Our Vicar

The Reverend James Teets


Father Jim Teets was ordained to the sacred Order of Priests on June 3, 2017 at Trinity cathedral in Miami, Fl. He recently graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee and is excited to be able to stay in the middle Tennessee area. A cradle Episcopalian, Father Jim is a Florida native and grew up in the western Palm Beach County agricultural area of south Florida. Prior to entering seminary, he spent 10 years as a teacher/Head of School of a private school and taught Physics, Chemistry, and Environmental Science as well as ACT/SAT Prep classes. Most recently, he created his own business and provided concierge accounting services to businesses and individuals in south Florida. This business provided an excellent avenue for the use of the accounting and management skills that he developed at Stetson University, where he earned a B.B.A. in 1984. 

Father Jim has been a life-long servant of the Church and, with support and encouragement from many clergy friends and members of his sending parish, he formally entered the discernment process in 2012 and was accepted at SOT in 2014. While at the School of Theology, Jim served as the Treasurer of both the St. Luke’s Community and the St. Luke’s Missions Committee. He also used his accounting and bookkeeping background to create “Faithful Finances”, a financial education program for seminary students and spouses that focused on saving, budgeting, and debt reduction. Jim had an outstanding Field Education experience at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Murfreesboro, TN and served as the Deacon there until his ordination to the priesthood. He has been happily married to his wife, Sharon, for 24 years and they have two grown sons, Casey and Crawford.

Church of the Holy Cross is an Episcopal mission church planted in 2000. Holy Cross’s sanctuary and campus at 1140 Cason Lane was constructed in 2004. In 2008, as part of the missional growth process, the people of Holy Cross created a new mission statement and, indeed, began a new mission of “Welcoming all who seek grace and peace in conversation and communion with Jesus Christ.” Those attending Holy Cross are just as likely to worship with lifelong Episcopalians as they are to worship with former roman Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Church of Christ and the unchurched. Regardless of denomination, all are invited to come to Holy Cross, a place of warm welcome where they can encounter God, share in the mysteries of Christ’s presence and go into the world to do God’s healing work, empowered by the Holy Spirit.