Bishop Young was presented with a ring ”“ placed on his finger by his wife during the service ”“ that was designed and made locally by the Eppersons. It features the diocesan seal: Three crosses on the background of a shield symbolize the three dioceses now present in Tennessee, accompanied by representations of mountains and dogwood blossoms. The dogwood blossom is a symbol of Christianity and of the East Tennessee region. The ring also has a crossed key and crosier which represent the bishop. Young’s gold pectoral cross was a gift from the clergy of the diocese. Several of Young’s vestments were gifts from Bishop Keyser, St. Peter’s Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida, where Young was formerly rector, and the Diocese of Florida. The new bishop’s wife, daughter Lucy, and son George, clothed Young with his stole, chasuble, pectoral cross and miter during the service.
Bishop Young succeeds the Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, who has served the diocese as its third bishop since 1999.