Story: Don Whetham was born in 1946 in Patterson, New
Jersey. His parents were both school teachers and athletes, and
he was raised in the little town of Butler, NJ, where his dad
was athletic director at the high school and taught driver
education. Don was very active in Boy Scouts, achieving the
level of Eagle Scout. He was an excellent student, and in 1968
graduated from Rutgers University, where he had a full room,
board, and tuition scholarship; his degree from Rutgers is a
B.S. in Electrical Engineering. When Don was a senior in high
school, his father passed away after a year-long battle with
Don's father was raised Methodist and his mother was from a
Catholic background, his family did not attend church and there
was no real spiritual training. When Don's sister was in middle
school, she was attending a Methodist church and decided to be
baptized. Don's mother decided this was a good time for Don, who
was in college, to be baptized as well. The two of them, Pattie
and Don, were baptized in a private ceremony at the Methodist
church in their town.
Story: Laurann Wilson was born in Richmond, Virginia, in
1946. She was raised in a family that was very active in church,
despite the fact that her father was a practicing alcoholic. Her
mother, a woman of faith, was the spiritual leader of the
family, and led Laurann and her three younger brothers to be
very active in the Baptist church they attended. Laurann made a
profession of faith and was baptized at age 8. Through His
grace, Laurann's dad was saved and became sober when Laurann was
13 years old.
College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She graduated with a
double major in Sociology and English. During the summer breaks
while in college, Laurann worked as an intern in social work,
first for Child and Family Services and later for the city of
Upon graduation from Carson-Newman, she decided to teach school,
and moved to Northern Virginia near Washington, DC, where she
taught for several years.
Laurann's Story: Don and Laurann met when they both had
apartments in the same building in Annandale, Virginia. Don had
taken a job with the United States Navy to design radar systems,
and worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. After three dates, Don began proposing, and after
several months Laurann accepted. Laurann was a member of Ravensworth
Baptist Church, and Don began to attend with her. Through the
influence of a co-worker and attending church, Don made a
profession of faith in Christ, and was baptized at Ravensworth.
They continued to live in Northern Virginia, and their son
Daniel was born in 1971. They always had a desire to live and
raise their family in East Tennessee, but Don's mother in New Jersey
had been diagnosed with cancer, and they wanted to be
responsible to her needs at that time. She passed away in 1972,
and in the summer of 1973 the family moved to a little farm in
the Corryton Community near Knoxville,
Tennessee. The story of that move is part of their testimony of
God's faithfulness and care about the desires and needs of His
When the move
to Tennessee was made, Laurann was six months pregnant with daughter
Jill, and Don did not have a job. However, God demonstrated in
many ways that the timing and the place was right, so the family
moved on faith.
working for AT&T three weeks after Jill was born, and continues
to work for the company now. He is currently Engineering Manager
for East Tennessee; his office is in West Knoxville, but one or
two days a week he travels to Chattanooga
to oversee the work there.
Laurann was a
stay-at-home mom while her children were school age, leading her
children in 4H Dairy Goat and Poultry projects. She has also
worked as a school teacher for the KnoxCounty
system, as a sales manager for Jafra Cosmetics, and as aquatic
coordinator for North Side YMCA. She is currently an Aquatic
Instructor and Tai Chi instructor for Mercy Health & Fitness
testimony includes God's faithfulness to us, allowing us to
experience His glory and his plans for our lives. He has upheld
us through health challenges, through job challenges, and
through the loss of loved ones. There is simply no way to
imagine how those who don't know Him are able to come through
these types of experiences. "To God be the glory; great things
He hath done."
December 21, 2010
Testimony by Geoff Brock
I am a lifelong
Knoxvillian and a 1980 graduate of Halls High School and 1984
graduate of the University of Tennessee. I currently live in Corryton with my wife and daughter and I also
have a son and daughter-in-law who recently made me a proud
In early January of 2006 I was listening to pastor Jim Wood’s radio
program on Christian radio station WRJZ in Knoxville. Pastor Wood is
Founder and Executive Director of Wears Valley Ranch (WVR),
Christian children’s home and school for young people from
crisis family situations located in scenic Wears Valley, TN.
During this particular broadcast, pastor Wood mentioned that
before a WVR high school aged student could go on the annual
spring break trip to Florida, the student first had to memorize
the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-7:27)
word-for-word. My initial reaction was “well, that’s pretty
cool”. My second reaction was, “can you do it?” Thus, began a
wonderful spiritual journey that led to my word-for-word
presentation of the Sermon on the Mount.
This brings me to the present. After memorizing
the Sermon on the Mount and doing an expositional study over
many months, my call is to present the sermon to as many people
as possible including those attending church services, Sunday
school, small group, or secular meetings that are interested in
hearing this glorious sermon from our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. I look forward to presenting the Sermon on the Mount to
the KFL Luncheon in the near future!
December 14, 2010
Testimony by Kenneth “Mike” Bailes
July 16, 1942 in Knoxville, TN
Family: Barbara (wife), Mitzi (daughter), Angie
(daughter), and Tucker (son)
Grandchildren: Dale, Kailey, Hannah, Mary, and Austin
University of TN / Carson-Newman Bible School, BA
May 30, 1970 / Following Billy Graham Crusade
(current): Member of Sevier Heights Baptist, Prison Softball
Team (involving evangelism and discipleship), angelic ministry (servanthood/evangelism)
December 7, 2010
"A Day of
Infamy" by Frank Galbraith
On this, the
69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the KFL invites
you to attend a Multi Media Tribute honoring the men and women
of the United States of America from World War I through the
Pearl Harbor attack.
“A Day of Infamy",
will be narrated by former history teacher and educator Frank
Galbraith. According to Frank, he wants to make sure people
know what happened in those days. We went into war indivisible,
one people. “December 7, 1941 brought us into the war in a very
violent fashion. The entire country was just shocked,”
Galbraith said. “Militarily we were brought our knees. We
were not as prepared as we should have been.” Frank will connect “A Day of
Infamy”, with a day that Scripture talks about in (Chapter 4 of
1 Thessalonians.)No one knows the time of Christ's return. We
are to live moral and holy lives, ever watchful for his coming.
Believers must not neglect daily responsibilities, but always
work and live to please the Lord.
The gospel is
not only what we believe, but also what we must live. The Holy
Spirit leads us in faithfulness, so we can avoid lust and
fraud. Live as though you expect Christ’s return at any time.
Don’t be caught unprepared!
presentation is free and no registration is required. Frank is
very enthusiastic about his presentation and as we all know, he
is a contagious Christian.
November 30, 2010
I grew up in
the Corryton Community, attended Skaggston Elementary School and
Carter High School. I was married at an early age to Ronnie
Martin; we were married for 53 years, when he went home to be
with the Lord February 28, 2009. Our marriage was blessed with
three boys Jack, Bill, and Chris. We were also blessed with 7
Jesus Christ as my lord and savior at the age of 21, and gave my
life in service to the Lord. I have been a member of CorrytonChurch
for 48 years, and have served in several capacities at Corryton
Church. I was a youth leader for several years and worked with
the college and career class for a few years. In 1983 God
placed on my heart that we needed a senior adult ministry, this
ministry was developed, and God has blessed this ministry so
much. Today we have a great senior adult ministry.
The field of
cosmetology stirred my interests, and I became a licensed
cosmetologist in 1958, which led to my first business. I
pursued this career for 25 years. Later, I chose a different
career and became a floral designer and a wedding consultant at
at Fran’s Flowers, I received a call on July 11, 1984 that would
change my life forever. Ronnie was a Federal Officer at TVA and
his captain called to inform me that Ronnie was being
transported to St. Mary’s hospital E.R. with a possible heart
attack. Upon arrival at St. Mary’s I found Ronnie had a serious
heart attack and the cardiologist did not think he would
survive. They did absolutely nothing for him for 24 hours and
then the treatment began. After a few days the doctor told us
Ronnie would die while he was trying to determine a treatment
then transported to Duke Hospital by ambulance accompanied by a
trained medical team. While at Duke the doctors told me Ronnie
would not live three months. He was put on an experimental drug
that stopped working after 6 months. Along with 9 other
medications, he was placed on another experiential drug called
amiodorone. There were ten patients in this particular program,
and Ronnie was the only survivor.
amiodorone was responsible for controlling V-Tach; a
complication from this medicine made him nauseated every day for
10 years. God had a plan. Ronnie was a real trooper, trusting
God for each day. He was 47 years of age and I was 43 at this
time. Due to Ronnie’s illness this prompted me to open my own
florist business in our home. This was in 1984 and it allowed
me to remain home and provide for his care. God blessed us
tremendously during that time. During September of 1991, I
developed health issues of my own. After suffering a heart
attack, I thanked God for being able to pay Ronnie’s medical
expenses at DukeHospital prior to this tragedy.
In May 1995
my mother passed away suddenly in my home. Due to the shock of
my mother’s sudden death I suffered three heart attacks. All of
which, medically I should not have survived. In 1996 I had
coronary artery by-pass surgery. I also had to sell my business
due to our health issues. In 1998 Ronnie was faced with a
coronary artery by-pass surgery that resulted in his declining
In 1999 the
amiodorone, which was his lifeline for the past 15 years, was
replaced with a defibrillator. Later the defibrillator ended up
malfunctioning, which destroyed the remaining function of his
heart. He was transported to St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville
by air ambulance to be evaluated for a heart transplant. Due to
lack of function, they placed him on a pump that injected
medicine straight into his heart to keep the heart beating.
We remained in Nashville, TN
from April 2000 until August 4, 2000 when he received the heart transplant. So many
complications developed that they are too numerous to detail.
However, along our journey we discovered that God’s wonderful
grace is sufficient for the moment and trusted in
I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
November 23, 2010
Testimony by James
D. (“Bud”) Mynatt, Jr.
On April 18,
1924 I became the seventh generation of Mynatts born in Knox
County, Tennessee and was reared in Fountain City during the Great Depression.
At age of 12 I had a paper route and during high
school was employed in a privately owned grocery store. After
graduating from Central High School in 1942,
I joined the Army Air Corps in order to stay out of the Military
Draft. I graduated from pilot training and was commissioned a
Second Lieutenant in November 1943 at age 19. I trained in B-24
bombers until April 1944. Part of the 490th bomb
group, we then flew our own planes with crew to join the 8th
Air Force at our air base in Eye, England.
two combat missions sent our crew over Normandy Beach, France on
historic D-Day, June 6, 1944. After flying 35 combat missions
over Europe, first in B-24s and
later in B-17s, we returned to the U.S.A. in November, 1944.
