Ryan Garner, as a first year member of Parish Council, likes to think of his contribution there as paratactic and explorative rather than linear and hypotactic. Hence, he describes himself in the asyndetonic way: mystical, friendly, Spirit-ual, logomorphic, Hillbilly Augustinian, obsessive, needy, affectionate, humorous, idealist, eutopic, contemplative, paranoid, histrionic, increasingly thankful, sympathetic. Ryan is delighted to be a part of a council that gives time to reflecting on vision and extends that discussion even unto abstraction. Ryan is an instructor in Humanities at Paideia Academy in west Knoxville. He is married to Angela who agrees with the aforementioned litany but rolled her eyes too when reading it.
I am blessed by my wonderful wife Brenna and my little girl Phoebe. Brenna and I moved to Knoxville in April of 2010 to share in the vision and life of Old North Abbey. We have never regretted that decision. I have a passion for bringing people together in authentic Christian community, and love seeing people gather around the table. I believe that if we get Jesus right we get everything else right as well. Give me Saturdays at Neyland, good BBQ, and beautiful woodwork to round out a full life.
Born in Maryland, lived in VA, Texas & Tennessee
1. Things my friends say about me; Sense of Humor, Hard Working, and Spiritual.
2. Most passionate about encouraging people to discover what they do best.
3. Most important quality I look for in another person is genuineness of heart.
4. Three of my best life-skills are:
a) Finding pleasure and contentment in simple things
b) Being a good friend
c) Continuing to learn
5. List maker
Daniel Yoder is husband of Thea and father of 5. He has taught biosystems engineering at the University of Tennessee since 1991, specializing in storm water management and erosion control. He has been involved in small start-up churches most of his adult life.
Brad Guilford transplanted from West Knoxville to the downtown area a little over a year ago. He and his wife Joy are blessed by the friendships they are forming with their new neighbors in Old North Knoxville, and they are enthusiastic participants in the vibrant life they continue to discover all over the city. Brad finds the Anglican tradition and liturgy of great value in his personal journey of faith, and he is excited to be able to serve the body of Christ at Old North Abbey. Brad manages a software development team for a local healthcare company, and he and Joy have two elementary school age children.