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 Play Stop Pause December 30, 2008 Testimony by Phil Lawson. Phil was the founder and senior partner of the Tennessee offices of WIMBERLY & LAWSON, a labor and employment law firm representing management. He discontinued the active practice of law on December 31, 2004. His labor and employment law practice included an emphasis in collective bargaining, contract administration, arbitration law, federal wage and hour compliance, human resource management, dispute resolution, and strategic approaches to employee relations. He helped his clients implement innovative approaches to employee relations management. Phil served many years as a hearing committee officer of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and served as an arbitrator/mediator with the American Arbitration Association. Phil has lectured and taught widely on a variety of aspects of labor, employment law and leadership and writes a column, The Eagle’s Nest, in The Liaison, a publication of The Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association.
December 23, 2008

Testimony by Caleb Glafenhein. Caleb was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, the middle sibling of five. He became a Christian when he was six years old and grew up in a Baptist church. Later, he converted to the reformed theology and now is attending a Presbyterian church, Redeemer Church of Knoxville on Highland/17th street. At the age of 8, he began to play baseball and continued up to the professional level. He was home schooled through high school, and then attended East Tennessee State University. He majored in Business Finance and also played four years of collegiate baseball. After graduation, he continued to pursue a career in baseball, playing in the Arizona winter league and signed a contract with an independent professional team in the Frontier League, the Evansville Otters in Indiana. He was released from the team in May 2008. Since then, he has been blessed to have the opportunity to work with his grandparents, Zach and Norma Henry. It has given him the chance to work while looking for a career in the finance world. He is truly thankful and blessed with a loving and caring family and grandparents who have been very encouraging and supportive during a transitional stage of his life. To God be all the glory and praise.

