ascension, works for area animal aid organizations, and veterinary clinics.

Virginia Branum – Office Assistant
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Tristen DeAngelo-Hicks – Executive Assistant to the Clergy





James Garvey – Director of Music Ministries
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Linda Hawley – Parish Administrator
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Beverly Hutto – Senior Bookkeeper
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GiGi Logan – Youth Ministries Director
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Sabra Martin – Graphics Secretary
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Donnie Moore Assistant Sexton





Andrew Morehead – Associate Music Director and Communications Coordinator
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Chip Myers  Sexton






Byron Proaps – Facilities Plant Manager
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