Mickey Rainwater, Senior Pastor
Gilbert Harris, Associate Pastor
Born and raised: Born in Chattanooga and raised in Lenoir City
Family: Married to Mollie, children Sadie White and Miya Bradley
Alma Mater: University of Tennessee-Knoxville; University of Sheffield, England; and Asbury Theological Seminary
In my free time, I: usually go and have lunch or dinner with people from church who think I don’t eat enough
Favorite sports team: born, raised, and graduated from Orange Nation, GO VOLS!
Favorite song: Norah Jones and Soundtracks to the Dark Knight, Inception, and Gladiator
The one book (besides the Bible) I’d recommend to anyone is: The Shadow of the Galilean
If I could, I’d: give away $500 to someone different each day who really needs it
My hero: Jack Bauer from 24
Favorite foods: Ribs from Calhoun’s, Burgers from Littons, and desserts by Richard Woodard from church!
Proudest moment: seeing my dad’s face when I graduated from Seminary
Favorite television show: Man vs. Food
If I could go anywhere in the world: I would go to Israel in a heartbeat to see all the places I read about in the Bible, but can only imagine at the moment.
My perfect day: To run through the “Power T” with the Vols before the UT/Florida national championship game and win on a last second drive and tear down the goalposts!
Three people I would want to have a meal with: Eugene Peterson, Winston Churchill, and George Clooney
The best advice I would give a 20-year old: Take risks, you never know.
Favorite Bible character: Jonah, I can relate to the stubbornness.
If I could ask God one question: What did Jesus write on the ground in John 8?
My Faith: My faith is not how far I can logically analyze my reasoning for believing, but how far in practice I will stake my life on my belief in Jesus Christ.—T.S. Eliot, paraphrased.
Life Verses: John 15:5-8 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Roger Williams, Remedy Pastor
Born and raised: born in Nashville, Tennessee, but raised in good old Seymour, Tennessee. I was raised in a very musical family that was always full of humor and interesting thought to say the least. My parents were both strong Christian people who had been blessed with incredible patience in order to raise me! I am married to the most beautiful Christian woman, Chelsey Williams.
Education: Seymour High School, Tusculum College
In my free time, I: spend time with friends and play music for our Lord. I consider myself extremely blessed to have had the opportunities and the special people in my life that have made all the difference.
Favorite sports team: Tennessee Volunteers—the only team there is.
Favorite song: “Jesus and Momma” by the Confederate Railroad
My Hero: Without hesitation it is my father! He was a leader and people were drawn to him everywhere he went, but yet he still kept family and faith at the center of all he was.
Proudest moment: Hitting the game winning three to beat the number one team in the state in high school
Favorite television show: Sportscenter
The best advice I would give a 20-year old: Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and don’t buy everything that people are selling.
Favorite Bible character: Peter, but its probably because we know so much about him and his struggles.
If I could ask God one question: Why? I guess cause it worked when wanting to aggravate my parents.
My Faith: I have been saved by grace. I don’t understand God, but I need him, and I believe he loves me unconditionally. I believe the bible is true and can be trusted as a the source for every day life and that it is through Jesus our Lord that one can come to find salvation.
Life Verse: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (NIV)
Sheryl Connelly, Executive Director
Sheryl Connelly is our Executive Director. We could give you a lot of flowery accolades as to why Sheryl was hired and help you to get to know her but we decided to ask her son, Steven, to write something instead.
So…the “real” story …I was asked to write a quick blurb about my mother, Sheryl Connelly, to introduce her to her wonderful new community and home. How could I possibly do that? How could I sum up all of the wonderful things about my mother in one paragraph? She is so much more than a full-time mother. She is a loving and dedicated wife, a caring and obsessed grandmother, and one of the hardest-working individuals I’ve ever met. It’s no surprise that to this day I’m only one of her children that continues to benefit from the golden reputation she has left at any of her old jobs. I have a great mix of emotions watching her commit to this new chapter in her life. I am excited to watch her fulfill her dreams and live her life to the fullest. I am proud because I know she will bring the same golden touch to her new community that she has brought to our family, and her friends and jobs before. While I am sad to see her move so far away, however, I am mostly happy. Happy because I know my mother will be in a place she loves, with great people, doing what she loves most; serving God and her community.
Sheryl is the mother of 6 and the proud grandmother of 1. She has moved here with her husband Tim (who commutes to work in New York City!) and their youngest son, Timmy (age 11).
Wesley Rouse, Worship Minister
Roger Murphy, Youth Minister
Roxanna Jones, Director of Connectional Ministries
Sherrie Miller, Administrative Assistant, Senior Pastor
Jill Bond, Asst. Director
Yvonne Shelgren, Operations and Program Manager, Remedy Service
Christy Wheeler, Preschool Director
Kenny Francis, Custodian
Kenny Allmon, Custodian
Melisa Douzart, Children's Minister
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Melisa grew up as a typical “Petroleum Kid” and had the privilege of living overseas before permanently moving to the United States at the age of 8. She is a native of Louisiana and a true Acadian “Cajun” Frenchman by blood. Melisa accepted Christ as her savior at the age of 21 and surrendered to the call to ministry three years later. She is a graduate from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Church Ministry, and in 2004, she was ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention. Melisa is married to her high school sweetheart and Army/Navy Veteran, Terrance. They have two children, Teran (age 3) and Desmond (20 months).
In her 15 years of working with children, youth and families, she has gained experience working with congregations that were either growing, hurting, dying, or were multi-cultural in nature. She comes to Fairview with an understanding of the importance (and the difficulties) of the role of the family in God’s Word. She has a passion and a heart-felt desire to provide resources, encouragement, and support to families as they lead their children in the ways of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6). She is excited for what God has in store for Fairview UMC, and she is honored and thrilled to be a part of it!