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. 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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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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