At the North American House of Bishops of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, which met in New York, Father Jason Epps, Senoia, was nominated as a candidate for Bishop in that denomination. Epps, along with Father Chris Moran of Nevada, and Father Brett Crompton of New York, were nominated to the office to take over from three bishops who will be retiring within the next two years.
Epps, who was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, has been a Georgia resident for 40 years. In 1996, he was a charter member of a new church, Christ the King, which from 1996 to 2002 met in the chapel of Carmichael Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City before occupying its new church facilities on Highway 34 in Coweta County..
Epps is a graduate of McIntosh High School where he played football and was named “1989 Offensive Lineman of the Year,” earning a scholarship to play for Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. After two years, he transferred to Georgia State University to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in history and minoring in political science.
After graduation, he joined the Peachtree City Police Department where he served for 20 years. He completed 2,315 hours in numerous professional management and law enforcement courses and seminars. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He received numerous awards and professional certifications, including a Police Purple Heart for injuries received in the line of duty on a felony arrest. He served as a patrol officer and as a firearms instructor, hostage negotiator, and member of the honor guard, ending his law enforcement career as a Lieutenant in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division. Epps was then employed for six years by Tyler Technologies / ExecuTime Software as a Senior Product Manager until leaving to join the full-time staff of the Cathedral of Christ the King.
Epps has been a bi-vocational minister since 2006 when he was ordained to the diaconate. He graduated with a Master of Ministry degree from St. Michael’s Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011. He was installed as a Dean in 2012 and has served as the Diocesan Investigator since 2009. He is also a member of the Diocesan Bishop’s Council.
Epps was nominated by the Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic Diocese, Bishop Rob Northwood, and endorsed by all bishops present. All three candidates must be formally elected at the House of Bishops in March 2024. If elected, Epps would be consecrated in October 2024 in Coweta County. He will be a “Bishop Coadjutor,” until the current bishop retires and would then be installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-South which encompasses Georgia and Tennessee.
Epps is married to the former Jessica Pierce of Griffin, GA. The couple has three adult children and one child in high school.