The Reverend Dr. Latisha
D. Reeves is a native of Knoxville TN. She is currently the
Minister of Missions and Evangelism at Mount Olive Baptist
Church where she recently served as Interim Pastor (Sept
2010-July 2011). She was licensed and ordained by Dr. Kelly
Miller Smith, Jr. Latisha has been afforded the opportunity to
participate in and minister during mission travels to Burkina
Faso and Nigeria both in West Africa, Wiesbaden, Germany and
annually in Kenya in East Africa. She has also traveled to
Paris, France and Rome, Italy.
Latisha was a single
mother at age 14. She is a graduate of Austin-East High School
and graduated from Knoxville College in 1993 with a BA in
Psychology. May 2004 she graduated from The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity degree and in
December 2009 earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from United
Theological Seminary. She has been featured on television and in
newspaper articles with a message of hope for young people. Dr.
Reeves has served as keynote speaker on several occasions for
Knoxville’s annual TTOPS Conference for teen parents sponsored
by the Knox County Health Dept. and most recently the Sullivan
County Health Dept. TTOPS Conference for the Johnson City area.
Statement: “My passion
is to help others break free from the personal bondage of
captive thinking, sexual immorality and self-degradation that
has often been passed from generation to generation. The fruit
of this unhealthy mindset continues to reproduce itself in our
communities showing up in the form of spiritual rebellion and
recycling its far-reaching affects. Most disturbing is the
number of those who pass this way not ever realizing the
potential, the plan and purpose nor the safety of the perfect
will of our God who never fails and has placed in them the power
to overcome all circumstances. The church has the answer and it
is my passion for all believers to walk in the fullness of their
salvation and make disciples.”
Latisha is a member of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and has a daughter who is a
2006 graduate of the University of Louisville and attended
Virginia Union Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology. Latisha
continues to share her story of overcoming barriers of
teen-pregnancy, domestic violence and personal pitfalls of
surrounding yourself with negativity. Her goal is to please and
honor God in every aspect of ministry that He has called her to
serve and to worship God without fail.
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December 20, 2011
My name is Tyler Sain and I was born and raised in
Hendersonville, NC. I now currently live with my older brother
in Jefferson City, TN. I have one older brother and two great
parents. I played many sports in high school and raced
motocross for a period of time. After high school my plans were
to do pre-pharmacy and then go to pharmacy school but God had
different plans for me. I studied pre-pharmacy for about two
years in NC and then moved down to Jacksonville Beach, FL. God
started to really work on me and I was called into the ministry
and am now studying Pastoral Ministry at the Crown College in
Powell, TN. My plans are to get my Masters at Crown College and
then go onto to get my Doctorate in Seminary School, wherever
the Lord plans for me to go. I am also a Personal Trainer and
Fitness Specialist and love the health and fitness industry. I
accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was about 7 years old
and am letting him direct my every path. Everything that I do
know is to bring glory to him because he knows what the absolute
best for me is.
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December 13, 2011
Testimony by Terry Gamble
Terry Gamble has lived in East
Tennessee since his birth in 1955, except for a short period of
time in the 1970’s. Terry grew up in rural Roane County and
graduated from Midway High School in 1973. Terry lost his father
at age 13 y/o from a long battle of Muscular Dystrophy and
learned as an adult his family had suffered many losses due to
this Muscular Dystrophy. This loss of Terry’s father had a huge
impact on his life for many years.
Upon graduating from high school,
Terry spent eight years in the Navy and came back to East
Tennessee in 1981. He finished his bachelor degree from Carson
Newman College in 2005 and his Masters of Business
Administration from Tennessee State University in 2009. Terry
has worked for SSC Service Solutions since 1986 as a computer
programmer and now as their Director of Information Technology.
Terry has been married to the Cynthia Gamble for eighteen years
and has a step-daughter and son. Terry has been a member of
Corryton Church since 1995 and has served in different
capacities at the church.
Terry has been a Christian since he
was around 12 y/o, doesn’t know of a time in his life when he
did not believe or acknowledge God. Terry has taken his pain of
a Divorce and given it to working through Corryton Church’s
Adult Single’s Ministry for individuals who have also suffered
the pain of a Divorce as well as facilitating with his wife a
yearly DivorceCare program through Corryton Church.
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December 6, 2011
Testimony by Connie Reagan
(The 38-Year Journey Of Ralph and Connie Reagan)
It all started with a dare on my 16th birthday, Ralph
was dared to kiss me and that is when our journey began. Two
years later we were married and God has blessed us with three
children: Sonya, Tonya, and Randall, 6 grandchildren, 2 boys and
4 girls, and a new one on the way, due at the end of December
2011. Every day at the mission is a journey with the Lord.
Holidays are a true miracle from God. We give thanks daily with
a grateful heart. At Christmas we celebrate His birth, what a
gift that was, given to us all, the best gift ever given. Here
at the mission our program is called “Pennies from Heaven” for
the Bread of Life children. “When you have done unto the least
of these you have done unto me”. (Matthew 25:45)
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November 29, 2011
Testimony by Phil Peek
Phil is a graduate of Carson-Newman
College with a degree in PE/Health. He also has a Master's in
Special Ed and Religious Education. He has been married to Linda
Ford Peek for almost 25 years. They have three children and 5
and 1/2 grandchildren. Phil taught school for 19 years and was
on a church staff for 9 1/2 years. He will be sharing about his
near tragic automobile accident and how God has changed his
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November 22, 2011
Scott and his family have lived in Knoxville for about 9 years.
He has been married to his beautiful wife Alysia, for almost 18
years. Scott and Alysia have been blessed with two wonderful
sons, Jaylen – 15 and Reese – 13. Scott grew up in a military
family, so he moved a around quite a bit from birth to age 12.
His father retired from the Marines when he has 12 in Tampa,
Florida. He spent all of his teenage years and early college
years in Florida. Yes, he is a Gator fan (God made Gators
too). Scott grew up with sports having played a huge role in
his life. He earned a baseball scholarship his senior year in
high school to attend St. Leo College in Florida. High School
and College baseball were huge reason (both good and bad) Scott
is where he is today. After he completed his sophomore year in
college, he left Florida and ended up at a small Baptist school
in Belton, Texas, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. UMHB is
where he met the love of his life, Alysia, who helped eventually
lead him to the Lord. After they graduated, they moved to Waco,
TX and lived there for several years before God’s plan directed
them to Knoxville. Scott and his family have attended Corryton
Church for almost 8 years now.
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November 15, 2011
Lance B. Bracy
Lance B. Bracy is Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Board of
Professional Responsibility. He served as Disciplinary Counsel
to the Board of Professional Responsibility beginning in 1976
and was appointed to Chief Disciplinary Counsel in 1979 to the
present. He has assisted the Board in the drafting and
publishing of more than 140 Formal Ethics Opinions, 600 Advisory
Ethics Opinions, and responded to more than 12,000 Informal
Ethics Inquiries by attorneys since 1980.
Prior to his service with the Board, he was a former Assistant
District Attorney General for Robertson and Sumner Counties and
was engaged in private law practice in Springfield, Tennessee
for eleven years. Mr. Bracy is a member of the Tennessee Trial
Lawyers Association, National Organization of Bar Counsel, and a
member and Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association. He has
served as a lecturer at numerous CLE programs on Professional
Responsibility and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University
School of Law from 1993-94.
Mr. Bracy received his undergraduate education at the University
of Tennessee and his J.D. degree from the Nashville School of
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November 8, 2011
Born in Knoxville
TN-March 27, 1989
and Sherry Sanders
and Kelly Sanders
Gibbs High School in 2007, played baseball
for all four years and earned a scholarship
to Cumberland University where I played for
two years before transferring back to UT due
to shoulder injuries.
graduating from UT in May of 2012 with a
degree in Political Science.
Corryton Church since April of 2011.
became of a member of Corryton on Sept 4,
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November 1, 2011
CH Qualls is currently the Student Pastor at Corryton Church,
where he has been on staff for the past 12 years. CH is a
graduate of Gibbs High School (1995) in Corryton, TN. He also
graduated from Carson Newman College in 2000 with a Bachelor of
Science degree in education. He has been married to his lovely
wife Kristin for 8 years. They have 3 children: Raley, Karsyn,
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October 25, 2011
My Name is Karen Brooks. I was born in 1970 and raised in East
Tennessee. I am the youngest of six Children born to Bill and
Mildred Ellis. I was raised in a Christian home; a preachers
Kid. I came to know the Lord at age 12 and around age 19 felt a
calling to missions. At that time it seems all doors were
closed. I began to think maybe God just wanted to see if I was
willing to go. I would have never dreamed how God would fulfill
that calling in my life! I Have been married to my husband Ken
who is also an ordained minister for 18 years now, we have two
boys Caleb and Joshua age 15 and 12. I became a stay at home mom
.When our oldest child was only 2 years old we saw a tiny ad in
a local paper about a project called Operation Christmas Child
which consisted of filling a shoebox for a child in need in
third world countries through a Christian relief organization
called Samaritans Purse. I didn't know it then but God was about
to put me on a path and fulfill that missionary calling in my
life! And what a wonderful Journey it has been. After a few
years we received our first letter back from a child who had
received one of our shoebox gifts. That sparked up that
missionary flame God had put in my heart to do more!
