Bishop & Staff

Bishop Johnson

The Right Reverend Don E. Johnson is a native Tennessean who has served his entire ministry in the state. Born and raised in Nashville, he served in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted man, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1972, a Master of Divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois in 1976, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Graduate Theological Institute in Indiana in 1988.

Bishop Johnson was consecrated the Third Bishop of the Diocese of West Tennessee in June, 2001, and promotes missional and sustainable ministry development across the Diocese. The University of the South and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary both awarded Bishop Johnson the degree Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, in 2002 for his leadership in the Church. He currently serves on the College for Bishops Board, as a mentor for newly elected bishops, on the Task Force for the Episcopacy of The Episcopal Church, and is the Vice President of Province IV.  He is actively involved with Episcopal youth ministries, known as a thoughtful listener and negotiator, and speaks out about the issue of gun violence.

Married to Jeannie Avery Johnson, the Johnsons have two adult children, Laura and Gordon.

Follow this link to view the Bishop’s Visitation Schedule.


The Rev. Canon Zabron A. Davis (Chip)

Canon to the Ordinary

As Canon to the Ordinary, Chip manages all matters diocesan as assigned by Bishop Johnson.  He is responsible for canonical questions, supervising diocesan accounting, liaison with B&C and the Finance Committee, and parish and clergy.  Canon Davis is also the Chair of the Commission on Ministry and on the Diocesan Discernment Team.  He served for over 19 years in various parishes in the Diocese of Mississippi.  He and his wife, Cathy, have a son, Zabe, and a granddaughter, Avery, who live in North MS. 
P: 901-937-4782 cdavis@episwtn.org


Elizabeth Gassler

Bishop’s Assistant

Elizabeth oversees insurance and benefits for diocesan clergy and lay employees of the diocese. She also organizes Annual Convention, manages Bishop Johnson's visitation calendar, and assists in a variety of day to day operations in the diocesan office. Prior to joining the Bishop's staff, she was the Assistant to the Director of the Memphis Boychoir, and a Choral Scholar at St. John's Episcopal Church. Elizabeth, an accomplished musician, holds degrees in music and maintains a private cello studio.
P: 901-937-4700


Carol Zinkewicz

Accounting Assistant

Among her duties, Carol pays the bills for The Diocese and sees that all the staff get paid.
Prior to her work with the diocese, she worked for The Brooks Museum of Art. When not at work, she enjoys working in her yard.
P: 901-937-4785

Contact Information

692 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105

Phone: 901-526-0023
Fax: 901-526-1555

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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