Our Staff


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 rector@stpaulsmboro.org.

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 associate@stpaulsmboro.org.

Rector Emeritus

The Rev. Gene WiseThe Reverend Gene Wise
The Rev. Gene Wise served as Rector of St. Paul’s from 1991 to 2007. He had previously served parishes in West Palm Beach, FL and Lake Worth, FL. Fr. Wise holds degrees from Florida State University and Virginia Theological Seminary. He was in the insurance business for twenty years prior to responding to his call to Holy Orders. He served on Cursillo teams and Commissions plus serving on the Diocese of Tennessee’s Standing Committee for nine years, and was a Diocese of Tennessee representative to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention four times. Father Wise has been married to Janelee for more than forty-seven years. They have a daughter, Kelley, who works for State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, IL, a son-in-law who served eighteen months in Iraq, and two teenage granddaughters. The Wises have a passion for our Lord, the Christian Community, for travel and lots of laughs. Contact Gene at wisegene@bellsouth.net.

Organist and Director of Music

Angela TippsAngela Tipps
A native of Murfreesboro, Angela Tipps graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor of Music in organ performance, and she received a Master of Church Music from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville. 

In addition to conducting the adult choir and senior choristers at St. Paul's, Angela conducts the MTSU Women's Chorale, teaches conducting and organ, and coordinates the music appreciation courses at MTSU School of Music.

She is also the founding director of the Nashville Chamber Singers, an auditioned ensemble specializing in unaccompanied choral music. The Chamber Singers have performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra at the Ryman Auditorium, which was recorded for National Public Radio's Performance Today. The group premiered a work by Dr. Rosephanye Powell, The Cry of Jeremiah, which was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for their 2012 national convention in Nashville. The Nashville Chamber Singers will commemorate their 20th season during the 2015-2016 year with a commissioned work by Kevin Memley.

Angela has served as state president of the Tennessee chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and has served as past dean of both the Nashville and Savannah, Georgia, chapters of the American Guild of Organists. She has conducted Virginia All-State Choir, Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, and served as conductor/clinician for national church music organizations such as Fellowship of United Methodists and Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

If you would like to be a part of our choir or if you have any questions about our music program email her at music@stpaulsmboro.org.

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Cindy Guévart
Cindy oversees St. Paul’s programs for children 5th grade and younger.  With an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree focused on Curriculum and Instruction, she has taught abroad in New Zealand and China and also for several years here in Tennessee.  She states, “I feels blessed to mix my love of teaching and children with my commitment to the Church.”  Cindy has completed all three levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training and counts that experience as one of her most enriching.  Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions at children@stpaulsmboro.org 

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Rick Byrne

Rick Byrne was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1985. He lived in Michigan for 22 years, raising two children, working as a journalist, and was Editor In Chief of an award-winning newspaper in the Detroit suburbs. He moved to Tennessee in 2004 to begin work as a market analyst for a healthcare company, and worked there until 2010, when he left and started his own company, Middle Tennessee Services, which performs commercial property inspections for banks and insurance companies. In his spare time, he likes to work on cars, and has worked on the pit crew of racing teams in the ARCA and NASCAR Truck series.

Though baptized Catholic, Rick came to the Episcopal Church in 2011, here at St. Paul’s. He became involved in youth ministry almost immediately. He said, “There’s a thrill in being surrounded by energetic, inquiring minds that may be struggling to figure out where God fits into their already-busy lives. There’s nothing better than seeing them have those ‘I get it’ moments when they figure something out.” Rick sees it as an advantage that he has worked his whole life in the private sector before coming to this ministry. Working at a small, hometown newspaper taught him the value of community. “I don’t think it’s an accident that I wound up here, with that type of experience, in a community where it can be applied to guide St. Paul’s youth on the path to Christ,” he said. “That’s the hand of God at work.”

Rick is also active in Pilgrimage, Men’s Club, Ministry Formation Groups, Summer Sunday Breakfasts, Second Wednesday Suppers and the Over-70s Luncheons, and can be talked into helping just about anybody.




