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 Play Stop Pause December 28, 2010

Testimony by Don and Laurann Whetham

Don's 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 cancer.

Although 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.

Laurann's 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.

Laurann attended Carson-Newman 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 Richmond. Upon graduation from Carson-Newman, she decided to teach school, and moved to Northern Virginia near Washington, DC, where she taught for several years.

Don and 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 people.

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.

Don began 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 Knox County 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 Center.

Note:  Our 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 granddad.

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

Born: July 16, 1942 in Knoxville, TN

Family: Barbara (wife), Mitzi (daughter), Angie (daughter), and Tucker (son)

Grandchildren: Dale, Kailey, Hannah, Mary, and Austin

Education: University of TN / Carson-Newman Bible School, BA

Born Again: May 30, 1970 / Following Billy Graham Crusade

Career: Knoxville Fire Department (retired)

Ministry (past): Sunday School Teacher, Evangelism Training, Supply Preaching (KCBA), Jail Ministry (Knox Co.)

Ministry (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!

The 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

Testimony by Judy Martin

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 grandchildren. 

I accepted 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 Corryton Church 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 Fran’s Flowers. 

While working 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 plan. 

Ronnie was 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. 

The drug 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 Duke Hospital 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 health. 

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 (Philippians 4:13).  "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."  NLT

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.

Our first 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 engine bombers.

After 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 Knoxville.

A 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.

I have 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.

I was selected Knoxville’s “Young Man of the Year” in 1955.

I served in both the Lions Club and Sertoma Club and held offices in each.

I am a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club.

I was a member and past Vice President of theTennessee Automobile Dealers Association.

I was a member and past President of the Knoxville Automobile Association. 

I have been a member of Holston Hills Country Club and Deane Hill Country Club.

Boating 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.

I have served as President of our Deane Hill Neighborhood Community Association 5 times.

We enjoy 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 Testimony by Steve Johnson

Some may 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.

I graduated from Powell High 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?

While 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 Army Regiment.


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 his autobiography--What a Life. 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.


Randy’s 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. Hamilton.

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.

After 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.

After 35 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

Christina 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.

The mother 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.

Christina 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

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 mind.

We are the proud parents of Melissa, Jeremiah and daughter-in-law Ashleigh, granddaughter Elizabeth and another granddaughter due in October.  

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 us today.

I retired 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.

Being a 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.

Others facing 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.

Sometimes God 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.

With God's help, prayers, great doctors/nurses, family and friends, we made it through the worse thing we have been through. God is Wonderful.

With God, 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 secrets.  

I attended 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.  

After 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 Kinnebrew

My name is Thurman Kinnebrew I grew up in the inter-city.  I graduated from Austin High School in 1965 and my wife and I still live in the inter-city.  We have 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

      We attend 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)

September 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 Galbraith

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 Instructor.

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 of God.


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

Testimony by Kemp Wynn


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 district.
August 24, 2010

Testimony by Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson’s 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 Clinton Tennessee 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.

Now, having 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 Tusculum College she earned a M.A. in Adult Education and a B.S. in Organizational Management.

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.


At various 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 Deacon at 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 undertaking.

Mary is 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.

Jeremiah 29:11 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 Testimony by Mike Russell

Mike’s story 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 knees.

Mikes 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.

Perhaps if 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.

Doctors 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.

Turning to 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 Mike’s recovery.

After three 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.

Humor plays 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

Testimony by Senator Tim Burchett


Personal Information

  • Born on August 25, 1964 in Knoxville, TN

  • Married

  • Presbyterian (P.C.A.)

  • Small Businessman

  • B.S., Education, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Community Involvement

  • Greater Knoxville Beautification Board

  • Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce

  • Knox County Young Republicans

  • West Knox County Republican Club

  • West Hills Homeowners Association

Service in Public Office

  • Senate Member of 101st through 106th General Assemblies

  • House Member of 99th and 100th General Assemblies

  • Secretary, Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee

  • Member, Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee

  • Member, Senate State and Local Government Committee

July 20, 2010

Testimony by Curt Hall, SPHR

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.

Curt grew up in the Asheville, NC area, graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees form Western Carolina University. He served two years in the US Army in Huntsville, Alabama in the early 1969’s.  He has lived and worked in Asheville, NC, more recently in Nashville, Jackson, and Knoxville, TN.

Curt 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).

