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The Rev. Brett Backus, Rector

The Rev. Brett P. Backus began serving as the Rector of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in the summer of 2018.  Prior to that, he served as the Associate Rector of Church of the Ascension in Knoxville for ten years. Before ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Brett graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity as well as a  B.S. in World Religions from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a Knoxville native and grew up at Church of the Good Samaritan.

Fr. Brett and his wife Carla have been married since 2005 and have two wonderful children.  Their son Haven is interested in everything from Harry Potter to Meteorology to Wilderness Survival, while their daughter Bella is passionate about gymnastics, soccer, and crafts.  Carla is currently a student at Pellissippi State studying to be a nurse.

The Backus family is passionate about giving back to the community and spreading the good works of God through yearly mission trips to Carla’s home country of Bolivia. Brett and Carla have served alongside each other since 2004 in the form of these yearly mission trips.  The Backus family are also huge Green Bay Packers fans, love amusement parks, and traveling in general.

Brett’s happy place is the lake, but he loves to be in the sun and near or in any water.  Traveling and experiencing culture feeds Brett, as well as bonfires, guitars, disk golf, skateboarding, wake surfing……..and maybe the occasional video game.