Adult Christian Education

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The Rev. James K. Polk Van ZandtThe Reverend James K. Polk Van Zandt
Father Van Zandt comes to St. Paul's Murfreesboro from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Selma, Alabama where he has served as rector (2000-2008). Previously, Polk was vicar then rector at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point, Mississippi (1994 to 2000), where he led the church from mission to parish status. Polk received his Master of Divinity from The University of the South, in Sewanee, as well as his undergraduate degree. Before experiencing his call to the priesthood, Polk was a cotton farmer in the Mississippi Delta. Polk is married to Mary Jo, and together they are marvelous hosts and cooks. They have three adult children. Polk has been involved in diocesan leadership in both Alabama and Mississippi and now in Tennessee. He is a diocesan spiritual director for Cursillo and wholeheartedly supports the Cursillo method. A major focus of Polk's ministry is to let others know about the "good news" of Jesus Christ through whatever means are appropriate, but particularly through pastoral care, outreach and preaching. Contact Polk at

Associate Rector

The Rev. Colin AmbroseThe Reverend Colin M. Ambrose
Father Ambrose joined the St. Paul’s family in July 2009. A native of Knoxville, TN, he received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college, and following several years in the business world, Colin attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin. He was ordained in Diocese of Springfield in May of 2009. Colin is married to Trisha and the Ambroses have three young children: Clara, Henry and Adel. Contact Colin at

Assistant to the Rector for Christian Formation and Liturgy

David RoweDr. David Rowe
Dr. David Rowe came to St. Paul’s when he moved to Murfreesboro in 1981 to teach in the History Department at Middle Tennessee State University. In 1987, following his Cursillo weekend, he began a long ministry at St. Paul’s that has taken many forms but that focuses in three areas: spiritual formation for adults, developing and administering liturgies, and administration in the parish and the diocese. His principal effort is directed to teaching in the Pilgrimage, St. Paul's program for Christian initiation that takes place each year. One will see him any Sunday singing in the choir, assisting at the altar, preaching, or sharing a cup of coffee with any of his many friends here. In many ways his ministry extends to his other environment -- MTSU. Contact David at