Meet Father RJ

Assisting Chaplain

Fr. RJ is an Episcopal priest and primarily serves at St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville as their Curate. He has been serving the ministry at Tyson House since January 2016 as an assisting chaplain.


Before arriving in Knoxville, RJ attended the School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  He grew up in Virginia near Richmond and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA for a bachelor's degree in International Affairs before moving to Johnson City, TN to begin his seminary education at Emmanuel Christian Seminary.


RJ and his husband, Michaelangelo, have been married since May 2015, and they are the proud parents of their dogs, Donnie and Nala. 

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