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

the Rev. Brett Backus


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William Simerly

Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries

William Simerly has been the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries since August of 2018. He obtained a B.S. in Religious Studies from King University. William is committed to providing the children, youth, and families of our parish with a safe, fun, and caring environment to learn more about their faith and to serve others. William is also a postulant for the priesthood and will begin his seminary studies in the fall of 2021.

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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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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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Michelle Blackwell

Children’s Ministry Assistant

Michelle Blackwell serves as the Children’s Ministry Assistant at St. Elizabeth’s. Michelle has served in this position for a little over a year now. Michelle works in the nursery on Sunday mornings and leads the tweens group on Wednesday nights. Michelle is an architecture student at the University of Tennessee and is heavily involved with Tyson House, the Episcopal and Lutheran Campus Ministry at UTK.

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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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