Curt has 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 Consultants).

At the 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.

He serves as the 2010 Certification Director for the Tennessee SHRM State Council.

Curt 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 history.

July 13, 2010

Testimony by Pam Keith

“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

Testimony by Dennis 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 automoblile-1957.


I began 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 either.


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 today.


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 Antonio Texas brought about my asthma in such a way the Air Force didn’t want me.


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 wild.


After spending two weeks here in East TN 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.


I am 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

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.

Maxine 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.”

In 1981 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 of Knoxville.  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.

On every 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.

After bar 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 get.      

Maxine says, “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

Testimony by Frank Galbraith

Frank is a native Tennessean.  He worked at TVA for a couple of years and then taught geography and history in Knox County 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.

The program 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 teaches.

He will be utilizing the Old and New Testaments.

June 15, 2010

Testimony by T. Joseph Lynch

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. 

Areas of Practice:  Workers 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 Zach Henry.

June 1, 2010

Testimony by Mike Boissineau

Mike 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 church activities.

Our family 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 things!

From Japan, we were transferred to Minot, North Dakota.  My father retired from the Air Force in 1976, and we moved to Knoxville, TN.

After I 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.

During the 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.

Recently 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 Lilly, ADP 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.

Janis’ 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 soul”.

In 1989, the scripture Psalm 139:23-24 became rhema for her.

“Search me 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”.

Reading with 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.”

Having spent the next few decades in counseling rooms, 12-step groups, and fulltime ministry with troubled runaways and throwaways at the House of Hope, Janis’ message is now one of hope and restoration for lost souls: inside and outside church walls.

Janis is married to local artist and cross maker Rusty Stone who volunteers with Lost Sheep Ministry.

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 A. Myers

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 ministry.

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 and England)

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

Testimony by Joe Bell


Joseph 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 efforts.

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 group.

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.

Ministry Involvement:

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 site at 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 Knox 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.

I attended Gibbs High School 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

Cliff was 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. 

During his 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. 

In 1954, 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. 

During his 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. 

After an 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 recommended).

During the 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 

Due to 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!”

 Convinced 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.

 After my 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:

 Tamara 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.

 My “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!

 During my 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 Testimony by Tony Maples

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.

Tony’s 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 “ able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is a work within us.”  Ephesians 3:20 NIV

March 16, 2010 Testimony by Mel Bailey

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.  

          For 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.

          You 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!

Having experienced a diabetic coma at 15 months old, the enemy began trying to “take me out” very early on.

I began smoking and drinking heavily at age 14 leading to severe drug use and drug dealing at age 18 and continuing for the next 24 years.

Near fatal car accidents, 18 drug/alcohol rehab centers including Teen Challenge and open-heart surgery could not keep me away from cocaine.

Eventually 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 Ministries

In 1998, 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.

I would 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!

My family 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.

Attempting 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.

In 2005, 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.

My wife 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”.

Hearts and 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:

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 Louisville Hospital.

He is 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 City, Missouri.

Currently, 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

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 years.

They got 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

Dave Gorden works with Organizations who want to provide exceptional service and with Managers who want to develop the full potential of their team.

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 Accomplishes More.

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.

Dave was 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.”

Find out even more about Dave at his website (

February 2, 2010 Testimony by Joseph G. Jarret

Joe is married to his wife of 22 years, Amanda. They are members of Beaverdale Baptist Church.

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 Richard Liner

President - Liner Ministries

Church Ministry

  • 2000 - Pastor (Interim) - 300 members

  • Boyds Creek Baptist - Sevier County, Tennessee

  • 1991 - 2000 Pastor - 2,800 members

  • First Baptist Church - Sevierville, Tennessee

  • 1978 - 1990 Pastor - 3,200 members

  • First Baptist Church - Hendersonville, North Carolina

  • 1972 - 1978 Pastor - 2,000 members

  • Euclid Avenue Baptist Church - Bristol, Virginia

  • 1968 - 1972 Assistant to Pastor - 16,000 members

  • First Baptist Church - Dallas, Texas

  • 1967 - 1968 Assistant Pastor - 200 members

  • Calvary Baptist Church - Greeneville, Tennessee


  • Birth: November 22, 1940

  • Lafayette, Georgia

  • Marriage: July 24, 1971

  • Dallas, Texas

  • Wife: Barbara Jean

  • Children: Noel (35), Joshua (32)

