Clergy and Staff


The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace – Canon to the Ordinary 

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The Rev. Brett P. Backus – Senior Associate Rector

Fr. Brett joined the clergy of Ascension in August 2008 as a transitional deacon directly after receiving his M.Div from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.

He was then ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of East Tennessee in 2009.

He is happily married to Carla and they have two children, Haven and Bella.


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. Christopher W. Hogin – Assistant Rector





The Rev. SuZanne Seavey – Priest Associate




Megan Alden – Director of Children’s Ministries
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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 Night Sexton





Andrew Morehead – Associate Music Director and Communications Coordinator
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Byron Proaps – Facilities Plant Manager
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