Before beginning my next assignment, I married Carolyn Cruze, my
high school girl friend, on December 16, 1944. Carolyn and I
began our life together in Miami, Florida where I was given
orders to become a flight instructor in B-25 Billy Mitchell twin
discharge from the Army Air Corps in May 1945, I enrolled at the
University of Tennessee and while also working as a part time
employee in the Parts Department at Knoxville Motor Company, the
Nash Automobile dealership. I worked my way up to general
manager and part owner and retired in 1995 on my 50th
Anniversary with the company now known as Mercedes-Benz of
Christian, I spent my early life in the Fountain City Methodist Church, joining
when I was 12 years old. Dr. Fred Brown married Carolyn and I at
First Baptist Church, Knoxville,
where she and her family were very active. I joined that church
and have been a member for over 60 years, during which time I
taught Sunday School to the University Class. We have a
daughter, Jeanne, and a grandson, Jason.
been a member of several organizations and civic clubs. As a
young man, I was very active in the Knoxville Junior Chamber of
Commerce, better know as the “Jaycees“. I held many offices,
including President, and attended several National Conventions.
During my term as President of this very active organization
with a membership of over 300, we were honored as the
Outstanding Club in the State of Tennessee. I was elected
Honorary Lifetime Member of the Knoxville Jaycees.
selected Knoxville’s “Young Man of the Year” in 1955.
in both the Lions Club and Sertoma Club and held offices in
I am a
Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club.
I was a
member and past Vice President of theTennessee Automobile
I was a member
and past President of the Knoxville Automobile Association.
been a member of Holston Hills Country Club and Deane Hill
has been one of our favorite past times and I have been a member
of the Fort Loudoun Yacht Club since 1973 and served as
Commodore on two separate occasions. I am a member of the
International Order of the Blue Gavel Club, an organization of
past Commodores. Carolyn and I still enjoy the activities at the
Fort Loudoun Club.
served as President of our Deane Hill Neighborhood Community
Association 5 times.
gardening and for the past 10 years our home has been designated
to be an Open Garden during the Dogwood Arts Festival.
For the past 9 years to present, I volunteer as
an instructor for the Driver Safety Program for Seniors,
sponsored by the AARP.
November 16, 2010
consider my life boring. I prefer to say that my life has been
blessed by God’s grace. I was blessed with 2 Christian
parents who taught Christian values and lived Christian lives.
I never remember not being in church I always knew about God and
Jesus, but at age 16 I realized I was lost while watching “Billy
Graham” on TV. I ask Jesus Christ to forgive my
sins, and be my Savior, the Spirit of God entered my body, and I
was born again, into the family of God.
from PowellHigh School
in 1968, and enrolled into the University of Tennessee. While
in college I started dating a young lady named Pat Parrot. She
now shares my last name, and my life. Her parents accepted and
loved me, boring or blessed? We have 3 wonderful children who
never gave us any trouble. All are married to loving spouses
and we have 4 grandchildren. Is this boring or a blessing?
My wife is
nursery director at our church and is a real prayer warrior. I
taught Sunday school classes for several years. About 10 years
ago God gave me a new direction. God wanted me to attend Bible
College. I had no idea why?
studying the Word of God in college, I read an article about
“Truck-Stop-Ministries” (God works in mysterious ways). I knew
nothing about the trucking industry; however, God showed me it
is not about the place but the people.
My church ordained me and I have served as the full time Chaplin
of Perto’s Truck Plaza on Watt road for the past 7 years. I
talk with people every day whose marriage is in shambles, kids
that are on drugs, and they lack peace with God or the peace of
God. Is my life boring? I consider it blessed.
November 9, 2010
Testimony by Randy Kington
John Randall Kington grew up in Morristown
Tennessee. After a typical childhood, Randy joined the Marine
Corps on September 3, 1964, and proceeded from boot camp at
Parris Island to the jungles of
Vietnam within 10 months.
Randy was a rifleman and platoon radio operator with Echo
Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. On March 21, 1966, Randy’s
platoon spearheaded an assault against the 21st North Vietnamese
Against overwhelming odds, Echo Co. lost 95 young Marines in a
matter of moments. Before the Marines finally secured victory,
Kington was shot in the neck and lost all feeling in his body.
Randy credits those seconds as the defining moment of his life.
He realized his need to be right with God. From the 7.62
millimeter round tearing into his neck to landing hard off a
rice paddy dike, Randy spent what seemed like minutes talking
with the Lord and receiving His forgiveness.
Randy’s life since his injury is best summed up in the title of
He met his wife Patty, and went back to school achieving a
Masters and CPA. Randy was an Associate Professor, Tax Partner,
and with Patty, owned their own CPA firm. Randy credits the
successes of his life to the faith gained from that battlefield
conversion on March 21, 1966.
Randy Kington is positive proof that barriers can be overcome.
Randy’s courage, his refusal to give up, and a strong faith in
God sustained him through times that would defeat most. After 9
months of the most intense fighting of the Vietnam War, 19 year
old Kington was severely wounded in an encounter with the enemy
on March 21, 1966. The injury left him paralyzed from the chest
down and in a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.
and inspirational message informs listeners about the price that
was paid to triumph over the most difficult of obstacles and the
rewards that came by overcoming.
November 2, 2010
Testimony by Ted Greene
Ted, age 53,
and his family came from Union County. He grew up and still
resides in the Gibbs community of Knox
County. He is a 1975 graduate of Gibbs High School where he
played football, baseball and some basketball. He is the middle
son of Bill and Melba Greene of the Graveston community. He is
married to the former Leisa E. Hutchison and has two sons Joshua
(Josh) Cody Greene, which is deceased and waiting on him in
Heaven, and Jacob (Jake) Cade Greene from a previous marriage,
and is co-parent to Katie ( Kate) L. Hamilton and James (Lee) L.
Ted became a
Christian at the age of 13 at Cedar Ford Baptist Church in
Luttrell Tn. where he has been a life-long attendee and member.
He has suffered a few setbacks both physically and emotionally
(2 strokes that left him paralyzed and the death of his oldest
son at the hands of a drunken driver) in the past 10 years but
proudly proclaims the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the prayers and encouragement of his church family have
brought him through. He is always willing to share his testimony
with anyone who wants to listen. Ted has minor paralysis now but
suffers from occasional un-announced seizures and is retired
from the construction trade.
October 26, 2010
Testimony by Phil Barrett
My name is
Phil Barrett. I was born on December 12, 1949 and am 60 years
old. I am a native of Knoxville and attended Rocky Hill
Elementary and Bearden High School. After I graduated high
school in 1967 I attended the University of Tennessee for 3
years. I left college in 1970 to join the full time work force.
I married an East Knoxville girl named Verna Bell in 1971 and am
still married to her today.
working several jobs that I found to be unfulfilling and
unrewarding, I was fortune enough to join the City of Knoxville
Fire Department in 1975.
years I am still on the job and happy to be there. I am an
Assistant Chief of Fire Suppression. I work out of Station 11 at
Whittle Springs Road in East Knoxville. I supervise the day to
day activities of 7 fire stations as well as answer single and
multi alarm fires. I am trained in all aspects of fire
suppression, rescue, and hazmat as well as being an EMT for
medical emergencies. To my men I am a supervisor, trainer,
mentor and friend. It is my job to manage large fire scenes to
make sure that the citizens of Knoxville and their property are
protected. I am also responsible for the safety of my
firefighters. I take that very seriously.
Due to the
inherent nature of the job, my firefighters and I are constantly
in harm’s way, daily facing the dangers of driving emergency
vehicles in traffic to a fire scene as well as entering burning
buildings to save lives or property. The physical and mental
stresses are great but I am comforted daily as I perform my
duties. I have Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I gave my life to
Him at an early age and His angels keep watch over me. He gives
me the wisdom to make life changing decisions for both my men
and the general public. He also gives me the strength to carry
on when I am weak. Without Him all would most certainly be lost.
I am so very thankful that He saved me and that He has put me in
the position to help save others. I am a blessed man.
Play Stop Pause
October 19, 2010
Testimony by Christina Southern
B. Southern of North Knoxville serves as assistant features
editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel. She oversees several
feature sections including YourNews, which is the community news
portion of the newspaper, School Matters and Dollars & Sense.
of a 5-year-old daughter, Cora, has called Knoxville home since
2003 when she moved from her hometown, Beaumont, Texas. She has
a Mass Communications degree from Lamar University.
says her parents, Charles and Jo Ann Bordeman, are her proof
that God sovereignly cares for her because they adopted her and
all seven of her siblings, one of which is her twin brother. "I
am certain that when God created me, He did so with the
intention of me being their child." She adds with a smile, "It
just took a little while for me to get to them."
October 12, 2010
Testimony by Desiree
Bowers grew up in Memphis, TN.
She is also a Memphis high school graduate class 1978, South
Side High. Desiree continued her education at Shelby State
Community College renamed (Southwest Community College) and
Memphis State renamed (University of Memphis). Without
graduating from any of the higher education institutions Desiree
became a single parent with her daughter Angela. Twelve years
later she would face single parenthood with 3 sons, Jerimea,
Jimmy and Dominique.
In spite of her 20 years of adversities, (unhealthy choices)
crippling dependencies to abusive men, drugs and alcohol,
Desiree finally in 1994 surrendered her life to Christ.
She has written a fiction based on true story novel titled, “The
Prodigal Daughter”. A story enriched with experiences, strengths
and hope to all who are suffering from domestic violence, drugs
and alcohol, and sexual assault. She is currently working on her
second novel titled “Who Are You”.
Ms. Bowers dedicated her life to Christ and helping others by
volunteering and becoming a member with many social
problem/social change organizations across the state of Tennessee.
After several years of preparation God moved she and her sons to
another city to enrich their spiritual growth and the growth of
others. Desiree and her sons moved from Memphis
to Knoxville, TN on December 23, 2006. She has been asked on
several occasions, “What brought you to Knoxville” her reply,
“not what, but Whom”.
She is the founder of a, for profit “Wo-men Empowerment Life
Skill Workshops”. A member of the Tennessee Coalition Against
Domestic and Sexual Violence, and “But He Loves Me”. She
volunteers with the Knoxville YWCA and Salvation Army. Desiree
is a highly recommended motivational speaker.
II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.
Play Stop Pause
October 5, 2010
Testimony by Phyllis Russell
I am Phyllis
Russell, Mike's wife. I grew up in the Gibbs community on a
dairy farm (and still live there today). I was the youngest of
five girls. My Dad wanted a boy so bad that when the doctor came
and announced it was another girl he told my aunt she could have
me, but when it was time to take me home, he had changed his
We are the
proud parents of Melissa, Jeremiah and daughter-in-law Ashleigh,
granddaughter Elizabeth and another granddaughter due in
I had two
wonderful, hard working strong parents, and have four great
sisters. I have two in-laws who have always treated me as if I
was their own, they stood by me when I had to make decisions on
Mike's behalf while he was in the hospital and they still help
from TVA in 2008 after more than 28 years. While Mike was in the
hospital my co-workers were so supportive, they donated enough
of their own leave (after my leave had run out) for me to be
with him in the hospital and through his recovery for a total of
six months and I was able to work part-time from home for
another six months.