We began filling over 100 boxes a year as a family by doing
fundraisers. We became the prayer coordinator here in East Tn
for Operation Christmas child. More letters began flowing in
from other countries .This led to many friendships with children
and ministry leaders in other countries. This summer God placed
our feet on African soil .After waiting 21 years to "GO" to the
I would love to share with you my story of how God can take
little things and do great big things with them and how one
small thing done for God in obedience can start a ripple effect
that will impact generations to come. This is all for God's
glory. There is nothing to hard for God to do! I hope to
encourage you to take time to do those "little things" as you
may consider them to be that God may have for you to do because
you will be amazed at what miracles God may do with them! As you
will hear he has done in my life in my testimony "From a shoebox
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October 18, 2011
Sorina grew up in Romania and as a child
witnessed and suffered through the economic
devastation which occurred and ultimately
resulted in the break-up of the former Soviet
Bloc in 1989. Times were really tough and at
that time she didn’t know the loving God who
provides for and comforts His children. In 1991, Sorina attended a Baptist service with her
brother and they each received an Operation
Christmas Child shoe box and heard the story of
Christ. Her life would never be the same. She
would later come to Knoxville to attend and
graduate from the University of Tennessee.
October 11, 2011
Blaine Anderson - “WHEN GOD CALLS A LAY PERSON”
I was born and raised in the Corryton community. My parents were
farmers and worked very hard to make a living. I too, learned to
work at a very early age. We always attended church I came to
know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior during a revival at
House Mountain Baptist Church when I was 11 years old. Very
active in church and led the choir. Served as Chairman of
Deacons and Sunday School teacher.
Married for 50 years to my wife, Deloris Vineyard Anderson. God
gave us 2 children- Tami Anderson - a nurse for Dr. Covino and
Christopher Anderson - catering business and many other trades.
Three grandchildren-Rachel, Adra, and Sara.
MY JOURNEY AS A LAY PERSON
In 1976, I had a miraculous encounter with God. At this time I
wasn't sure of just what God wanted me to do, what He wanted was
my availability! I could see myself going over the world.
I begin to make myself available going through the Home Mission
Board. Taking vacations to do mission work in MI and the
Dakota's. This was a great experience getting to know Bro. Henry
Chiles and see how God was using him for His Glory! This went on
for several years.
Being involved with the TN State Brotherhood, God opened many
more doors for a lay person to be involved in His Kingdom's
work. In 1980-1985 the TN Baptist called for volunteer's to
Upper Volta, W. Africa. I experience seeing the missions on a
foreign field. Volunteering for 2 months I saw many needs for a
In 1982 God led me to take a leave of absent from my job at Rohm
& Haas. I had been on mission trips several times to a little
church at McCook, SD. The pastor, Bro. Clyde Stutts was in need
of a music director, knowing a little of music I answerer the
call. After about 8 months a new member came and took my place.
This experience led me to know that God will provide.
The next few years I was involved in Lay-Renewal programs
through the Home Mission Board traveling in states in the
Southeast. Also, making myself available by spending time in the
South Pacific on 3 different mission trips.
In 1991 God led me and my wife to join Chilhowee Hills Baptist
Church. What a blessing this has been. I was Knox County
Brotherhood Director for 4 years, serving as Chairman of Deacons
and Sunday School Teacher. Worked with the Love Kitchen for 5
years. Not knowing what God wanted next we volunteered for a
trip in Kenya, E. Africa in 1998.
In 2000 we moved to Kenya to work with the Maasai People Group
through the IMB. This term turned into 2 years. When we returned
to the states-we spent 6 weeks doing volunteer work in Canada..
I now work with Calvary Road Ministries returning to Kenya 2-3
times a year telling the good news of Jesus and disciplining
those old Massai men. To God Be the Glory!
October 4, 2011
Testimony by John L
on March 30, 1938.
Elise Gentry on April 27, 1957.
Children: Tamie Elyse Campbell, John L Shepherd III, Mark Gentry
Grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Was Saved in
September, 1962 and called to preach within three months of that
experience. Ordained to the Gospel Ministry by FirstBaptistChurch of
TN in 1963.
MiddlesboroHigh School, 1956
Degree from TennesseeTechUniversity, 1960.
Graduate Work on MA Degree at TTU, 1960-61.
Graduate Word on PhD and MD Degree at VanderbiltMedicalSchool, 1961-62.
Degree from New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary, 1968.
Student pastorates from 1963-68: (Cane
Creek Baptist Church, Cookeville,TN., First Baptist Church
of Baxter, TN., Bedico Baptist Church, Ponchatoula, LA.)
Harriman, TN. 1971-78.
Pigeon Forge, TN
In 1998, took
an early retirement to become Founder and President of Calvary
Road Ministries. Since then we have helped plant new churches
among the Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania. We have seen thousands come to Christ and planted scores of churches
in these areas.
Denominational experience: Many associational responsibilities,
two terms on the Executive Board of Tennessee Baptist Convention: Chairman of Christian Services Committee and
Nominating Committee and served on Executive Committee of the
September 27, 2011
Lynn Whited Hutton
Lynn is a native Knoxvillian and a graduate
of Gibbs High School and the University of Tennessee. She has
worked as a university special events assistant, an elementary
music teacher, a youth care worker in a home for delinquent
teens, a stay-at-home mom, and a church music and education
director. For fourteen years she lived in Pennsylvania, West
Virginia, and New Jersey, but came "home" in 1988, to raise her
daughters, Jordan and Eden.
an ordained United Methodist deacon, currently serving Magnolia
Avenue United Methodist Church as part-time associate pastor.
She is also Director of The Refuge, one arm of the Volunteer
Ministry Center, helping the homeless and the marginally housed.
Her weekly religious column "Cross Currents" is published in The
Shopper, a local community paper.
lives on part of her Revolutionary War ancestor's original land
grant. Her hobbies include genealogy, voracious reading, and
singing with the Knoxville Choral Society. Every so often, she
likes to check in with the Atlantic Ocean to be sure it is still
September 20, 2011
James (Jim) H. Wilson
Associate Degree, Wingate (Junior) College, Wingate, North
of Arts, Religion Major, Carson-Newman College,
Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,
Louisville, Kentucky, 1975
Clinical Pastoral Education at River
Region Hospital (one unit), Louisville, Kentucky 1974.
Kentucky Colonel 1975.
Co-founder of Mountain Outreach, home building/poverty
relief program, Williamsburg, Ky. 1981.
Williamsburg, Kentucky 1982-84.
Masterlife certification, 1982.
Co-Founded Appalachian Outreach, home repair/poverty relief
program, Jefferson City, Tn. 1985
Founder of Samaritan House, homeless shelter of Appalachian
Outreach program, 1987.
Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award for community service, 1990.
Jefferson City, TN 1987-Present.
Jefferson City, TN 1993-94.
National Chairman – Campus Minister’s Fellowship 1993-94.
2005 Sponsored domestic student mission trips to Buffalo,
Washington D.C., Nashville (3), Chattanooga, Williamsburg
(Ky.), Chicago (2), Houma (La.), Grifton (N.C.), New
Orleans, Griffin (Ga.), Topsail Beach (N.C.), Rabin Gap
(Ga.), Jefferson City (Tn., 6) and Katrina Relief work in
Miss. and La. (7 teams).
Sponsored mission trip to
Sponsored mission trip to work with Leprosy village near
President for Membership of the Association of Southern
Baptist Campus Ministers 1997-99.
Sponsored mission trip to Costa Rica 2000.
Love Outstanding Community Service Award, Tenn. Higher
Education Commission, 2001.
Community Service Award, Carson-Newman College, 2000-2001.
Member of the Year, Carson-Newman College, Student Affairs
Sponsored mission trip to Bulgaria 2003.
Sponsored mission trip to
in May-June 2007 and 2009.
currently on the boards of: Tennessee’s Community
Assistance Corporation; Izaak Walton League of Tennessee;
Baptist Student Union/Baptist Collegiate Ministries Alumni
CHRISTIAN VOCATIONAL EMPLOYMENT
1967 - Summer Missionary,
First Baptist Church, Thomasville, North Carolina;
Summer Youth Director
Baptist, Louisville, Kentucky, Youth Director
1973-75 - Buechel United
Church, Louisville, Kentucky; Youth Director
Williamsburg, Kentucky; Director of Campus Ministry
1984-08 - Carson-Newman
Jefferson City, Tennessee; Director of Campus Ministry
1984-present - Executive Director of Appalachian Outreach,
Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND
Jim Wilson has been involved in Christian community service and
missions in Jefferson and surrounding counties for 29 years through
his work with Campus Ministries of
Carson-Newman College and Appalachian Outreach ministries. His
concern for reaching out to his own community began in southern
with the love and nurture of a good Christian home where his dad
served as a Baptist pastor and his mother as a registered nurse.
His parents served as wonderful models of compassion as he was
growing up. After moving to North Carolina his senior year in
high school and then during his freshman year at Wingate
University, he was appointed as a summer missionary to North Dakota.
He later was selected as the Baptist Student Union Community
Missions Chairperson for the Wingate community. After
transferring to Carson-Newman College for his last two years of
college in 1968, he continued his interest and calling to
community ministry by assisting with several restoration
projects to be used in community outreach (the old Nelson
Mary School and an old church that was located next to the
current C-N baseball field). It was at CNC that Jim was led to
serve in youth ministry in Okinawa, Japan, as a Missionary
Journeyman for two years. After seminary Jim was called into
college student ministry at Cumberland
College where he served for 9 years as Campus Minister. While
there he helped found Mountain Outreach, a community home
building ministry for people in poverty. Upon returning to CNC
as Campus Minister in 1984, he helped found and direct
Appalachian Outreach that same year and later in 1987 the
Samaritan House. His awards include the Harold Love Outstanding
Community Service Award for Tennessee Higher Education, and the
Algernon Sidney Sullivan, and Community Service Awards for
Carson-Newman College. He serves on the boards of Tennessee’s
Community Assistance Corporation, Izaak Walton League of
Tennessee, Baptist Student Union/Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Alumni National Network and Appalachian Outreach’s Advisory
In 1974 Jim Wilson married Karen Williams Wilson, who received
her nursing diploma from Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of
Nursing in Louisville, Kentucky. She has served as a Ministry
Assistant at First Baptist Church of Jefferson City for the past
23 years. They have two daughters Libby and Amanda who are
graduates of Carson-Newman (as well as their husbands). Libby
lives here in Jefferson City and served for several years as an
elementary school teacher. She is married to Spencer Jones, an
instructor in the Business Department of CNC and they have two
children, Eli (age 4) and Noah (age 2). Amanda assists her
husband Jason Taylor in youth ministry at the Zion Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Worland, Wyoming, and serves as the Creative
Arts Ministry coordinator.
