Father Shelton succeeds Father Doug Owens, who serves as pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City and also as a vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Knoxville.
“The appointment of Father Doug Owens as vicar general and moderator of the curia necessitated that a new dean must be appointed for the Cumberland Mountain Deanery. I am happy to announce the appointment of Father Brent Shelton as dean of the Cumberland Mountain Deanery for a three-year term, which was effective on Aug. 10, 2017. I’d like to thank Father Shelton for his willingness to serve in this capacity and ask that you join me in praying for him as he continues to work for the good of the Church in East Tennessee,” Bishop Stika said.
The deans currently serving three-year terms are Father Charles Burton, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Chattanooga, Chattanooga Deanery; Father Michael Cummins, pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport, Five Rivers Deanery; and Father Ron Franco, CSP, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville, Smoky Mountain Deanery.