Mike and I
have laughed together, cried together and stayed together.
People tell me they admire me for standing by Mike through
everything we have been through. I tell them I would not have
left him if he had cancer, heart attack, or a stroke, so why
would I leave him now. We have been through sickness and health,
richer and poorer for 29 years. I love him, admire him and I am
very proud of him and thankful that God gives us both the
strength and courage we need for each day.
caregiver is never an easy job, there are things I do for Mike
now that a wife normally does not do. Mike's attitude and
determination make my job rewarding and worthwhile.
challenges that Mike has faced may be bitter toward God and
always ask "why me" and feel sorry for themselves, but Mike
turns to God and adds so much humor with his condition making
others feel comfortable to be around him.
walks beside you, holds your hand, and carries you along the
way. He did it all for me while Mike was in the hospital and
continues today. Without God I would not have been able to make
the decisions I had to make for Mike. God does answer prayers.
help, prayers, great doctors/nurses, family and friends, we made
it through the worse thing we have been through. God is Wonderful.
All Things Are Possible.
September 28, 2010
Testimony by Gary Stuart
I grew up
in a home where we attended church every time the doors were
open. I tried to walk with God as a young man, but was drawn
away by my choices and desire to be a people pleaser. Looking
back I can see God was pursuing me in so many ways I can hardly
recount them all, but was still leading a double life. I looked
good on the outside, but inside was a number of issues and
a Bible college and worked in a church for four years, but still
had many secrets inside that even my wife didn't know. We then
went to Africa as missionaries and served 9 years in D.R. Congo
and 3 years in Zambia. We returned to the States in 2002 due to
a number of issues, but one being I needed help to deal with
a lot of issues I was trying to deal with.
being in the States for several years and not really making any
progress on my issues, my wife and I separated for 18 months.
Today we are true miracle as we are together and loving each
other, due to the grace and mercy of God.
September 21, 2010
Testimony by Thurman
My name is
Thurman Kinnebrew I grew up in the inter-city. I graduated from
in 1965 and my wife and I still live in the inter-city. We have
2 children, 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Mattie E. Coleman C.M.E. Church where I serve on the trustee
board. I have served 4 terms on the board of United Way, Knox. County
Literacy Committee, 3 years on the University of Tennessee
Chancellor’s Association, member of Leadership Knoxville Class
of 1993. I also work with Focus Prison Ministry, KAIROS and
KAIROS Torch Ministries as well as preach at Morgan County
Prison twice a month.
I am retired from
White Lily Foods Company after 40 years of service. During the
time I was employed I served as President of Local 165 American
Federation of Grain Millers and as a member of the Knoxville-Oak
Ridge Central Labor Council.
I am the founder and
director of Locked Down on the Outside, LLC, which began in
2002. I believe God’s purpose for my life is to try and reach
young people by directing them in the right direction. I would
love to share my story with you.
September 7, 2010 (Part 1)
14, 2010 (Part 2)
On these two dates the KFL was pleased to
offer a special 2nd anniversary presentation on Biblical
Creation vs. Evolution titled "Young Earth Seminar" by Frank Galbraith and Fred Mynatt. This
presentation was given in two parts; the first half on September 7th
and the second half on September 14th. A description of the seminar
appears below the speakers' biographies.
Frank and his wife
Cheryl live in Farragut Tennessee. Frank is a retired teacher
having taught Geography and World History for 40 years in Knox
County public and private Christian schools.
Fred Mynatt Jr.
Fred and his wife
Kim also live in Farragut Tennessee. Fred is a retired
Lieutenant Colonel from the Tennessee Air National Guard, where
he accumulated over 31 years and 8000 hours as a Flight Training
Both Frank and Fred have traveled extensively throughout the
world, having collectively visited 32 countries, 5 continents,
and all 50 states.
Frank and Fred are both active in the ministry in their
respective churches and have spent many years researching and
studying ancient Biblical geography and Creation Science.
Thousands have attended their faith-building seminars over the
last 12 years at many churches and schools throughout the
Knoxville area and in Central and South America and Europe.
Their mission as they present these seminars is to spread the
good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and advance the Kingdom
“Young Earth Seminar”
This course covers the 6-day Biblical creation (around 4000
B.C.) through the flood of Noah, providing substantial
scientific evidence to support a Biblical creation and refuting
the theory of Evolution. You will clearly see that the earth is
not billions of years old, but it is in fact a young earth
(approx. 6000 years old ), which is in concert with God’s Word.
You will learn how the “canopy” referred to in Genesis 1:6-7
made it possible for Methuselah to live to be 969 years old.
Also presented, are archaeological discoveries to support where
many of the Biblical events took place such as the location of
the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, and the pre-flood cities.
August 31, 2010
Kemp is a native Knoxvillian, the son of John and Van Wynn of
the Inskip community, who raised him with an unconditional love
few have the privilege of experiencing. Kemp is a graduate of
Central High School here in Knoxville, Cumberland College in
Williamsburg, Kentucky, and Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has pastured five churches in
Hamblen, Jefferson, and Knox Counties here in East Tennessee
between 1978 & 2009, as well as serving on staff at Corryton
Church for over four years until the end of 2001. Kemp has been
married to his high school sweetheart, Donna (Flynn) Wynn, for
33 years and has two married daughters, Amy and Adrienne, son,
Kirk, and has been blessed with two grandchildren in the last
year, with another one on the way this October! Kemp is
presently serving the Lord as a salesman for Blue Ribbon Foods
and is attending Knox Life Church in Knoxville’s Old City
August 24, 2010
father died four months before he was born in 1968. His mother
subsequently remarried four times before he was sixteen. He
attended nineteen different schools in Georgia, Alabama and East
Tennessee. He didn’t make it out of the 10th grade
after leaving home one night after his stepfather had abused his
mother and him.
By the time he was 24
he was divorced, bankrupt, father of two children and heading in
the wrong direction. He gave up living the wild and crazy life
of many of his family members one night when he knew he had went
too far. Soon after, he met a very godly young woman from ClintonTennessee
at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga while attending
school They soon fell in love and where married in 1994.
After moving to
Clinton, TN in 1995 they began to attend a church in Morgan
County, TN. In mid-October of that year Tim gave his life to
Jesus Christ as his personal LORD and Savior. Eighteen months
later, after a Promise Keeper conference in Knoxville, Tim
committed his life to ministry.
In 1999 he began as a
youth pastor at a local church in Clinton, TN. Since that time,
Tim has helped to start two churches, planted campus ministries
in several counties and discovered the Cross Jesus gave him to
carry, reaching students on local campuses with the gospel.
affiliated the ministry he helped to start back in 2007 with
Youth for Christ USA (Billy Graham was their first employee and
president) Tim is busy working with teacher sponsors, local
churches, colleges to start campus ministries that raise up
student leaders on the campus to influence their peers with
character, integrity and faith.
With ministries in Anderson, Loudon, now Scott and hopefully
Knox County (if we find churches who want to partner to reach
students with the gospel) Tim prays this is the beginning of a
revival in East Tennessee with local churches working together
to advance the Kingdom of God.
August 17, 2010
Testimony by Mark Beeler
Mark grew up in Corryton, TN where he has lived all of his
life. He attended Gibbs High School and the University of
Tennessee. He graduated UT in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Business Administration and a major in Accounting.
Mark is a CPA and worked in the public accounting industry for 8
years. He also worked in the commercial lending business to the
automobile dealer industry for 8 years. Currently, he is
employed by TVA as the lead specialist in the Accounting Policy
and Research group.
Mark is involved in ministry at Corryton Church in north Knox
County. He has served for 5 years as the Assistant Minister of
Music there. He was also the Minister of Music at Rutherford
Memorial United Methodist Church for 3 years. In addition to
working in the music ministry, Mark has been active in the
Barbershop Harmony Society for 23 years and has competed at 7
international quartet competitions. While music is his primary
passion, he enjoys studying theology and served as a Community
Group teacher at Corryton Church for 10 years and now fills that
role as a substitute when needed.
Mark has been married to his wife Gail for 16 years, and has 2
sons: Matt-12 and Zachary-7. They live in the Graveston
community. His hobbies are hunting and golf.
August 10, 2010
Testimony by Mary Bluford
Mary grew up
in White Pine, Tennessee
(Jefferson County), and attended Carson-Newman College. Later,
while working full time and attending TusculumCollege
she earned a M.A. in Adult Education and a B.S. in
Mary has been
employed with Knox Title Insurance, Inc. since 1995 as a Real
Estate Settlement Specialist and considers the owners of the
company (Roger and Kath Tipton), and her co-workers to be a part
her extended family. Over the years these fellow Christians have
been a source of hope, help, inspiration, and understanding,
especially during the trying times in her life.
points in her life, Mary has served many roles in the church and
community, among those being a Sunday School teacher, youth
worker, and youth choir director. She has taught classes at the
Hope Resource Center, served as a Divorce Care Facilitator, and
a Stephen Minister. Currently her joy comes in serving as a
Central Baptist Church Bearden, and along with her husband,
serving as the Directors of the Singles II Department.
In 2008, Mary
was instrumental in bringing a “Living Your Strengths” study to
be a part of her Sunday morning Bible class. During this study,
Mary felt a calling in her life to work with a nonprofit
organization called Dress for Success. After much research and
exploration, she realized this venture was not feasible.
However, at that time there was one-fifth of her Sunday morning
Bible Study Class that was unemployed. She became increasingly
burdened as she interacted with so many families that were
experiencing the uncertainty of when, where, and how these
unemployed or underemployed members of our community would find
jobs. Being a fixer by nature, she set out to find a way to help
these people for whom she so deeply cares. After lots of prayer,
research, time, and God’s direction, she was led to work with
another member of
Central Baptist Church,
Curt Hall, to start the
BETWEEN JOBS MINISTRY. This
ministry is designed to aid those who have become unemployed, or
whose job is at risk, to better position them for employment.
