Clergy and Staff

Most Reverend Richard F. Stika, D.D.
Bishop, Diocese of Knoxville

On January 12, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Reverend Monsignor, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, to become the Third Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 1985, he has served both in pastoral and archdiocesan leadership roles, including Chancellor and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. His Episcopal Ordination was March 19, 2009, by His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali and installed as the Third Bishop of Knoxville. View Bishop Stika’s Curriculum Vitae. 865.584.3307.

Father David Boettner
Vicar General, Diocese of Knoxville & Rector, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Ordained in May 1994, Fr. David has served as an Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help-Chattanooga and Sacred Heart Cathedral. He served as Pastor of St. Mary Church-Athens and St. Thomas the Apostle-Lenoir City. He serves as Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral as well as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia at the Diocese of Knoxville. He holds a B.A. from St. Meinrad and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Mary of the Lake.


Father Jhon Mario Garcia
Associate Pastor

Father Jhon Mario was born in a town called Dosquebrados in Colombia, South America. He is the third of 7 children and entered the seminary of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers) in 2005. He was ordained a priest on August 16, 2014. After his ordination, he was sent to work in Vocational Ministry for his congregation. In 2017, his superiors sent him to work with the Hispanic ministry in California at Saint Mary Magdalen, Camarillo, CA, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where he worked for two and a half years. Father John Mario can be reached at

Walt Otey
Deacon/Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation

Walt Otey is a deacon candidate for the Diocese of Knoxville. He has also been instrumental in organizing our outreach to divorced and separated Catholics. Walt became a Catholic in 1989 in Greeneville, and began formation to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Knoxville in August of 2010.

Father Martin Gladysz
Associate Pastor

Fr. Martin Gładysz was born in Krakow, Poland. In 2002, he obtained a master’s degree at the Pontifical Academy of Theology (currently the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow). On May 18, 2002, he was ordained a priest at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family in Częstochowa. For eight years, he was a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Fr. Martin works with the Polish community in East Tennessee.

Joel Livingston, Jr.

Ordained in 1994 for the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey. Assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Bernardsville, NJ and served as deacon there until his move to Knoxville in 2015. At the parish he was the director of RCIA, Confirmation Preparation and taught Religious Education and served the needs of the homebound and other ministries as needed. For the Diocese of Metuchen he served as Director of Deacon Formation, and chair of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Initiatives Commission. He is married to Carol. 

Rick Grinstead
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Rick has been a passionate youth worker for the Church for over 20 years. His ministries have had the privilege of working with thousands of youth and young adults through retreats, speaking engagements, and relational ministry. His wife and eight children love being a part of the ministries and could not be more excited to join the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart family. Rick believes that together, we will not only be able to thrive in youth and young adult ministry, but also bring about a vibrant and exciting era.

Mary Mac Wilson
Director of Parish Operations

Mary Mac directs the efforts of the Cathedral Campaign, manages parish strategic initiatives, supervises parish office staff, manages meetings and events, and assists the pastor with correspondence, appointments and travel.

Byong-Suk Moon

Suk Moon (organist) graduated with a degree in organ performance from the Department of Instrumental Music at Yonsei University, in Korea. He continued his study in organ at Detmolt National University for Music in Germany, obtaining a master degree and the prestigious Soloist Diploma in Organ (equivalent to doctorate degree in the U.S.) Byong-Suk also completed the coursework in Catholic Church Music and won multiple International Organ Competitions in Germany such as Dom Zu Speyer International Organ Competition (2nd place), Wiesbaden Bach Preis International Organ Competition (2nd place), and Magdeburg International Organ
Competition Diploma.

Glenn Kahler
Director of Music and Liturgy

Glenn oversees our liturgical celebrations, weekly Masses, special feasts and diocesan celebrations. He manages cantors and music ministers and also directs the 9:00 am Mass and the Sacred Heart Youth Choir. Glenn is an accomplished arranger and composer in television and film.

Steve Coy
Director Of Communications

Steve came to SHC in September of 2016 after over 20 years in radio and television broadcasting. He oversees social media, web page content, and the church bulletin. He also leads our Video Production Ministry team, which oversees our Mass Streaming online. For stories ideas or suggestions, please email Steve at

Cindy Briggs
CPA, Director Of Finance

Cindy directs accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting for the Parish. She prepares financial reports for the Parish Finance Board and School Board, develops and monitors the budget, and oversees compliance with government and diocesan reporting.

Tom Greer
Facilities Administrator

Tom is responsible for the comprehensive maintenance and operations of the parish office, Cathedral, school, rectory, plus the Chancery and several convents. In addition to maintaining facilities, he works closely with subcontractors on the construction of the new Cathedral.

Scott Barron
Campus Events Coordinator

Scott manages the master calendar and reservation process for the school and parish. He is also responsible for the planning, hospitality and execution of events that serve our parish families, school community, Diocese and community at large.

Hilda Carrera
Parish Receptionist

Hilda welcomes visitors to the Cathedral office, edits the bulletin, manages parish mailings and record-keeping, schedules events, and maintains Hispanic social media. Hilda is also fluent in Spanish.