The Rev. Chad E. Jarnagin is a recognized musician, priest, & speaker. He is host of The Luminous Podcast as well as the Learning to BE Podcast, and the Founding Rector of Luminous Parish, an Anglican Mission to Nashville | Franklin, TN. He is an ordained priest within the Anglican Communion (via AMiA). He is also a postulant to the Rule of Saint Benedict. Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2003-2009). 

Fr. Chad’s debut book, Learning to Be: Reconstructing Peace, and Spiritual Health will release on November 5th, 2019 (eBook) and February 11, 2020 (paperback, Morgan James Publishing). He possesses a unique combination of talents and skills as a shepherd, artist, and thinker. Chad is a certified Enneagram Teacher, (an ancient personality typing system that identifies nine types of people and how they relate to one another and the world).

Chad grew up around Cincinnati, OH and has lived in the Nashville area for over 22 years. He has a brilliant wife and three talented boys and is continuing his family's baseball heritage by coaching in the local youth league. 

In addition to being rector at Luminous Parish, Chad continues to schedule a limited number of events speaking on Learning to BE, curating Contemplative Enneagram spaces for Spiritual Direction, and caring for church and organization staffs.

Fr. Chad is a proficient communicator on topics include: Portions of Learning to Be (forthcoming debut book), sacred rhythms for spiritual health, contemplative practices and postures, as well as Anglicanism. Chad attended Carson-Newman University, Berklee College of Music, and is pursuing a M.A. of Biblical Studies, as well as a psychology certification (Cognitive Behavior Therapy).

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
— Thomas Merton


Notable Speaking, Musical, Professional Experience

  • Rector Luminous Parish (2016-present)

  • Host of The Luminous Podcast & The Learning to BE Podcast

  • Author of Learning to Be: Reconstructing Peace and Spiritual Health

  • Speaker to numerous Fortune 500 companies

  • Worship Arts Pastor (2000-2015)

  • Founder of LuminousProject (A contemplative space for artists)

  • Lead Singer for Among Thorns (2000-2006)

  • 2009 Top Nashville Blogger List, Top 100 National Bloggers 2006, 2008

  • 2013 40 Under 40 Change-makers Rejuvenate Magazine

  • Over 1800 concert or speaking events experience over a 20 years span

  • Over 24 major sporting events (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, AFL, & NASCAR) and has ESPN, ABC, and CBS network appearances.

  • 2004 GMA Dove Award Nominee (Gospel Music Association)

  • 2005 Grammy Award Nominee

  • Recorded, performed, or collaborated with/ for Paramore, Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), Charlie Peacock, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Michael W. Smith, and more

  • Late Night w/ David Letterman appearance (skit performance)

  • Released more than 6 albums over 18 years (Alternative, Pop, Rock, Worship, Christian / Gospel)

  • Solo Debut EP 2011- Chad Jarnagin (Sir Chad Music)

  • Latest album released 2014- Luminous CITY (Sir Chad Music)



If Chad Jarnagin’s voice doesn’t strike you, you probably should visit an audiologist. If his ability to facilitate the diffusion of better ideas doesn’t inspire you, you might need to see a neurologist. But if his grace and style doesn’t make you look twice, you should probably check your pulse.
— Brady Toops, Singer, Songwriter
Fr. Chad is exactly the kind of person I need on my journey. He realizes questions are more important than answers. Having questions requires faith. Asking questions requires courage. Chad leads with both faith and courage in pursuit of beautiful, sacred truth.
— Anne Marie Miller, author and speaker
Chad is one of the most profound spiritual leaders I’ve ever met. He is thoughtful, caring, and imaginative in the way he brings people together and challenges them to grow. I can’t help but think more when I’m around him.
— Jeff Goins, author and blogger
Chad Jarnagin is making a meaningful contribution to the growing conversation surrounding culture, the arts, and Christian spirituality. His voice is wise and important.
— Ian Morgan Cron, author, speaker, psychotherapist, Enneagram teacher, and Episcopal priest,