Each member of the vestry is typically voted in for a 3 year term, some less to replace a Vestry member retiring before their term is complete. New members are voted in at our Annual Meeting each January. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Vestry, please speak to a member of the clergy or a current member to express your interest.
Senior Warden – Kate Smith (elected 2021)
After moving to Clarksville 22 years ago, my husband Chris and I were received and confirmed at Trinity. We also have had all 3 of our children baptized here (2 confirmed, 1 to go!). I currently serve on the Parish Ministries Council as Outreach liaison, where my favorite ministry is organizing the annual Christmas basket and potluck lunch benefitting Nashville Cares. I have also served as a member of Trinity’s Altar Guild for about 10 years and lector regularly.
In the past, I have been a Trinity youth group leader, Godly Play teacher, handbells and choir member, Sunday school teacher, and Wednesday night study group leader. I am the Youth Services Coordinator for the Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville and have led Girl Scout Troop 779 here at Trinity for 15 years. I love hosting parties and kayaking (though not necessarily at the same time, but hey! I’d give it a shot!), and Chris and I are about to be empty nesters. Trinity is truly my home and we are committed to serving God and sharing Christ’s love alongside our church family.
Junior Warden – Howell Foust
I am a Clarksville native and Episcopalian by choice. I have served as Trinity’s Treasurer therefore been a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Finance Committee. I have also serve on Buildings & Grounds committee, Strategic Planning committee and served on the committee that established the Parish Ministries Council. I am very interested in the Military Ministries. My son and I have a construction company, Blackpatch Development, and have built two homes for wounded veterans through the Helping a Hero organization. I also do consulting work for investment brokers and credit work for banks through Foust & Associates. I spend the least amount of time with the construction business, but enjoy it the most. My wife Sheila most recently served as Senior Warden, if you haven’t figured out the connection yet. We enjoy being “foodies” at home on the weekends by experimenting with new recipes and wines.
Originally from Gallatin, Tennessee, I moved to Clarksville with my husband, Thommy, in 2014. We started attending Trinity later that year, and we love the Church family we found here. Since joining the Trinity family, I served on the Parties & Picnics Committee for several years, and I am currently involved with the Room In the Inn and F.U.E.L outreach programs.
I am an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, a non-profit law firm in Clarksville. I am active with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, the Tennessee Rehabilitative Center, Montgomery County Master Gardener’s Association, and the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Tennessee Bar Association. During my free time, I enjoy going on adventures with Thommy and spending time with our families.
Serving our community and church family is important to me, and I look forward to continuing that service through the Vestry at Trinity.
Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal (elected 2020)
I was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the Washington Metropolitan Area. I am married to Dr. Arthur Neal and have a daughter (Lynnette), 2 sons (Mark and Arthur, Jr.) and 2 grandsons (Jefferson and Arthur III). I received my B.S. and M.Ed. from Howard University and my Ph.D. in Special Education and JD from The American University. My professional career includes serving as a teacher, University professor and attorney. Over the years, I have served the community in various roles (e.g. Chairperson of the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross, President of Clarksville Civitan, President of the Dover Chapter of Links, Inc., Life member of NAACP, Conference Chair, Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice, and Chair, Montgomery County DMC Task Force).
While living in the D.C. area, I was a member of the Church of Atonement Episcopal Church, Washington, DC and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Mitchellville, MD. I have been a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. I have been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Clarksville since 2003. My spiritual journey, as an Episcopalian, for numerous decades has led me to answer the call to serve in various capacities on both the parish and diocesan level. A few of the programs and services are listed as follows: ECW, Mission Council, Senior Warden (with and without a priest), Bishop Reynold’s Working Groups, Bishop Search Committee & Participant in Ordination Service of Bishop Herlong, Commission on Ministry, Vocational Exploration Program (Lay leader/mentor for the discernment program for those desiring to become a Priest for numerous current and retired priests and deacons), University advisor for the Canterbury Club, Delegate to Diocesan convention, Contemplative Prayer Retreat, Room in the Inn, FUEL, Sunday School, Classes, Union of Black Episcopalian, and others. I have recently completed the Becoming a Catalyst training. The program is generously sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of TN (EDTN) Beloved Community Commission and the Curb Center at Vanderbilt University. I look forward to serving on the Vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church and ministering Christ’s love to our community, country and world via worship, prayer, service, and study.
Laura Harpel (elected 2021)
I am a Clarksvillian “by default”, having spent many of my childhood vacations visiting grandparents (TB Foust and family) and various aunts/uncles/cousins here in town. I moved back in 1982 after graduating from UTCVM and opened an equine ambulatory practice, followed by time spent at various local small animal clinics before settling into a permanent position at Fort Campbell VETCEN (where I work to this day).
