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St. Anthony’s Anglican Church, Crab Orchard, welcomes Father James C. Gibson Jr. as its new priest in charge.
Gibson, known as “Father Jim” by parishioners from Roane, Cumberland and Rhea counties, began providing pastoral services to St. Anthony’s on Aug. 4.
He, his wife, Robin, and son, Aidan, live in Crossville.
In an official ceremony on Oct. 6, St. Anthony’s will officially accept Gibson as the mission’s new clergy.
Gibson, a Nashville native, is a graduate of Belmont University and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He completed doctoral studies in Atlanta in 2000.
In addition to his duties at St. Anthony’s, Gibson is concurrently the Bishop for Tennessee, Province of the Holy Spirit.
Gibson, one of several candidates vying for the position, was primarily selected because of his unique ability to “plant” and grow young mission churches.
Over his pastoral calling he has begun and/or nurtured four mission churches, all of which are still in existence today.
St. Anthony’s opened its doors on April 10, 2011, as an Anglican Province of America mission church.
It is at 9828 Hwy. 70 East in Crab Orchard.