Staff

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Rev. Dawn Chesser, Pastor

Pastor Dawn is an ordained elder and currently a member of the Holston Annual Conference. Dawn grew up in Arkansas, but moved to Northern Illinois to attend Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dawn served for nineteen years in the Chicago metropolitan area as a member of the Northern Illinois Conference. She has led congregations ranging from urban to suburban to rural, large, medium, and small, in varied worship styles. She also served for a short time in campus ministry. While completing her PhD in liturgical studies she taught at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She lives in Fountain City with her husband Scot Danforth and their two dogs and two cats. Dawn and Scot have two adult sons.

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Jim Kennedy, Music Director

Jim Kennedy began his directing career at his home church in 1975. In addition this career, with a masters degree in Choral Conducting from UT School of Music, he also has thought music in the Knox County School system since 1982 serving eight years at Rule High School and 27 years at Powell High School where he is presently employed.  Jim lives in Maryville with his son, Nolan.

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Sylvia Duquet, organist/pianist

Sylvia has been a organist / pianist since the age of 18, performing and accompanying for denominations nationwide,  receiving her training from the South's leading "Theatre Organist" in her hometown of Tampa, Florida, and serving as military musician at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma during the Vietnam War.  Sylvia is delighted to serve St. Paul's healthy spiritual family.

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George Byrge, Custodian

George grew up in Fountain City, just a few streets over from the church and is very commited to the community.  A jack of all trades, in his spare time, he enjoys restoring Chevy trucks and listening to live music.