About the writer

The Reverend Gradye Parsons is a retired Presbyterian minister living on a farm in Kodak, Tennessee, with his wife Kathy. Gradye served two congregations as pastor in Tennessee and served as the executive presbyter and stated clerk in the Presbytery of Holston. He worked in the PC(USA) Office of the General Assembly and served as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly from 2008–2016. Parsons served almost two years as interim minister of the Fountain City Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is currently a parish associate at Westminster in Knoxville. Gradye and Kathy have two children and three grandchildren.

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