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Pastors and staff

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  • Rev. Catherine Nance   - Senior Pastor

    cnance@1stchurch.org    865-982-1273 (Office)  865-660-2082 (Mobile)


  • Rev. Parker Benson - Senior Associate Pastor

    pbenson@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273 (Office)  865-255-3781 (Mobile)


  • Rev. Sarah Slack - Associate Pastor

    sslack@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273 (Office)  865-640-0807 (Mobile)




ministry leaders


  • Terry Wilson - Director of Music

    sacmusic@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273 ext. 109

  • Susan Daves - Assistant Director of Music

    sdaves@1stchurch.org 865-982-1273 ext. 110

  • Chris Lee - Contemporary Worship Music Director

    clee@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273 ext. 116

  • Dwain Pesterfield - Church organist and pianst

  • Denise Johns - Director of Children's Ministries

    djohns@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273 ext. 113

  • Carmen Faircloth - Assistant Director of Children's Ministries

    865-982-1273

  • Nathan Irwin - Director of Youth Ministries

    nirwin@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273 ext. 202

  • Amelia Geis-Scott - Welcome Table and Church Chef

    ameliageis@yahoo.com  865-982-1273

  • Samuel Williams - Technical Director

    swilliams@1stchurch.org   865-982-1273

  • Sarah Lawson - Director of Youth Choir Music

    865-982-1273

  • Katie Russell - Director of Children's Choral Music

    865-982-1273



administrative staff


  • Mark Blodgett - Church Administrator

    mblodgett@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273  ext. 2013

  • Clayton Hensley - Director of Communications

    chensley@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273 ext. 100

  • Jane Sanders - Membership Secretary

    jsanders@1stchurch.org  865-982-1273 ext. 101

  • Paul Brown - Maintenance Supervisor

    865-216-9745

  • Sherri Justice - Custodial Staff

    865-982-1273

  • Bryan Holder - Custodial Staff

    865-982-1273