December 16, 2008 Testimony by Richie Beeler. A member of Corryton Church since 1986, Richie serves there as Director of College Ministries. He is the lead communicator for “Vision,” a gathering of college students and young adults which meets every Monday night on the campus of Corryton Church. Richie has been a member of the Youth Ministry team at Corryton for 22 years. As a lifelong resident of the Gibbs-Corryton community, Richie has served as a volunteer in several different capacities for the Gibbs High School athletic department since 1981, including a statistician and public address announcer for the football, basketball and baseball teams. Richie is currently the office manager for the Knox County Register of Deeds, where he has been an employee for 22 years. He is a 1983 graduate of Gibbs High School and also holds a Certified Public Administrator designation from the University of Tennessee.
December 9, 2008 Testimony by Jeff Knisley. Jeff was born December 9, 1937 at Dandridge, TN, into a family that included 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He was raised in Morgan County on a small farm that joined Brushy Mountain prison farm. His father was an educator, farmer, coach and bi-vocational pastor. His mother was also an educator teaching in the Morgan county school system. She was an amazing musician and taught all of her children to love music. Jeff accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 8 years old and he followed the teachings of Christ for several years. He served as music leader in his church and Brushy Mountain prison farm, where his father served as chaplain and pastor to prisoners. Somewhere in his mid teens, Jeff drifted away from the teachings of Christ and became very rebellious. For the next several years he lived apart from God and God's plan for his life. He graduated from high school and immediately joined the Air Force where he spent the next (20) twenty plus years. After a few years of military service, God drew Jeff back to Himself and Jeff was forever changed. His career with the USAF took him to many parts of the world including multiple tours in Vietnam  where he served as a signal intelligence specialist and airborne maintenance technician. Individual decorations include the Bronze Star medal, the Vietnamese Cross medal, the Air medal and the Air Force Commendation medal. He retired from the United States Air force in 1975 and began a new career at ORNL where he was employed for the next 20 years. He has been married to his wife Mary Nell since 1961. They have 3 children, Dr. Jeff Knisley, Valerie Garland, and Sam Knisley. All of his children are married and have blessed Mary and Jeff with 8 grand-children and a grand-daughter-in-law. God led them to Corryton Church 23 years ago and has blessed them in the most unimaginable ways. They have had the opportunity to be involved in several ministries that include music, prayer, teaching, missions and evangelism. Jeff's hobby is golf and he has worked at “Three Ridges” golf course for the past 13 years.
December 2, 2008 Testimony by Jim Maggard. Jim is an Engineer working in support of Papermaking companies throughout North America. With over 20 years in the paper industry, Jim is widely recognized as one of the top professionals in his field. A native East Tennessean, Jim serves along with his wife Krista in Operation Christmas Child as Knoxville Area Coordinators. They are responsible for managing the effort in the Knoxville Area to gather shoeboxes full of simple gifts that are used to spread the Gospel throughout the world.  Last year individuals, groups, and churches in East Tennessee gathered more than 32,000 shoeboxes as part of a 7.6 million-gift effort. Knoxville was recognized as one of the top ten collection sites in the world. Jim was fortunate enough to travel to Lima, Peru this year and deliver shoeboxes to impoverished children in this poor country. His wife Krista delivered shoebox gifts to Panama in 2004. They have also participated in missions’ trips to Jamaica and Kosova. An outdoorsman, Jim is passionate about enjoying God's creating through hunting and fishing. His two boys, 6 and 9 are beginning to share that passion.
November 25, 2008 Testimony by Mike Selvidge. Mike has been a life long resident of the Knoxville area. He has been married to my wife Christi for 24 years. They have two children; Adam and Amanda. He is currently employed at UPS and Rocky Top Realty Inc. He has been a member of Corryton Baptist Church since 1990 as is currently serving as a deacon and adult Sunday school teacher. His hobbies are golf and horse back riding.
November 17, 2008 Testimony by Don Wampler. Don served six (6) years in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force he continued his education at the University of Missouri and, after his discharge, he attended Virginia Highlands College and East Tennessee State University. He then worked for Sprint Communications in Bristol, Tn., Raleigh, N.C. and Kansas City, Kansas, where he was a Staff Manager for Customer Billing and retired after 31 1/2 years. He accepted Jesus as his personal savior at the age of 13 and has been involved in church work. He is married to his wonderful wife Ruby, who is retired from the Federal Government, and they have one son, Randy, and two wonderful grandchildren. He served as a deacon at Fellowship Chapel in Bristol, Va. for thirteen years and also directed a bible camp for the youth. He is currently a deacon at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church and devotes his time of working in the church, teaching Sunday School at the Windsor Gardens Assisted Living, and spending time with his two grandchildren.
November 11, 2008 Testimony by Danny Allen. Danny was born and raised in the Knoxville area and now lives on his family farm in Strawberry Plains, TN. He has been married for 24 yrs to his high school sweetheart, who he first met in the youth Dept of his home church when they were just teen-agers. They have 3 children. Jordan is in his 2nd year at the University of Tennessee; Landon is a sophomore at Carter High school, and Marena is a 7th grader at Carter Middle school. He has a B.S. in Logistics from University of Tennessee, and is employed with C.H. Robinson Worldwide were he works in 3rd Party Brokerage & Transportation. He is a member at Corryton Baptist Church, and serve as a deacon, a Community group leader, and member of the Praise team and Choir.
November 4, 2008 Testimony by Hugh Jordan. Hugh moved to Knoxville from Frankfort, Kentucky in 1992 and purchased a local vending company on April Fool's Day.  Their area of service covers North Georgia to the Kentucky line.  Hugh attended the University of Chattanooga and received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration for Kentucky State University.  He is married to Alice and they have two grown children.  Hugh attends Black Oak Heights Baptist Church where he is a trustee and Sunday School teacher.
October 28, 2008 Testimony by Jay Smith. Jay is an employee of Grainger Industrial Supply where he has worked for the past 24 years. As a child he was raised in the Methodist Church. Later in life Jay converted to the Presbyterian faith, and in 2005 He was ordained as Elder at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, and currently sits on Session-the ruling board of his church where he serves as receiving treasure, teaches an adult Sunday school class and serves as Chairman of the Building and Grounds committee. Jay is married to Mary Ellen Smith and they make their home in Knoxville, where they take great joy in being grandparents of 7 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. "The most important things in my life are serving the Lord and taking care of my family."
October 21, 2008

