Fr. Jody was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, where he attended the University of North Carolina-Asheville, graduating with a degree in History with a minor in religious studies. During college Fr. Jody did internships in the special collections in the library at UNCA cataloging, transcribing and scanning documents related to the Speculation Land Company, and at the YMI Cultural Center in Asheville. In addition, Fr. Jody worked as a Private Investigator Associate at his father’s company, Howard Investigations and Security Services.
After graduating, and discerning a call to the ordained ministry, Fr. Jody headed to The University of the South, School of Theology in Sewanee Tennessee. During seminary he served his CPE/Chaplaincy training at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home Tennessee under the direction of Chaplain James Pollard and his field education at one of the several church plants in the Diocese of Tennessee, the Church of the Holy Cross in Murfreesboro TN.
While in seminary, Fr. Jody was a fellow of the Acton Institute’s Toward a Free and Virtuous Society conference. Most importantly, he met his future wife, Anna, during this period. Graduating with honors from The School of Theology in May of 2006, Jody and Anna were married on June 3rd and Jody was ordained a deacon on June 10th. Serving his curacy at Trinity Church in Winchester TN, Jody was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on December 17th, 2006.
In July of 2007 Fr. Jody began his ministry at St. Francis Church, Goodlettsville. In January of 2010 St. Francis merged with St. Joseph of Arimathea and Fr. Jody became priest-in-charge of St. Joseph’s. On April 16, 2011 Fr. Jody and Anna welcomed their first child, a son, Eli Joseph.
After two years as priest-in-charge, Fr. Jody became rector of St. Joseph’s on January 1st, 2012 and looks forward to many wonderful years of ministry with the congregation.