Jim Wilson was born on
July 10, 1948
in Tyler, Texas (the middle child with two brothers and two
sisters) while his father was a student at Southwestern Baptist
Seminary. Jim grew up in southeastern Alabama where his father
(who died in 1988) served as a pastor. Jim accepted Christ as
his Lord and Savior at eight years of age and was called into the
ministry in 1967. Later the family moved to
where his mother served as a nurse and is now retired (92 yrs.
Greensboro, N.C. He is married to Karen Williams (has a degree
as a registered nurse) who has been employed as a secretary with
First Baptist Church in Jefferson City,
since 1985. Karen and Jim have two daughters. Elizabeth, an
Elementary Education 2000 graduate of Carson-Newman and
University of Tennessee, is married to Spencer Jones, who works
as an Instructor in Business at Carson-Newman). They have two
children Eli (11/06) and Noah (3/09). Amanda, a 2004
Religions/Sociology graduate of Carson-Newman, is a secretary
and is married to Jason Taylor, who is a Youth Minister at a
church in Worland, Wyoming.
September 13, 2011
Testimony by Cindy Gamble
Cynthia H. Gamble, ME.d, LMFT, was born at Fort
Hood, Texas, then moved to Greeneville, TN at age of 9 y/o when
her father retired from the US Army as a Drill Sergeant of 20
years. Cindy graduated with a BA from Carson Newman College in
1978, worked for Ruby Tuesday Restaurants from 1980 till 1986,
for SSC Service Solutions from 1986 till 2002. After completing
her ME.d in Marital and Family Therapy from Carson Newman
College in 2002 she worked as an Intensive Outpatient Therapist
at CenterPoint AOD with Helen Ross McNabb from 2002 till 2005.
Cindy owns Helping Heart Counseling
& Associates which was created while she was finishing her
Master’s through Carson Newman College, has worked full-time as
a Marital Family Therapist with HHC since 2005 after obtaining
her License with Tennessee as a Licensed Marital and Family
Therapist. As a Marital and Family Therapist, Cindy works with
individuals, couples and families in many different areas to
include Alcohol-Drug Addiction, Pre-Marital, Marital, Divorce,
Blended Families, Psychological and Emotional Issues and
Disorders, Trauma, Life Stage Adjustments, Financial Issues, and
includes Faith Bases/Spiritual work as requested or needed by
her clients. Cindy also incorporates Hypnosis for many
issues-disorders especially with Anxiety Disorders.
Cindy is on the Board for the
Tennessee Association for Marital and Family Therapist,
volunteers yearly to facilitate the DivorceCare with her husband
at Corryton Church, and leads-teaches the “Single, Unique and
Whole” Singles Class at Corryton Church.
Cindy and her husband, Terry, have
been married for 18 years, has a 26 y/o daughter and a 26 y/o
stepson. Cindy has been attending/member of Corryton Church
since 1994. Cindy has been a Christian since she was 9 y/o and
has turned her life pain into a Life Purpose which returned her
to Carson Newman in 1999 towards becoming a Licensed Marital and
Family Therapist with God’s help to help other individuals
September 6, 2011
Marshall Todd Allen
I was born in Knoxville, TN in 1964. Later in life, I began to
drift away from following Jesus Christ, and yielded to
temptations, and joined the World on the “broad road”. The
Holly Spirit of God would call out, Marshall, you know that you
are in the wrong places with the wrong people at the wrong
time. Then the devil would whisper, Marshall, it’s ok. My life
began to take me down the wrong path, and I found my way to the
I have learned the hard way. The only way to find real joy and
happiness is to serve Jesus Christ. For me, it requires that I
devote full time to Kingdom causes (part time don’t work for
me). I must trust and obey, there is no other way.
Over a period of time I founded a Christian Service, called
“Cross Talk Consultations In Christ”, where anyone may receive
August 30, 2011
Testimony by Bill Sampsel
Bill Sampel is 59 years old, and made
the decision to claim Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 19.
Bill taught a Sunday School class for beginners for 7 years. He has been
married to his lovely wife Brenda for 43 years, and they are the parents of Two
daughters, Lisa and Cristy. They are the grandparents of Amy who is 13,
and Amber who is 11.
Bill was a "Baseball Player" during his school years.
He is retired from the business world, and now spends
quality time with his family.
His hobbies are:
August 23, 2011
Testimony by Ronnie Jenkins
I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee along with four
siblings in a 900 square foot house with 3 bedrooms and only one
bathroom. The house was small but we were a close family. My
Mother was a very loving and giving woman. My Dad was a very
strict and hard-working man. He also was very loving and giving
but only showed it by working hard to make sure we did not do
without the essentials.
I attended Bearden High School and graduated in 1967. I had met
Linda, my beautiful wife, during my senior year and we married
in 1969 on her birthday.
We have raised two great children; Scott and Laurie. Between
them, as of this August, they will have given us 9
We began attending Corryton Church about 25 years ago and it has
turned out to be the best move that God has had us to make. It
has been a grand journey; growing in the Lord with all of our
family at Corryton Church.
August 16, 2011
Testimony by Frank Rector
I had a cold evil heart. I had been robbed of my youth. I was
born and raised in Crossville, Tennessee. There were 12
children in my family. I had my first drink of alcohol at the
age of 8, and was taught how to drive a car at that same age.
At the age of 11, I was sent to jail for running away from
home. I had seen a movie about hobo’s jumping on trains and so
I tried it.
I wanted things my parents couldn’t give me, so I began to steal
stuff, which caused me to be put in jail. At one time my school
principal had me evaluated at a mental hospital, because he
thought I was a chronic kleptomaniac. That was fine with me
because it kept me from being sent to the reform school. I
learned to play people early.
I began experimenting with recreational drugs at the age of 12,
and by 1971, I was doing acid, and other hard drugs. Three
months after I turned 18, I went to prison. I went to the walls
the main prison in Nashville, Tennessee.
For the next 25 years, I was in and out of prison 6 times, a
total of 21 years. During 5 of those years, I was a junkie. I
did not miss one day without sticking a needle in my arm.
I got out of prison for the last time June 19, 1988. The first
thing my parole officer asked me was. “When are you going
In October of 2000, I backed into a car and left the scene of an
accident. I started running from the police at that time, and
made my home in the woods living like an animal.
To find how this story ends, plan to attend the KFL luncheon
October 25, 2011, and listen to “The Little Hobo” tell his
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August 9, 2011
Testimony by Renonda Kirk
Kirk and her husband, Shane, reside in Knoxville,
Tennessee. She is a member of Corryton Church where she
serves high school girls in the Student Ministry. She is
a member of Bible Study Fellowship where she serves as a
Children’s Leader. Professionally, she has been a court
reporter for fifteen years. And currently she is raising
her two boys, Caden and Lincoln.
She enjoys reading, music,
spending time with her family and friends, missions, and
mostly studying God’s Word, which has transformed her
August 2, 2011
Testimony by Christi Selvidge
Having moved from Michigan as a young child, Christi has lived
in Knoxville most of her life. She married her wonderful
and handsome husband Mike (he made her put this in here).
They have two children and have attended Corryton Baptist Church
since 1990. They love their church, the staff and church
family. Most of all, they love serving their Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
July 26, 2011
Testimony by Shereece Troutman
I was born into a loving Christian family and raised on a farm
in Grainger County. I had loving parents and both sets of loving
grandparents. It took me several years to really
appreciate growing up in the country, on a farm! I learned very
young in life that prayer works, because I remember praying for
years for a brother or sister. When I was 10, I got a brother! I
became a Christian at 11 and continue to daily work on being a
Christian. My childhood was wonderful and very sheltered. In my
early 20's I made some life changing mistakes (sins). As usual,
the Lord helped me thru it and as always has continued to shower
me with blessings. One life changing blessing during that time
in my life, I became an R.N., which has allowed me to care for
and meet many people.
In 1983, I married a wonderful man, whom I had grown up with and
inherited a beautiful step-daughter. In 1984 I was blessed with
a wonderful son and again in 1986, I was blessed with a
A personal goal of being able to travel has been fulfilled
because of my husband, career, employer and church. A life
changing mission trip to Venezuela in 1999 and a few years later
to Belize occurred because of my church - Corryton!
There are many important events that happen in our lives and
there is not enough time to tell about all of them, but I must
tell you also about my oldest and dearest friend. We have been
best friends since the first day of 7th. grade (the day we met)
and as Christians, we hold each other accountable.
In the last several years, I have turned my hobby and love for
photography into a small business. (I love doing wedding
In the past year, I have become passionate about foster children
and their needs!!!
My favorite Bible verse is: Romans 8:28
My version: The Lord will always let something good come out of
something bad - if you will let him!!!
July 19, 2011
Testimony by Beth Stewart
story began as the youngest child born to a Baptist pastor and
his wife in Detroit, MI. Her maternal grandpa was the youth
pastor in a large Baptist church who later ran a summer church
camp for teens. Her earliest memories are of special family
times and missionaries from around the world staying in their
home as they visited supporting churches in Michigan, Ohio, and
Indiana. Having this strong Christian heritage has been a source
of strength and dependence on God’s Word that has guided her
through the life challenges that have shaped her into the woman
she is today. Beth gave her heart to the Lord as a young girl
and has been on an adventurous journey loving and seeking Him
since then. This journey has taken her to Missouri for Bible college, preparing to be a missionary. While
there she met the love of her life, Gary Stuart. From there the
journey took them to Oklahoma where Gary
was a youth pastor for 4 years. She was an instructional
assistant in special education classrooms while there.
