Knoxville District
News & Updates

Greetings and thank you for so many wonderful words of welcome and support.
     I am still very much in the "getting familiar" stage of this transition to the Knoxville and Oak Ridge Districts. And perhaps we will all live with that word "transition" for a while. Transitions are filled with the unknown, uncertainties and questions. But it is also a time of great opportunity and challenge. I have certainly never served two districts before. I don't know exactly how it will work but day by day we will all figure it out together. The great opportunity for me is to learn to trust God to be with us. That is where I lean first. I am thankful for two wonderful Administrative Assistants, Mary and Lori. I am thankful for the people of God in these two districts. I am thankful for the superb work of Adam McKee and Nathan Malone in these two districts. And I am thankful that Rev. Jason Gattis, Maryville District, will help me out if the weeds get too high!
      Friends, we are all on the same team. At the end of the day, our identity is not given by district lines. We are defined by the redemptive power of a Risen Lord. We each were called to be His disciples. We were commissioned at our baptism to a common community (His Church) and a common calling. We wake up each morning loved by Jesus and attempt all day to love as He loved. At the end of the day, we rest in His grace to forgive and renew. I am passionate about Jesus. I am passionate about the Church, His Body. And I am excited to discover with you what God is up to.
      Lori, Mary, and I are in touch every day. They will know where I am, when I am available, and my cell phone number. My cell phone is my mobile office. Some days I will be in the Oak Ridge Office and some days I will be in the Knoxville Office. You are welcome to meet me at either place.
Larry and I live in Sterchi Hills in the North Knoxville area. We have a lot of flowers to tend and a two year old grandson, Jordan with whom we must make memories. I will try to honor my need for days off to play, have Sabbath, and invest in my relationships with my husband, children, and grandchildren.
      I look forward to this journey in your midst.
Brenda Carroll


moves within the District
  • Brenda Carroll from Chattanooga DS to Knoxville and Oak Ridge DS 
  • Robert Haskins from French Broad UMC to Pleasant Hill UMC
  • Richard Richter from Hillcrest/Hendron's Chapel UMC to Cedar Lane UMC
  • Monty Walton from Lincoln Park UMC to Hillcrest/Hendron's Chapel UMC
  • Ashley Helton from Christ UMC to Asbury UMC
  • Angela Hardy Cross from Bethel, Amherst UMC to Bethel, Amherst / Lincoln Park UMC
new to the District
  • J. David Tabor from Tazewell DS to Christ UMC
  • Megan Boatwright South Carolina to Associate Pastor Christ UMC
  • CharkesStarks from Morristown First to Senior Pastor, Church Street UMC
  • Charles Maynard from Maryville DS to Cokesbury UMC, Traditional Worship Pastor
  • Stephen Burkhart from Bradley/Good Shephard UMC Oak Ridge to Beulah/French Broad UMC
  • David Coulter from Middlecreek, Maryville District to Associate Pastor, Kodak UMC
  • Chad Roberts, new Local Pastor to Trentville UMC
  • Gery Dingman, Supply Pastor to Bethel, East Knoxville
  • Heidi Parunak, to Chaplain, KARM
  • Stephanie Parrott, Wesley Foundation UTK

  • Dennie Humphreys (RE)
  • Al Shaver (RL)
  • Laura A. Shearer (RE)
  • David L. Smith (RE)
  • Bruce Spangler (RE)
new Local Pastors                  Provisional Membership
Heidi Parunak                                              Stephanie Parrott (Povisional Deacon)
Chad Roberts                                               Monty Walton (Provisional Elder)

Will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8th 10:00am at Macedonia United Methodist Church, 4630 Holston Drive. 

Bi-Vocational Pastors, we realize many of you are unavailable to meet during our morning meetings.  Now you have the option of attending an evening meeting on Thursday, Aug. 10th 6:30pm at Powell UMC in room 201.  323 W Emory Rd, Powell


Lots to discuss... spend some time together, worship, share communion and get to know our new District Superintendent.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017 is in the books. 
To review actions and events of Annual Conference 2017 please visit the  Holston Conference Website.  There you will find a complete listing of 2017-18 appointments, video links and many other items of interest.

