Staff
Pastor

Chris Brown

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Chris was appointed as the Pastor of Wheeler in June 2012.  Chris grew up at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee and served as the college ministry coordinator there between 2001-2005. He experienced God through many ministries and missions of Holston Conference, including Camp Wesley Woods, Appalachia Service Project and international mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil. Chris graduated from The University of Tennessee in 2005 (BA) and Duke Divinity School in 2008 (M.Div). He was ordained as an elder in full connection of the Holston Annual Conference in June 2010. His previous appointment was at Narrows First United Methodist Church in Narrows, Virginia (2008-2012). Chris and his wife have a little girl. 


Certified Lay Minister

Emily Harding

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Emily joined the staff in October 2013 and became a Certified Lay Minister in 2015. She has been a member of Wheeler since 1995. Before that she was a member of Blountville UMC since birth. She has a degree in elementary education from E.T.S.U.  Since joining Wheeler, Emily has served in many capacities and areas throughout the years, including leading a Bible Story time for our childcare children on Tuesday and Thursday. Emily has a husband, Arved and two sons who also attend Wheeler. She enjoys taking care of her immediate, extended and church families. Emily is pleased and honored to be able to serve the Lord and the people of Wheeler. 

 


Youth Intern

Sarah Arnold

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Sarah is a a graduate of ETSU. She loves traveling, hiking with friends, eating Krispy Kreme when the hot sign is on, playing with dogs, and serving on mission trips
 
Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 5:16  "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
 
She considers Wheeler UMC her family because "I have people there pray for me and care about me.  I enjoy working with the youth because I love watching them grow in their faith and make long lasting friendships with each other.  The Wheeler UMC youth group helped lead me on my walk with Jesus Christ and was something I attended often growing up, and it is very special to me that I get to go back and work with the youth now."

Youth Intern

Hunter Arnold

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Hunter is a Junior majoring in Construction Engineering. He loves being outdoors, riding his bicycle, fishing, and missions. His favorite verse is Genesis 1:3-4 "And God said,"Let there be light," and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness."

Hunter loves the community at Wheeler and the way everyone treats one another like family. He loves leading youth because of how important the youth are in the church, and he likes to see them grow in their faith journeys.


Choir Director

Matthew Hartgrove

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Matt joined the staff at Wheeler in May of 2016. He is a music student at East Tennessee State University where he will graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal music education in 2017. Matt has a passion for music and wants to honor God through it. A couple of his favorite scriptures are Psalm 150 verses 1 and 2 and Psalm 23:4 

Psalm 150: 1-2: "Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. 2. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His Excellent Greatness." 

Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”


Accompanist

Svetlana Yatsky

Svetlana joined the staff at Wheeler in 2013. She plays for the 11 am morning worship service on Sunday. In addition to piano, Svetlana plays the harp and the guitar. She also offers affordable lessons for anyone interested in piano, harp or guitar. To contact her, email her at yatsky@mail.ru


Custodian

Diana Overbay