Clergy and Staff
The Rev. Robert Allen Osborne
Robert was born and raised in the state of Connecticut. He completed his undergraduate studies at Messiah College. During his time there, he was granted the opportunity to study abroad at several institutions, including: Chiang Mai University, Uganda Christian University, and the University of Oxford. His undergraduate research interests centered upon sociology, cultural anthropology, and world religions. From there, he went on to study human rights at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law. Robert felt a call to ministry after working in the field of human rights and peacemaking in Northern Nigeria. He completed a Master of Divinity at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA and was ordained to the priesthood in March of 2019. His interest and vocational path have ranged from working in the insurance industry, prison ministry, refugee work, interfaith dialogue, coaching competitive rock climbing, peacebuilding and human rights work in the USA and around the world.
Robert is married to the Rev. Caroline Osborne and is the proud father of his daughter Verity and son Theodore (expected to make his appearance summer 2023). Robert serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Chapter of the Community of the Cross of Nails, in addition to the Board of Directors of Kateri Medical Services.
Carl is a native of Nashville, a graduate of John Overton High School and George Peabody College for Teachers. He is a retired computer programmer, having specialized in Electronic Data Interchange for the last twenty or so years of his career. Carl studied organ with the late Sam Batt Owens at Peabody, and later sang in the St. George’s Choir under Dr. Owens’ direction, occasionally substituting at the organ console. He has served Nashville area churches, including St. Philip’s, Donelson, Epiphany, Lebanon, and currently Holy Trinity, Nashville since 2005. He joined the staff of St. Joseph's in 2016.
The purpose of the Sexton is to keep St. Joseph's building and grounds clean and orderly; perform basic preventative maintenance and repairs; set up church/rooms for use as needed. Keep the Office Administrator, Rector and Senior Warden advised of dangers and concerns about the condition and maintenance of our buildings and grounds
Organist and Choir Director
Allison Boccia Williams, CAGO
Allison Boccia Williams was formerly the Music Associate at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN where she directed a children’s choir, the youth choir, and was one of three organists. She also taught music education and piano courses at Fisk University. Allison retired in 2015 from teaching music at Lundahl Middle School and McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL. For 19 years, she was the Director of Music/Organist at Bethany Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. Allison holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, the Master of Music degree in Music Education from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and the Performer’s Certificate in organ from Northern Illinois University. Allison studied organ in the Chicago area under Richard Hoskins, Dr. David Schrader, Dr. H. Ricardo Ramirez, James Russell Brown, Colin Andrews and is most recently an organ student of Dr. Wilma Jensen in Nashville. She studied piano under Dr. Raymond Jackson of Silver Spring, MD. Allison is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists (CAGO) and the former secretary of the Chicago Chapter. Her hobbies, other than music, include being a dog mom, an active member of the Nashville Dog Training Club, ballroom dancing, and a huge Elvis fan! Allison resides in Hendersonville TN with her organist husband, Dr. Anthony Williams, her son Alex, and 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Gracie, Carmen, and Winston).
Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Jo Ann Ehrhardt
Jo Ann has been a catechist at St. Joseph of Arimathea for ten years now. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori style, hands on, method of religious formation. We have a dedicated atrium located next to the nursery for children ages 3-12. Many of the materials were handmade by members of our parish.