We lift prayers for our pastors, our congregation, our staff and our leadership as we prepare for these projected pastoral appointments effective July 1.
Pastor Tom Ballard is retiring after 35 years of vocational ministry in The United Methodist Church. His last Sunday at FCUMC will be June 13.
Pastor Kristen Burkhart will become the Senior Pastor at First UMC in Dandridge. Her last Sunday at FCUMC will be June 13.
We will certainly miss Pastor Tom, Pastor Kristen and their families. Farewell festivities will be announced soon.
On Sunday, July 4, we will welcome Don Hanshew as our new Senior Pastor and Chase Crickenberger as our new Associate Pastor. Read about Pastor Don and Pastor Chase in our May Newsletter and check out this video interview with Pastor Don and this interview with Pastor Chase.