The journey took an exciting turn and brought out her truly
adventurous side as they spent 12 years in south-central Africa in the countries of DR Congo and Zambia. The
journey took a turn into the beautiful as they moved to East Tennessee bringing with them their two sons, Logan and Lane.
This leg of the journey has been marked by education and
learning. She obtained her Master’s in Education degree and is
special education teacher at Jefferson
Elementary School. Life and the Lord have been teaching her many
lessons about reliance on Him, forgiveness, healing,
restoration, and miracles. She and Gary have just celebrated
their 25th wedding anniversary and know that He is the source of
their lives. He is charting the course and is the GPS voice showing Beth where to place each step as she walks
July 12, 2011
Testimony by Tim Whittemore
Tim Whittemore is originally from Brentwood Tennessee, and a
graduate from Brentwood High School and Tennessee Tech
University with a degree in Business Management. He has lived in
East Tennesse since 1997. Tim is married to Sherry and they just
celebrated 13 years of marriage. They have two sons, Ben (7) and
Brody (3). Tim dedicated his life to Christ as an adult. As he
began to seek Gods guidance in his life, God lead him down a
path of patience, perserverence, and faith as he began a
different career. Tim is the owner/operator of the Chick-fil-A
that is located on Chapman Highway. He and his family attend
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July 5, 2011
“When everything else in life failed, God’s love lifted me.”
Warren Lane spent 10 years of his life in and out of prison,
because of an addiction to drugs and alcohol. One day
while in prison, Warren attended church, and a man said to him,
you have tried everything else, why not try Jesus? That
day he accepted Jesus Christ into his life and hasn’t been the
One year after his decision to follow the teachings of Jesus
Christ, Warren was granted parole. Conditions of his
parole required him to enter in-to a program called “Teen
Challenge”. Once warren completed this program, he worked
on a dairy farm and was involved in a street ministry called
“Christ In Action.” Warren later attended “New Life Bible
College,” located in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Warren and his wife Mary, have one daughter, Miranda. They own
and operate a “drywall-painting” business, and are involved with
”His Laboring Few”, which, is a Biker Ministry; Serving Jesus
They are members of Covenant Life in Lake City, Tennessee.
Warren Lane is excited about sharing his testimony that explains
how Jesus Christ has impacted his life.
June 28, 2011
Testimony by Janis Jones
born in Knoxville, Tn. and I am married to Jerry Jones. We
reside in Corryton, Tn. where we attend Corryton Church.
We have attended there for 23 years. We have four children
and seven grand-children and we are awaiting the adoption of one
more. I am a self-employed care-giver and I have been so
very blessed by each one I have cared for. God is good!
June 21, 2011
Kristen Kitts, woman of Faith, has a deep love for worship.
Kristen works as the worship assistant at Corryton Church,
she also serves and shares her gifts in the choir and praise
team. In addition, Kristen started the churches dance team
over 10 years ago, which performs in every seasonal musical.
Women as old as 60 and children as young as 10 are a part of
this vibrant ministry. Outside of Corryton Church, Kristen
is blessed to be a member of the Southern Gospel Trio group, His
Voice, which has allowed her to travel all over the US to share
the Good News of Jesus through testimony and song. Kristen
also has a passion for women’s ministries and cares about seeing
women find freedom in Christ. She enjoys leading women’s
bible studies and has served at many women’s conferences and
Kristen sings and dances for Jesus, because her experiences in
life, positive and negative, draw her into a deep passion for
knowing her God. Through good times and bad, Kristen has
learned that through the Word, prayer, faith and relationships,
God can bring us out of whatever we’re going through and even
use it for good, and for His glory. Kristen and her husband,
Brian, live in Knoxville, TN with their three girls, Kaylen-13,
Olivia-9, and Faith-7.
29:1111For I know the plans I have for you, declares the
LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future.
"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you, He will
never leave you or forsake you, Do not be afraid, do not be
1:2-3 & 12 2Consider
it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials
of many kinds, 3because
you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
12Blessed is the one who perseveres under
trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive
the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love
June 14, 2011
Testimony by Lonnie Gregg
I was born in
a very poor, violent neighborhood to an unloving mother and an
Due to abuse,
I tried to kill my father when I was seven. Tormented and
bullied at school by classmates, I eventually became very
violent. I took up boxing and martial arts to defend myself. At
graduation, I was Golden Gloves champion but was forced to go
into the military to avoid prison.
miraculous encounter with the Lord, I ended up where my father
always said I would be, in prison. I am a volunteer chaplain at
Morgan County Prison and have ministered in prisons all across
the United States.
June 7, 2011
Testimony by Dr. H. Dean
·Married to Pamela Staggers of Memphis,
children and two grandchildren
his wife Samantha, grand-daughters Addison, and Mason
her husband Jordan Mendez
·Trinity Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministries,
Expository Preaching, 1998, (Studied under Dr. Stephen Olford,
Olford Institute of Biblical Preaching, Memphis,
·Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of
Divinity, Preaching Emphasis, 1981
College (renamed University of the Cumberlands), Williamsburg,
KY., Bachelor of Arts, Religion and Pastoral Counseling, 1977
·Committee on Committees, Southern Baptist Convention, 1996
·Committee on Boards, Southern Baptist Convention, 1998
·Chairman of Executive Committee, Tennessee
Baptist Convention, 1995
·Chairman of the Board, Baptist and Reflector, 1995
·Chairman of Christian Services Committee, 1994
Mission trips to Russia,
South America, Africa, Europe, Israel, and the Middle-east
American Mission trips to Alaska and
Revivals and Conferences
HIGHLIGHTS AT FBCMORRISTOWN
to the Church since 2008
Lottie Moon Offering in Church’s History 2009, $147,000.00
start the new J. Harold Smith Pastors Training Center in
co-operation with Radio Bible Hour and Carson-Newman
College. Classes began in October 2010 at FBC Morristown
·Led Church to
begin an evangelistic Dental Clinic, downtown Morristown, also
housing the Christian Men and Women’s Job Corp.
·Began the Men
of Morristown Bible Study that has grown to over 150 men meeting
every Thursday morning at a local restaurant in Morristown.
leading the Church to build a 5 million dollar Children’s
began a new Mobile Bus Ministry that ministers to the children
and the poor in HamblenCounty
young men in August of 2010 from the Carson-Newman football team
May 31, 2011
Testimony Update by John M. Knisley
originally gave his testimony before the KFL Luncheon, he has
experienced a series of events far from home which clearly
demonstrate God's hand not only on the life of a true believer but
also on the lives of those he or she encounters in life.
John agreed to share his experience with us today since the
originally scheduled speaker was unable to keep his commitment
John was born in 1943 as the fifth and final child of Rev and
Mrs. S.D. Knisley in Wartburg TN. His dad was the Bi-Vocational
pastor of a small church about 22 miles west of Oak Ridge and
both his dad and mother taught school. His mother was a
wonderful musician who taught all of her children a love of
music, especially the old gospel songs of Fanny Crosby and BB
McKinney. In 1952 at the age of 9, He accepted Christ during a
two week Bible School/Revival , led by Hobart Ford from Mt.
Harmony Baptist Church in Knoxville. He graduated from Central
HS in Wartburg and from Carson Newman College in 1966. He was
drafted into the service, went to OCS, later sent to
Intelligence School, and then spent 20 months as an Intelligence
Officer in Turkey. He has been married for the past 41 years to
Beverly and they have two sons and two wonderful grand children.
He is employed by and is part owner of an
Architectural/Engineering firm in Knoxville called Hodge
Associates. He and Beverly joined Central Baptist Church of
Bearden in 1970, moved to Morristown in 1973, then back to CBC
in 1977. He is a member of the choir, an ordained Deacon and a
part time SS teacher in dept 6B. He has been a Christian for
almost 57 years and says “The Longer I Serve Him the Sweeter He
May 24, 2011
by Daniel B. Niceley
Strawberry Plains, TN June 2007 - Present
Minister of Education
·Oversee entire educational spectrum of a 200 member
Southern Baptist church, including pre-school to senior adults.
·Aid in the development of spiritual growth in church
members and teachers for the purpose of making disciples of
·Oversee, select, and teach supplemental learning materials.
·Assisted Senior Pastor in virtually every area of ministry
relating to a 1000 member Southern Baptist church.
·Managed and streamlined pastor’s daily itinerary resulting
in the most efficient use of his time. Collected, maintained,
and processed all attendance and membership records to form many
reports which are used in all areas of church life.
·Complete management of a 100-room motel that adjoins the
church property which is used to house 100 college age members
of a para-church ministry.
Taught the college/career Sunday school class for four years
and also served as an ordained deacon.
·Served on the initial master plan steering committee which
makes decisions as to future development of church property.
·Assisted Growth/Youth minister in summer youth camp.
·Hold a key leadership role for coordinating the start-up
efforts of this machine tooling company.
·Manage all daily operations with responsibilities for
creating/implementing sales and marketing ideas/efforts, price
quoting, purchasing, manufacturing, accounts receivable/payable,
and production shipping.
·Directed the manufacturing operational activities for this
start-up tooling and engineering company focused on providing
quality production parts to the automotive industry.
·Evaluated manufacturing processes, identified areas for
improvements in costs, labor, procedures, and quality, and
·Monitored and controlled operating costs through scrap
reduction, negotiating the purchase of
·manufacturing materials, tooling, and packaging/shipping
materials, and estimating/quoting jobs.
·Personal efforts were instrumental in building the
company's work force to 42 employees and generating revenues
that exceeded $2 million (net profit of 62%) in 1997.
·Initiated and guided the implementation QS 9000 quality
assurance system to enable the company to work with large volume
·Supervised all production operations to ensure compliance
with established line safety, tooling, quality, and budget
·Maximized production efficiency through effective
planning/coordination of materials.
