The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was consecrated as Bishop of the Episcopal Indianapolis on April 29, 2017.  Before being elected bishop in 2016, she served in the Dioceses of Newark, Central New York and Chicago. She is the first black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church.  A native of New York City, she holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in urban studies from Smith College, an M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, and an M.Div. degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.  We are part of the Episcopal Church in the United States and the worldwide Anglican Communion.


The Rev. Whitney Smith began serving as Rector of St. Thomas, Franklin, on October 1, 2019.  Previously he was Priest in Charge at St. James, New Castle, Indiana.  Fr. Whitney earned the M.Div. degree from Bexley-Seabury Episcopal Seminary.  An alum of Indiana University in Bloomington, he received a B.A. in Journalism and studied at the IU Jacobs School of Music.  His first career was as a reporter and arts writer for newspapers including The Indianapolis Star and The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.  He has served on the Diocesan Standing Committee and may be reached at


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  2. John Holcombe, MD

    My name is John Holcombe, and I am the Junior Warden at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Carmel. I have an odd request.

    I am in a competition bagpipe band, The Fountain Trust Pipe Band. We have members from all over central Indiana, including Covington (out west a bit), Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Columbus, Bloomington IN and Cincinnati. Unfortunately, our pipe major has suffered some neurological damage to his hands and is no longer able to play the pipes, so he is stepping down from that role. His wife has been our lead drummer and instruction, and she, too, will be leaving the band.

    Our new pipe major, Marc Henderson, is an engineer with Cummins Mfg and lives and works in Columbus. Several potential young pipers are in the Bloomington and Nashville areas. While we have practiced for several years at the Westside Church of the Nazarene out on W. 10th Street, that location is now too far away for most of the current pipers and drummers.

    That’s where you might come in. Your location in Franklin is actually close to a central point for all of our members, and I would like to propose a rental arrangement for a couple of your classrooms, one for the pipers (5-8) and one for the drummers (4-6). We have held band practice once weekly before Covid, and have met only a few times via Zoom since the start of the pandemic. But we’d like to all get together soon, and I volunteered to find a place in which to practice. Once a month we used to have an all day practice, usually six hours or so. I understand that we paid the Westside Church around $120 for an all day practice, and around $40-50 for each evening practice. We would typically meet from 7-9 pm to allow folks to arrive, and we’re looking at Thursday evenings. On nice evenings, we would practice marching and playing in the parking lot.

    St. Christopher’s is holding a few indoor services, masks and distance, etc, but our outdoor services are very popular, too. I do not know what the plan is for reopening St. Thomas, and obviously this proposal depends on your timeline.

    May I ask you to consider my request? I think the band would also be more than willing to play at some points of the year for your congregation, too.

    Best regards,

    John Holcombe, MD
    Jr Warden, Carmel St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
    cell 561-906-9666

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