The Rev. Canon Joseph B. “Jody” Howard has served as Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Tennessee since February 2019. Jody is married to Anna and they have two sons. 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 his ordination in 2006, Jody has been an assistant at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winchester, Tennessee, vicar of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Goodlettsville (a church plant), and rector of St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he served for nine years prior to accepting the call to be Canon to the Ordinary. He served as a clergy deputy to General Convention in 2015, 2018, and 2022.