Rev. Michael Blaess

The Rev. Michael Blaess


The Rev. Michael Blaess loves Jesus. He has seen how Jesus transforms lives, including his own. Michael serves as intentional interim in the Diocese of Tennessee, helping congregations to discern and articulate more clearly what makes them distinct & remarkable and how God is uniquely calling them to be the body of Christ for their neighbors. He has been at St. Michael’s since October 2020. He lives in Murfreesboro where his wife Kristine serves as Rector (Senior Pastor) of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. They have two delightful teenagers. His last name sounds like “Blaze.” You can call him Father Michael, Father Blaess, or simply Michael – whatever you are comfortable with.  




Parish Administrator


Vera Bowling

Vera assists the St. Michael's Church community with communication, day to day management of the church office, and many other tasks.  Vera is in the church office Monday through Friday 8:00 am- 12:00 pm.  

She can be reached by email: stmike@stmichaelcookeville.com or by telephone: 931-526-4654.