The Rev. Chad E. Jarnagin is a recognized musician, priest, writer, & speaker. 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. Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2003-2007).
Fr. Chad’s debut book, Learning to Be: Reconstructing Peace, and Spiritual Health will release in late 2019 (Morgan James Publishing). He possesses a unique combination of talents and skills as a shepherd, artist, and thinker. Chad is a teacher 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 21 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.
Speaking topics include: Portions of Learning to Be (forthcoming debut book), sacred rhythms for spiritual health, contemplative practices and postures, and 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). He is also an ordained priest within the Anglican Communion (via AMiA).
Notable Speaking, Musical, Professional Experience
Rector Luminous Parish (2016-present)
Host of The Luminous Podcast
Learning to Be (book, releasing in late 2019)
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)