She now knows this is the “Dress for Success” ministry God was
leading her to begin. When asked to describe the one
accomplishment that she is most proud, she is quickly responds,
Between Jobs Ministry! Her strengths are learner, achiever,
activator, harmony, and input, which are perfect for this
married to David Bluford and they live in Lenoir City,
Tennessee. She has two children, Christy (Tim) Hodge who lives
in Crozet, Virginia
with her “favorite Grandson”, Zakkary, and Rodney Wyrick
(Allison) who lives in Orlando, Florida. Her “mended” family
also includes David’s two sons, Jeff (Kelli) and Kevin who live
in Lenoir City, Tennessee.
is Mary’s assurance that God wants only the best for his
children and this is the banner for
BETWEEN JOBS MINISTRY,
“For I know the plans I have for you…. plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
August 3, 2010
asks this question. “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
To understand this question, you must know that the world in
which we live is cursed, and the rain falls on the just and the
unjust. Mike Russell accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and
Savior at the age of 19.
By age 40,
the Knoxville, TN, farmer
faced a life-or-death decision; he chose life. Mike gave his
doctor permission to amputate his left arm below the elbow, the
fingers and thumb on his right hand, and both his legs below the
situation began with a common sinus infection that didn’t seem
to get any better. Finally, he called his doctor for a visit
and was immediately sent to the hospital. He had pneumococcal
pneumonia, and the infection had spread into his bloodstream.
Doctors didn’t think he would live through the night.
someone had told Mike to get a pneumonia shot every five years
after having lost his spleen in an auto accident several years
earlier, he might not have developed this rare form of
pneumonia, but no one did.
warned that he would either die or go into a coma. Mike’s face,
chest and extremities turned black on the front side of his body
and gangrene set in, things got even worse. Doctors determined
that both of Mike’s legs should be amputated below the knee, his
right fingers and thumb, and left arm below the elbow. Because
Mike was heavily sedated, his wife of eighteen years Phyllis
would have to make the decision whether to amputate or not. The
tough part was telling Mike what the doctors had recommended.
When the doctor had finished, Phyllis asked Mike if he
understood what was going to happen. According to Phyllis, he
nodded his head yes. After a few moments of silence, Mike asked
his wife if it was bad to be afraid to die. Phyllis speaks of
that solemn moment. “I let him know, no, we all have to die and
that God understands our feelings. Continue to trust in the
Lord,” she told him.
Mike responded, “I just want you to know I have always loved
you.” Phyllis feels Mike’s statement gave her strength to face
the uncertain future.
her faith in Jesus Christ for guidance, Phyllis prayed out loud
one night, asking God to help her make the right decision.
“Later that evening Phyllis was sitting in the hospital waiting
room when she saw a man with one arm, and another with one leg.
Phyllis took this sighting as a message God was sending that it
was not up to her whether Mike could handle this, it was between
Mike and God.”
In the days
and weeks that followed, there was an outpouring of love. The
prayers and support from family, friends, and Christ-followers
from many local churches were overwhelming! Christ-followers
through the Internet organized and begin to pray to God for
months in the hospital, with a lot of therapy, Mike begins to
recover. He was released from the hospital December 11, 1998.
“To Phyllis, Mike’s recovery was a miracle from God.”
Life is back
to normal at “The Russell Spotted Horse Farm”. Mike and
Phyllis have been married for twenty-nine years, and are the
parents of two grown children, Jeremiah and Melissa. Nothing much has
changed. Mike does most of the things he did before, just a
little slower. He rides horses, drives his tractor to put up
hay, and drives a regular pick-up truck. Mike has adjusted well
to his prostheses; however, because he’s so active he wears out
a lot of liners.
an important role in the Russell home. Being able to laugh
together helps the family keep their situation in perspective.
According to Mike, God left me here for a reason. He may have
taken my legs and arms but He blessed me with a wonderful wife,
wonderful children, family and friends.
July 27, 2010
Senator Tim Burchett
August 25, 1964 in Knoxville, TN
Education, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Knoxville Beautification Board
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
County Young Republicans
County Republican Club
Service in Public Office
Member of 101st through 106th General Assemblies
Member of 99th and 100th General Assemblies
Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee
Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee
Senate State and Local Government Committee
July 20, 2010
Curt is an
active semi-retired HR Manager. He has over 36 years of HR
experience in non-union manufacturing operations. He has been
involved in three plant startups and one plant closing; two were
Japanese, one a Mexican/ US corporation.
up in the Asheville,
area, graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees form
Western Carolina University. He served two years in the US Army
in the early 1969’s. He has lived and worked in Asheville, NC,
more recently in Nashville, Jackson, and Knoxville, TN.
passed the SPHR certification in 2001 and again in 2007 and has
led certification study groups twice a year since 2004 for the
local Knoxville SHRM chapter (TVHRA).
served on the TVHRA board since 1997 and led the chapter in 2007
as President. He is an adjunct instructor at National College
and leads three job search groups for those between jobs. He is
also a specialist for the Transition Team (Outplacement
Tennessee State HR Conference he was named as the recipient of
the 2009 James House Williamson Award. This award recognizes
individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field
of Human Resources Management.
as the 2010 Certification Director for the Tennessee SHRM State
serves as a deacon and as a member of the Personnel Committee at
Central Baptist Church at Bearden. He is married to Judy, 51+
years, 5 grandchildren. Interests are: NASCAR, music, and
July 13, 2010
“Who would have ever thought it?”
Pam Keith is a sales assistant for Brent Carter with Great
American Opportunities. With a great set of parents and 3 older
brothers, she moved all over the east coast and graduated high
school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After moving 11 times in 19
years, she landed in Knoxville,
TN in 1989. Her life has taken her on some incredible journeys,
physically and mentally. She has a strong family network with
her husband Bryan and 3 sons, Bryan Jr, Thomas, and Andrew. She
was very far from church and Christ until 1994 when she and her
husband pursued a life more pleasing to God. Finding her gifts
and serving, is Pam’s way to worship her Lord. During her walk,
she has served at her church in the preschool, children’s, and
youth departments. Her passion has been women’s ministry. How
do you fall off the saddle and get back up on the horse again?
How do you take hurt, shame, sin, regret, and frustration and
glorify God? Thank goodness God only uses imperfect people.
You can see how God is using this one.
July 6, 2010
Charles Clement Satink
My name is
Dennis Charles Clement Satink; I was born in Cleveland Ohio the
year that most people believe that Chevrolet made their best
doing things the hard way even before my birth. While I was in
my mother’s womb I started fighting and going against the
normal/correct way of things. Experts say that an unborn child
is not able to think and make choices for itself yet, I would
partly agree on this and I say partly because I did not think
and make many good choices for myself after my birth either.
This was more than just the start of my life as it is for all of
us; it was what caused me to injure my left leg and brought me
into this world crippled. A situation the doctors at Miami
Children’s Hospital had never seen before and maybe not since
The first six years of my life were not at all normal, not for
my family or me. Well at least this is how I felt until I
started attending the KFL Luncheons. I am the only son of
Charles George Satink and Margret Mary O’Rourke Satink. I have
two sisters older than I am. To find out how much older you will
have to listen to my testimony to learn that. If not for my
sisters and God I would most likely still be a crippled person
Most of my life was spent living in sunny south Florida. However
we moved a time or two and I can remember living in ten
different locations from the age of six until eighteen when I
graduated Miramar High School in Miramar Florida. A somehow
lucky H.S. Graduate at best. From there I entered into the
University of Hard Knocks where I became a thirty-four year
student. A Scholar Student.
I started working at age fourteen having lied (an ability I got
better at as I got older) about my age to be able to work as a
gas station attendant. Gas was .25 cents a gallon then and you
sat in your car while we pumped the gas as well as a whole lot
of other things they don’t do any more these days.
I joined the
U.S. Air Force in 1975 but only long enough for them to give me
an Honorable Discharge after just thirty-one days. The great and
ever so changing weather in San AntonioTexas
brought about my asthma in such a way the Air Force didn’t want
I married my
first wife in 1977 just to get out from my parents home, which
is where I had to go when I left Texas
because I had no other place to go. After ten years and two
children we divorced.
At that time
I was a Broward Sheriffs Deputy and had been on the popular show
“cops” not as the key officer but seen on the show in action. I
have been apart in many of issues during my time behind a badge
from birth of children in my hands to death in those same hands.
Twelve years as a law enforcement officer ended with yet one
more of those bad choices in my life again.
By this time
I had remarried to the one woman that I have ever truly loved
and I am still married to today. She had an eight-year-old
daughter whom I adopted and I consider my daughter, which gives
me three children, one son and two daughters, three
grandchildren, five cats and a dog. But over the years I have
had many pets, some that I was able to keep hidden from my
parents long enough to be able to release them back into the
spending two weeks here in EastTN the summer of 1994 I fell in love with this place
and we moved here, the wife, the kids and me. I had no job, no
plans of where to live and very little money.
The one thing I have never been is out of work long. I have done
many things in order to provide for my family. I will always be
able to say I work hard and I am proud of what I do, no matter
what it is.
At age 48 I
had a good job for a company that is known around the world. I
made good money but I felt that sense of “I have not done what I
was put here to do” feeling. I met Todd T. Claiborne at a
barbershop and listened to him talk about his company to the
people there that day. Following that up and hearing Todd Say
several times to several of his employees while I was filling
out an application “make us proud” he would say as they left his
office told me that I was in the right place. I quit what I
thought was a good job and began what I know was a great job.
employed currently (my testimony will explain the change) at a
company in Knoxville, TN called TnWaste and pronounced
“ten-waste” and my official title is Sales Manager/Special
Operations Manager. We are a Construction and Demolition waste
hauling company with portable toilets for construction or any
event. My accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior is believe it or
not related to my job and not my church.
I am an
active Member In New Beverly Baptist Church; a team member for
an organization called Locked Down On the Outside; assist the
Lost Sheep Ministry each Wednesday evening by providing portable
toilets to the homeless people and the volunteers of Knoxville
TN under interstate 40; helped out with the remodel of an 111
year old Church in Knoxville TN for an organization called The
Royal Chaplin Corps; Employ people from Knoxville Area Rescue
Ministry and Connect Ministry.
All of this so far to some might seem like a lot and to others
just a little. To me it is eternity because I live for our Lord
now and this bio is only a small part of me. My testimony will
explain just what I mean by this. Because I accepted Jesus
Christ as my Savior in September 2009. Join Christ and me as I
share with you some more about me and most of all how on that
day at that unexpected location I found Christ. And oh how he
has changed my life since.
June 29, 2010
Testimony by Maxine Raines
of Lost Sheep Ministries was once a lost sheep. She was left
homeless at the age of six when her alcoholic father left the
family. Her mother was mentally ill so that left Maxine to care
for herself, her brother and her mother. She searched dumpsters
for food and the railroad tracks for the coal they needed for
heat. She knew for many years what it was like to be hungry and
destitute. During her mother’s periodic breakdowns the children
would be taken to John Tarleton Children’s Home.
married at the age of fifteen but it just lasted a few weeks.
