The Rev. Chad E. Jarnagin is a recognized musician, songwriter, priest, speaker, and consultant. He is host of The Luminous Podcast and the Founding Rector of Luminous Parish, an Anglican Mission to Nashville | Franklin, TN. He is also a postulant to the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Fr. Chad possesses a unique combination of talents and skills as a shepherd, catalyst, musician, and thinker. He’s a passionate contemplative dreamer with an entrepreneurial spirit. With his guidance, many churches and worship cultures have been revitalized, expanded, and cultivated. Chad is a learner and curator of the Enneagram, (an ancient personality typing system that identifies nine types of people and how they relate to one another and the world) and a hopeful conversationalist.
Chad grew up around Cincinnati, OH and has lived in the Nashville area for over 20 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 for caring for church and organization staffs, speaking/teaching, and leading musical worship. We view booking as a partnership with Luminous Parish.
Speaking topics include: culture / faith, sacred rhythms for spiritual health, the future of the Church, & contemplation. In addition to the day-to-day, Chad is pursuing a Masters of Biblical Studies with Veritas College International, as well as a psychology certification. He is also an ordained priest within the Anglican Communion (via AMiA).
Notable Speaking, Musical, Professional Experience
- Rector Luminous Parish (Anglican)
- Host of The Luminous Podcast
- Worship Arts Pastor (2000-2015)
- Songwriter: Co-writer with Brady Toops, Justin Ebach, Michael Neale, Chris McClarney, Ryan Smith, and many others.
- Founder of LuminousProject (A contemplative space for artists)
- Lead Singer for Among Thorns (2000-2006)
- Keynote, artist, and workshop speaker for Youth Specialties Conferences, International Worship Institute, SALT, National Worship Leader Conference, Luminous, etc.
- Article writer for Relevant Magazine, Sunday Magazine, and others.
- 2009 Top Nashville Blogger, Top 100 Christian Bloggers 2006, 2008
- Numerous Businesses, Non-Profits, Churches (Sunday Morning teacher, keynote message)
- 2013 40 Under 40 Change-makers Rejuvenate Magazine
- Vocal / Performance Coach for Paramore & others
- Over 1800 concert or speaking events experience over a 20 years span
- Chad’s site (www.chadjarnagin.com) receives around 800 hits per day
- Over 14 major sporting events (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, AFL, & NASCAR) and has ABC, and CBS network appearances.
- 2004 GMA DOVE Award Nominee (Gospel Music Association)
- Recorded, performed, or collaborated with/ for Paramore, Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), Charlie Peacock, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Michael W. Smith, and many more
- Late Night w/ David Letterman appearance (skit performance)
- Released more than 7 albums over 18 years (Alternative, Pop, Rock, Worship, Christian / Gospel)
- Executive Producer experience, publishing, creative director, and logistics producer.
- Solo Debut EP 2011- Chad Jarnagin (Sir Chad Music)
- Latest album released 2014- Luminous CITY (The Luminous Project / Sir Chad Music)