H. Julian Gordy - Interim Senior Pastor
A native of Newnan, Georgia, Julian Gordy served as pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Franklin, TN; Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Ocean Springs, MS; and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Morristown, TN before his election as bishop of the ELCA Southeastern Synod in June, 2007. He received the A.B. in religion from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1972 and the M. Div. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1985. He was awarded the D.D. degree honoris causa from Newberry College, Newberry, S.C. in 2014.
A long-time proponent of ministries of mercy and justice, Bishop Gordy was a founding member of the board of MATS, a unique home for homeless persons in Morristown, and of Samaritan Ministry of Jackson County, an ecumenical emergency relief agency on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast. During his tenure as bishop, he chaired the Conference of Bishops Immigration Ready Bench and served on the Theological and Ethical Concerns Committee. Bishop Gordy was a member of the task force that wrote the ELCA social statement “Hearing the Cries: Faith and Criminal Justice.” He also served on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics and on the Justice for Women Consulting Committee.
Before attending the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Bishop Gordy worked in university and hospital administration and in housing restoration. He is married to the Reverend Dr. P. Morgan Gordy, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Nashville. They have four children and seven grandchildren.