Our Rector – The Rev. John Mark Wiggers

The Rev. John Mark Wiggers moved to Knoxville in September 2009 to become the fifth rector of St. James. He hails from Brewton, Ala., where he grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition. He is a graduate of Baylor University and The General Theological Seminary. After seminary, John Mark served as Curate at The Church of the Nativity in Dothan, Ala., and as the Canon for Education at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.

John Mark and his wife, Liz met at an Adults Who Work with Youth Conference at Kanuga Camp and Conference Center. They have two boys — Jack, a rising college freshman, and Elliott, a rising sixth grader — as well as two dogs and some fish. His family appreciates and participates in his love of grilling. The rector also enjoys reading, music, and anything coffee related. His favorite books are Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore, and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Lately he is listening to the music of M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, and The Tallest Man on Earth. He is a fan of all Coen brothers’ movies. Several years ago he was given the moniker “Father Dude” in response to his great appreciation of the movie The Big Lebowski. He would love to be more musical, so occasionally he drums and also strums the ukulele.

John Mark sees his own ministry influenced by the story of the feeding of the 5,000 in the Gospel of Mark. When the disciples asked Jesus to send the people away so they could find food, Jesus says: “You feed them.” (Mark 6:37).

Of this direction from Jesus, Fr. John Mark says “This is a call for all of us to use what we have in following Christ. If we see the needs of others we are to seek to meet those with the power and love of God. I am glad to be a part of St. James where we tend and feed God’s sheep.”