She later married again at the age of seventeen and it lasted
forty-eight years until the death of her husband nine years
ago. She has lived through the deaths of two of her children
and now has one daughter and two grandchildren. She tells you
this in the same breath as she says, “The Lord is good.”
Maxine became a part of Women’s Aglow. It is an organization
that teaches women to be Christian leaders. In 1990, at a
Women’s Aglow conference, in Washington, D.C., laid it on
Maxine’s heart to go back to the streets. Lost Sheep Ministries
was born; that was twenty years ago. This ministry serves the
homeless, destitute, drug addicted, alcoholic and poor members
They minister in music, prayer and they are God’s hands. Every
Wednesday night they are under the McGhee Street/I-40 Bridge,
giving food, clothing, and meeting any need that is present.
They work with many other organizations to provide all areas of
health care, housing, education and anything else that the
people need. This is no small feat since there are 400-500
people present that need help. This is no small feat since
there are 400-500 people that need help.
Saturday night from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Maxine is bar hopping in
the Old City. She is looking for the at-risk youth and she
finds them. You will also find the ministry under the James
White Parkway Bridge in the Old City fixing hot dogs and
ministering to around 300 “kids”. The ministry helps “kids”
that have overdosed and from time to time, ones that have been
stabbed and beaten. They get them the help they need. Lost
Sheep Ministry also offers a free nine month Christian
Rehabilitation Program that is part of Teen Challenge. You
don’t have to be a teenager to participate. The main help Lost
Sheep offers is prayer and someone to talk to. It’s powerful.
hopping every Saturday night until 4 a.m., you will find Maxine
at church early Sunday morning. That’s pretty good for a woman
who is 73 years of age. You will also find every one that
serves in her ministry in church as well, she insists on it.
Lost Sheep is a non-profit organization and is solely run by
volunteers. The volunteers come from nine different counties,
students from the University of Tennessee, and 12 different
denominations of churches. They need all the help they can
“It all started from a pack of bologna and a package of buns.”
They need blankets, clothing, food, and money. The address is
1444 Breda Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. If you would like to
help, please call 865-688-9636.
June 22, 2010
Frank is a native Tennessean. He worked at TVA
for a couple of years and then taught geography and history in
KnoxCounty for almost 40 years.
He has been involved with music
most of his life and is the music director at Union Cumberland
Presbyterian Church in Farragut.
Frank and his wife Cheryl have
four children and four grandchildren. He is a born-again, Bible
believing, spirit-filled Christian who believes that we should
glorify God in everything we do.
Frank believes very strongly that
Americans should not only be patriotic, but should know what our
country has gone through.
Today the phrase "God and
Country" is often taken for granted, but he thinks that we
should always remember who we are and how we got here.
Frank will be presenting is called "Why the Wise Men Came." Why
in the world would intelligent, educated men see "anything" in
the sky at night and go "anywhere?" The American tradition
today is quite different from the marvelous story that the Bible
He will be utilizing the Old and New
June 15, 2010
Joe Lynch is a Senior Associate in the Knoxville, Tennessee
office of Wimberly,
Lawson, Wright, Daves & Jones, PLLC,
which he joined in 2004. His law
practice includes an emphasis in premises liability, commercial
law, wills and estates, real estate transactions and the defense
of workers' compensation claims for employers. Joe received his
Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, from Carson-Newman
College and his law degree from The University of Tennessee
School of Law. He is a deacon and member of Covenant
Presbyterian Church. Joe is a member of the Knoxville Bar
Association and Tennessee Bar Association.
Compensation Employment Law, Labor Law Premises Liability,
Commercial Law Real Estate Transactions, Estate Planning, Bar
Admissions: Tennessee, 2003 U.S. District Court-Eastern District
of Tennessee, 2006
Education: University of Tennessee
College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2002, J.D., Carson-Newman
College, 1999, B.A.
Professional Associations and Memberships:Knoxville Bar Association Member,
Tennessee Bar Association Member, Mid-South Workers' Association
Member, West Knox Human Resource Association Member, Tennessee
Valley Human Resource Association Member, Oak Ridge Human
Resource Association Member, Loudon Monroe Human Resource
Association Member, Bernice Houle, Legal Assistant.
June 8, 2010
Testimony by Zachary Henry III
Zachary Henry was born in September of 1986, the firstborn son
of Zachary Henry, Jr. and Linda Henry. Together with his four
brothers, Zachary was blessed with a homeschool education
throughout his primary education. Zachary is now a senior at
Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, working on
getting his undergraduate degree in Government with a focus on
American Politics and Policy. This past spring, Zachary,
together with two of his fellow students, started the George
Wythe Review, a peer-reviewed domestic policy journal published
by Patrick Henry College. In addition to his studies, Zachary is
a captain of the Patrick Henry College soccer team, a member of
the campus security force, as well as a tutor and mentor to
other students. As a means to apply his education, Zachary has
had the opportunity to work part-time for ParentalRights.Org, a
non-profit organization that seeks to preserve traditional
God-given parental rights through grassroots organization and
lobbying for the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States
Constitution. This past spring, he was in charge of overseeing
the grassroots development in several southeastern states. When
not at school, Zachary resides with his family and their two
dogs in St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland. Zachary has many
interests including reading, theology, music, baseball,
carpentry, and politics. Just to be certain that nobody confuses
the two due to their strong family resemblance, Zachary is the grandson of our own
June 1, 2010
Boissineau grew up as an “Air force Brat”. He accepted Jesus
Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 10 while living in
San Angelo, Texas, (during Summer Bible School). The family
lived in San Angelo
for three and one half years and I was involved in school and
was transferred from Texas to Okinawa, Japan where I spent the
next three years. While living in Japan, I can only remember
attending Church a couple of times, and that is when I began
distancing myself from the WORD. I got caught up in worldly
we were transferred to Minot, North Dakota. My father retired
from the Air Force in 1976, and we moved to Knoxville, TN.
turned seventeen my relationship with Jesus Christ was almost
non-existent. From the age of 17-49, my life was in shambles; I
was involved in gang activities, alcohol and drugs. During that
time line I was married twice, divorced twice, and have a son
from my first marriage.
evening of September 28, 2009, at the age of 50, I gave it all
to God, and received Jesus Christ back into my life.
May 25, 2010
Testimony by Janis Stone -
A message of hope & restoration for lost souls inside and
outside the church walls.
Janis resigned as Director, East TN American Diabetes
Association where she served for the past six years in order to
seek God’s call & direction for her life. Previously, she worked
in corporate sales/marketing for large companies such as Eli
and Dale Carnegie Training.
She is a
native Floridian and graduate of University of Central Florida
with a B.A in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations and minor
in piano performance.
traumatic childhood set her up for a series of events and
choices well into adulthood but in 1982 ultimately drove her
into the arms of Jesus Christ the “lover and restorer of her
In 1989, the
scripture Psalm 139:23-24 became rhema for her.
and know my heart, see if there be any “wicked”way in me and lead me in the way everlasting”. After
doing an extensive word study, she found that “wicked” in
this particular scripture actually means pain or sorrow in the
Greek. Everlasting means “ancient time of the past”.
the Greek definitions it would read “Search me
oh God and know my heart, see if there be any wounded painful,
sorrowful way in me and lead me on a journey through my past.”
the next few decades in counseling rooms, 12-step groups, and
fulltime ministry with troubled runaways and throwaways at the
House of Hope www.houseofhopeorlando.org,
message is now one of hope and restoration for lost souls:
inside and outside church walls.
married to local artist and cross maker Rusty Stone who
volunteers with Lost Sheep Ministry. www.lostsheepministry.org
The two have
powerful stories and God is “working all things together for His
good and His glory”. They reside in West Knoxville with two gorgeous four-legged furry children. For
speaking engagements you may contact:
Play Stop Pause
May 18, 2010
Testimony by Officer Randy
Ever since Officer Myers was six years old, he always
wanted to be a police officer. After he was saved at the age of
14 he thought that dream was over. Just as most fears of any 14
year old, he thought that after he gave his life to Jesus that
He would ask him to go live in a grass hut somewhere in the
jungle but that didn’t happen.
Officer Myers has been in law enforcement (LE) since 1990
serving with Belle Police Dept in Belle, WV and Anderson County
Sheriff’s Office in Clinton, TN. He is
currently serving with the Oak Ridge Police Department as their
Public Relations Officer.
Officer Myers has been married to his wife for 24 years and
they have three teen agers.
He has an Associates Degree in Police Science from Roane State
Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Church Ministry from
The Sure Foundation Theological Institute. He has received
numerous accommodations and awards in his 20 year career
including a “Life saving” medal in 1997 from the American Police
Hall of Fame.
He is the Founder and CEO of a
ministry called, “International C.O.P.S. Ministries”. From
2003-2007 the ministry was praying for 58 law enforcement
personnel in the local area of Anderson County, Knox County and
Campbell County. But in July of 2007 God began to grow the
In a little over eight months the ministry began to pray
for over 200 law enforcement personnel in 23 states. In an
additional ten months later they began to pray for over 400 law
enforcement personnel in 30 states. Today they are praying for
over 500 law enforcement personnel in 35 states and they also
have families praying for LE personnel in two other countries. (Canada
To this day the ministry continues to grow under the
leadership of the Holy Spirit. Officer Myers says, “It is
because of Him that we have been able to accomplish the things
we have accomplished.”
His goal for himself and the ministry is to follow HIM
where ever He leads him and the ministry. To be able to share
the love of Christ and to see Him save souls!
May 11, 2010
Bell is the owner of The Manna Bagel Co., a bakery-café located
in Bristol, TN. He is also involved with commercial property
management. Mr. Bell serves as the chairman of the Tri-Cities
Restoration of Israel steering committee (TROI), which helps
send humanitarian aid to Israel. He also serves as a board
member of the Cyrus Foundation and the Rotary Club of Bristol,
TN/VA for 2010/2011. Mr. Bell is also a Messianic Jewish Rabbi
and leader of Lion of Judah Messianic Congregation of Bristol,
TN. He is also the Executive Director of For Zion’s Sake
Ministries, Inc. For Zion’s Sake is an outreach ministry
featuring a monthly teaching newsletter called “The Zion
Letter,” a weekly television program on Living Faith Television
called “For Zion’s Sake,” and a teaching ministry to the Church
featuring “Messiah in the Passover,” Rabbi Bell’s personal
testimony and other messages from the Word. Rabbi Bell lives in
Bristol, TN with his wife Dawn, a former DC-10 Pilot with
Northwest Airlines, and their two sons.
