Ministry Team

Todd Chancey - Senior Minister

Rev. Todd Chancey has been married to his wife Liz for over 37 years. They have two adult daughters, two sons-in-laws and three granddaughters. Todd enjoyed a 15-year career in Church Business Administration before answering a call to pastoral ministry. He is an ordained elder in full connection in the Holston Annual Conference. Todd received his BS Degree in Organizational Management at Covenant College, and attended the Course of Study and Advanced Course of Study at Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he received his Masters of Divinity equivalent. He has co-authored two books, the most recent with his wife Liz, titled God in the Midst of Thorns: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Strength and Justice. This latest work will be in publication by late Summer of 2019. It is based on a true story and authored under the pen names Christopher and Hilda Talley. Todd has spent a large part of his career participating and leading mission work and mission teams in local, regional, and international locations. He has worked full time in Christian ministry for the past 31 years. Most recently he served Kingston UMC for the past seven years, and Apison UMC for the previous eight years. Todd and Liz believe that all ministry is relational and the more you share life together with the church family the more you grow in discipleship. Todd enjoys preaching, teaching, and administrating the needs of the local church. He has served in local, district, and conference leadership for many years. Todd and Liz are both very excited about the opportunities of serving the church family at Alcoa First United Methodist Church.

Brooke Strayn - Director of Children’s Ministries

Brooke Bledsoe Strayn has been married to her husband Nathan for over 14 years.  They have 2 daughters and many farm animals.  Brooke has been in Blount County her entire life and is an Alcoa High School Graduate.  Brooke is currently pursuing a degree at UT.  In 2015 the Lord began giving Brooke a heart for Children’s Ministries and a door opened for her to share her love of the Lord.  Brooke is excited about what the Lord is doing at Alcoa First and feels blessed to be a part of Alcoa First UMC Ministries.

                           - Youth Director


Johnny Walker - Director of Operations

 Beth Green - Music Director

Genia Hewitt ReelAdministrative Assistant

Genia has been a member of AFUMC since 2003 and has served as the Administrative Assistant since April of 2013. She believes being here at AFUMC is through God’s gracious timing, a love for her church and compassion for others. Along with supporting our pastor, staff and church members, she is coordinator for the church-wide prayer chain and loves helping out wherever needed. Genia is passionate about her family; daughters, Rachel, Heather and Jennifer, son, Ben and daughter-in-law, Jennifer and eight grandchildren; Jaycie, Aneesa, Preston, Nathaniel, Ainsley, Amelia, Morgan and Harvey. Genia is also blessed to have her dad close by, living only a little over an hour away. Time spent with family, friends, her church family and loved ones is a priority, followed by a love of baseball, as much time in the kitchen as possible, a healthy walking journey, reading, writingand quiet times, all of which brings joy to her heart

John Tate - Church Accountant

 Linda Jackson - Nursery Supervisor

 Carla Taylor - Pianist

 Brooke Gunning - Media/Worship Technologies/Website