Meet our Clergy
Rev. William McNeeley
Fr. Bill McNeeley is the youngest of six children of Gene and Madeline McNeeley of Norris, TN. After high school, he spent several years as a navy hospital corpsman. After that, he completed pre-med studies at U. T. Chattanooga, but when it was time for a career decision, he believed he would be a better physician of souls than of the body. During his senior year of college he married his wife, Sherri.
Fr. Bill received a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1985. Bill and Sherri have two grown children, Luke and Kate. Fr. Bill says that when he signs a letter or an email to his children, he likes to sign it “Father Dad”.
After fifteen years as an Anglican priest, Fr. Bill started reading and learning about the Catholic Church. A friend loaned him a copy of The Catechism of the Catholic Church. After 15 minutes, he looked over to his wife, Sherri and said, “Hey! This is what they were supposed to teach us in seminary.” He read the whole Catechism and was hooked. In October 2000, he resigned from his parish in middle Tennessee and came home to Knoxville. He was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 2001, and over the next several years, he continued his studies and pursued the “Pastoral Provision” a process for ordained ministers of protestant churches to be reconciled with the Catholic Church. On March 21, 2005, his petition for ordination was presented by Cardinal Ratzinger to Blessed John Paul II on their last work session before the Holy Father died. The petition was approved, and Fr. Bill was ordained a Catholic priest on June 3, 2007.
Father Bill loves his ministry at Our Lady of Fatima. It is everything he hoped for and expected, even when he was ordained back in 1985. He states that there is nothing as wonderful as being able to say “I am a priest in the church of God, without having to explain, qualify or clarify what I mean.” As the scripture says “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek of old.”
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Rev. Dustin Collins
His home parish is Notre Dame in Greeneville, TN.
He graduated Conception Seminary College in 2008 and Saint Meinrad Seminary in 2012.
He was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 2, 2012. He was then assigned as Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary Parish in Oak Ridge, TN.
In October of 2018, Father Dustin Collins was assigned Parochial Vicar to Our Lady of Fatima.
Deacon Bill Jacobs came to the Diocese of Knoxville from West Palm Beach FL.
Deacon Jacobs currently serves Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Alcoa. He and wife, Toni, are parents to three grown sons, who live in Nashville.
Deacon Bill resides in Louisville, and is retired as a physician for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Knoxville.
Deacon Scott was raised in Holland, Michigan. Career moves brought him to many places around the country and he settled in Tennessee in 2001 with his wife Christine. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Assigned to Our Lady of Fatima in December 2018, Deacon Scott previously served as a deacon at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville. He is excited to be a member of our community.
Deacon Scott is the Communications and IT Director for the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a community of contemplative cloistered nuns residing in Jefferson County, and he also assists the Diocese of Knoxville with website development and video production. Deacon Scott was ordained a permanent deacon in June 2016 at Sacred Heart Cathedral by Bishop Richard F. Stika.
His primary ministry is to the homeless, heading up the Knoxville Bridge Ministry for the diocese (knoxbridgeministry.org), which serves lunch monthly at the Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) outdoor courtyard in downtown Knoxville. You can learn more about Deacon Scott at his website, deaconscott.com, where he publishes his homilies and other items of interest to him.