The Revd Canon Jack King, Rector
The Rev. Thomas Ryden, Assistant Rector
The Rev. Rob Goebel, Administrative Pastor
Rachel Wilhelm, Minister of Music & Worship Arts
Kaye Freels, Director of Children’s Ministries
Stephen Nelson, Financial Manager
Phil Van Peborgh, Treasurer
You may read minutes from Vestry meetings here.
Jack King, Rector
A long-time Knoxville native, Jack grew up in Fountain City, moved away to school, pastored in England, and eventually came back home. He’s grateful to serve the Kingdom of God in his hometown. He leads Apostles with a passion to see every believer “presented mature in Christ Jesus.”
Jack met his wife Emily in the fall of 2005, and married in July 2007. The Kings have a daughter, Madeleine, and a son, Colin. Jack’s main interests beyond parish ministry revolve around books: poetry, history, fiction, and biographies; distance running; playing guitar and hammered dulcimer; cooking for his wife and friends; and following the Boston Red Sox are other ways that Jack relaxes and unwinds.
Jack writes at KnoxPriest.com.
Check out Jack’s bookshelf at Goodreads.
Thomas Ryden, Assistant Rector
Thomas grew up in Sharpsburg, GA and has come to Knoxville by way of Birmingham, AL and Johnson City, TN. He received the call to ministry while attending Samford University and has served in several youth and worship ministry roles while completing his undergrad and master’s degrees. He is thankful to God and to Apostles for the opportunity to serve as Assistant Rector. He is excited to journey with students as they are formed into the people God is calling them to be, to facilitate Apostles’ outreach to our community, and to help our church become more interconnected within itself.
Thomas received his B.A. in Classics from Samford University in 2011 and his Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary in 2015.
Rob Goebel, Administrative Pastor
Fr. Rob and his wife Jennifer have been married for ten years. They have two daughters, Ella and Katherine. The Goebel family loves music and the outdoors.
Fr. Rob began bivocational ministry in 1997. In 2014, he was ordained as a priest and in 2015, he began full-time parish ministry, serving as Vicar of St. Peter’s Church in Canton, IL. Before coming to St. Peter’s, Fr. Rob had a twenty-plus year career in higher education campus management and served in many roles with National Management Resources, including director at Quincy University.
He has served churches in the New England area; as the Assistant Rector at St. Johns Cathedral in Quincy, IL; Chaplains Assistant at The Chapel of Christ the King in Fort Jackson, SC; and Sunday Morning Coordinator at Church of the Apostles in Columbia, SC.
Kaye Freels, Director of Children’s Ministries
Kaye grew up in South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B. A. in History Education. After 13 years in the banking industry, she started an in-home daycare. Later, she was employed at Grace Episcopal Church in the nursery and taught Mother’s Morning Out. From there she moved over to Grace Episcopal Day School as a Pre-K and First Grade teacher for five years. In 2008, she and her family relocated to Knoxville, when her husband, David, became the Campus Missioner at the University of Tennessee. David and Kaye have three children, Kaitlyn, Becca, and Ben and live with their cat Mrs. Peele.
Kaye has continued her post-college education by taking classes that focus on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has applied to add Pre-K through Grade 3 certification to her Tennessee Teacher’s License, qualifying her to teach grades Pre-K – 12. She enjoys combining her education and ministry experience to lead children’s ministry at Apostles.
Stephen Nelson, Financial Manager
Stephen grew up in Ocala, FL, but is a mountain-man at heart. He’s thrilled to live in Knoxville and enjoys hiking, running, and cycling. He’s an insatiable learner and a dedicated craftsman—always building and creating with quality.
Stephen went to Samford University in Birmingham, AL. While the education was wonderful, he met Jess and they married in 2012. They have two boys.
The church is a constant in Stephen’s life. He was called to ministry in high school. In college, he preached and served as a camp counselor. After graduation, he served as the Youth Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Maryville, TN. He has a heart for building up the Kingdom and offering our community as a place of faith, integrity, and healing.
Stephen received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Samford University in 2011.
Laird Bryson, FODC, Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction
Laird was born in Camden, New Jersey shortly after the ark landed. In Florida, Laird met and fell in love with Carley Ann Freck (aka Bitsy) at the tender young age of 15. He never did get over that love, and they married in 1960. Laird served as a Flight Medical Officer and a Cardiologist in the United States Air Force and later in private practice. Answering a clear and persistent call from God to enter the ordained ministry, Laird left medicine and served as a Priest in various parishes throughout East TN.
Laird retired from parish ministry and he and Bitsy entered into what turned out to be a three-year adventure in motor homing full time across the United States (all the states except Michigan) and parts of Canada. They both have served in a wide range of mission both locally and abroad.
Laird received a B.S. in science from University of Florida in 1964, an M.D. in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in 1972, an MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1991, and a Master of Sacred Theology in Spiritual Directions from General Theological Seminary. He is also a professed member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis.
The Rev. David Freels, Campus Mission
David is a native Knoxvillian, a West High and UT graduate, who is returning home after 20 years. David came to follow Jesus through YoungLife and volunteered as a leader through college. After 9 years as a Deputy Sheriff’s investigator (more Mayberry than CSI) in South Carolina, he returned to full-time youth ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park, FL in 1997. David was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2002. “Relational ministry is what made the difference in my life and God has opened the door for that to happen at UT. God has been shaping my heart and preparing the way for a disciple-making mission at UT and I am excited and thankful to be a part of what God is doing through and with the Mission in Knoxville.”
David and Kaye live with their three children, Kaitlyn, Becca, and Ben, one grandchild, Harry, David’s mom, and with their cat Mrs. Peele.
The Rev. David Sincerbox, Parish Deacon
David is a retired math, science and physics instructor who also served as a science museum director. He holds two degrees from the University of Tennessee. He has sixty semester hours above his Masters in educational administration and is certified as such with the state of Tennessee. David has over thirty-five years as a Bible teacher, small group leader and spiritual leader. He was a Presbyterian ruling elder for over twenty years. After retiring as a math instructor, he served as the special assistant to the Reverend T. M. Moore, noted author and lecturer, at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee for two and a half years. David was ordained as an Anglican deacon on August 4, 2009. David serves as a parish deacon at Apostles, serving as the church’s representative in the city through outreach and service projects. David has led Apostles to work with Operation Backyard and serve low-income families at West Hills Elementary School. He has been married to his wife, Sandy, for forty-one years and she is an invaluable part of his ministry.
David writes at Breakpoint.org
The Rev. John Roop, Assisting Priest
John is a native of Knoxville and was a third generation member of the Christian Church, where he served as deacon, elder, and especially as a teacher. He and his wife were drawn to the Anglican Church in a somewhat roundabout manner by the rhythm of the daily office, the richness of liturgy, and the presence of a sacramental worldview. John was ordained to the priesthood in 2015. He looks forward to continued ministry at Apostles.
John married his high school sweetheart, Clare, 41 years ago. They both work as high school teachers—John in mathematics and Clare in biology. They have one wonderful daughter, Mary Kathleen, who is currently in college studying secondary science education. John enjoys playing and composing music for various instruments, and reading—with coffee, of course.