·Scheduled production activities with regard to adequate
shift coverage and product flow objectives.
·Applied leadership abilities in training employees,
building focused, productive work teams, and updating the staff
on new procedures/policies.
·Handled administrative duties such as accounts
payable/receivable, cost accounting, and payroll.
Selected/coordinated purchase of CNC
machines and gained experience with CNC
programming, operating conventional lathes and milling
machines, and Microsoft Word and Excel.
U.S. Department of Transportation,
TN, 1987 - 1993
Accident Research Specialist.
·Investigated accident scenes, compiled data, conducted
interviews with vehicle occupants, and analyzed the data in
order to inform motor vehicle manufacturers about areas needing
improvements and potential safety hazards.
·Managed all office responsibilities including payroll,
accounts receivable/payable, and
·cost accounting; handled computer program development
·Worked with government contracts/proposals/technical
reports, and interacted with military, government, and NASA
Education / Training
·Luther Rice Seminary,
Atlanta, GA. May 18, 2007.
·Master of Arts in Christian Studies
·Grace Fellowship International,
Pigeon Forge, TN
·Certified in Spirituotherapy/Exchanged Life Counseling
Jefferson City, TN
·B.S., Business Administration
·NASS Accident Reconstruction Training School,
Oklahoma City, OK
Activities / Hobbies
I have taught various small group home
Bible studies for the purpose of educating and equipping
Christians to live the Christian life. These groups, which
usually consisted of approximately 10-15 attendees, focused on
Christian theology, discipleship, and practice.
I also enjoy outdoor activities such as
hiking, water-sports, and drag racing. I am an Eagle Scout and
former Mr. Knoxville bodybuilding champion. I have been married
Also on Canadian radio
www.gracefortoday.ca under the “blog” section, several
of my lessons can be downloaded.
May 17, 2011
Jim and Pam Young are from Crossville, TN. Jim is 45 years old
and has been married for 25 years. They have 2 boys, Drake, the
oldest, graduates from the University of Memphis this May as an
architect; Brent, the youngest, is a freshman at Clear Creek
Baptist Bible College.
This is the first few paragraphs of Jim’s testimony:
I am an alcoholic. I know what it is like to burn with a desire
to drink that is so overwhelming that family, jobs, and friends
mean nothing compared to liquor. I know what it is like to wake
up at 2:00 a.m. with the burning in my stomach that can only be
relieved by drinking about a pint of liquor and going back to
sleep only to wake up a few hours later, burning again.
I had been drinking for the past 16 years. At first, I would
drink about a pint a day, but never before 5:00 p.m. After a
few years, I would drink a fifth of liquor every two days, but
never before noon. After a few more years, I would drink a
fifth every day, but never before breakfast. After ten years, a
half gallon every two days. My family, my life, and my body
began to fall apart.
At that point I had been married for 15 years and had two sons.
One was 13, and one was 11 years old. I slowly began to lose
everything I had worked for: my house, my family's
belongings…most of which I destroyed in drunken outrage. Five
more years of hell on earth went by. I don't think my wife and
kids hated me, but I know they hated being home and loathed me.
I spent about $4,000 a year on liquor, a low estimate of
$65,000, which would have easily paid my house off. We also had
to live in tents for six weeks because of my alcoholism. I
don't know why, but my family still stuck by me.
I also know the joy and excitement of complete deliverance from
the power of alcohol addiction and never cease to praise God for
such deliverance. I couldn't stand the way I was living, but I
didn't think I could make it being a Christian and living for
God. But God had a different plan for me, and my testimony of
how God's power of love and grace impacted my life started on
March 7, 2006….
May 10, 2011
David Trempe, a biblical spiritual paramedic! When a single
mother loses her child, he’s there. When a company experiences
the tragic loss of an employee, he’s there. When a couple is on
the brink of divorce, he’s there. For the child whose home is
juvenile court, he’s there. A spiritual paramedic for the lost
and broken, the one-time minister no longer pastors a local
Presbyterian Church, because “being in the pulpit every Sunday
wasn’t transforming the hurting in our city. Chaplain Trempe's
car is marked as the royal chaplain car so when he stops at a
traffic light other drivers roll down their windows to get his
attention. Pumping gas, a young man walks up to him and asks for
prayer despite his disbelief in God’s existence. Trempe, 46,
makes sure he cups a hand or gives a pat on the shoulder and
says: “If I can serve you in any way, you let me know. Just know
we are here for you. Grace be to you.
Chaplains service began in 2004 after an encounter with a woman
who lost a child. “She didn’t have any family or anyone to turn
to, and I didn’t feel comfortable just offering comforting words
and then just leaving,” Trempe said. “After I left, I had to
turn my car around and go back,” he said and that was the
coronation of the Royal Chaplain Corps. He ministers wherever
his feet go. He leaves behind cards with his contact
information. He’s always adding to the services of the Royal
Chaplains. He hopes to incorporate an etiquette-style training
program for youth as well As a canine therapy program. He
surrounds himself with a network of chaplains who volunteer
their time for the mission of Royal Chaplains Corps. Trempe
said the 25 volunteers are pastors or have been in ministry in
the past. Because Royal Chaplains is a 24-hour service, Trempe
said he is able to call on the volunteers to fill in the gaps
when he is unable to meet with someone. Donations to the
nonprofit ministry allow Chaplain Trempe the honor to serve
various communities for disaster relief, restorative training
for teens and parents during critical times. Assistant Chief
Deputy Robert Sexton of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said
Trempe’s gift from God is invaluable. As a volunteer chaplain
for the Sheriff’s Office, Trempe ministers to anyone in need
including officers, families and inmates. “He shows a great
amount of empathy for others as they struggle with life’s
burden,” Sexton said.
to restore peace and calmness in times of turbulence. “It’s not
about converting anyone,” Trempe said. “It’s about showing the
love of Jesus Christ and treating everyone like royalty and with
respect, hence the name of the ministry. “I don’t believe people
reject Christ; they reject the way we have packaged Him — with a
large consumer mindset and an entertainment paradigm. Our based
Culture is transcending into our churches instead of the
opposite. “Once a person is quickened by God's grace, they
can’t help but be drawn to know more about Jesus Christ. ”After
losing a brother, his father and grieving a divorce, Trempe said
he’s been there, asking the same question others do: “If God
exists, why so much pain and suffering?, “Most don’t want to be
just heard. They want to be understood,” he said. After the
loss of his father, as a teenager, Trempe said it was a friend’s
dad who offered a human touch and prayed for me. “I will never
forget what that man did,” Trempe said. He goes into
corporations, juvenile court, police departments, and hotels and
along the streets, offering God's grace through Christ’s
compassion. And then there are the dozens of phone calls he
makes daily to offer an encouraging word and say a prayer for
people. Now married with seven children, Trempe seeks refuge
and replenishment from his wife, Michele, and his children.
and family worship time is how Trempe starts and ends each day.
The past 19 months. Chaplain Trempe has been restoring the 1898
chapel at 5902 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tn. 37919 which is
the command center for his ministry. Dr. Trempe is also
completing his second doctoral degree in nouthetic field
traumatology at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC.
When asked, “Why did you leave the comforts of a guaranteed
salary to risk this idea of chaplaincy?” Trempe simply replied,
“This is a calling on my life.”
May 3, 2011
Douglas Burroughs was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1973. He
attended Carter High School, graduating in 1991. He completed
his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Carson-Newman
College in 1995, and a Master in the Art of Teaching degree in
1998. He graduated with his Educational Specialist degree in
Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University
in 2003. He has taught for fourteen years in secondary
education in Sevier and Hamblen counties. He accepted Christ at
the age of fourteen. He is a member of First Baptist Church in
Morristown, Tennessee where he is active in the orchestra and
music ministry. He is the lead vocalist in a local Christian
band, Modern Day Psalms. He and his wife, Deedra, will
celebrate their fifteenth wedding anniversary this year. He is
the proud father of Blake and Teagan Burroughs.
April 26, 2011
Reagan went from reform school for truancy to prison for a
series of crimes. In and out of prison for 20 years; living a
life of frustration, hopeless and turmoil; unable to find a
legitimate job. Recidivism was a way of life for Ralph Reagan;
that is until he reached his lowest point ever. While in
prison, Ralph finally noticed God's hand reaching down to him.
Ralph spent 30 days in solitary confinement reading God's word.
Today, Ralph is helping others find what he found. Ralph was
born and raised in Crossville, TN. where he also raised havoc
for many years.
April 19, 2011
Testimony by Richard E. Brittain, Jr., D.D.S.
Powell High School - Powell, TN - graduated in 1973
University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN:
Bachelor of Arts - Math major - graduated in 1976 with
University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences -
Doctor of Dental Surgery - graduated in 1979 with honors
Practiced dentistry for 17 years - retired from dentistry in
Born again on January 18, 1998 - entered full time Christian
As of March, 2011, still in full time Christian ministry:
Director of Inner City Ministry for First Baptist Church of
Pastor of Grace Community Church in Western Heights area of
Continuing education in the area of biblical counseling
Preaching and teaching every week, usually in the inner city
Member of First Baptist Church of Powell, TN - active in
Love to read and study
April 12, 2011
Testimony by Scott Galyon
Scott grew up in
Seymour, TN where he played football, basketball and baseball at
Seymour High School. He signed a football scholarship to play
linebacker for the University of Tennessee during his senior
Scott played at
the University of Tennessee from 1992-1996 where he led the team
in tackles during his junior and senior years and was voted Team
Captain during his senior season. During this four year span
Scott helped to lead the Volunteers to a 38-10 record finishing
with a victory over the highly touted Ohio State Buckeyes and
their Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George.
Scott was then
selected by the New York Giants in the 6th round of
the 1996 draft. He played for four years with the Giants. Scott
was voted Special Teams Player of the Year in his second season
and helped to lead the Giants to an NFC East Championship as a
nickel linebacker. In 2000, he signed with the Miami Dolphins.
