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The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne is rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN

The Rev. Donald Allston Fishburne, D. Min.

Donald Fishburne has been Rector of Saint Paul's Church in downtown Chattanooga since 2008.

Saint Paul's is the Mother Church of Episcopal congregations in the greater Chattanooga area in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. The church has a substantial endowment for music ministries and for extension of the Kingdom and is served by four fulltime clergy and by a non-stipendiary priest and a deacon. The parish enjoys a close relationship with The University of the South, Sewanee, and its School of Theology and the parish serves as a Field Education site for multiple seminarians.

Donald Fishburne led congregational development as Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Sanibel Island, in the Diocese of Southwest Florida for seven years, focusing on preaching and worship, developing ministry leaders and teams, Stewardship of the Riches of God's Grace, outreach ministries, and endowment building. 

For ten years in the decade of the 1990s Donald specialized in city ministry at Saint Paul's, Augusta, Georgia.  He has also served parishes large and small in the Carolinas in his 33 years of ordained ministry. He has served in five dioceses on diocesan standing committees, conference center boards, commissions on stewardship, congregational development, Christian education, youth and college ministries.  He has been a consultant to the Mission Committee of a new congregation and to the Chapter of a Cathedral and now mentors several rectors of other parishes.

Donald and his wife Sarah Vann Fishburne have been married for 26 years. She is a former diocesan coordinator of youth and college ministries.   They have a son Allston, 25, and daughter, Sarah Hart, 22.

He is a native of Charleston, SC, a lifelong Episcopalian and a graduate of The University of the South (B.A.) and The Virginia Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He also earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Sewanee where he now serves on the Board of Regents (Chairs the College Committee; Committees on Property & Finance, The School of Theology, University Relations, and Regents' Affairs / Honorary Degrees).  He also served on the Visiting Committee to the School of Theology and on the Advisory Committee of the new Center for Religion and the Environment.

He is President-elect the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes and serves on the Board Development Committee. He recently served on the Search Committee for the Bishop of East Tennessee.

He enjoys time with his family, prayer walking, hiking in national parks, the mountains, the coast, travel, writing, mentoring other clergy, and environmental studies / stewardship of creation.


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The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne

Raising the Dead, Shepherding God's Sheep

Acts 9:36-43 and John 10:23-30

4th Sunday of Easter - Year C

April 21, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne (TEC)

In this Easter Season we get to know Simon Peter the fisherman better, and we see the Lord Jesus at work.  Today we experience a scene in the life and ministry of Jesus that takes place before the crucifixion and resurrection, and John the Gospeler drops us into a conflict between religious authorities and Jesus--at the holy time of Hanukkah and in the holiest place on earth for Jesus' fellow Jews.

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The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne

Becoming Ambassadors for Christ

Acts 9:1-6 and John 21:1-19

3rd Sunday of Easter - Year C

April 14, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne (TEC)

How does the Risen Lord Jesus open our eyes today so that we may become fishermen--fishers of people--and ambassadors of the Gospel of Christ?

The miraculous life of Jesus in turning around the lives of Saint Paul and Saint Peter gives us cause for thought and prayer and for hope and rejoicing. We remember that the zealous Pharisee Saul was so determined to persecute the first followers of the Risen Christ that he pursued women as well as men, and he headed for Syria from Jerusalem lest he miss anyone. He was in no mood for conversion. Then the Risen Lord Jesus opened his eyes to the new way--the new life.

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