Interim Rector Selected

The St. Matthew’s Vestry is pleased to announce the selection of The Rev. James (Jim) Pappas as Interim Rector. Father Jim will assume the pulpit on Sunday, 18 September.

The Rev. Jim Pappas was born and raised in Belleville, IL (just across the river from St. Louis, MO) and moved to Sewanee, TN in 2002 to attend seminary at the University of the South. He is married to Professor Jennifer Michael, the Chair of the English Department at the University. Together they have one son, Jamie, who is 4 years old.

Fr. Jim has been a priest since 2010. He currently serves as an assisting priest at St. Mary’s Convent in Sewanee (a non-stipendiary ministry that he will be continuing while at St. Matthew’s). His most recent full-time ministry was as the Interim Rector of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, TN.

In his free time, Fr. Jim enjoys cooking, fishing, gardening, reading, and hiking. He also plays the timpani with the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra. His special interests in ministry include liturgy, church music, spirituality, and outreach ministries.