In 2001, he was the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award for
athletes who are able to overcome adversity. He played with the
Dolphins for three years before retiring at the end of the 2002
Scott then moved
back to Tennessee in 2003 and worked as a volunteer coach with
his high school team, the Seymour Eagles, before eventually
working with Novartis Pharmaceuticals for three years. He
joined the FCA staff in December of 2007.
serves as the Lakeway Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Representative. He has worked with FCA for three years and
serves in Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen and Jefferson
counties. He is married to Chasity who is also from Seymour,
TN. They have two children Elijah and Gracie Mae.
April 5, 2011
Testimony by Dr. Bill
Conklin is a psychologist in private practice in Morristown,
TN. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree from John Carroll
University and his doctorate from Wright State University. For
nearly 16 years before going into private practice, Bill worked
in a local community health center. Current professional
interests include positive psychology and the treatment of mood
disorders through mindfulness practices. Bill is excited to be
collaborating with the University of Tennessee’s Psychology
Department in its research on positive psychology.
The fifth of
five children born into a Roman Catholic home, Bill was
committed to his faith in Christ from an early age. His
spirituality fueled his service through his profession and
through community service. Bill has served various community
organizations including: Hamblen County Health Council,
Regional Health Council, Hamblen County School’s Health Advisory
Board, Daily Bread Community Kitchen (local “soup kitchen”),
Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter (homeless shelter),
Morristown-Hamblen Community Profile, Angel Food Ministries, and
Habitat for Humanity.
Bill is a
member of FirstUnitedMethodist
Church in Morristown. There he has provided leadership in his
Tapestry Sunday School Class and has coached Upward Basketball.
Bill is a happily married to Sharla and is the proud father of
three children, Sydney, Macy and Drew.
March 29, 2011
Testimony by Mike Scott
15, 1962 I was born into this world in Knoxville, TN about 15
months after my sister. Unfortunately, my parents’ relationship
ended in divorce just before I started elementary school.
Though divorced, both parents raised me in a loving environment
filled with close relationships with grandparents, aunts, uncles
and cousins. Mom remarried when I was 9 years old and within 4
years or so, my half brother was born. Though I always wanted
to live with my father, it didn’t happen until after my high
school graduation in 1980. My father had finally returned to
Knoxville in 1978, going to work for Clayton Homes, after having
moved to Pennsylvania, Kansas, South Carolina, Arkansas and
Alabama not long after my parents divorce in 1968. How pivotal
these few events have proven to be in my life and growth as a
religious perspective, I grew up in a pretty strict religious
environment, one in which thinking for yourself was discouraged
and certainly not welcome. I did grow up being taught solid
values and morals, but for several reasons, it just didn’t seem
like the right fit for me personally. Once divorced, my father
was virtually shunned from the ‘church family’ as well as a
significant strain on some family relationships as well. As a
young child, I simply couldn’t understand why someone I loved so
much was being treated so poorly. When my opportunity finally
arrived in 1980 to move in with my father, I jumped on it, and
that is when I pretty much threw the towel in on religion. What
I grew up with simply was not going to work for me as an adult,
and I guess you could say that I was almost afraid to do
anything (go to another church, faith, or house of worship) as
anything other than what “momma” or “granny” endorsed, was not
only forbidden, but it was even labeled as false prophecy. So,
as a college freshman, I began to live my new life with my new
freedom, which included a strong commitment to the party life.
Though my father didn’t push me down the party path, he didn’t
question much I did, and we simply had a good time together,
sort of trying to make up for the years we lost being apart so
I was the
first person in my family to attend college, so I didn’t want to
disappoint. The freshman year went well at UT (good grades and
study habits) but things went downhill fast the following year.
I never got into heavy drinking or anything (and never did drugs
or anything) but I was far more committed to having fun than I
was to making good grades. In early 1983 I met my first wife,
who was basically a young and attractive woman, who was
extremely lost and very unhealthy emotionally and spiritually.
I wasn’t smart enough to realize that a “fixer upper” wasn’t the
best choice. However, our relationship continued, and 90 days
before my college graduation, she informed me if her pregnancy.
Just prior to that, I had given much consideration to ending the
relationship, then things changed quick. The stress of a heavy
college workload that last quarter was enormous, and when she
told me the news, my heart sank. How could I disappoint my
family and myself like that? I was supposed to be the one in
the family that did things ‘right’. I was your typical ‘good
guy’, but I was a classic example of no matter how ‘good’ you
are, if God isn’t at the center of your life, things just don’t
work out well. I graduated from UT in December 1984, went to
work in February, and my beautiful daughter Candace entered my
life on April 2, 1985 and yes, I was scared to death! Her
mother and I didn’t marry until July 1986 and we moved to
Savannah, TN where my son Tyler was born in August 1987. Our
relationship ran it’s course and ended in divorce just before
Tyler’s 2nd birthday. My wife had proven to me that
her main interest was in having a good time, and being a wife
and mother simply didn’t fit into her equation. So, one of the
biggest days of relief in my life came when she agreed to me
having exclusive custody of both children. Within 6 months I
had moved back to Knoxville,
as I really needed the support of my family in raising the
thereafter is when I think God began working on me, and I thank
him often for the life he’s given me since then. In March 1990,
about 9 months after the divorce, I met my wonderful wife
Karen. Though neither of us were living as Christians at the
time, I knew in my heart that she was a wonderful woman. She
was kind, loving, mature, and beautiful and the fact that I was
raising 2 young children (2 and 4) by myself didn’t scare her
off! What a sacrifice she made when she married me in January
1991. Here she was, moving to Knoxville from Alabama, with a
ready made family, helping me raise these two children, who so
desperately needed a mother. The children had won her heart
quickly and her love for them was all I needed to feel like I
had made the right decision.
children grew, so did new challenges and problems. Once the
kids reached middle school, situations arose that clearly
screamed at us both that if our kids were going to grow up as
healthy and productive young adults, we had better make some
serious changes in our lives. We realized that it was our
responsibility to provide a better environment and circle of
friends. That’s about the time some friends invited us to
attend a Valentine’s dinner at Corryton Church. I remember well
walking through the door that first time, thinking to myself “my
mother and grandmother would have a fit if they knew that I was
standing inside of a church”. Karen and I both quickly realized
how desperately we needed not only to have our children in
church, but also how badly we needed “us” to be in church too.
I had gone for about 18 years without having any form of
spiritual life, and I thank God all the time for the grace he
extended to me and my family with us getting involved in church
when we did. We currently have two of the most well-adjusted,
Christ-loving children a parent could hope to have, yet it
scares me to think of what would likely have happened if we
hadn’t made our life changes when we did. Our kids could easily
have gone down the wrong path, and I’m so thankful that they’ve
chosen to be the people they are now. Obviously, church isn’t
the answer, but it’s a great place to start. It took me a few
years to truly find Christ and give him the steering wheel of my
life. My relationship with Christ has given me a peace in my
life that I never dreamed of. My life certainly isn’t perfect,
but it’s extremely blessed. Without Christ, I certainly
wouldn’t have the strong marriage I have today, nor would my
children’s lives be blessed as they are. Though the ups far
outweigh the downs, living as a Christian does bring about pain
and sacrifice, sometimes closer to you than you can imagine.
Today both of my parents love and respect me, yet neither of
them really embrace the things about me that I’m most proud of,
all of which stem from my relationship with Christ. He gives me
strength daily and has blessed me with a wonderful circle of
March 22, 2011
Ivan Harmon has devoted much of his life to public service, having
served as a member of the Knoxville Board of Education,
Knoxville City Council, and Knox County Commission.
Ivan moved to Knoxville
after serving in the Army and being employed in the Food
Services industry where he was promoted to store manager. He
immediately became involved in his community while raising his
family. He is an avid sportsman and was encouraged to become
involved in the Parent Teacher Organization from folks familiar
with him through his volunteer work in coaching, quickly
becoming the President of that organization.
Ivan was first elected to public office in 1985, seeking a seat on
the Knoxville Board of Education after serving as the President
of his local PTO. Ivan served for approximately eighteen months
before voters choose to close the City of Knoxville
school system. Ivan was elected to the Knoxville City Council in
1989, and was reelected in 1993 and 1997. In fact, Ivan was the
first Councilman from the Third District ever to be reelected by
the people. While a member of City Council, Ivan served as
Chairman of the City Stormwater Committee and upon the
completion of his final term of office, Ivan went to work for
the City of Knoxville in the Stormwater division to continue to
make a difference in that arena.
Wishing to continue to serve the public, Ivan became a candidate
for the Knox County Commission in 2002 where he was elected and
served two terms.
Ivan served on the Finance Committee, Board of Zoning Appeals, 911
Board, and the Knox County Beer Board while a member of Knox
Ivan is a long-time member of
Wallace Memorial Baptist Church and is the former President of
the Christian Business Network, and is a member of the Norwood
Ivan has either served or continues to serve on the Board of the
Young Williams Center, the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad,
Knoxville Green, and the Love Kitchen.
Ivan and his wife, Jane, have three children: Amy Harmon Cummings,
Scott, and Steven, and four grandchildren.
March 15, 2011
Testimony by John Maxwell
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts February 6, 1967.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior November,
2005. John is the manager of a grocery store in
Knoxville, TN, (Chicken City). He is a single divorced
parent of three children, Vince (15), Sean (6) and Daniel.
John is an active member of his church (Corryton Church).
March 8, 2011
Testimony by Grace Saia
I was born
January 5, 1953 in Helena, Arkansas (just 6 minutes before my
identical twin sister, Joanne.) I was raised in an Italian
Catholic home where we went to church “every time the doors were
open.” I attended a Catholic school through the 8th
grade, then graduated from public school in 1971. I graduated
in 1975 from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway,
Arkansas with a BA degree in Spanish. A girlfriend and I moved
to Knoxville in 1975 with a couple who had become our spiritual
mentors in college. It was through this couple, Don and Linda
VandenBerg and a college Bible Study group they conducted that I
learned more about God’s simple plan of salvation through the
blood of Jesus Christ, and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.
