Pastor Nominating Committee Updates


To the congregation:

The Pastor Nominating Committee has created a survey for members of the congregation to complete as we collect information about the church.

To access the survey, please click here

November 16, 2020

The PNC has begun tabulating and thematizing church members’ responses to the survey we posted.
Thanks to those of you who returned their surveys as well as those who have not yet done so but intend to by
November 18.

Please keep us in your prayers in the days ahead as we attempt to determine the priorities you would have us include on our Ministry Information Form.
Our goal is to describe First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville as accurately as possible so that prospective pastoral applicants will have a pretty good idea
of what their ministry here would entail.

Thanks and God bless.


October 20, 2020

Greetings from your Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC)

We have begun our assigned task of identifying and securing the services of our next Senior Pastor.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be meeting on a regular basis, conducting surveys and interviews with members of the congregation to obtain your thoughts regarding the primary needs/priorities for our church, and soliciting your perspective as to the kind of leader you would like our next Pastor/Head of Staff to be, recognizing that Jesus is not available.

In the near future, you will be receiving a mail-out containing a letter of introduction and a brief survey for you to complete and return to us.

Our aim is to be transparent throughout the entire search process; therefore, you can expect to find periodic posts on this link (in addition to other communications, such as the Thursday Update) that will keep you apprised of what we are doing and to let you know some specific things you can be praying about. Above all, we desire the leading of the Holy Spirit at all times to help us find the leader GOD wants for our church in the years ahead.

The names and phone numbers of committee members are shown below. Please feel free to contact any of us should you have thoughts, questions, comments you’d like to share.

In addition, you can email us at

Thanks in advance for your support and participation throughout this most important endeavor.

Members of the Pastor Nominating Committee

Name                                                            Phone Number

Vicki Bible                                                      865-805-8129
Geoff Emery                                                   865-254-7022
Travis Maryanski                                            865-208-0947
Ginny Morrow                                                865-567-4075
Joanna Pennoyer                                          865-382-1682
Stephanie Spurlock                                       615-406-6155
Rachel Trentham                                            865-250-5755
John Whaley                                                  865-806-3570
Craig Wrisberg                                               865-776-7613