The Rev. Gradye Parsons is a retired Presbyterian minister living on a farm in Kodak, Tennessee with his wife Kathy. Gradye served two congregations as pastor, The Newport Presbyterian Church and the Windsor Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tennessee. He later served as the Executive Presbyter in
Holston Presbytery. He worked in the Office of the General Assembly in Louisville and served as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly from 2008-2016.
Gradye is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He and Kathy have a son Josh who is an assistant district attorney in Kingsport and a daughter Rachel who is also a Presbyterian minister serving as chaplain of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.
Lyn Oakley, is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and Lincoln Memorial University. She taught in Anderson County elementary schools for eleven years before being called to a ministry of ALL ages at Fountain City Presbyterian Church.
Lyn has been married to her husband, Daryl, for more than 20 years. They have one daughter, named Natalie. Lyn is proud of a family who is very supportive of her work. That work involves a passion for missions. This work has taken her to local missions around town and as far away as Mississippi, Louisiana and Central America! A fellow church member says of Lyn: "She is one of those people who is able to work well with any age group...and does!"
Adult Choir Director, Bob Eubanks, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He has been at Fountain City Presbyterian Church since 2003! Bob previously served at eight other local churches, both as director and interim director, on the Knoxville Board of Education, and on the board of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., Inc (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Singing in America Incorporated.) Bob has worked in the past as a vocal coach and music consultant at dinner theaters and is currently IT Director at two hotels and a convention center in Pigeon Forge. Bob's wife of many years, Pam, is also a member of the church choir.
"Dedicated choir members have made this one of my easiest jobs in a long history of good music," Bob says. He always welcomes new choir members, adding "whether they can read music or not". A goal that Bob works hard at is providing different kinds of music "because there is such a diverse interest in music at Fountain City Presbyterian". One choir member who works with Bob said , "Bob is the most amazing combination of someone who is a professional, yet caring person. He really takes peoples' interests to heart."
Cindy has worked for the church since 1981. She has been married to Ken for many years and they have a son, Grayson and grandson, Mason. She has been a member of the church since 1973.
Tammy's husband and children attend Fountain City Presbyterian Church. She started working 3 days a week in the church office in 2006. She was led by God to take her banking background, financial experience and organizational skills and put them to use at the church. Tammy enjoys the family atmosphere at Fountain City Presbyterian Church and participating in our many church missions.
Ashley is originally from Johnson City, TN and has lived in Knoxville for five years. She graduated from UT in 2016, and is returning to pursue her Masters Degree in secondary education. She was very involved with UKIRK campus ministry during college which is what lead her to FCPC. She has two dogs and a cat that she spoils like children. She spends most of her free time outdoors or surrounded by family and friends. She also enjoys traveling and doing mission work.
Todd and his family live in the Halls TN area. Todd has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music from Morehead State University. He studied and performed classical and jazz piano for many years. He loves all styles of music. He has been actively involved in church music as an organist, pianist, keyboardist and music leader since he was a teenager. He loves music that speaks to individuals and that enhances their worship experience.