The Rev. Joseph B. Howard — Father Jody — is a priest in the Diocese of Tennessee, where he serves as rector of St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Hendersonville. Ordained in 2006, Fr. Jody is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and the University of the South School of Theology.
Since being ordained, Fr. Jody has served at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winchester, Tennessee, as vicar of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Goodlettsville (a church plant), and has overseen the merger of St. Francis with St. Joseph of Arimathea. Fr. Jody also serves as the Ecumenical Officer of the Diocese of Tennessee, a member of the Bishop and Council, the Cathedral Chapter, and the Christian Formation Commission.
Fr. Jody is married to Anna, and they welcomed their first child, Eli Joseph, in April 2011. He finds the greatest joy in his life in being a husband, father and priest.