Pastor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Except for a few years spent away at school, Adam has always called the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee home. He is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His wife, Bobbi, is the Director of Social Work at the Salvation Army in Johnson City, TN. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Madeleine and Annie.
Adam is passionate about worship and Bible study. He believes the church is in a necessary season of learning again what it means to be Christians in the world. He is grateful to be part of Mafair.
He loves cooking, reading, Braves baseball, and golf.
Office Manager/Financial Administrator | email@example.com
Susan joined the Mafair staff in October 2013 as the Financial Administrator. She currently holds the positions of Office Manager and Financial Administrator and is responsible for the financial oversight and office management for the church.
Born and raised in Abingdon, VA, Susan graduated from Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC with a business degree in Hospitality Management. Susan has been married to Steve since 1992 and they have a son Aaron, who was born in 1997 with CHARGE Syndrome.
Susan, Steve & Aaron love to travel and spend time at the beach when possible. Susan is a passionate advocate for Aaron and others with special needs and dreams of starting an outreach ministry for individuals with special needs here at Mafair.
Communications Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray joined Mafair’s membership on Easter 2017 and comes to us with experience as a staff member from other churches in various roles. His knowledge of The United Methodist Church and our own internal Mafair structure – as well as technical knowledge in software application and social media use – helps us and keeps him very busy.
During the week, you can find Ray in the office. On Sundays, Ray is either in the tech booth at the back of the sanctuary or at the organ console.
Ray is originally from the Chicago suburbs but says he got to Kingsport as soon as he could. In his spare time, Ray enjoys all things computers and likes just about every kind of music.
Music Director | email@example.com
Kristen grew up in Horseheads, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Mansfield University and her master’s degree in education from Cabrini College. At Mansfield, she studied vocal technique under Dr. Douglas Crowder, and choral conducting under Dr. Peggy Dettwiler.
Her twelve years of teaching included everything from high school orchestra to elementary general music, with her last seven years focused on elementary education and children’s choir.
Her performance experience includes being a member and soloist with North Country Chorus of Vermont, and she is currently a member of Voices of the Mountains here in Tennessee. She toured internationally with the Mansfield University Concert Choir in 2006 performing in Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria.
She now lives in Kingsport with her husband Charles. Together, they own and operate Mariano Machine. Her hobbies include singing, painting, baking, board games, and various outdoor activities.
Glenda was born in Johnson City, but raised from the age of 5 in Mountain City, Tennessee, where she graduated from Johnson County High School. She attended Appalachian State University before transferring to ETSU, graduating from there with a degree in piano performance. While working in a music store in Johnson City, she returned to ETSU to study accounting, and eventually passed the CPA exam. Glenda has the unique distinction of being a CPA without a degree in accounting. She has been a partner in two CPA firms, and now works part-time for Blackburn, Childers & Steagall, PLC in addition to serving as staff pianist for Mafair. She married Carroll “Tubby” Gray in 1970, and they have a daughter, RebaAnn, who lives in Chico, California. Glenda has served in various capacities of the local and district UMC, as well as at the Conference level. However, her greatest pleasure in serving Him has been through the music ministry at Mafair; it has truly been one of her supreme joys for which she will always be grateful!
Eric was raised on a dairy farm in Limestone, TN, graduated from David Crockett High School, East Tennessee State University, and Tusculum College, and served as an Armor Officer in the United States Army.
Betsy was born and raised in Jonesborough, TN. After graduating from college in 1982 as a Medical Assistant, she worked at Johnson City Medical Center for seven years. In 1990 she met Eric and they were married in 1991.
Eric has served as Mafair’s Youth Director since September 1998. Betsy had been a stay-at-home mom since the birth of their first child, so she began helping out with the youth program on a volunteer basis. In 2005, their youngest entered kindergarten, so Betsy rejoined the workforce here at Mafair.
Children’s and Young Adults Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Annie is an ETSU graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Legal Studies. Annie has always loved working with youth and children. She is thrilled to fulfill God’s call to ministry as the Children’s Director at Mafair, her home church.
Annie loves spending time in nature, going for runs around Kingsport, and enjoying a cup of coffee with her journal and God. She loves to read and her favorite movie is “The Lion King.” Annie’s favorite dessert is banana pudding, but Moose Tracks ice cream is a close second.
Annie married Jackson Coleman here at Mafair in May 2019. They met at Dobyns-Bennett High School, where they both graduated. Their daughter Blakely was born June 21, 2021. Annie and Jackson love ministering to the kids of Mafair together.
Annie’s dream for Mafair Kids is to always work to grow closer to God and each other, and have fun while doing it! Annie playfully named the Kids Program “SPLASH” which stands for “Simply Praising, Loving and Serving Him.”