Born in rural North Carolina, about 30 miles east of Charlotte, Andy grew up in a household of furniture artisans. Andy’s parents, Sue and Bill (now divorced) built and continue to (in separate businesses) build high-end, custom upholstered furniture. Andy’s brother, Jesse, is a skilled woodworker and currently serves as the president of the family business, Morgan Chair. Andy is a remarkably poor woodworker and builder and, to the world’s benefit, works with his head and heart instead of his hands. Andy has been married to Sarah Pugh Morgan for more than seven years and they have two children, Robert (3) and James (Newborn). Sarah is also a Presbyterian (U.S.A.) pastor and serves as an Associate Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.
Andy attended undergrad at the University of North Carolina, where he studied religion and graduated with highest honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. After undergrad, Andy attended Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond) as the James Luther Mays Scholar and was conferred both the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education degrees in 2013. Andy is in the final phase of his doctorate in Biblical Interpretation at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021.
After seminary, Andy served as the Director of Christian Education at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church for three years until he felt called into ordained ministry. Andy was ordained as a teaching elder in 2015 after he accepted the call to serve as Campus Minister of UKirk at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Under Andy’s direction, UKirk-UTK was able to establish sound financial policies and fundraising strategies while becoming one of the largest UKirk worshiping bodies in the nation. In July of 2019, Andy accepted the call to transition into parish ministry as the Pastor/Head of Staff of Fountain City Presbyterian Church.
Andy loves his family, preaching, teaching, telling dad jokes, laughing, memorabilia from the 1990s, food, and watching movies. Some lesser-known things about Andy are: he can listen to a book and read a different book at the same time, his favorite book of the Bible to preach is either the Psalms or the Gospel of Luke, he once got selected to play a game on stage during Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner show (and lost), he likes to buy things (and forget that he bought things) on Kickstarter, he likes cats more than dogs, and has an undying love for Star Wars (even the prequels and new trilogy).
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts in Religion with Highest Honors
Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, VA)
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Christian Education
Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Interpretation
Enneagram - 3w2
Myers-Briggs - ENTJ
Favorite Theologian - H. Richard Niebuhr
Favorite NT Translation - David Bentley Hart's Translation
Favorite NT Book to Preach - Luke
Favorite NT Book to Study/Teach - The Corinthian Letters
Favorite OT Translation - Robert Alter's Translation
Favorite OT Book to Preach - Psalms or Genesis (tie)
Favorite OT Book to Study/Teach - Esther
Favorite Star Wars Movie - The Empire Strikes Back (obviously)
Favorite Video Game - Mario 64
Favorite Author - Cormac McCarthy
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Phone - 704-221-6520
Office Address: 500 Hotel Road, Knoxville, TN 37918
Lyn Oakley, is a graduate of Carson-Newman College, Lincoln Memorial University and earned a certification in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. 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, Darrell, for more than 20 years. They have one daughter, 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.