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Harry Howard has been appointed by the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee to assume the pastoral responsibilities at St. Andrew’s Church, Harriman.
Serving in various positions for the Diocese since 2005, Howard has taught courses in systematic theology, moral theology and ascetic theology to deacon postulants who were preparing for the priesthood.
He was also involved in the lay ministry licensure program, teaching Old and New Testament courses to lay persons seeking credentials to serve the Church in various positions.
He has held faculty positions at a number of colleges and universities, including Maryville College, Hiawassee College and the University of Tennessee.
A 1967 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, he completed his master’s degree in theology at Southern Methodist University in 1970. His Ph.D., conferred in 1980, is from UT.
Howard began his ministry in 1970 as a deacon, Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
This association spanned nearly 30 years, 27 of those as an elder (priest).
He became a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee on June 18, 2005, and ordained to the priesthood on Jan. 21, 2006.
He served as pastoral associate at Knoxville’s Church Street United Methodist Church from 1973-87 and at Maryville First United Methodist Church, 1987-99.
Following ordination in the Episcopal Church, he was appointed deacon/priest associate at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Maryville, in 2005; and at Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Knoxville, in 2007.
He has also served as a chaplain for Asbury Place, Maryville.
Howard was born in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of a Methodist minister.
He lives in Maryville with his wife of 46 years, Nancy, whose father was also a member of the Methodist clergy.