May 4, 2010
Testimony by Sherry Witt
Sherry Witt is the Knox County
Register of Deeds, becoming the first female ever elected to
that office in August of 2008. A native of Knoxville, Sherry is
a graduate of Fulton High School and holds a B.A.
degree from the University of Tennessee. She has also earned a Certified Public Administrator designation from
the University of Tennessee Center for Government Training.
Including her tenure as Chief
Deputy, Sherry has been an employee of the Register of Deeds
office since 1984. She is a former President of the East
Tennessee Register’s Association. An active member of the
Republican Party, Sherry has served as an officer for the
Executive Committee, as well as in numerous Republican Clubs in
the Knoxville area.
Sherry’s community involvement
has also been an important part of her life, including
memberships in various civic organizations, such as Boys and
Girls Clubs, school PTO and the Dogwood Arts Festival. She has
served on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of America,
and has been a volunteer in numerous community fundraising
Sherry has been a member of
Corryton Church for the past
15 years. She currently resides in the Fountain City area and has two daughters, Shay, a 2006 graduate of East Tennessee State University, and Chelsey, who works with Tennessee Oral Surgery
April 27, 2010
Testimony by LTC (Ret) Fred Mynatt Jr.
Fred was born in Knoxville and attended East High school where
he graduated in 1960. He enrolled at the University of
Tennessee in 1960 and graduated with a degree in Business
Administration in 1965. After graduation, he joined the USAF
with a commission from the Air Force ROTC program at UT and
entered Navigator flight training at Mather AFB, California.
After completion of flight school, he was stationed at Little
Rock AFB, Arkansas and later at Beale AFB, California. He was a
flight training instructor on KC-135 E model tankers which
provided air refueling support for the SR-71 reconnaissance
aircraft. After 10 years on active duty, He joined the 134th
Air Refueling unit here at McGhee Tyson where he was a full time
Air Guard member as a flight training instructor and evaluator.
He retired as a Lt Colonel from the Air Guard in 1997 after
accumulating over 31 years and 8000 hours of flying time and
duty in the Viet Nam and Desert Storm conflicts. After retiring
from the Air Guard, he worked for 10 years as a sales consultant
at Lexus of Knoxville until 2007. He is now retired and devotes
most of his time to his ministry with his best friend Frank
Galbraith. Fred has 2 sons and a daughter. One son lives in
Pleasanton, Ca where he is a consultant for a medical research
firm and the other son lives in Knoxville, employed by a local
collection agency. His daughter is married with 2 children and
lives in Louisville Kentucky. Fred and his wife Kim now live in
the Farragut community and attend Park West
Church of God.
Fred attended Trinity Chapel for over 12 years where he was one
of the first cell group leaders in his home while living in
Maryville. He also was part of the prison ministry team which
ministered at Morgan County prison each month for 7 years .
While at Trinity, he founded a ministry along with his best
friend, Frank Galbraith which later became known as Kingdom Builders Ministries.
The primary purpose of the ministry was to teach creation from a
Biblical perspective along with other Bible based seminars.
Additional information on our ministry can be seen on our web
During the last 17 years, we have had the opportunity to travel
with Steve Fatow to Ecuador and Costa Rica on mission trips to
conduct our seminar. We also have had the opportunity to
minister in Romania and Costa Rica each year for the last 10
years as well as many churches in the Knoxville area. Many
people have committed their life to Christ and have had their
faith increased during the presentation we call Young Earth Seminar
which refutes evolution and shows scientific evidence to support
the Biblical account of creation. Their mission as they present
these seminars is to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ and advance the Kingdom of God, and to further strengthen
your knowledge and faith by teaching sound Biblical principles.
April 20, 2010
Testimony by Bryan Keith
Bryan Keith was born and raised
in Knoxville and now lives and works in Jacksboro, TN. He has
been married to his wife, Pam for 18 years and he has 3 boys.
His oldest son, Bryan, is on his way into the Air Force. His 2
youngest sons, Thomas and Andrew, are in middle school.
Although born into a church going, God fearing family, Bryan
went through a time when God was not his number one focus.
Raised by a hard working, single mother, he fell victim to the
popular temptations of the world. Through trials and
tribulations, he has not only found his way back to the Lord but
he has been a great leader at home, at work, and at his church.
He has been employed at Holston Gases for 18 years. Starting
out driving a delivery truck, he worked hard and moved into
sales and currently into management. Midway through his career,
he returned to college and received his B.A. in Business
Administration. Bryan has been very active at Corryton Church
since he joined 16 years ago. His passion is the Upward
Basketball and Football programs. From coaching to refereeing,
you can always find Bryan mentoring kids of all ages. During
the summer, when he is not working, you can find him on Norris
Lake holding a fishing pole.
Play Stop Pause
April 13, 2010
Testimony by Jerry Jones
My name is
Jerry Jones. I was born and raised in the Gibbs community of
County where I still reside. My wife Janice and I have been
married for 41 years. We have four children, five grandchildren
and two more arriving soon.
and the University of Tennessee. I worked several years in
consumer product sales as a Key Account Supervisor for the Dial
Corporation. As a victim of downsizing, I began a new career
with the Postal Service where I am currently employed.
I am a combat
veteran, having served with the 1st Cavalry Division
in Vietnam and Cambodia. I saw action as an infantry squad
leader and I am a Purple Heart recipient.
My real life
began at the age of 12 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord
and Savior. I was once the top sales rep in the United States
and I have metals, which proclaim me as a man of valor, but
those honors pale in comparison to the significance I have found
in serving the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I have
found a joy, which cannot be equaled by anything this world has
to offer. I am on a wonderful journey and my final destination
is Heaven! There is someone God wants me to be and there is
something He wants me to do. Each day I learn more about my
purpose here. I would love to share my story with you and help
you realize your purpose.
April 6, 2010
Testimony by Cliff Johnson
born July 21, 1930 in the State of Iowa. He lived at Sunshine
Mission and Foster Homes. Later, his mother became a Christian,
and made a home for her and Cliff ("we were poor").
At the age of
eleven (11), while on the way to work as a pinsetter for a
“bowling-alley” to help support the family, a car ran him down
and his leg was broken. It was during that convalescence that
Cliff came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
high school days Cliff excelled in athletics’, and received
letters in Football, basketball and Track. As a teenager he
worked for Milwaukee Railroad. In 1951 Cliff joined the United
States Navy, and served during the Korean War.
Cliff married his wife Shirley. They are the parents of four (4)
boys, having lost their second son to leukemia; they are
extremely compassionate to those who have lost a child.
adult life Cliff taught Sunday school classes for forty (40)
years. While working for Union Carbide Cliff was caught up in
an industrial accident that involved “ammonia-gas”, and
retired. He and his wife moved to Knoxville, TN in 1992.
Meanwhile the severity of being exposed to such a high level of
ammonia gas left him with serious health issues. He was
hospitalized several times and on one occasion Shirley had to
perform CPR while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
extended hospital stay Cliff returned home, prayed to God for
healing, and was prayed for by his friends. This led him to
seek an “herb” store, in search of three (3) herbs (that were
herb treatment (after three months Cliff was normal) never had
an attack again. Cliff’s healing occurred fourteen (14) years
ago, and he now enjoys golf, walking, doing chores, and telling
others about the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. According
to Cliff, “God has been so good to me”.
Due to a technical problem, Tamara's Testimony will be
temporarily unavailable. We will post is as soon as possible.
You don't want to miss it!
March 30, 2010
Testimony by Tammi Tamara Gauldin
mountains of mercy and “great big” piles of grace, I remain
on my way to fulfilling an immeasurable calling that is just
right for me. Coming from a wonderful family of modest
means, I learned the importance of relationships of the
family unit. My parents, Marvin Dean Gauldin and Shenella
Ruth Gauldin gave me what I needed, when I needed it, and
how much I needed – regardless of the sticker price. If I
asked for $20 for dinner, my dad would give me $7, and
explain that $7 is what I needed. That very simple
statement evolved into a lifestyle where I desire to assist
people in getting “WHAT THEY NEED!”
that I was a prophet (all baby Christians do this...don’t
they?), I ambitiously became a voice for YoungLife in
highschool. I spoke about the goodness of God on several
platforms whenever I had the opportunity. As a freshman in
high school (or a “two-year-old” Christian), I began raising
money to take alternative spring breaks to do service work.
This compulsion to serve continued through college, and I
participated in mission trips to Chicago, Kentucky, and
South Carolina. Realizing that “all nations” permeated
beyond the United States, in 2001, I went on a three- month
mission trip to Senegal, Africa. In ways I didn’t understand
until years later, God showed up on that trip. That trip
changed my life and rocked my faith, as I endured
psychological and emotional wounds that handicapped “me” for
years. I became confused regarding “the workings of God” and
“the workings of the devil posed in sheep’s clothes.” As I
struggled with my own “faith shake,” I felt incapable of
sharing with others insight as to what they needed.
trip to Senegal, “I” decided that I would never participate
in overseas missions again. “I” was convinced that mission
work was not God’s will for me. “I” felt as though I needed
a break, and that my calling was not in the ministry. So I
took a three-year detour that reads as follows:
earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Union University in
Jackson, Tennessee, where she double majored in Political
Science and Social Work. Tamara was also a collegiate
athlete and played four years for the Union University Lady
Bulldog Basketball team. After graduating from Union
University in 2002, Tamara earned her Doctor of
Jurisprudence Degree in 2005 from the University of
Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. Her legal career in
private practice took her to Nashville, Tennessee, which has
provided her great opportunities in her community. Tamara is
an active member of Born Again Church, an assistant
basketball coach at St. Cecilia Academy, member of a
non-profit board of directors, and member of the Napier
Looby Bar Association. T. Tamara Gauldin is a practicing
trial Associate in the Nashville office of ____________.
Her law practice includes an emphasis on defense of workers’
compensation claims for employers, premises liability
defense, and employment law.
“detour” found me focused on becoming a great attorney and
keeping God just close enough to sooth my conscience.
While I sought
to distance myself from God – a foolish and a dangerous trek –
God had other plans. In January of 2009, God showed up and
showed out! My job had become the main focus of my life, and He
took that away, along with the things that distracted me from
Him. While I was laid off from my job, I attended a one-week
women’s conference with my church. During that conference, it
became clear to me that God wanted me to go overseas...AGAIN! It
seemed that, perhaps, missions are just a part of who I am.
