Staff

Rev. Dr. Andy Morgan

Rev. Morgan believes that our greatest joy is found in our recognition of God’s love and claim in our lives while our greatest call and adventure is to see that same love and claim in our neighbors. Andy was born and raised in rural North Carolina and attended several Christian denominations as a child and youth and this plethora of experiences, along with his deep grounding in the Reformed theology of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), helps him to be faithful, open, and approachable. Andy believes that the Church can and should be a place where the differences that separate us in our lives are recognized but overshadowed by the incomparable good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From the Lord’s Table to the hallway, the Church should be the space where we find the hope and challenge of a community of faith that supports and helps one grow in their faith. Andy’s passion in ministry is helping people overcome shame, divisions, and hindrances in their lives by reflecting on God’s love for them and the world that God created and he does this through pastoral care, teaching, and preaching. Peers have described Andy’s preaching style as equal parts Mister Rogers, college professor, and Jimmy Fallon. Jokes, relevant illustrations, and a deep commitment to scholarship helps Andy’s sermons to be approachable as well as meaningful.

Andy is married to Sarah Morgan, who is an Associate Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church, and they have two wonderful children, Robert and James. Andy enjoys learning, playing with his children, cooking and eating, and collecting and building Lego sets.

Education:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (summa cum laude)
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary – Master of Divinity
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary – Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Candler School of Theology at Emory University – Doctor of Ministry
Lyn Oakley

Director of Christian Education and Mission

Lyn Oakley is the Director of Christian Education and Mission at Fountain City Presbyterian Church.  She has faithfully served this congregation since 2002.  Lyn believes that a full journey of faith involves a balance of learning and serving God together as God’s people both inside the walls of the church and in the community and world.  She has lead Bible studies, children’s classes, and both national and international mission trips over the years.  She has a BA in Elementary Education from Carson-Newman University, a Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln-Memorial University, a Certification in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Seminary, and is completing a Master’s of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary and ordination requirements for the PCUSA.

Jack Thomas

Co-Youth Director

Jack completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is currently pursuing his M. Ed. in Special Education at Carson-Newman University, which will be completed in summer 2023. Jack has lived in the Fountain City community in Knoxville, for 26 years. He first came to Fountain City Presbyterian Church through the Davis Center for Child Development, beginning at 6 weeks old, and his family joined the church in 2000. During middle and high school, he was an active member of the Youth Group and joined the Belize Mission Team in 2013. He graduated from Central High School in 2014. 

He began attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall of 2014, majoring in Political Science. During his time at UTK, Jack stayed connected to FCPC by attending regularly with his family, chaperoning Youth Group trips, and by serving on the Belize Leadership Team. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2018. 
Jack began working as a Government Contracting Specialist at Worldwide Equipment, Inc. in 2018. He served FCPC as a Youth Intern from February-August of 2019 before becoming a part-time Youth Director in September 2019. In September 2020, after a layoff resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, Jack began working as a Special Education teaching assistant at Brickey-McCloud Elementary in Knox County. He served there until May 2021 and decided to make this a career change, at which point he was accepted into a job-embedded education program at Carson-Newman University, pursuing a Master of Education degree in K-12 Special Education. In May 2021, he accepted a position as Special Education teacher at Adrian Burnett Elementary in Knox County, where he currently serves. 

In his spare time, Jack is pursuing his private pilot license and enjoys snowboarding, golf, traveling, mission projects, and spending time with his partner of 3 years, Mackenzie, and their dog. 

Carolyn Gahan

Co-Youth Director

Carolyn graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant at UTK working on a Master’s in choral conducting. Carolyn grew up in Knoxville and has been a part of the PC(USA) church since birth. She grew up at Erin Presbyterian in West Knoxville and sang at Second Presbyterian for the past two years before joining the Fountain City Youth Group. In high school, Carolyn was involved in the PET Youth Council, where she helped plan events such as Middle School Retreat and Youth Summit. In college, she was an active member of Ukirk UTK. She served as the worship intern from Fall 2020 to Spring 2022. Additionally, Carolyn has spent three summers working at Montreat Conference Center, where she has been a clubs counselor for the Kindes and Peanut Butter Groups.

Tammy Reed

Bookkeeper

Tammy has worked part-time since 2006 in the church office as the bookkeeper. She was led by God to take her 20 years of banking experience and financial background plus her organizing skills and put them to use at her church. Tammy loves the people and family atmosphere at Fountain City Presbyterian Church.
Tammy, her husband Ed and their son Tyler are all members of Fountain City Presbyterian Church. Their oldest son Chris is now in heaven with God. Tammy’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her grandson Hendrick.

Jaclyn Beeler

Director of Communication

Jaclyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership and Ministry from Williamson College. Jaclyn is a lifelong Presbyterian who grew up attending First Presbyterian Church of Smyrna in Middle Tennessee. She was the Director of Youth Ministries there for three years after graduating from WC.
Upon Jaclyn’s arrival to Knoxville, she began working at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville, TN, where she was the Children’s Ministries Coordinator for three years. Jaclyn served on the staff at UKirk, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as the Communications Coordinator from 2016 to 2022. 

She serves as the Director of Communications at Fountain City Presbyterian Church. In addition, she serves the Presbytery of East Tennessee as the part-time Administrator. She and her wife, Katherine, are guardians to 3 amazing kids and are expecting a baby boy in December. Their family attends Westminster Presbyterian Church where Jaclyn also serves as a ruling elder.

Bob Eubanks

Choir Director

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.

Krista Heilmeier

Pianist

Krista holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Carson Newman University. She has previously served as pianist of First Baptist Church Jefferson City and Smithwood Baptist Church before coming to Fountain City Presbyterian Church. Her full time job is working at Friends of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, where she works in development. She was recently married to her husband Frankie and they have an adorable dog named Rudy.

George Hill

Organist

George Hill is a Knoxville native (and Carter High School grad) and has played the organ since he was 14 years old. While we see George playing beautiful music that lifts our worship each week, George actually has a background in computer science (Bachelors from ETSU and Masters from UT) and worked for 30 years at ORNL.

George plays at memorial services and special services and spends many hours practicing playing the organ for our church.