Staff

Pastor

Reverend Dr. Kristen Burkhart

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Rev. Dr. Kristen Burkhart has been a Pastor in the Holston Conference since 2006 and has a heart for reaching the least, the last, and the lost. She tries to promote healthy family systems and encourage leaders, while placing a focus on making, growing, and sending forth disciples of Jesus Christ. When in the pulpit, she enjoys preaching the scripture in a practical, life application storytelling manor to relate the love and mission of Jesus Christ. She and her husband, Phillip Archer have a daughter, Joanna, and a son, Abraham.

Kristen is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with my a Bachelor's in Social Services. She received her Masters of Divinity from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and her Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.

Kristen believes "Ministry is not always about the big things or the numbers we can measure. Sometimes it's about one called person reaching out to another in a season of need and in that moment when one heart connects to another's we glimpse the heart of God."




Educational Ministries

Pastor Trish Smith

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Rev. Patricia J Smith, or as she likes to be called “Pastor Trish” or “Trish,” retired as an elder from the Kentucky Annual Conference in 2018, where she had served since 1982. She has a heart for teaching and growing disciples, especially children. The majority of her ministry has been developing opportunities where individuals can know the love of Christ, grow in that love and go forth to share that love.

Trish is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, cum laude. The Master’s of Divinity was received from Asbury Theological Seminary.

She is married to James R., he likes to be called “Rick."  Rick works part-time for Heritage Funeral Homes LLC in Morristown/Newport. Trish and Rick have two adult sons serving in the U.S. Navy. Jeremiah & Alexandria live in Gulfport, MS with Colin and Evelyn. Caleb & Jennifer live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Trish is looking forward to part-time ministry with and through Dandridge FUMC!




Music Director

Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson has served in several churches over the last 35 years.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Church Music at Carson-Newman College and a Masters of Church Music degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Carson Newman University.

He teaches General Music at Dandridge Elementary School as well as leads our church in the Music Ministry.




Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Kate Doyle Miller

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Kate Doyle Miller is a graduate of Carson-Newman University, BA in Communications, and Austin Peay State University, MA in Communications. During the day, Kate serves a local middle school as an office worker, along with her duties as the DFUMC Director of Youth & Young Adults. Kate has served our youth since 2014 and our young adults since 2021. 

Kate lives in Strawberry Plains, TN with her sons AJ and Teddy, her husband Jake, their dog Flash, and their cats Chex, Garth, and Cash. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing, crafting, and cooking/baking! Her favorite Bible verses are Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9, and Jeremiah 1:5. 

DFUMC is her home church, where she attended youth group years ago. She loves serving the young people of our church and serving alongside some fantastic ministry leaders on our staff! 




Business Administrator

Pam Graham

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Pam Graham joined DFUMC as the Financial Secretary in November 2013. She has served in several capacities over the years. She is now serving once again as Business Administrator in the dual role of Financial Secretary and Administrative Assistant. Pam has worked in church and ministry administration for over 23 years. Working in a church office is where God has gifted her!

 Pam lives in Dandridge and is dedicated to her church, Manley Baptist, where she teaches Women’s Bible Studies and serves on the Women’s Ministry Council.

 Pam considers DFUMC her second church home, where the members feel like they are family!




Organist

LeElyn Linx




Pianist

Ginny Wigle




 
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