Testimony by Jim Price. Jim has been married to the same beautiful lady for 51 years. He has two grown children, and both are saved. He has three grandchildren, and they are saved. He is retired from the Norfolk Southern Police Department, where he spent 32 ½ years; retiring in January 1991. He was saved when he was 9 years old, baptized at First Baptist Church in Knoxville, where his family attended at that time. Several years later he started attending Washington Pike Baptist Church, which was closer to where he lived. He has attended there for over 55 years. He sang in the choir, and was an ordained deacon. This is also where he met his wife, who was the organist. She served 43 years as church organist. When both of his children were born, his only prayer was that they would be healthy, and his prayers were answered.

October 14, 2008 Testimony by Sam Watts. Sam is employed with Consolidated Insurance Services in Knoxville. He received his BS in education from Cumberland College (University of the Cumberlands) in Williamsburg, Kentucky. After graduation, Sam taught school and served as a principal in Anderson County for two years. He later became a juvenile probation officer for the State of Tennessee. He has also worked for the Travelers and Cumis Insurance companies as a claims representative and supervisor. Sam is married to his college sweetheart and has a daughter who teaches school in the Knox County School System He and his family are members of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church where he teaches a couples class.
October 7, 2008

Testimony by George Wicker. George is the Senior Accounts Manager- ADC (ADCT) Broadcast & Entertainment Products. George started in the field of electronics equipment sales at the age of 19 at a small distributor in north Alabama. Subsequently, a venture into the automobile business as the owner of an AMC/Jeep dealership proved to be an outstanding failure, and God’s restoration led George to Atlanta in 1984. Prior to his present position, George has worked in sales management for companies such as JVC, Fortel and Utah Scientific.

September 30, 2008

Testimony by Mark Field. Mark is the vice president of membership for the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership and has been on the Partnership Board of Directors, a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Marketing Committee since 2002. Mark has been responsible for the business development and sales areas of the fastest growing managed care network in East Tennessee. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Baptist Health System, the network consists of 75 facilities and 7,000 physicians. He also serves as chairperson of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Citizen’s Advisory Council and as a member of the management team and chair of the personnel committee for Corryton Baptist Church. He also serves on the board of GraceWorks, a professional recording studio run by Corryton Baptist Church. He and his wife, Vickie, have two children and seven grandchildren.
September 23, 2008 Testimony by Jim Novak. Jim was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He grew up in a Christian family. He received degrees from Illinois colleges and met his beloved wife of 38+ years while a student at the University of Illinois. He was a practicing licensed structural engineer before "temporarily" joining the U.S. EPA from which he eventually retired in 2002. He and his wife moved to and made Tennessee their home in 2003.
September 16, 2008 Testimony by David Dowling. David graduated in 1968 from Eastern Mennonite University with a double major of Psychology and Sociology and a triple minor in Math, Natural Science and Bible. He married Mary Ellen Smucker on April 10, 1965, and they have three sons; Leon, Lance and Lynn; who have blessed them with 10 grandchildren. David co-founded West End Academy in July of 1971 to help special area students get through school. David has been awarded the Knoxville Leadership Foundation Street Saints Award, the Knoxville Leadership Foundations 2004 Accomplishment award, NAACP Unsung Heros Award, and the National Christian Business Network Humanitarian of the Year Award for 2007. David is a member of Westown Kiwanis and NCBN (National Christian Business Network).

September 9, 2008

Testimony by Zach Henry. Zach is a retired professor from the University of Tennessee. After a distinguished scientific career in teaching and research, he retired with his wife Norma to raise Christmas trees on his farm in beautiful northeast Knox County, Tennessee. Zach spoke on the significance of living a life for Christ in a professional setting.
September 2, 2008 Testimony by John Brown. Retired U.S. Army, JVC Professional and co-founder of the Knoxville Fellowship Luncheon.