I met Roger Phillips in 1985 in a Singles class at Calvary
Baptist Church on Kingston Pike, and we were married April 18, 1986.
In 1994 we moved from west Knoxville to the Corryton/Luttrell
area and began attending CorrytonBaptist
Church, where we are still active members. We both sing in the
choir and help out in various other ministries and missions
projects. I worked at South Central Bell/Bell South/AT&T for 32
years before retiring on December 18, 2009. The Lord has truly
blessed me all my life, and I am very grateful for His mercy and
His guidance, and especially for His unspeakable gift of
salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ and the opportunity to
live for Him every day. I can’t imagine living life without
having a personal relationship with God.
March 1, 2011
Roger F. Purkey (CPA - retired)
• Tennessee Technological University • Bachelor of Science in
• Roger has over 37 years accounting experience with emphasis in
HUD apartment audits, tax planning, estate planning and
administration, business sales and purchases, individual,
partnership and corporate tax. Roger is also a member of the
firm’s audit committee.
• Joined firm in 1972 • Received CPA Designation in 1973 •
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants •
Member, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants
• Member, Board of Advisors, First Tennessee Bank, Morristown •
Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club • Co-Founder,
Co-Chairman, Morristown Leadership Prayer Breakfast • Member,
First Baptist Church
February 22, 2011
Testimony by Shannon Washam
Shannon Washam grew up in Luttrell,
Tennessee. He was one of four children born to H.P. and Zella
Washam. He was surrounded by a large family filled with love
and many fun moments that characterized the rural farm life.
Shannon’s family lived a busy life, growing up in a large
farming community. However, there was never a shortage of love
in their home. Shannon was blessed to have a wonderful
Christian example in his parents who showed the love of Christ
In 1985 with an invitation from a good friend, Shannon
made a visit to Cedar Ford Baptist Church in Luttrell where he
soon found his identity in Christ and began a wonderful journey
with the Lord as a Christian. In 1987 the Lord opened the
door for him to attend Carson Newman College where the Christian
growth continued and a vision became clear that his life had
been shaped to be a servant to others.
While attended CNC, Shannon met his sweetheart and wife to be, Jean
Ann. In 1991 they were married and moved to Louisville
Kentucky. During his years as a resident of the good state of
he had the privilege a good career as a family service worker
for the Kentucky State Government and as a house parent for
Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children. With the growing interest
in sharing the Gospel in his heart, he began to pray for the
Lord to open a door for personal evangelism. In 1997, Shannon
heard an answer to his prayers when he was selected as the
Director of Appalachian Outreach Ministries at Carson
Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. After 7 wonderful years
of ministry, He became the Director of the Baptist Center at
Western Heights in Knoxville, TN, where he currently serves.
Shannon has committed his life to Jesus as a servant of the Lord
for many years. Through this work He has found many
opportunities to share Christ and meet needs. The Baptist
Center has been a source of inspiration to the inner city of
Knoxville since 1953 when it opened. It now serves the
community with ministry programs including a five day a week
after school program and 19 Bible study groups each week. With
the leadership of the Lord the ministries continues to grow
during the years that Shannon has served as the Director of the
Center. He is blessed to have the support of hundreds of
volunteers as they join with 150 Knox County Baptist Churches to
do the work of the Lord in Knoxville.
Shannon is also blessed as a proud parent of two precious
children, Emma (age 10) and Seth (age 9). In addition to a his
current activities as Director of the Baptist Center, he also
serves as Interim Pastor of Washington Pike Baptist Church in
Knoxville, TN., as well as attends Carson Newman College as a
student in the Masters in Applied Theology degree program.
February 15, 2011
I was born
September 26,1948 and grew up in a small Mississippi
Town in the delta. I graduated from High School and attended one
semester of college before joining the Army and going to Vietnam.
I married my first wife while in the service but it only lasted
until I returned home from Vietnam.
divorce, it was back to college and married again, then to
Memphis with a job as an air traffic controller. Then back to
and college majoring in criminal justice with a wife and 2
in college, during my final semester before graduation, (with a
degree). My life really took a turn for the worse.
myself in Prison for murder and, and facing a life sentence.
After some time served and through the appeals process, I was
released from prison. And then moved to Memphis, Tennessee. I
couldn’t follow the conditions of my release and was returned to
prison. At this time my wife leaves me and gets a divorce.
Finally I was
released from prison and moved to Nashville, Tennessee
and lived with a woman I was not married to. So what next, you
guessed it, prison again, this time with a life sentence as a
habitual criminal plus 24 years. Through all this there was my
share of drugs, booze, women, etc. and no room for God. I would
use Him when I got locked up and then leave Him there when I got
out. So from a promising career in law enforcement to prison
and back out and back in and back out and back in to where I am
am working on my 3rd life sentence; only this one is
the one I’ll never finish. God gave me an eternal life sentence
the last week of December, 2000 while I was locked up in what is
known as the hole at Morgan County Regional Prison. I have been
out for almost 9 yrs. now and am a member of FOCUS prison
ministry, Kairos prison ministry, Bill Glass
Prison Ministry, Teen lock down on the outside, and
am a licensed and ordained minister. I go back into any jail or
prison that I can to take hope to the men there where there is
no hope. 24 years in prison can change a man, but so can God.
February 8, 2011
Testimony by Brandon Cate
years of my life are fairly normal for most
children. I have had the opportunity to
understand some peoples struggles being from
a divorced family. But I did not have the
difficulties that others, being that my
parents supported me and my sister as we
followed the path that God has created for
us. I graduated from
Sevier County High School in 2000.
From there I furthered my education focusing
in the area of accounting. As I was
finishing my 2nd
year at a community college God began moving
in my life in such a way that sent my dreams
spinning out of control. For starters the
classes that I had enrolled in were canceled
and with in a few short weeks I lost my
job. It was a very difficult point in my
life that sent me searching for the only
person that could make my life any better.
God provided a wonderful opportunity on
February 9, 2003. At Beech Spring Baptist
Church in Kodak, Tn, I accepted my call into
ministry. It was one of the most important
days in my life. From this point I enrolled
at Johnson Bible College focusing on my
training for full time youth ministry.
While I was working on my under graduate
degree a wonderful events took place, the
opportunity to become a Chaplain for
Volunteer Fire Department. This event
allowed me to give to my community in a way
that I never dreamed possible. After
graduation I enrolled at Southern
Theological Seminary focusing on Pastoral
Ministries. On February 1st, 2008 I was
hired as the first full time Youth Pastor of
Beech Springs Baptist Church, where I am
currently still on staff. On May 29th,
2010, I had the wonderful joy of marrying my
lovely wife Tracy Wells Cate. And currently
we are enjoying marriage and ministry
February 1, 2011
Testimony by Kirk
Kirkeminde believes he looked the devil in the eye and said
“I told him
to get out,” he said. “I was ready to die or be killed. That’s a
drug addict’s mind. If they’d turned me loose that day, I’d
either be in a grave, a prison or a mental institution today.
But I asked God to give me one more chance.”
He got his
chance. Seven years after he sat jailed in chains under a
suicide watch, Kirkeminde, 54, walk the cellblocks of the CumberlandCounty
jail again as a chaplain and minister to fellow methamphetamine
“Every time I
go through and I hear those doors shut, a chill goes up my back,
because I know what’s in there,” he said. “That’s a sound you
never forget, but these people in there need to hear what I’m
going to say. We’ve got a plague all around this mountain. We’ve
got too many people out here dying and going to hell because we
keep our mouths shut.”
investigator who had hunted Kirkeminde ordained him this summer
as a pastor. The county sheriff testified at the ceremony.
“Not too many
years ago, if we’d met in this building one of us could have
been laying here dead at the hand of the other,” Cumberland
County Sheriff Butch Burgess said. “But now I can see God
working through him.”
and his top lieutenant, Gary Howard, remember Kirkeminde as one
of the county’s biggest cooks - a man who made meth two or three
times a day with an arsenal in reach and laid claim to the
strongest crank on the Cumberland Plateau.
cooks don’t quit, but he’s a unique guy,” Burgess said. “He
talks to these inmates on a level that we can’t.”
pastor and son of a preacher, opened his pulpit at the Old
Fashion Independent Baptist Church to the man he’d chased. The
ceremony brought both men to their knees in each other’s arms.
“It’s kind of
hard to read the Scripture when you can’t see through the
tears,” Howard said. “Seeing Kirk at that pulpit and knowing how
many people he’s touched reminds us why we do what we do.”
Tweaking, peaking and crashing, Kirkeminde
started cooking methamphetamine in the mid 1990s, about the time
the drug crept north from Southeast Tennessee. He’d tried other
drugs before - alcohol, marijuana, cocaine - but nothing that
gripped him like meth.
he made the drug hundreds of times over the next 10 years - a
time once thought to be the average lifespan for a meth user.
Sometimes he felt Satan at his side.
“I’ve done it
every which way,” he said. “I didn’t just go get a pint of
iodine, I’d get 3 or 4 gallons. I cooked the kind that made you
tweak and peak, if you know what I mean. I looked like death on
a soda cracker. You don’t realize what a life like that does to
you until it’s over.”
days and nights without sleep, spent watching for cops hiding in
the trees and waiting with gun in hand for the raid he expected
at any moment.
come out of that trailer with two guns blazing, and my problems
would have been over,” he said.
ended in June 2003 when officers arrested Kirkeminde with 4
grams of meth during a traffic stop. He agreed to treatment as
part of a plea deal and showed up at the local rescue mission
two nights later, ready to put on a sorrowful face and cry a few
happened on the way to the altar.
time, those little wheels were spinning in my head on how to get
out of this,” he said. “But while I was on my knees, I asked the
Lord, ‘If you’re who you say you are, just take this from me.’
