Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Chad Jones, Rector

Father Chad Jones began as Priest-in-Charge at The Church of the Resurrection in February of 2016. Together, he and the parish have embraced a calling to nurture, heal and grow small congregations — beginning with Resurrection. He happily accepted a call to serve as Rector in 2019 and also holds a place on the diocesan staff as bishop’s Canon for Congregational Development. He is also an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans and makes a mean pot of gumbo. Chad is married to Kim and they have three children: Patrick, Andrew and Lily.

The Rev. Suzie Johnston, Deacon

Suzie Johnston attended Rhodes College, Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, Virginia Theological Seminary, and LSU. She was an information specialist and Library Director of the Poynter Legislative Research Library at the Louisiana State House, retiring in 2011. Formerly a Deacon from the Diocese of Louisiana, she served at Grace Church in St. Francisville and worked in the state prison system as the sponsor for female inmates serving life sentences. Currently she is involved in ministries for recovering addicts, homeless individuals, and single parents. She is married to George Silbernagel and has two grown sons, Grant Nathan and John.

Ann Johnson, Parish Administrator

Ann Johnson serves as the parish administrator for The Episcopal Church of the Resurrsection.  Her profound pastoral and ministerial skills — natural to her and honed by her career as a Pediatric Critical Care nurse — make her a gifted coordinator of ministries and programs.  She, and her husband, Scott, are faithful members of the parish.  Ann is the mother of Emily and Elliot.

Pat Smith, Financial Administrator

Elizabeth Nash, Director of Children’s and Family Ministries

Elizabeth Nash joins the Resurrection Staff as the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry.  She will also assist in revamping our accounting procedures in order to bring all financial operations in house.

Courtney McDonough, Director of Youth Ministries

Courtney McDonough serves as the Director of Youth Ministry at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. She received her B.S. in Human & Organizational Development and Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2014, and graduated with her Masters in Theology and Religious Studies from John Carroll University in 2016. She served as a youth pastor at a United Methodist Church from 2014-2016 and then spent several years working in secular workplaces. Courtney is passionate about developing lasting faith in teens and college students and is excited to establish a long-lasting youth ministry program at Resurrection. She is married to Brad and has two awesome fur-children, Dixie and Oakley.

Dr. Hildegard Cox, Organist and Choir Director

Dr. Hildegard Holland Cox has served as organist and choir master at Resurrection since 2008. Along with her husband, noted trumpeter Allan Cox, she has toured, recorded and performed widely throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. Dr. Cox’s devotion to the Anglican choral tradition is demonstrated by her long tenure as an Episcopal musician across the country and her devoted ministry at the Church of the Resurrection.

Clarke Holmes, Senior Warden

I was raised in Hernando, Mississippi, just south of Memphis, and I attended The University of Mississippi where I received degrees in Urban and Regional Planning. It is at Ole Miss where I met my wife-to-be, Mary Jo, and recently celebrated 50 years of a very wonderful marriage. We spent the majority of our lives in the Jackson, Mississippi area where I was Chief Executive Officer of Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, a non-profit association of local governments, for 44 years. I retired in 2015 and moved to the Nashville area to be closer to my son and his family. The last years have been extremely rewarding and the Church leadership and Clergy of Father Chad and Deacon Suzie have been remarkable. My current duties and involvement at COR include being an usher, Sunday School teacher, participant in Wednesday night Bible Study, and I am in my 2nd year as a Vestry member.

Jackie Lane, Junior Warden

My name is Jackie Lane. I have been a member of the Church of the Resurrection for 21 years, and I attend the 8:00 am service. My current areas of service are Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), Altar Guild, and Breakfast Team. I have enjoyed the Rector’s Wednesday evening Dinner and Bible study since it started. I have served on the Vestry at Resurrection 3 times, and have served as Jr. Warden, Outreach Coordinator, and as a member of the Stewardship Committee. My vision for the Church of the Resurrection is to grow as a place of worship and fellowship for our community.