Backpacks/School kits for Zi mbabwe:  Knoxville District collected 643 Backpacks our goal was 400.  We had 34 out of our 50 district churches participate in this project.  Our largest contribution (51 backpacks) came from 2 of our small churches Fairview and Oakwood (Knoxville Circuit; Rev. John Jackson)
Employment Opportunity

Cokesbury UMC is hiring for a part-time Kitchen Team Leader for one of our Outreach ministries (Hope Initiative).  Hope Initiative meets on Tuesday evenings during the school year and we provide meals for upwards of 200 people.  This role would involve leading the volunteer kitchen team in prepping and serving the meal, ensuring that meals are planned and food is ordered, and seeing that the kitchen is restored after dinner.  Contact: 

Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church, Karns area of Knoxville, seeks part-time Choir Director (approximately 4 hours per week). Primary responsibilities include directing choir for Sunday services; attending mid-week choir practices and development of a youth choir program.  Position requires vocal/piano skills as well as choral conducting background with ability to direct/develop choir.  Experience in educational or church setting is preferred. Salary is negotiable depending on training and experience. Job description available by request.  (We also have hand-bells available)   Interested persons should respond to with resumes and inquiries by September 6. 

             Wildfire Update

We wanted to provide you with an important update. Because of your generosity Holston has now given $262,500 to Appalachia Service Project for their Sevier County Rebuild Project. This total includes our starting gift of $125,000 and the sponsorship of the walls of the first 25 homes that ASP will build. This money came from your churches, individual donors, matched gifts from the conference and many others. Thank you for all you've done!
                                                      Still wanting to be involved?

Financial gifts can be made directly to ASP by sending money to 4523 Bristol Highway Johnson City, TN 37601 attn: Sevier County Rebuild Project OR to the Holston Conference Office attn: Wildfire Recovery.

                                                  Wanting to do some physical work?

ASP has said "We have several sites that we want to start building on, but there is still debris, ash, old foundations, etc in the way. Do you know of any one that has access to equipment and/or could operate this equipment for us? The other issue is a lot of those sites are steep, which makes it more difficult. But we're also looking for anyone that wants to come volunteer as well! For the rest of the summer we'll have things like siding, soffit, insulation, painting, and building decks to do. Anyone interested can call Luke at: (423) 268-0240." 


Contact Volunteer East TN at . They will match your skills and availability to the current Sevier County/ASP needs.

Thank you for all you've done so far! Please continue your prayers for these families and volunteers!

Mollianne Hubbs
Wildfire Response
Holston Conference of the UMC

Holston Administrative Professionals
            2017 HAP Conference
       SEPTEMBER, 27-19  Gatlinburg

Greetings, Holston Administrative Professionals and Other Support Staff!

We are pleased to announce that our 2017 HAP Retreat will take place in Gatlinburg at the Hilton Garden Inn from September 27 - 29.

We will have an exciting group of speakers this year: Thursday will feature Carla Testerman (Health and Wellness), Chris Luper (Communications & Social Media), and Lauri Jo Cranford (Healthy Boundaries). On Friday we will hear from a panel of experts, including Charles Maynard and Gatlinburg firefighters, on personal safety and emergency measures during a local disaster. We will have music and a communion service each day and will
offer a mission opportunity. (Details coming soon)

For those who arrive on Wednesday, we recommend lunch at the Wild Plum Tea Room and a
tram ride to Ober Gatlinburg before dinner. If we get a group of 12 or more, the rate will drop from $13 to $11 per person. Dinner after the tram ride will be on your own. There is a restaurant at Ober Gatlinburg as well as Bennet's Bar-B-Q and The Peddler Steak House within a block of the hotel.

All breakfasts are on your own as well. You can purchase breakfast at the hotel. There is a highly rated new restaurant two blocks away called, "Crockett's Breakfast Camp."
On Thursday, lunch is included at the hotel in your registration fee. (Be sure to select your lunch choice on the registration form.) Dinner is on your own, but we invite you to join us at
The Hatfields and McCoys Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge. (Check registration form for this event.) Some of us have been there and can testify to the quality clogging, dueling banjo's, and amazing pulled pork!

Our "official" schedule begins with registration from 8 - 9 am on Thursday and ends before noon on Friday. More information including the complete schedule and mission opportunity data will be coming soon. We hope you can join us for this wonderful time of education, relaxation, and fellowship. 0.5 CEUs are available from Wesley Leadership Institute for attending the full event.

               Saturday, Nov. 4           10am-3pm           
                         Trinity Outreach Center Fellowship Hall
                         320 Robertsville Rd
                         Oak Ridge, TN 37830

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM)  Team Leaders needing this training and any persons interested in leading a mission team on a trip should attend.  This course will provide you with tools you need to confidently lead a mission team from your church/congregation on a successful mission trip either within the US or throughout the world.

For more information and registration please follow this link or contact Maxine or Bob Schultz, 865-719-4304 or 865-719-3230.