  • Grandchildren: Zacheriah, Levi, Ava & Colton

  • Interests: Reading, Skiing, Travel

Christian Experience

  • Salvation: April 2, 1948

  • South Rossville Baptist Church - Rossville, Georgia

  • Gospel Call: February 1, 1961

  • Crest Hill Baptist Church - Savannah, Georgia

  • Ordination: May 7, 1967

  • Calvary Baptist Church - Greenville, Tennessee

  • Spiritual Gifts: Preaching, Administration, Mercy


  • Doctor of Ministry - 1978

  • Luther Rice Seminary - Jacksonville, Florida

  • Master of Divinity - 1972

  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Fort Worth, Texas

  • Bachelor of Arts - 1967

  • Carson-Newman College - Jefferson City, Tennessee

  • Diploma - 1958

  • Central High School - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Business Experience

  • 1965 - 1967 Staff Announcer with WJFC Radio

  • 1963 - 1964 Sales Manager with Southwestern Publishers

  • 1959 Sports Statistician with WDOD Radio

  • 1957 - 1959 Record Librarian With WAPO Radio

  • 1957 - 1958 The Chattanooga Baseball Company

Military Experience

  • 1959 - 1962 United States Air Force - Special Services Division of the Strategic Air Command (SAC)

  • Honorable Discharge - 1961

Denominational Ministry

  • The Southern Baptist Convention

  • Sunday School Board

  • 1981, 2004 Speaker at Ridgecrest

  • 1981 Home Life

  • 1976 Outreach

  • 1974 Source

  • 1970 Ambassador Life

  • Foreign Missions Ministry

  • 2004 Moldova team member 1984 Ecuador team member

  • 2003 Russia team member 1983 Korea team member

  • 2000 Israel team member 1970 Mexico team member

  • 1985 Africa team member

  • International Missions Ministry

  • Numerous Revivals, Interim Pastorates, Mission Ministries since 2000

  • Home Missions Ministry

  • Pioneer Evangelism Projects - Rhode Island 1967, Pittsburgh 1996

  • Certified to Lead Continued Witness Training Program 1981

  • “Growing an Evangelistic Church Seminar” 1977

  • Royal Ambassador Ministry Minnesota 1968

  • The Executive Committee

  • 1986 - 1989 Chairman of Personnel Committee

  • 1986 - 1989 Member of Administrative Subcommittee

  • 1985 - 1987 Member of Program and Budget Subcommittee

  • State Convention

  • 1984 - 1986 North Carolina Resolutions Committee

  • 1984 North Carolina Convention Speaker

  • 1982 North Carolina Evangelism Task Force

  • 1976 - 1978 Carson Newman College Advisory Board

  • 1974 Virginia Evangelism Conference Speaker

  • 1970 Texas Baptist Men’s Convention Speaker

  • Local Association

  • 1999 Personnel Committee Chairman - Sevier County Baptist

  • 1988 School of Evangelism

  • 1986 - 1988 Moderator - Carolina Baptist Association

  • 1985 Carolina Baptist Association Speaker

  • 1981 Buncombe Baptist Association Speaker

  • 1980 Transylvania Baptist Association Speaker

  • 1980 - 1983 Evangelism Committee - Carolina Baptist Association

  • 1976 Vice Moderator - Lebanon Baptist Association


  • 1978 - 2000 Radio Ministry: WMIT, WFGW, WHKP, WOPI, WSEV

  • 1984 - 2000 Rotary Club Member

  • 1990 Instructor - Billy Graham School of Evangelism

  • 1981 - 1987 Chaplain for Hendersonville High Football Team

  • 1983 - 1985 American Cancer Society

  • 1973 - 1978 Daily host for television program - WCYP-TV

  • 1974 - 1978 Chaplain for Holiday Inns of Bristol, Virginia


  • 1977 Outstanding Young Men of America - selected by U.S. Jaycees

  • 1976 Who’s Who in American Religion

  • 1967 Earned private pilot’s license

  • 1968 Judge Frank Ryburn Scholarship recipient - seminary study

There was no meeting on this date. January 19, 2010 This 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

Curtis grew 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 Knoxville, 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 security officer. 

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 grandchildren. 

Curtis’ 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 people. 

Curtis was 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 fire.

The miracle 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". 

During the 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

Testimony by Ronald Christopher Clark

Ron 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 proved.

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.