St. Elizabeth’s is blessed with a wonderful staff. Find out more about them below!

The Rev. Brett Backus


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Alexander Thomas

Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries

Alexander Thomas began as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries in July of 2021. He graduated from Johnson University in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies as well as Theology and Biblical Studies. He then went on to work at Tyson House, where he still serves as the Ministry Coordinator. Alexander has experience in Youth and Children’s Ministry in previous churches. Alexander and his wife, Rachel, have been members of Church of the Ascension since 2019 along with their daughter Poppy who was born in December of 2020.

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Elizabeth Farr

Director of Music Ministries

Elizabeth Farr holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee and The Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore MD. She sang professionally in New York City with the Gregg Smith Singers and the Robert DeCormier Singers, and has a certificate from the Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria. A life-long violinist, she plays in the KSO and teaches violin and harp in her home studio. Before coming to St. Elizabeth’s in 2009, she was a section leader in the choir at St. John’s Cathedral for 25 years. Her interests include gardening and English culture.

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Josh Davis


Josh Davis, A Tennessee native and Tennessee Tech University alum, has been studying piano since age 9.   After graduating in 2016 with a degree in piano performance, he moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked as a choral accompanist for multiple choirs, and as a church organist and pianist. He also lived in Montana for a year where he performed in the Great Falls Symphony, and continued to do choral accompanying. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the TTU music department, and remains active as a soloist and collaborative artist.

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William Simerly


William Simerly is St. Elizabeth’s seminarian. William is a postulant for the priesthood and studies at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. William was the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at St. E’s from August 2018 until July 2021. He obtained a B.S. in Religious Studies from King University. William and his fiancé Ashton are thankful for the community of St. E’s supporting them both as William attends seminary.

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Pamela Haralson

Parish Administrator

Pamela Haralson has been our Parish Administrator at St. Elizabeth’s since 2015. She is available in our office from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday-Thursday. If you have a question, Pamela has an answer!

Click here to contact Pamela or call the church office at (865) 675-0450.

Lisa Davis

Nursery Coordinator

Lisa prides herself on creating a fun and loving nursery environment for the youngest members of our parish. Lisa has a long history of working in childcare settings and loves the youngest members of our parish. When she’s not at St. E’s, Lisa loves spending time with her husband and son.

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Angie Thompson


Angie has been our bookkeeper since 2011. She handles the details of tracking all our receipts and expenses. She and our Treasurer are a team, and together they make sure our bills are paid and our books are straight.

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