Fr. Jody Howard is Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Tennessee, where he has served since his ordination in 2006. Jody is married to Anna and they have two boys, Eli and August. A native of Asheville, North Carolina he is 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 unification of St. Francis with St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he served as Priest-in-Charge and Rector for nine years.
He served as a clergy deputy to General Convention in 2015 and 2018.
How does a vision of a thick civic culture relate first to the policy of allowing for religious tax exemption, and then to the question of whether churches ought to allow their clergy to sign marriage licenses?