The Rev. Rob Courtney Appointed as Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee 

The Rev. Rob CourtneyThe Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Rob Courtney as its next Canon to the Ordinary. Father Rob’s service will begin on July 1, 2024.  

A native of south Louisiana, Fr. Rob’s journey into ministry began after a successful career in radio, where he served as an on-air personality and program director. His transition to ministry was marked by his role as the first Parish Administrator at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, where he discerned a calling to ordained ministry within the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. 

His path of discernment led him to the University of the South’s School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he graduated with honors and received his Master of Divinity. Ordained a priest in 2009, he served as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgan City, Louisiana, where his leadership expanded outreach efforts to homeless and at-risk individuals. 

In 2012, Fr. Rob was appointed Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church & School in New Orleans, later becoming Rector. His leadership extended to serving as President of the Diocesan Standing Committee and chairing the Gaudet Fund Committee, supporting African American students in the diocese. 

As Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, Fr. Rob brings a wealth of experience, compassion, and a deep commitment to serving God and the community. We are excited about the opportunities and growth that his leadership will bring, and we look forward to welcoming Rob and his family to West Tennessee in the coming months.  

“I have known Rob and Catt Courtney and their family for years,” said Bishop Phoebe Roaf. “Rob is a very faithful priest with strong administrative skills and I believe he will be a great asset to our diocesan leadership team. I know the members of the Diocese of West Tennessee will be blessed by Rob’s ministry among us.”

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