I am a lifelong Episcopalian (with a brief sojourn at Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian VBS in childhood summers!) I was confirmed at St. Peter’s, Columbia. I have served as a past vestry member, and volunteered when/where needed on various church activities. I have a fascination with the Holy Land and was able to check off my “bucket list” recently by traveling with Meghan and company to Israel where my favorite Bible stories took on new life and meaning!
I have been married for the past 36 years (gee- time flies!!) to the wonderful Phil Harpel. We live in the Sango area of Clarksville with a veritable herd of assorted creatures- four-legged, finned and feathered.
Jan Hodgson (elected 2022)
I am retired from the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System where I worked as a teacher ( special education) and administrator. I have been a member of Trinity for many years. We raised our two children in this Church. Our four grandkids have come to church with me many times during their visits to Clarksville. I have taught Sunday school, helped with the Youth group, served on numerous committees, and currently serve as a reader and chalice bearer in our worship services. Trinity is my home. I am excited about the opportunity to serve you as our church goes through the challenges of transition. We have a wonderful congregation and I know we will successfully meet those challenges.
Liz Holt (elected 2022)
I was raised in the Catholic Church just down the street, although my great grandparents were members of Trinity. My husband John also grew up here at Trinity and likes to joke that we met through my Aunt Tootsie, as small children at the pancake supper. After marrying, we were conflicted where our spiritual journey would lead us. While raising our three children, Sarah, Harrison, and Jack we were pulled toward the Episcopal faith and I fell in love with Trinity. We have been members here since 2009 and I have served leading children’s chapel, teaching Sunday school, as chalice bearer and verger. Professionally, I hold a doctorate of physical therapy and am Administrator of a home health care office. I am honored to serve our parish and with this vestry.
Ben Kimbrough, Jr. (elected 2022)
I am a lifelong resident of Clarksville and member of Trinity Church. I graduated from Clarksville High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am married for 46 years to Beverly (current church Treasurer) and we have two daughters Candice (Blake) and Regan, a son-in-law Richard Blake and two granddaughters – Maggie and Ray.
Professionally I am a 44 year employee of Bank of America and am the Credit Risk Executive responsible for loan approvals for Bank of America’s Commercial Transportation portfolio for North America –covering the Marine, Trucking, Logistics, Rail and Airfreight sectors. Also I have responsibility as the Credit Risk Executive for the Commercial Bank’s Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi portfolios.
Currently I serve as a member of the church’s Finance Committee and the Investment Committee for the Endowment Fund of Austin Peay University.In my spare time I am an avid reader, racquetball player and college sports enthusiast.
Jack Mitchell (elected 2022)
I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and have always been an Episcopalian, being baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga. I was very active in the Church as a teenager and served as President of the House of Young Churchmen of the Diocese of Tennessee in 1957. I also served as the lifeguard and general flunkee at DuBose Conference Center in the summers for Camp Gailor-Maxon during my college years.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt Law School, I moved to Clarksville with my new bride Cornelia (now my wife of 57 years) and we both became members of Trinity Episcopal Church. During the 57 years to follow, I have served the Church in many capacities, namely: Vestry, Search Committee, Delegate to Diocesan Convention, Chairman of Every Member Canvass and Youth Director.
Over the years as a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, I have seen at least 5 priests come and go. I understand the challenges of searching for a priest along with the problems brought on by COVID-19 and it’s variants. If elected, I hope that my past experience in dealing the past challenges of our Church will be helpful to the Vestry and, with the help of the Lord, we can make it through this difficult period of time as we always have done.
Brian Schafer (elected 2021)
Privott grew up in Gadsden, Alabama, where her education began at Episcopal Day School. The school was affiliated with her home parish, Holy Comforter, and her mother, Joan, became the Headmistress. Upon graduating from Gadsden High School, Privott attended Vanderbilt University. Privott lived in Nashville until moving to Clarksville after marrying her husband, Steven in 2003. Her career growth ‘officially’ began at Camp McDowell, the Camp for the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama. After attending as a camper since childhood, she spent her college summers as a Cabin Counselor, and will tell anyone who has time to listen that Camp McDowell is truly ‘God’s Backyard’ and a place to discover your true spirituality.
Privott is currently the HR Director for CDE Lightband. She also instructs for APSU’s Center for Extended and Distance Education, teaching one to two classes a semester. Privott is also very active in SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and has received recognition and awards through various Board positions held. She holds a SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Lean Six- Sigma Green Belt, and a Certified Power Executive (CPE) from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association. Privott serves on the Trinity Episcopal HR volunteer committee. Her most precious time is spent with her husband, Steven, and daughter, Allison Lee.
Jennifer Williams (elected 2022)
My name is Jennifer Williams and am married to Ric Williams and have two children, Bobby and Becca. I have been a member of Trinity for twenty years. I am a coordinator for Room in the Inn and have been active in other ministries at Trinity. Being on the vestry will allow me to be apart of the growth of Trinity.