Nursery Director

Dierdri Matteson
Dierdri lives in Murfreesboro with her husband, Todd, and two children, Nicholas and Taylor. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Psychology, where she also worked with children in the Headstart program. She has lived in Murfreesboro since 1997 and has stayed active volunteering in different activities with her children, including the Scout Program and Book Fair Coordinator at her children's school. She has served as a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) Children's Leader for 4 years. In addition, Dierdri is a substitute teacher for Murfreesboro City Schools.  Contact her at nursery@stpaulsmboro.org

Administrative Assistant

Kathy Kathy WarlickWarlick
A native of Rutherford County, where she attended school and has worked most of her life, Kathy has worked in several clerical and administrative settings. She worked with Samsonite Furniture in Murfreesboro in accounts payable and customer service for many years. Before coming to St. Paul’s, she worked for the Rutherford County School System at Buchanan Elementary School as an educational assistant and attendance secretary. Kathy is active and faithful in her own church and feels blessed to be a part of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Her husband is William and they have one son John. Contact Kathy at frontoffice@stpaulsmboro.org


Newcomers Ministry

Rick and Pam Burcham, Kathy Reeves
Rick, Pam and Kathy have been welcoming our newcomers since the spring of 2015.  With the help of Joyce Adkins, they welcome ours guests, guiding our newcomers into committed parish membership.  Our hope is that at St. Paul’s, our newcomers will discover an active parish life of fellowship, mutual support, and service.  If you are new to St. Paul’s and have questions about the parish, please email newcomers@stpaulsmboro.org.

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 drowe@bellsouth.net.

Assistant to the Rector for Congregational Development

Joyce AdkinsJoyce Adkins
St. Paul's has been Joyce's church home since 1995. During that time, she has served two terms on the vestry, sung in the choir, and helped coordinate the parish efforts in Cursillo, Pilgrimage, Women's Retreats, Gifts and Talents Workshops, and Pentecost in the Park. She feels blessed to serve as a Chalice Bearer, Lay Reader, and as Assistant to the Rector for Congregational Development. She is married to Greg. Joyce is a self-employed real estate appraiser. Joyce writes, "This parish means a great deal to me; it is where I belong, thanks be to God."  Contact Joyce at joyce1010@bellsouth.net

Assistant to the Rector for Pastoral Care

Kathleen HerzogKathleen Herzog
Kathleen Herzog came to St. Paul's in 1998 from Baton Rouge, La. A Louisiana native, she received her BA from Louisiana State University. Kathleen is the director of Main Street, the non-profit downtown revitalization program.

A Pilgrimage "veteran", Kathleen has served as a sponsor at every Pilgrimage but one, since completing the Pilgrimage herself in 1999. She attended Cursillo, has been on several teams, and served as chair of the diocesan Cursillo Commission and as a Cursillo Commission member for many years representing St. Paul's. Kathleen served on the vestry for four years. She completed the four-year Education for Ministry program offered through the University of the South at St. Paul's. Serving on the Women's Retreat Committee for many years, Kathleen chaired the committee, as well.

When St. Paul's partnered with First Baptist and other downtown churches, Kathleen served as St. Paul's representative on the Operation In As Much. With a passion for people and relationships, she administers the work of the Food Ministry as well as the Eucharistic Visitors ministry.  Contact Kathleen at kbherzog@bellsouth.net


Kathy Jones
Kathy has been a member of St. Paul's since 1963. She  co-treasurer with her husband Bill since May, 2006. Their two children are Alison and Sutton.

Her outside charitable activities include the Murfreesboro Charity Circle, the Rutherford County Heart Association, the Murfreesboro Planning Commission, the Webb School Parent's Association and the Webb School Board of Trustees. Kathy is employed by Stewart Title Company (STC on the NYSE) as the president and CEO of both Stewart Title of Tennessee, Inc. and Stewart Title of Arkansas, Inc.

Bill JonesBill Jones
Bill is the area executive for Pinnacle Financial Partners in Rutherford and Bedford Counties. Bill was born in Keflavik, Iceland, but has resided in Murfreesboro for 46 years. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1972,  and with degrees from Southern Trust School (Birmingham Southern College) in 1989 and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in 1999.

His charitable and civic interests include the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation (President 2001-2002), Middle Tennessee Medical Center (Director 2008 to present), Middle Tennessee Medical Center Foundation (Chairman, Investment Committee 2001-2008), Saint Thomas Health Systems Foundation (Investment Committee, 2005-2008), Destination Rutherford (2003-2010, Chairman 2007-2010), and the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce (2001-2007, Chairman 2005). Bill was awarded "Business Person of the Year for 2007" by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. Bill is married to Kathy.


Parish Nurse

Jennifer McGuireJennifer McGuire
Jennifer became a member of the St. Paul's family in 2003 along with her husband Gary to whom she has been married 30 years. In 2012 Jennifer appointed as the Faith Community Nurse (or parish nurse) for our family here at St. Paul's. Jennifer serves on the vestry, sings in the choir, loves attending the women's retreats on the mountain each year and the ladies night out each month. Jennifer is a retired Family Nurse Practitioner/Registered Nurse. In 2011, she and her husband O'Possum's (an Irish pub/restaurant/micro-craft-brewery) in Murfreesboro. Jennifer has 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 2 grandchildren, and 2 dogs.