photo by Daniel White

photo by Daniel White

Chad Jarnagin is a recognized musician, songwriter, priest, liturgist, speaker, and consultant. He is the Founder of LuminousProject, 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 and a avid learner of the Enneagram. 

Chad possesses a unique combination of talents and skills as an shepherd, consultant, musician, and mentor. 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). 

Chad grew up around Cincinnati, OH and has lived in the Nashville area for over 17 years. He has a lovely bride and three brilliant boys.

In addition to being rector at Luminous Parish, Chad continues to schedule a limited number of events for leading worship, conferences, and speaking/teaching. We view booking as a partnership with Luminous Parish.

Speaking topics include: The the lectionary calendar, the future of the Church, worship, artist communities, liturgy, & contemplation. In addition to the day-to-day, Chad is pursuing a theology degree with Veritas College International. He is also ordained within the Anglican Communion (via AMiA).

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

 

Notable Speaking, Musical, Professional Experience

  • Rector Luminous Parish (Anglican)
  • 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 & or performed 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 (LUMINOUS, Sir Chad Music)

 

Testimonials

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, Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and retreat guide