9:00 AM Traditional
10:00 AM Sunday School for all ages
11:00 AM Contemporary

 
 

Church Staff


 Don Thomas, Lead Pastor, dthomas@ffumc.org

Don became pastor of First Farragut Methodist Church on July 1,  2016. He began his pastoral ministry in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1972, while studying at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee. He completed his Master of Divinity Degree in 1977 at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was ordained as an Elder in 1978.

Don is a native of Marion, Virginia, and Don’s wife, Anna, is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Don and Anna's daughter and son-in-law (Emily and James Bull) live in Mt. Juliete, TN, and thier son and daughter-in-law (David and Ashley Thomas) live in Farragut. The tree grandchildren; Mackensie, Mason, and Cooper Thomas, complete the family circle.

Don is active in the Holston Conference youth and camping ministries. In 1986, he helped establish the annual evangelistic youth group retreat called Resurrection, and continues as a member of the design team. He is a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Knoxville. His hobbies include photography, tending to houseplants, reading, community engagement, and enjoying new friendships and experiences. He retired from the Navy Reserve Chaplaincy in 2007, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

 



Chuck Powell, Director of Youth Ministries and Worship, cpowell@ffumc.org

Chuck has been working with the youth at FFUMC since December of 2012, following 3 years in the business world.  Prior to that, Chuck served various churches in Texas, North Carolina, and Tennessee in Youth, Children, Teaching, and Worship ministries. Chuck has also been working closely with the worship ministries of FFUMC since he started here and has been helping plan and design our worship services for several years. Chuck has been Director of Worship since 2016

Chuck and his wife, Janie (a hospital chaplain), are both recipients of Masters of Divinity degrees from the Divinity School of Gardner-Webb University.  Their daughter Zoe was born in December of 2009, and Molly came along in the summer of 2013.

Chuck loves literature, film and is a big-time music snob, with a collection of thousands of CDs and hundreds of vinyl records.  Chuck also, despite growing up mostly in the Knoxville area, spends a lot of time cheering on his beloved Kentucky Wildcats.

Chuck's desire for the youth of FFUMC is for them to experience God's presence in their lives through Bible Study, Prayer, Worship, Community, Fellowship, Service and Evangelism.

 

 Randee Schoenike, Administrative Assistant, admin@ffumc.org

Randee has a Bachelor of Business in Office Administration. She has been employed by four churches and a faith-based financial organization since 1995. Randee and her husband, Aaron, have three teenagers: Noah is studying music education at UT; Emma, and Jonah attend school in Farragut.  She and Aaron enjoy watching their children play in the Farragut High School Band, FHS Winter Guard, and Farragut Lacrosse.  Randee is thankful for the opportunity to use her God-given abilities as an administrative assistant as she joins the First Farragut United Methodist family.

 

Paige Morgan, Director of Children & Family Ministries, pmorgan@ffumc.org

Paige began working at FFUMC in June of 2014 after returning to Knoxville with her family.  She previously lived in Bristol, TN and worked at State Street United Methodist Church and Spring Garden Preschool.  Paige has been in ministry for over 10 years and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from King University.  She loves children and is so excited to be a part of the First Farragut UMC staff.  Paige desires to create a loving, safe place for the children of First Farragut and to help them as they take those first steps on their journey with God.

She has a strong desire to cultivate a place where parents and family members can come and replenish in the love of Christ while learning how to better serve not only their family, but also their community family.

Paige has two children of her own:  Bentley, who is 6; and Hadley, who is 4.  They keep her and her husband Andy very busy. During any free time she may have, Paige enjoys reading, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and going new places.  

 

Jen Braun, Financial Administrator, finance@ffumc.org

Jen Braun is originally from Cleveland Ohio.  She moved to Knoxville with her husband and two children in August of 2011.  Jen has extensive financial experience, having worked in various positions in banking along with her degree in Accountancy from the University of Akron.  Jen also loves children and has worked in various positions with children over the years, currently she volunteers as a Sunday School Teacher here at First Farragut.  She has been a member at First Farragut since October 2012.

Jen is passionate about our church and ensuring we are good stewards of our resources. 

Jayme Lyttle, Contemporary Worship Leader


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John Morris, Director of Choirs


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John has been in church music all of his life.  As a preacher’s kid, he knew how important music was to the life of a church.  John learned sacred music singing in the adult choir as a freshman in high school.  Hymn singing was always a part of his family’s life growing up. 

John has served as the music director for East Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Frist Baptist Church in Crossville, Glenwood Baptist and Meridian Baptist Churches in Knoxville.  He has been serving as the traditional music director (as a volunteer layperson) at First Farragut since 2008.  In addition to his choral background, John also plays the drums, bass and guitar (not all at once) for the contemporary praise service at FFUMC.

John believes that worship through music is at the core of the Methodist Movement.  ‘It is important to sing the right notes and rhythm, but God hears what is on our heart’.

 
 

David Morgan, Accompanist


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David is very grateful, proud, and excited to be a member of the First Farragut United Methodist Church!  Raised in Epworth United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, David began serving as Church Pianist at age twelve at First Church of God (based in Anderson, Indiana) and Holmes Street United Methodist Church in Huntsville.   

At age sixteen, as a winner of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Auditions, he appeared as solo pianist with the Orchestra, and was invited the following Season as a High School Senior to be Guest Soloist in the Orchestra's Professional Subscription Series.  

As a teenager, he studied with Dr. Frank Contreras and Amanda Penick at the University of Alabama, appearing in the Alabama PBS Television Series "Pianist at Work" for three summers.  As a Scholarship student at the University of South Alabama, he won the Young Artist Solo Auditions of the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.  

After moving to Knoxville in 1984, David served as Church Pianist at Knoxville First Church of God for fourteen years and at Smithwood Baptist Church in Fountain City for five years, frequently collaborating with organist and sacred composer Mary McDonald and members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.  While a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, David studied with Dr. David Northington of Farragut.  He is the son of Nancy Morgan of Knoxville and Dr. Sam Morgan of Morristown, Tennessee.

Renni Morris, Director of Spiritual Formations, rmorris@ffumc.org

Renni is passionate about ministries of prayer, worship, and study.  She completed the Upper Room Two-Year Academy of Spiritual Formation in 2007 and received her UMC Certification in Spiritual Formation from the United Methodist Church in 2015. 

Renni and her husband, John, have been members of FFUMC since 2000.  They both graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   They enjoy time at the lake, especially with their daughter, Margaret, and their "son-in-love," Peter. 

 

Marilyn Halas, Hostess & Kitchen Coordinator

Marilyn is very happy, to become our Hostess Coordinator for church events. Her husband Jerry (of 30 years this August) and her have two grown children, a daughter, Sabrina Gunderson, who lives in Crossville, a son, Carl Darling, who lives in Florida, and two grown grandchildren. We moved to Tellico Village in November of 2015. She was a bank teller for fifteen years and a realtor in Michigan for seventeen years. She's looking forward to serving FFUMC. She belongs to Bethel United Methodist Church in Loudon, a small church, but a church of faith and love.














 

 
First Farragut United Methodist Church : 12733 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934 : 865-966-8430