That’s what God can do. He can take a drug addict everybody’s
given up on and give him a new life.”
said he tried meth just once after that night.
“It got me
high, but it made me miserable,” he said. “I threw the rest of
it away. That was the last time.”
looked back. He stayed clean, found a wife, earned two degrees
from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College - and gained more than
100 pounds along the way. He laughs, cries and prays with those
who stand where he stood seven years ago.
hard because I know where they are,” he said. “Sometimes they
just don’t want to hear, and I’ve been there, too.”
says he’ll never give up on anyone. Just this month he helped
baptize 40 inmates. All it took was a Bible, a garden hose and a
can be saved,” he said. “God didn’t give up on me, so I’m not
giving up on anybody else.”
January 25, 2011
Testimony by Cliff Adkins
was born on May-15-1964 in Holden, WV. He is the son of Rev. Roy
and Louise Adkins of Whitman, WV. Cliff grew up in church singing at an early age
with his sisters. After graduating high school, he joined the
United States Air Force where he served honorably for the next
seven years. After his military service, he came back to his
home town and worked for his dad as manager of Roy's Bible
Bookstore in Chapmanville, WV. He then met Robyn "his best
friend from seventh grade", and they married having three
children. He sung the baritone, and some lead parts, with his
Father-In-Law the late Conrad Cook and his group the Calvary
Echoes. During the next number of years, he served many roles
for the group while being trained by Conrad to take over when
and if the time ever came that he went home to be with the Lord.
On June-29-2004, Conrad went home to be with Jesus, and Cliff
had to take over the leadership role for the group after
changing the name to the New Calvary Echoes. He is honored to
take on such a position while keeping the family group on the
battlefield for Christ. He states that he feels like Joshua did
when he had to take over the leadership role after Moses went
home to be with the Lord. Cliff has also assumed the writing of
the group's gospel music while still singing Conrad's songs too.
He has a college degree in the medical field from South College
and also a Doctorate of Music degree from the EmmanuelBaptist
University. Cliff takes care of the groups business while also
taking on his newest work "preaching the gospel. Cliff was
ordained on April-12th-2009 at his home church by Rev. John H
Rutherford Senior Pastor of Faith Fellowship in Charleston, WV.
I have been truly blessed and happily married to my high
school sweetheart Jeanna for almost 24 years. We have
three beautiful children; Jessica our oldest daughter
who is18 and attending college this year, Daniel our son
who is 16 and a sophomore in high school, and our
youngest daughter Jaci who is 7 and in the second grade.
I was raised in church as a child. My parents made sure
we attended church. Not only did we learn biblical
truths from church, we were taught at home. My parents
believed God’s Word about training up a child. We would
read a book from the bible and then my mother would give
us tests. We moved to the Marbledale community when I
was eight years old. My family decided to join the
church when I was nine years old. The pastor asked us
about our salvation and I said I was saved. I was
baptized knowing for certain that I was not saved. For
ten years I lived a life of fear. I knew if Jesus
returned or if I died I would not go to heaven, but hell
would be my destination. I remember getting up in the
middle of the night to look out of my window thinking
Christ was coming back. I was terrified. I was active
in church. I was singing in the choir, doing usher
duties, and my wife and I were even helping with the
youth program. Me? I was a lost man doing church work.
God was gracious and kept dealing with me about my lost
condition. I wanted to be saved, but I wondered what
everybody would think. I finally got rid of my pride
and on the last Sunday of October 1987 I came forward
and asked Jesus to save me and be Lord of my life. What
a journey I have been on! Since my conversion, God has
allowed me to experience His blessings as well as hard
times. It was during one of these hard times at our
church that God called me to preach. I did not run from
this call, but I did allow the circumstances in my life
and church to overshadow the calling God had given me.
Again, God was gracious and merciful. I continued
working for the Lord in the church. God allowed my wife
and I to become the youth leaders. In the midst of all
of this, however God never stopped calling me to
preach. My wife, being much more astute than myself,
let me know that I had been preaching for a long time.
I just never admitted it. On March 30, 2008, I finally
surrendered to His calling. My life has not been the
same since. After months of preaching at various
churches and other revivals and functions, God has
called me away from my home church to start a new
congregation. We have been meeting in my home for a
couple of months and we are looking to move to a more
permanent place. We have been through some rough times
and we have experienced the joy of serving God. Through
it all, God has been with us and God has been good to
us. I get up each morning just wondering what God has
in store for me that day. He never fails me. I can’t
help but praise Him. Why? Because His mercy endures
January 11, 2011
by Allen Leath
I was born
on Valentine's Day, 1965. Not sure why that's even worth
mentioning. Every holiday or special day, I'm sure, has ten's
of thousands of birthdays on it. But it never fails when
someone hears that my birthday falls on Valentine's Day,
everyone thinks it’s so sweet. I guess, but really, I had
nothing to do with it. Contrary to what some may think, I was
not born with an instrument or a microphone in my hand. That
being said, I don't really remember my life without music being
a huge part of it. I was born here in Knoxville to Carroll and
Wilma Leath. Dad was a product of Mascot and mom from
Luttrell. For several years, dad was a Church of God preacher
at a small local church that was so small that he done the
preaching, singing, and even took up the offerings! Mom played
the piano and sang, kept the books, shuttled people back and
forth to church. I witnessed servant-hood at the roots from an
early age. Picking and singing gospel songs soon became a huge
definition of who I was. That would prove to be a detriment
later on in life. In 1986, at the age of 21, I married 17 year
old Tabatha Loveday of Knoxville (a city girl!). We grew up
together, now, if the Lord tarries, we'll grow old together.
The day after Thanksgiving, 1987, a little red-haired girl named
Amanda was born, and changed our lives forever. Almost 6 years
later, our family was completed when son Deric arrived in April,
1993. Two years later, I started my own pest control company,
East Knox Exterminating, where I still work today. It was also
that year, that I truly accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.
In September, 2005, I felt the call of the Lord to take His
music beyond my comfort zone, to wherever He led me. Cross 4
Crowns quartet was formed. The group has had 8 consecutive
single releases that have charted nationally. In 2009, Cross 4
Crowns was nominated top 10 for Horizon group of the year...won
that year by my dear friends, The Crist Family. Our little
red-haired girl, Amanda, is all grown up now, with husband,
Lennie. Deric is a 3rd generation senior at Carter High
School. My lovely wife, Tabatha, has returned to school....and
me?.....I'm just one blessed man!
January 4, 2011
Testimony by Leonard (Lennie) Blaine Lawson, Sr.
Leonard Blaine Lawson, Sr. (Lennie) was born on November 17,
1956 in South Charleston, West Virginia to Max and Barbara
Lawson. Max began his career with Chevrolet as a district
manager the same year Lennie was born, and Barbara was an
educator in the classroom and on public television for most of
her career. Lennie has one brother, Max Wendell Lawson, Jr., who
is a board certified cardiologist practicing with Parkway
Cardiology and at Methodist Hospital in Oak Ridge, TN. The
family moved to Greeneville, Tennessee when Lennie was 14 and
when his father became the local Chevrolet dealer. Lennie was a
starter on the Greeneville High School basketball team and
played #1 on the tennis team. He graduated 33rd in
his class of 240 students. Lennie is a 1978 cum laude graduate
of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he received a
degree in Business Administration/Marketing. Lennie married his
high school sweetheart, the former Terri Nelson, and they have
been married for 32 years. Lennie and Terri have 3 children:
Blaine (27), Abby (25) and Audra (23) and one grandson, Kannon
Lennie has been a member of Asbury United Methodist Church since
1971. He has dedicated his time and services to his church by
being a lay speaker, a ten-year member of his church choir, a
Sunday School teacher for the past 8 years and has mentored the
youth in his church by serving as a Christian Youth Counselor
for 13 years. Lennie has also served as a member of the Board
of Trustees. He also sings and performs in a contemporary
worship band where he plays the guitar and piano.
Lennie participates in many local civic and community
organizations. He has served as the past president of the
JayCees and the Greeneville Exchange Club. He is a current
board member of the Greeneville Parks & Recreation Department,
where he has served for 10 years. He has participated as a head
basketball coach in the City Boys & Girls Youth League for13
years. He is a past chairperson and current member of the
Laughlin Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. He has
organized and promoted Christian Music Concerts for the
Greeneville Youth Ministries. Lennie is a former board member
of the Youth Action Committee Teams for the Greeneville-Greene
County Partnership (Chamber of Commerce). He is also a graduate
of the Greeneville-Greene County Leadership Development
Program. Lennie is a frequent speaker and performer at area
churches, business groups, and various civic organizations.
Lennie the owner of Gateway Ford, Lincoln, Mazda,
Inc. located in Greeneville. He also owns Lawson Collision
Repair Center and Consumer Auto Finance Company, all located in
Greeneville. Lennie has been a Chevrolet Dealer, an Oldsmobile
dealer, a Mitsubishi dealer, a Toyota dealership partner and his
family has been involved in the car business since 1932. He was
a founding director and chairman of the Bank of Greeneville.
Lawson is also the creator and host of a daily radio talk show,
“My Car Guru” which is produced and broadcasted from
WJCW, AM 910, the talk radio station for the Tri-Cities market
in upper east Tennessee. Lennie has been a fixture on talk radio
since 1999. The show focuses on such automotive topics such as
understanding current technology, buying, selling, negotiating,
financing, maintaining and repairing vehicles in today’s market.
Lawson was selected as an Automotive News
“Innovative Dealer” in the October 4, 2004
issuedue to the success and uniqueness of his radio
In Lennie’s spare time, he enjoys road cycling,
writing and performing music, “gentleman” farming, supporting
the Tennessee Volunteers and most importantly, spending quality
time with his wife and family.