OUR PRESIDING BISHOP
The Most Reverend Chandler Holder Jones SSC is Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Eastern United States and Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America.
A native of Surry County, North Carolina, and a graduate of Emory and Henry College (BA) and Duke University Divinity School (MDiv), with graduate studies at Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC, he has been priested for twenty-five years and has served congregations in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and Georgia. He has also studied English literature at Exeter College, University of Oxford, England, and Anglican history at the King’s School, Canterbury Cathedral. A convert to the Continuing Anglican Church movement, he has been a Continuing Anglo-Catholic for over thirty years. He was consecrated to the Episcopate as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese in 2010 and was elected Bishop Coadjutor in 2019. He became Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese in July 2021. He has been married for twenty-one years to Megan Baskwill Jones - together, they have four children.
Fr. Yossi was born in Knoxville, TN. He is a cradle Anglican, having attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Knoxville from an early age. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's degree in religious studies, Fr. Yossi attended The University of the South at Sewanee, where he received his Master of Divinity. Fr. Yossi then joined the U.S. Army, where he served as a Chaplain. Fr. Yossi was assigned to the 44th Medical Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC. After returning from Afghanistan, Fr. Yossi was reassigned to Ft. Bliss, Texas, where he fell in love with the simplicity and beauty of the Southwest. After his military service Fr. Yossi continued to serve those in need first as a Hospital Chaplain in Albuquerque, NM, and later as a hospice chaplain in Albuquerque and Las Cruces, NM. As a civilian Fr. Yossi attended Piedmont International University, where he received his Doctorate in Ministry, and most recently, he received a Master of Theology degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Fr. Yossi has two sons, Josh and Troy, and a Miniature Schnauzer named Ollie. Fr. Yossi enjoys spending time with his boys, gardening, antiquing, reading, writing, and fly fishing. He also enjoys all things related to Big Orange football, and he is extremely excited to be back in his native Tennessee.
Saint Peter the Apostle Anglican Church was incorporated in April 2010 in the home of Dr. Warren Smith, one of the founding members. St. Peter’s joined the Anglican Province of America (APA), a continuing Anglican Church using traditional doctrine and liturgy. Holy Communion and Morning Prayer Services were held in private residences and the Kingsport Renaissance Center. With God’s grace, we located and purchased the current location at 3321 Thornton Drive in 2012. Since purchasing the building, we have created a beautiful church with a sanctuary, fellowship hall, nursery, complete kitchen, and clergy office.
In addition to Sunday morning services (Holy Communion or Morning Prayer), we have an active Christian education program with topics ranging from studying various Bible books to the history of Anglicanism. Other activities include a weekly online prayer group, Women’s Bible Study group, congregational luncheons, and visiting ill or elderly members, providing them with meals as needed. We also support the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child and Shades of Grace Ministry in Kingsport.