Knights of Columbus

Joe Einecker Council #14902


Sparta, TN 38583









Beatification of Father McGivney

Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be beatified during a special Mass October 31st at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. On May 27th, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis, who met with the board of directors of the Knights of Columbus in February, had signed the decree recognizing a miracle through the intercession of Father McGivney, clearing the way for his beatification. Once he is beatified, he will be given the title “Blessed.”


The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney and a hand full of Catholic laymen who gathered in the basement of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in New Haven, Connecticut.  There purpose was to setup a Parish-based lay organization in order to provide financial support in the form of insurance benefits for families overwhelmed by illness or death of a family breadwinner.  Today, we have grown from that one local unit, or council, to over 14,000 councils through out the world.  The Knights of Columbus has been cited by Popes and other world leaders for support of the church, for programs of Evangelization and Catholic education, for civic involvement and aid to those in need.




Just in the past ten years, the worldwide Knights of Columbus (K of C) had donated over 1.2 billion dollars to church, community and youth activities - $ 140 million last year alone.  They also volunteered over 574 million hours of time to accomplish worthwhile church, youth and community objectives - just last year, 64 million hours!




One year, they created a $20 million fund whose annual earnings of $2 million were given to the Holy Father for his special charities.  They provided relief funding for victims of floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters worldwide.  They donated over 400,000 pints of blood, made 5.4 million visits to the home bound, sick and bereaved and provided free information for anyone interested in learning about the Catholic Church.




We are your friends and neighbors.  We sit next to you at mass.  We serve as Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, ushers and religious education teachers and in many behind the scene ways.  We raise money for several important projects including PACESETTERS - a center that helps the intellectual challenged prepare to be a productive person.  We help with youth activities and host events such as 4th of JULY Picnic, dinners, parties and a yard sales.  Some of us are Priests and Bishops.  We all support the Catholic Church through advice to others.




As a Catholic fraternal origination, the Knights of Columbus supports Church, Family and Youth Activities and help to improve our community.  These efforts are very gratifying and provide opportunities for personal growth, fun and fellowship.  The Knights of Columbus build character and teach leadership skills while providing an outlet for your untapped talents, which benefit the church, youth and family as well as individual members.  Our Insurance Program provides Knights and their family's excellent coverage and carries the highest Standard & Poors ratings with over $35 billion in Insurance in force.  Think about it, maybe it's time for YOU to become a Knight also!




The only requirement for becoming a Knight of Columbus is that you are a practicing Catholic male at least 18 years of age and in good standing with the church.



Contact Information


Pete Marino, Grand Knight, (931) 761-0178,  


Chuck Eichhorn, Deputy Grand Knight,

Paul Keller, Sr., Financial Secretary, (931) 260-9683,


John Nunley, Membership Chairman, (931) 935-2782,

Council Officers
(July 1, 2021)


Grand Knight - Pete Marino

Deputy Grand Knight - Chuck Eichhorn

Recorder - Ron Lapierre

Warden - John McNall

Treasurer - Matt Keller

Outside Guard - John Nunley

Inside Guard - Paul Beekley

Chancellor - Mel Goggins

Advocate - Ray Jicha

One Year Trustee - Tony Smith

Two Year Trustee - Chris Langer

Three Year Trustee - Dan Clayton


Appointed Officers:

Financial Secretary - Paul Keller Sr.

Chaplain - Fr. John Patrick Day

Lecturer - Fr. John Patrick Day





Joe Einecker Council

Initiated on November 18th 2009, the Council was approved by the National Supreme Council and became known as the Joe Einecker Council in honor of Joseph L. Einecker.


Joe joined Knights of Columbus Council 4837 in Park Ridge, IL in Oct. 1960.  He was exemplified in the 1st Degree and 2nd Degree in October 1960 and the 3rd Degree in November 1960.


He moved to Sparta, TN in January, 1964, with wife Doris (Doe) and three children.  There was not a Catholic Church in Sparta, so they began going to Cookeville and Crossville, and finally joined St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Cookeville, TN.  Joe was the 1st lector in Cookeville and was the Sunday morning lector for many years. Years later, he was a lector and Eucharistic minister at St Andrew Church in Sparta.


He became a charter member of W.P. Morris Council 6645 on January 14, 1975, at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Cookeville, TN.  He was exemplified in the 4th Degree on June 9, 1984 in Cookeville, and became a charter member of Father Gabriel Assembly #2162 in Crossville, TN.  He served as the Financial Secretary for Council 6645, Cookeville, TN from February 12, 1975 to July 1, 2001.

Joe received an award for 25 years of service as Financial Secretary in 2000.  Joe also received Family of the Month award numerous times the last being June 2001.


On May 31, 1997, Joe and Doe were awarded the Supreme Knight’s Wedding Anniversary Certificate of Commendation for 50 years of marriage signed by The Supreme Knight Virgil Diehart.  They were also recognized by Bishop of Nashville in 1997 for 50 years of marriage and again in 2002 for 55 years of marriage.


In February, 2002 World Marriage Day, they received the honor of longest married couple at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Sparta, TN.

He ran bingo for St. Thomas Aquinas Church in the 1970’s, and when the Council was formed, he called bingo for all socials.  He received a plaque from Council 6645 on March 19, 1983 (St. Joseph’s Day) titled “Mr. Bingo” for years of dedicated and unselfish service.  He continued to call bingo for the Knights until 2005.  He also collected money for the MR (Tootsie Roll) drive on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in Cookeville on the weekend before Thanksgiving for many years.


After years of gathering information about Catholics in the area, a number of Catholics in Sparta, headed by Joe and Doe, and a few others, began gathering for mass in January 1977 in different locations, including the Country Club and a local bank.


Joe and Doe were very instrumental in the creation of St. Andrew parish and was one of the 21 families when the mission church was incorporated in 1982.



Local K of C Calendar


Tennessee State K of C Council


K of C Headquarters


 Assistant Deputy Grand Knight, (931) 935-2782,