Ministry Team

Ty Harrison - Senior Minister

Kim and I are excited about our appointment to Alcoa 1st UMC. We were married in 1984 while I was finishing my undergraduate work at Berea College in Kentucky. After four years of working in the furniture industry I answered the call to preach in the United Methodist Church. My Master of Divinity degree I earned at Duke Divinity School of Duke University. From there, Kim and I ministered in Pulaski, VA, Galax, VA, Kodak, TN, Hillsville, VA, and most recently Keith Memorial in Athens, TN. Kim and I are blessed with three daughters, Joye, who is a student at Liberty University, Elizabeth, 15 years old and Lydia, who is 8 years old. While I was raised in Lynchburg, VA, Kim was raised in Mt. Airy, NC. We are familiar with this area as Kim has an aunt, uncle and cousins that live in Maryville. Alcoa First’s reputation preceded you as you are known for your effectiveness in Children’s and Youth ministries and your vibrancy in worship and missions. Our family looks forward with great anticipation of being in ministry with you for years to come.  -

Rex Rogers - Associate Minister -

Brooke Strayn - Director of Children’s Ministries

Hello AFUMC, my name is Brooke Bledsoe Strayn and I want to say I feel beyond blessed to start in the ministry of watching your children grow and learn more about God and how much he loves us. I was born and raised in the Alcoa community where I graduated from Alcoa High School in 2002. I have been married to Nathan Strayn for 10 years and we have two beautiful girls Paislee Anna Strayn (3) and Piper Rory Strayn (2). I have attended AFUMC since 2009 –present along with my parents Dr. Janet and Loren Bledsoe. I have enjoyed volunteering in childrens church, cherub church, Wednesday night youth and Children’s VBS. Some of my favorite hobbies include cooking, being outdoors, being with my close friends and family, traveling to our family farm in KY, attending bible studies and loving the Lord. Some interesting facts you may not know about me are: I am a certified scuba diver, my husband and I enjoy deer hunting, my favorite TV show is Fixer Upper, I have a very simplistic style (from what my family has told me), I am one of 27 grandkids and I love my quiet time with the Lord.  -

Jim Gass - Youth Director

Johnny Walker - Director of Operations -

 Beth Green - Interim Music Director

Genia Jackson - Administrative Assistant Genia has been a member of AFUMC since 2003 and has served in her current position as Administrative Assistant/Secretary since April of 2013. Prior to that, she worked at Kimberly-Clark for eleven years as meeting coordinator. She believes her being here is through God’s gracious timing, a love for her church and compassion for others. Along with supporting our pastors, church staff and church members, she is coordinator for the church wide prayer chain and loves helping out wherever needed. Genia has four adult children, three son-in-laws, one daughter-in-law, eight grandchildren and her dad who lives only an hour or so away. Her favorite things to do include; spending time with family and friends, going to baseball games, cooking, baking, reading, writing and quiet times. -

John Tate - Church Accountant -

 Linda Jackson - Nursery Supervisor

 Carla Taylor - Pianist

 Brooke Gunning - Media/Worship Technologies/Website