Meet the Staff

The Rev.Joe K. Dunagan, D. Min


The Rev. Joe K. Dunagan, D. Min. is married to the Rev. Kathy Kelly Dunagan who is a native of Bristol. He grew up in south Georgia, is a graduate of Berry College (B.A.), Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M. Div.) and Sewanee: The University of the South (D. Min.).

Ms. Kristie Fayler

Parish Administrator

Kristie Fayler is a life-long Bristol resident and graduated from Virginia High School and Virginia Intermont College with a B.A. in Organizational Management. She has spent her most recent years working for non-profit agencies in the Bristol area and has expertise in marketing, administration and public relations. Kristie is the mother of four boys: Wes, Alex, Jacob and Cooper and is active with her parish at Saint Anne Catholic Church.

Mr. John Simpson

Director for Formation Ministries

John's energies at Emmanuel are with youth, liturgy, our social media presence and pastoral care. He's a lifelong Episcopalian, a product of wonderful formation at St. Martin's in Charlotte, his hometown. John holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and a Masters from NC State University both in Economics. He served as a missionary in northern Uganda the Episcopal Church's Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), as summer camp counselor, and as youth minister in North Carolina and Virginia. John's greatest joy is his family: Barbara his wife, and children Marshall and Virginia.

Ms. Stephanie Yoder

Organist/Choir Director

Stephanie Yoder graduated with a masters’ degree in organ performance from the University of Akron and a bachelor of arts degree in music performance with an emphasis in piano pedagogy from Malone College in Canton, Ohio. Since her tenure at Emmanuel began in 2009, Stephanie has worked toward expanding the choral music repertoire, celebrating choral evensong, and developing a concert series. Stephanie is enjoying her time serving as Organist/Choir Director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and hopes that through our time together we may have the opportunity to grow both musically and spiritually. In addition to her work at the church, Stephanie has pursued another passion, working as a Veterinary Assistant at VCA Highlands Animal Hospital. Stephanie enjoys staying active by running in local races and she and her husband Chris enjoy biking and hiking. Together they enjoy their life in Bristol, TN with their four dogs and cat.