Knowing that God does not give ultimatums, I signed up for an
August, 2009 Mission Trip to Chapelton, Jamaica, even though I
wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for it. In short order,
however, I learned that God would provide the resources to fund
the trip. In April, 2009, I was hired with Wimberly Lawson
Seale Wright & Daves, PLLC. Given my personality, I was hesitant
to continue with the mission trip so soon after starting my new
position. I felt as though I had not worked for the firm long
enough to take off 14 days. But I gathered the courage to
silence the devil and I requested the time off from work. Guess
what: the trip was approved. The firm has totally embraced me
and this firm truly is carried by the blessings of many of its
faithful attorneys – my how you can feel it!
trip to Jamaica, I realized that “I am enough”...5’8”, thin,
dark complected, brilliant smile, with a J.D. degree,
thoughtful, witty, logical, friendly, teachable, loveable,
childless, and husbandless.... “I am enough.” In Jamaica, God
used me. That same girl who had vowed never to step foot
overseas for missions again, provided others with WHAT THEY
NEEDED – Christ!
March 23, 2010
Tony has served
as Pastor of Valley Grove Baptist Church(Ball Camp) since
January 1990. For most of this time he served as bi-vocational
pastor, while working full time for the United States Postal
Service (USPS). He retired from the USPS in August 2009. Tony
and his wife of 28 years, Lynda, are both natives of Knoxville
and have two adult daughters.
testimony is about the faithfulness of God. Although he wasn’t
raised in a “church going home” God called him into the ministry
at the age of 17. Truly his life is evidence that God “..is able
to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to
his power that is a work within us.” Ephesians 3:20
March 16, 2010
Married to my
lovely lady (M.L.L.) Flora, soon to be sixteen years. Flora had
two daughters from a first marriage. Her first two husbands are
with the Lord, also, she says I am her last one ... enough
already! Flora is a fine Christian woman. I was married to my
first wife, Marjorie for 42 years. We had five daughters.
Marjorie is with the Lord. She was a fine Christian woman.
Between Flora and I, we have seven daughters. The neat thing
about these seven daughters is they are all Christians, they
believe in Jesus Christ as their Christian Savior. No one can
take them out of our Father's hand.
Back in the early 1980's, I met Phil Lawson, a lawyer from
Knoxville, TN. Our company hired Phil to come to our plant in
Northwest Ohio to help us defend against the Union's attempts to
unionize our plant. I was plant manager at the time. With Phil's
help, we remained non union. Phil knew I was a Christian and he
asked me to come share my testimony and story with you folks. I
agreed. I will speak at the KFL on March 16th to share with you
how Jesus saved me from following in my father and older
brother's footsteps, thank Jesus.
March 9, 2010
Testimony by Steve Fatow
Steve was born to Jewish parents in 1948 in New York. Steve
accepted Jesus Christ as Lord at 22 years of age and married his
wife Sandy at 23. Steve and Sandy have been married for 37
years and have two daughters, seven grandchildren, and another
on the way in early February!
Steve has served as pastor of
Trinity Chapel Church in
Knoxville, Tennessee for 26 years. Before coming to Knoxville,
Steve and Sandy lived in Miami, Florida.
30 years, Steve has traveled monthly to more than 60 countries,
conducting crusades and pastor conferences.
Steve and Sandy have appeared on 100 Hunt Street in Canada, TBN,
and The 700 Club a number of times and they remain today “on
fire” for the Lord.
can view select Trinity Chapel services locally on TBN, Comcast
Channel 40, on Fridays at 4:30 p.m.
March 2, 2010
Testimony by Rusty and Janis Stone
Isaiah 46:10 God declares the end from the beginning!
experienced a diabetic coma at 15 months old, the enemy began
trying to “take me out” very early on.
smoking and drinking heavily at age 14 leading to severe drug
use and drug dealing at age 18 and continuing for the next 24
car accidents, 18 drug/alcohol rehab centers including Teen
Challenge and open-heart surgery could not keep me away from
I lost everything; a great career in the building materials
industry and all the “stuff” ending up homeless on the streets
of Knoxville where I met Maxine Raines, Founder of Lost Sheep
Lost Sheep sent me to a Christian rehab program, Mission teens
and it was there that I accepted my Savior. Born again and
baptized in the Holy Spirit, and now a new creation.
like to say that upon my new birth, I never used cocaine again,
but that is not my story. I slipped over and over for several
years trying to stay clean but by the grace of God was able to
make it back time and again. His grace is given in measures. He
hath given me much!
and those I loved repeatedly helped along the way through prayer
and support, but I was not finished. I kept going back to Egypt,
as I could not accept this thing called GRACE.
In 2000, I
met the love of my life and desired to lay down the former
love of my life, cocaine. My inability to control my anger sent
me back out again.
to stay clean over the next few years, I grew emotionally and
spiritually but could not completely surrender. The realm of the
soul caused me much trouble as I could not control my emotions
and could not live life on life’s terms.
In 2002, I
entered another Teen Challenge Program where I learned
the trade that has now become an art and entry to my calling.
after being clean for 1.5 yrs, God allowed my path to cross
again with Janis and we married in 2006 at Park West Church. We
have been married for four years.
too has a powerful testimony of God’s healing power and has a
heart for the wounded. We speak in churches, youth groups,
clubs/organizations and set up the cross display in crafts
shows, flea markets etc… The cross ministry is an avenue to
reach the broken by sharing the “Good News”.
lives are touched and moved toward Jesus. A portion of the cross
proceeds go to the Lost Sheep Ministries where I donate my time
as a volunteer. For more testimonial documents from Rusty and
Janis visit the KFL Print Library Page: http://kfl-luncheon.com/kfl_print_library.htm.
February 23, 2010
Testimony by Ben Lawson
Due to a
birth defect, Ben had open heart surgery at 8 months old. He
also struggled in school because of learning disabilities.
Through it all, the Lord gave him a spirit of perseverance and
resilience that allowed him to become an Eagle Scout and
graduate from Boyce College with a Bachelor of Science and from
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in
Christian Education. While in seminary, Ben served as the Youth
and Discipleship Minister for 2 area churches. Also, he
completed a Clinical Pastoral Education at The University of
married to Amanda and has 2 beautiful, healthy children, Clark
and Emma Kate. This past year Ben faced a heart transplant, but
instead of providing a heart, the Lord provided healing. After
a 5 day stay in Vanderbilt Hospital and being prepped for their
heart transplant list, the doctors performed a Cardiac MRI that
showed healing in Ben’s heart that was not there before. Ben
has been given the opportunity to share his testimony about his
struggles and surrender, his health and healing.
Ben has recently been accepted into the doctoral
program at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas
Ben works for the Campbell County School System as an assistant
to a principal and is the part time Youth Minister at Caryville
First Baptist Church. He also serves as the Chaplain for the
Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and Jail. His goal in
ministry is to encourage others to completely surrender their
lives to Christ. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is
the wellspring of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
February 16, 2010
Testimony by Jesse Warren
grew up on a dairy farm in northern Indiana. He was the
youngest of seven children but grew up as an only child.
He is a
product of the Vietnam
era. He joined the Navy in 1966. He served in Vietnam July
1967 - July 1968. His next assignment was the USS Concord AFS5
August 1968 - December 1969, when his tour of duty was
complete. While on the ship, he met a fellow shipmate who, by
way of the U. S. Mail, introduced him to Betty, his wife of 39
married and lived in Indiana.
God put them across the street from First Baptist Church of
Argos. He wasn’t a Christian then, but God had a plan for them
there. Through the love that the people at that church extended
to them, he learned of God’s love. On April 2, 1971, he asked
the Lord to be his Savior. He changed, but something was still
missing. The Lord dealt with him and impressed upon him that
although he had asked the Lord to be his Savior, he hadn’t asked
Him to be Lord. He got on his knees and made Jesus his Lord.
Since then there have been no doubts.
February 9, 2010
Testimony by Dave Gorden
works with Organizations who want to provide exceptional service
and with Managers who want to develop the full potential of
He works with Key Management to create a cultures that fosters
service, both internally and externally. Dave conducts Keynote
Presentations and Workshops that are designed to boost morale
and get people focused on a common goal. We may also create
tools and materials that support the learning process and help
people put ideas into action. Dave always does his homework and
everything we do is “planned”, not “canned.” We will facilitate
a strong “Team” effort. TEAM stands for Together Everyone
Dave is a
former executive of the CBS television Network and has been the
Personal Agent for Olivia Newton-John, The Osmonds, Tony Orlando
& Dawn and several other top artists. He has always been in the
“People Business.” He has been a Foster Parent to 57 different
children over 14 years.
He has earned
the designation of Certified Speaking Professional from the
National Speakers Association. CSP is the highest earned
designation and it recognizes a commitment to ongoing education,
proven speaking experience and ethical behavior. In addition, he
has been honored with the Speaker Hall of Fame award, which is
considered the Academy Award of the Speaking Profession.
president of the National Speakers Association in 1999 and 2000.
Clients often say that his energy and enthusiasm are
contagious. He really does not believe in Religion, but has a
very close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Dave was
born to a Jewish mother and a Catholic father. His parents
divorced when he was 3 months old and he went to live with his
grandparents, who were from Hungary and Austria and of the
Jewish Faith. After attending Hebrew
School for many years, he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.
A ”Bar Mitzvah” literally means “son of the commandment.” “Bar”
is “son” in Aramaic, which used to be the vernacular of the
Jewish people. ”Mitzvah” is “commandment” in both Hebrew and
Aramaic. Technically, the term refers to the child who is coming
of age, and it is strictly correct to refer to someone as
“becoming a bar mitzvah.” However, the term is more commonly
used to refer to the coming of age ceremony itself, and you are
more likely to hear that someone is “having a bar mitzvah.”
Under Jewish Law, children are not obligated to observe the
commandments; although they are encouraged to do so as much as
possible to learn the obligations they will have as adults. At
the age of 13, children become obligated to observe the
commandments. The bar mitzvah ceremony formally marks the
assumption of that obligation, along with the corresponding
right to take part in leading religious celebrations, to count
in a minyan (the minimum number of people needed to perform
certain parts of religious services), to form binding contracts,
to testify before religious courts and to marry.
A Jewish boy automatically becomes a bar mitzvah upon reaching
the age of 13 years. The popular bar mitzvah ceremony is not
required, and does not fulfill any commandment. It is certainly
not necessary to have a bar mitzvah in order to be considered a
Jew! The bar mitzvah is a relatively modern innovation, not
mentioned in the Talmud, and the elaborate ceremonies and
receptions that are commonplace today were unheard of as
recently as a century ago.
