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Jerry Russell
Senior Pastor
Gilbert Harris
Associate Pastor

Wesley Rouse
Minister of Music

Roxanna Jones
Minister of Volunteer

Holy Roe
Minister of Children

Roger Williams
Pastor of Remedy

Noah Allen
Church Business

Support Staff

Jerald Wayne Russell (Jerry)jerry russell

Senior Pastor


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)


Gilbert HarrisGilbert 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 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.


Wesley Rousewesley rouse

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: 5-6Trust 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)


Roxanna Jonesroxanna jones

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)


Minister of Children

  Holly Roe hollydroe@gmail.com
Holly Roe was raised in Riceville, Tennessee where her parents still reside. She has been serving in Children’s Ministry for over 15 years. For the past eight years, she has been serving as Director of Children’s Ministry in the United Methodist Church. She is excited to move back "home" to East Tennessee so that she, her husband Jason and their three children- Madison (12) Grayson (9) and Lawson (4) can be closer to their grandparents.

Holly is a graduate of McMinn County High School, Hiwassee College and also has a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Wesleyan. Holly has gifts in leadership, visioning, innovation and creativity and was recently recognized in a national Children’s Ministry magazine called Kidzmatter as a "Spotlight" Children’s Ministry leader in the country. She has served as the chairperson for the Holston Conference Children’s Ministry team and is a Children’s Ministry consultant and speaker. Holly desires to connect all children of Fairview and continue to build a strong ministry in which children are excited to come to church each week and learn more about the God who created them and about the Gospel message. Holly will be directing all aspects of Children’s Ministry and is excited to connect with and minister to families of Fairview in all three of our services.


Roger Williamsroger williams

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)


Noah Allen, Jr.noah allen

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)


Support Staff

Administrative Assistant

Becky Sewell, email: bsewell@fairview-umc.org


Joan Bennett, email: jbennett@fairview-umc.org


Ramona Frye email: fumc@fairview-umc.org

Music Ministry

Karen Minser, email: kminser@fairview-umc.org
Denise Voto, email: dvoto@fairview-umc.org
Marguerite Wardlaw, organist
Jill Mertz, pianist

Youth Ministry Assistant

Yvonne Shelgren, email: yshelgren@fairview-umc.org

Children's Ministry Assistant

Carolyn Mitchell

Nursery Director

Jan Henderlight, email: jhenderlight@fairview-umc.org

Learning Tree Pre-School

Christy Wheeler, Director
Jill Bond, Assistant Director
email: learningtreeps@gmail.com


Kenny Francis
Bob Trent

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