NEWS & INFO
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.
Crystal Smith - Associate Minister
My name is Crystal Smith and I am filled with great joy and excitement to be appointed as one of your pastors at Alcoa 1st UMC. I was born and raised in Greeneville, TN. I received my undergraduate degree from Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC in 2001 and was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2007. Also in 2007, my husband Trevor and I were married. Trevor currently serves as the Director of Music and Worship at Central UMC in Lenoir City, TN. We have a daughter, Ella who is 5 years old and a 10-year-old lab named Lex. I have served as pastor at Colonial Heights UMC in Kingsport, TN, Sumrall UMC in MS and most recently First UMC Oak Ridge in Oak Ridge, TN. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling and being outdoors. I am excited about the opportunity God has blessed me with to share in ministry with you. I believe that together we can open ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit, so we may know God’s will and follow with generous hearts. I look forward to meeting you all and learning the wonders of your life and faith stories.
Sherry Shelton - Director of Children's Ministries
Sherry Shelton attended University of Memphis and U.T. Knoxville studying in Early Childhood Development. She meet husband, Bill, while studying at U.T Knoxville. They have been married for 34 years. Bill is a Pastor in the HolstonConference and is serving at Saint John UMC. They have three adult children. Will Shelton, who is the Associate Pastor at Keith Memorial in Athens, Sara Shelton, who is a writer for the North American Mission Board in Atlanta and Emily Adler, a teacher in Alcoa City Schools. Emily is married to Bryant Adler, the Band Director for Alcoa Middle & Alcoa High School. Sherry grew up in a family of eight children, so her love for children comes naturally. She has served as the Director of Children’s Ministry for 15 years at Alcoa FUMC.
Brooke Strayn - Assistant 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.
Jamie Dulany - Director of Youth Ministries
Jamie was born in Louisville, TN and attended Alcoa City Schools from kindergarten all the way through high school. She graduated from Alcoa in 2008 and then continued her education at the University of Tennessee where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in May 2012. She was a Marketing and International Business major in her undergrad and is now pursuing her Masters in Education at Lincoln Memorial University. Jamie is the assistant volleyball coach at Alcoa High School and coaches a 6th grade girls AAU basketball team through the summer. She enjoys spending time with family and friends along with serving in our Youth and Children’s Departments alongside Ms. Sherry.
- Director of Music Ministries
Johnny Walker - Director of Operations
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
Everett Gunning - Audio Technician
Linda Jackson - Nursery Supervisor
Martha Cobb - Organist
Wesley Carroll - Pianist
Brooke Gunning - Media Technologies/Website