Minister of Music
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Minister of Children
Pastor of Remedy
Born and raised: Knoxville,Tennessee
Family: I have celebrated being married to Judy for more than 40 years. We met and dated at Emory and Henry College and have been blessed by God with four children and five grandchildren and one due May 2014.
Alma Mater: Emory & Henry College; Asbury Seminary; University of Tennessee-Knoxville-Masters in Education; Vanderbilt-Doctor of Ministry
In my free time, I: love to do mission trips, love sports and the activities of my children and grandchildren
Favorite sports teams: Colts in NFL; Tennessee in college football
Favorite song: “Oh How I love Jesus”
The one book (besides the Bible) I'd recommend to anyone is: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
If I could, I'd: honor God and serve others in ways no one knows.
Favorite foods: any type of food, just look and you can tell how much I like to eat
Proudest moment: to see my children honoring the Lord
Favorite television show: sports and news
If I could go anywhere in the world: to see every place and return to the hills of East Tennessee, the most beautiful spot in the world
My perfect day: today
Three people I would want to have a meal with: Jesus, my father once again, King David
The best advice I would give a 20-year old: just live awhile, and then open your mouth.
Favorite Bible character: Jesus
If I could ask God one question: How can I serve and love you more?
My Faith: is a gift from the Lord.
Life Verse: 1 Corinthians12: 4-7 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)
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 vegetables.
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.
Minister of Music
Born and raised: Waycross, Georgia
Family: Married to Sandra; children Joshua, Caleb, and Sarah
Alma Mater: Columbus State University-bachelors and University of Tennessee-Knoxville-masters
In my free time, I: I’m sorry I don’t know what that is.
Favorite sports team: University of Tennessee
Favorite song: I have too many favorites to list just one. Whatever we are currently working on at church is usually my “favorite du Jour.” I love music that touches the soul whatever the genre. You will find just about every kind of music on my iPod from Praise and Worship, to Classical, to Black Gospel and everything in between. I also love listening to NPR.
The one book (besides the Bible) I’d recommend to anyone is: Experiencing God
If I could, I’d: make everyone get along
Nobody knows: the trouble I’ve seen.
My hero is: I really have a lot of respect Clift Barrows, George Beverly Shea, and Billy Graham. It is a blessing to me to see these men who have had such an impact in the world for Christ.
Favorite foods: I like almost everything. I love seafood, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, fast food, Japanese, barbeque, county cooking, anything chocolate, banana pudding and the list goes on and on. I don’t like mayonnaise on things, but I do like it in things.
Proudest moment: My favorite moments with my family are the times that I see my children loving each other and growing closer to God. My favorite moments at Fairview are the times when I see individuals in our congregation really engaging in worship. I love to see lives transformed in the Lord’s presence.
Favorite television show: I like several shows: Chopped, Survivor Man, American Pickers, Meet the Browns, Buried Alive, and Antiques Road Show. I’m also a news and documentary nerd.
If I could go anywhere in the world: I have always wanted to see The Holy Land. I would also love to take my family to Europe.
My perfect day: riding a bike around Jekyll Island with my family
Three people I would want to have a meal with: My grandparents and my great aunts who are in heaven.
The best advice I would give a 20-year old: stay in love with God, seek His direction in your life, stay plugged into the church, save your money, and think of others before yourself.
Favorite Bible character: David. I want to be a man after God’s own heart.
If I could ask God one question: Why do bad things happen to good people?
My Faith: I was blessed to “grow-up” in the church and to have a mother who made it a priority in her life to nurture my faith. My mother helped me learn to follow Jesus and to seek God at an early age. I came to a saving faith in Jesus as a teenage and was also blessed to a part of an alive youth group. During my college years I felt the Lord calling me into full time Music Ministry. I know the Lord is faithful, is good, and loves His children. I know that He wants to have a loving relationship with us.
Life Verse: One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
Director of Volunteer Ministries
Born and raised: Harlan, Kentucky
Family: of the “human variety” I have a brother, Patrick, who is older and lives in Knoxville. “My children” are all of the feline family and at present I have 5 living at home—Henry, Bufford, Betty, Emily, and Minnie.
Alma Mater: Georgetown College-bachelors and Indiana University-masters
In my free time, I: love to read, go to movies, and travel to new places
Favorite sports team: I am a sports illiterate but would have to be a Vols fan if I knew anything!
Favorite song: I love music from all areas and don’t really have one favorite song. I guess my favorite is the one I’m listening to at the time.
The one book (besides the Bible) I’d recommend to anyone is: I read lots of stuff, biographies, fiction, etc. I would recommend The Help.
If I could, I’d: cure cancer
My hero: I have two—my mother who was FILLED with integrity and loved me unconditionally, I never had to doubt unconditional love because I SAW it everyday. The other was my best friend and mentor. I can not even begin to tell you all that I learned from him; maybe the two best lessons were to look for the best in everyone and also if you look around God is everywhere! Train your eyes and your heart to see Him.
Favorite foods: unfortunately I like most everything! Food is an adventure but if I had to choose I would say most anything Italian.
Proudest moment: seeing students that I have had so many years ago grown into beautiful, strong young men and women
Favorite television show: probably Criminal Minds, but if I like it that’s usually the death sentence so I try to stay quiet!
If I could go anywhere in the world: ANYWHERE! EVERYWHERE!
My perfect day: spring time, my back porch, the cats, a glass of “real” Southern ice tea, a good book, and no telephone!
Three people I would want to have a meal with: George Clooney, Barack Obama, and Winston Churchill
The best advice I would give a 20-year old: tragic things will happen, that’s life! But you can make it through them! God is always faithful, He loves you to pieces, and He walks every step with you!
Favorite Bible character: Peter – I can identify!
If I could ask God one question: Would you please explain this “death thing” a little better?
My Faith: as I have grown older some of my “absolutes” have fallen into the gray area, but the one that has never wavered is my belief in the faithfulness of God! And, the longer I live the more I grasp the reality of His love. I count on it, and I rest my life on it.
Life Verse: Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)
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Pastor of Remedy
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!
Family: Married to 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: ?
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)
Church Business Administrator
Born and raised: Jefferson County, Tennessee
Family: I married Wilma Bowman who attended high school with me. We have two children, Scott and Sherri, and four grandchildren.
Alma Mater: University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Kennesaw State University; Candler School of Theology at Emory University-church administration certificate
In my free time, I: love watching sports on television and occasionally playing golf
Favorite sports team: University of Tennessee Volunteers
The one book (besides the Bible) I’d recommend to anyone is: Pastor, Church and Law by Richard R. Hammar
If I could, I’d: ride in the space shuttle.
My hero is: my father
Favorite foods: barbecue and New York strip steak
Favorite television shows: NCAA football
If I could go anywhere in the world: China
My perfect day: any day that I could correctly answer every question that was asked of me or that I had myself.
Three people I would want to have a meal with: Reverend Billy Graham, any President of the United States, and Phil Mickelson
The best advice I would give a 20-year old: be patient; make long range plans, and yet enjoy the present.
Favorite Bible character: Paul
My faith: grows stronger every day.
Life Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (NIV)
Becky Sewell, email: email@example.com
BookkeeperJoan Bennett, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ReceptionistRamona Frye email: email@example.com
Music MinistryKaren Minser, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Voto, email: email@example.com
Marguerite Wardlaw, organist
Jill Mertz, pianist
Youth Ministry AssistantYvonne Shelgren, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Ministry AssistantCarolyn Mitchell
Nursery DirectorJan Henderlight, email: email@example.com
Learning Tree Pre-SchoolChristy Wheeler, Director
Jill Bond, Assistant Director
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