Today, it is common practice for the bar mitzvah celebrant to do
much more than just say the blessing. It is most common for the
celebrant to learn the entire haftorah portion, including its
traditional chant, and recite that. In some congregations, the
brant reads the entire weekly torah portion, or leads part of
the service, or leads the congregation in certain important
prayers. The celebrant is also generally required to make a
speech, which traditionally begins with the phrase “today I am a
man.” The father traditionally recites a blessing thanking
God for removing the burden of being responsible for the son's
sins (because now the child is old enough to be held responsible
for himself). In modern times, the religious service is followed
by a reception that is often as elaborate as a wedding
reception. At the age 12, Dave felt called to the Ministry and
studied to be a Cantor. At the age of 15, he read the book that
he had been told not to read, the New Testament. As someone who
had been waiting for the Messiah, he discovered that the Savior
had already been here and if he would accept Jesus as his
personal Savior, he would be saved. On February 9th, Dave will
share what Paul Harvey would call: “The Rest of the Story.”
Joe is married to
his wife of 22 years, Amanda. They are members of Beaverdale
Joe currently serves Knox County, Tennessee, as its chief
deputy law director. Joe came to saving, personal relationship
with Jesus Christ during his service overseas as a United States
Army Combat Arms Officer in 1984. He has been practicing local
government law since 1989, during which time he served Polk
County, Florida (population 554,000), as its County Attorney,
Manatee County as an Assistant County Attorney, and the Florida
Association of County Attorneys (FACA) as its president. He is
the 2009 recipient of FACA’s Gordon Johnston Ethics and
Professionalism for Local Government Attorneys Award. Joe is
a Federal and Circuit Civil Mediator who holds the Bachelor of
Science Degree in Criminal Justice, from Troy State University
(W. Germany Campus), the Masters in Public Administration from
Central Michigan University, the Juris Doctor from Stetson
University College of Law, and a post-Graduate Certificate in
Public Management from the University of South Florida. He is a
former active duty United States Army Combat Arms Officer and
former United States Air Force Special Agent with 10 years
overseas service, and a graduate of the Army’s Airborne and
Armored Cavalry Schools and the United States Air Force Special
Investigations Academy. An award-winning writer, Joe has
published over 85 articles in various professional journals such
as the Florida Bar Journal, the Tennessee Bar Journal,
City, The Agenda, published by the City, County & Local
Government Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Alternative
Dispute Resolution News published by the Tennessee Dispute
Resolution Commission, DICTA, published by the Knoxville
Bar Association, Public Risk Journal, published by the
Public Risk & Insurance Management Association (PRIMA),
Public Management, published by the International City &
County Managers Association (ICMA) and the Stetson University
College of Law, Law Review. His writing awards include the
Florida Bar, Osee R. Fagan, Legal Writing Award,
The Florida Association of County Attorneys Legal Writing
Award, and has been named Public Risk Management
Magazine’s ‘Author of the Year’ for 2005 & 2006. He
is a recipient of the Florida Bar, City, County, & Local
Government Section Chair’s Service Award. He has recently
presented blocks of instruction on behalf of FACA, the Florida
Bar, the Tennessee Judicial Conference, the National Association
of Counties, the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association, the
Tennessee & Knoxville Bar Associations, the University of
Tennessee College of Law, The International Municipal Attorneys
Association, Stetson University College of Law and the
International City & County Managers Association.
January 26, 2010
Testimony by Charles
Pastor (Interim) - 300 members
Creek Baptist - Sevier County, Tennessee
2000 Pastor - 2,800 members
Baptist Church - Sevierville, Tennessee
1990 Pastor - 3,200 members
Baptist Church - Hendersonville, North Carolina
1978 Pastor - 2,000 members
Avenue Baptist Church - Bristol, Virginia
1972 Assistant to Pastor - 16,000 members
Baptist Church - Dallas, Texas
1968 Assistant Pastor - 200 members
Baptist Church - Greeneville, Tennessee
November 22, 1940
July 24, 1971
Noel (35), Joshua (32)
Grandchildren: Zacheriah, Levi, Ava & Colton
Interests: Reading, Skiing, Travel
Salvation: April 2, 1948
Rossville Baptist Church - Rossville, Georgia
Call: February 1, 1961
Hill Baptist Church - Savannah, Georgia
Ordination: May 7, 1967
Baptist Church - Greenville, Tennessee
Gifts: Preaching, Administration, Mercy
Ministry - 1978
Rice Seminary - Jacksonville, Florida
Divinity - 1972
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Fort Worth, Texas
of Arts - 1967
Carson-Newman College - Jefferson City, Tennessee
High School - Chattanooga, Tennessee
1967 Staff Announcer with WJFC Radio
1964 Sales Manager with Southwestern Publishers
Sports Statistician with WDOD Radio
1959 Record Librarian With WAPO Radio
1958 The Chattanooga Baseball Company
1962 United States Air Force - Special Services Division of
the Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Discharge - 1961
Southern Baptist Convention
2004 Speaker at Ridgecrest
Moldova team member 1984 Ecuador team member
Russia team member 1983 Korea team member
Israel team member 1970 Mexico team member
Africa team member
International Missions Ministry
Revivals, Interim Pastorates, Mission Ministries since 2000
Evangelism Projects - Rhode Island 1967, Pittsburgh 1996
to Lead Continued Witness Training Program 1981
an Evangelistic Church Seminar” 1977
Ambassador Ministry Minnesota 1968
1989 Chairman of Personnel Committee
1989 Member of Administrative Subcommittee
1987 Member of Program and Budget Subcommittee
1988 Moderator - Carolina Baptist Association
Carolina Baptist Association Speaker
Buncombe Baptist Association Speaker
Transylvania Baptist Association Speaker
1983 Evangelism Committee - Carolina Baptist Association
Moderator - Lebanon Baptist Association
2000 Radio Ministry: WMIT, WFGW, WHKP, WOPI, WSEV
2000 Rotary Club Member
Instructor - Billy Graham School of Evangelism
1987 Chaplain for Hendersonville High Football Team
1985 American Cancer Society
1978 Daily host for television program - WCYP-TV
1978 Chaplain for Holiday Inns of Bristol, Virginia
Outstanding Young Men of America - selected by U.S.
Who’s Who in American Religion
Earned private pilot’s license
Judge Frank Ryburn Scholarship recipient - seminary study
no meeting on this date.
January 19, 2010
meeting was cancelled due to a minor fire at the Golden Corral
restaurant. Cliff Johnson will be rescheduled to give his
testimony at a later date.
Play Stop Pause
January 12, 2010
Testimony by Curtis D. Phillips
up in the "Bearden" area of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was active
in athletics a graduated from Bearden High School. Curtis
served with the United States Navy during the latter stages of
the Korean War. After the war, Curtis served the citizens of
as a police officer for fourteen years. After retirement, he
worked in various security activities before joining the State
of Tennessee Department of Child Services, where he served as a
He is married
to his wife of fifty-four years Naomi; they are the
parents of three children (3), Grandparents of eight
grandchildren (8), and the great grandparents of three (3) great
testimony is about God’s ability to heal. The healing takes
place when Christian men and women "who are called by His
name" join together in prayer for another believer. Prayer
is the most powerful weapon on earth, when exercised by God’s
severely burned in a house fire in 1996! He received 2d and 3d
degree burns on his legs (see photos), and there were some
doubts that he would ever walk again without aid. Curtis is now
fully recovered and is doing everything that he did before the
in this healing is this, "there are no scar’s! If not for
photos and hospital records, there would be no evidence of
burns. When God heals there is no need for plastic surgery".
month of October 2006, Curtis Phillips was awarded: The Coveted
Platinum Award; the award is given to citizens who demonstrate
an "Inspirational Attitude" and work to improve "true
support of positive action".
January 5, 2010
Ronald Christopher Clark
Clark uses his rich spiritual experience and knowledge to impact
families, individuals and young people for the Kingdom of
God and the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ronald hails from the
Bluegrass state of Kentucky. He was born on February 24,
1969 and raised in the capital city of Frankfort
and rural Muhlenberg County, which is located in the western
part of the state. He learned many important things from
his urban and rural roots that give him a unique perspective
on life. He is the product of a single parent household,
but had instilled in him and his younger brother, Shawn
Clark, from a very early age, by his very strong mother
Drucilla (Clark) Benton, the qualities of hard work and a
respect for those around him. He uses those experiences as
a platform to speak from concerning the plight that
surrounds the African American male that has been primarily
raised without a father. He was fortunate enough later on
in his teenage years, to have had a step-father, John G.
Benton, who came into his life around the age of 16 through
the relationship and marriage to his mother. He has also
contributed to his growth as a young person and as an adult
and has helped fill the void for a father figure. Ron
speaks passionately and with great conviction about his
spiritual transformation and how God the Father through
Jesus Christ became his father and led him to a commitment
to Him and service toward others. He strives for excellence
in his life because of the esteem God has placed in him.
His love and compassion for people and their needs is
evident in the work that God has allowed him to participate
in on several different ministry areas throughout his life.
He had a profound spiritual experience on May 28, 1989 while
stationed at Yokota Air Force Base located about 30 miles
from Tokyo, Japan. God called him while in a dark and
depressed time in his life, when he had no sense of
direction and purpose. He sensed a profound void that kept
him in a lonely and seemingly lifeless condition. This
condition began to affect his job performance and his
relationships with those around him. He felt down all the
time and unable to focus. The weather even matched his
temperament and attitude during that time. For the first
year of his time in Japan, the area was overtaken with
violent storms that created incredible rainfall. It seemed
like that wherever he turned, the pressures of life began to
take its toll on him and he felt unbearable sadness and
grief. Little did he know that God was placing him in these
circumstances to turn his attention upon Him.
During this time, he wasn’t going to church regularly and
rarely touched his bible. He had went to church during most
of his life growing up, especially during his formative
years in Kentucky, where he was taught the simple principles
of God from a very special Sunday school teacher, by the
name of Mrs. Rutheen Robinson.
After leaving Japan in the summer of 1991, God placed him in
one vineyard after the other, continuing to prove Himself to
him and teaching him many important lessons along the way.
His next step in his journey was to Frankfurt, Germany, Rein
Main Air Force Base to be exact, where he became an integral
part of the chapel service on the base. He continued to be
fed and nurtured through the Lord by many fine and godly
people, too many to name. After his time in Germany, where
the Lord continued to show him His love and direction, he
recognized that he needed to be trained even more in the
things of God, so he decided to go to Bible school and to
end his career in the Air Force. This is where things began
to really take shape and where his faith would be tested and
After a year spent working, going to church and going to
school and involving himself in different activities at the
school, the Lord opened up an opportunity for him to go to
Chicago and continue his biblical training and practical
stewardship. He was invited by a fellow student to work at
a Christian business and at a local church that was located
on the south side of the city. He was formally introduced
through this local body to the teachings and ways of the
Church of God in Christ denomination. The pastor of the
church took an immediate liking to Ron and allowed him
opportunities to minister and share his faith, especially in
the area of youth ministry. While there he also got a
chance to really work in the area of evangelism by
participating in street ministry and sharing his faith at
the local train stations where many people would congregate.