The Reverend James K. Polk Van Zandt
Father Van Zandt comes to St. Paul's Murfreesboro from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Selma, Alabama where he has served as rector (2000-2008). Previously, Polk was vicar then rector at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point, Mississippi (1994 to 2000), where he led the church from mission to parish status. Polk received his Master of Divinity from The University of the South, in Sewanee, as well as his undergraduate degree. Before experiencing his call to the priesthood, Polk was a cotton farmer in the Mississippi Delta. Polk is married to Mary Jo, and together they are marvelous hosts and cooks. They have three adult children. Polk has been involved in diocesan leadership in both Alabama and Mississippi and now in Tennessee. He is a diocesan spiritual director for Cursillo and wholeheartedly supports the Cursillo method. A major focus of Polk's ministry is to let others know about the "good news" of Jesus Christ through whatever means are appropriate, but particularly through pastoral care, outreach and preaching. Contact Polk at firstname.lastname@example.org.