“Fairview United Methodist Church”

We are many generations – different ages and different life experiences – but each of us on a unique journey and on a different step of that journey.

Rainwater family

Heritage Sunday

Rev. Mickey Rainwater

Mickey Rainwater has been announced as the new Sr. Pastor at Fairview UMC. Gilbert Harris will return as Associate Pastor.

Mickey Rainwater is a native of Dandridge. He is 1981 graduate of Hiwassee College, a 1983 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College (B.S. in Accounting) and a 1987 graduate of Emory University Candler School of Theology. He has served as pastor of Mulberry Gap UMC in Del Rio, Associate Pastor-Red Bank UMC in Chattanooga, St. Paul UMC in Etowah, Seymour UMC, Tyner UMC in Chattanooga, and most recently First Broad Street UMC in Kingsport. He has also served as the District Superintendent of The Morristown District.

Mickey describes himself as a passionate worshipper, and a “teaching pastor.” He longs to see people live fully into who God created them to be, and for the Church to be willing to move with the Spirit. When not doing ministry you can find Mickey in antique malls (silver is his special area of interest), or somewhere on the Biltmore Estate (he’s a season pass holder).

Partner in ministry with Mickey is his wife Joy Wilhelm Rainwater of LaFayette, GA; anyone from LaFayette or Walker County might remember Abney’s Department Store (that’s the maternal side of Joy’s family). Joy has a degree in Business and has been previously certified to teach K-8. She has taught in Georgia at Rossville Middle School, Mountain View Elementary – Etowah and The King’s Academy in Seymour. Most recently Joy has worked in the Kingsport City Adult Education Program. When not participating in ministry in the local church, or transporting Elizabeth from place-to-place, you will find her somewhere engaged in “retail therapy.”

Elizabeth is an energetic 10 year old who will be a rising 6th grader. Elizabeth loves to swim and will jump into any pool, ocean, river, or lake given the opportunity. She enjoys math, piano and art. Elizabeth is also an animal lover; animals of all sizes. Family pets include a “Shorkie” (Shitzu and Yorkshire Terrier mix) named Soffie, and a Miniature Schnauzer named L.B.

The Rainwater family looks forward to partnering with the Fairview congregation in ministry as we seek the Kingdom of God, and God’s righteousness together.