Chris Brown

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Chris was appointed as the Pastor of Colonial Heights in June 2018.  Chris was raised at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee where he served as the College Life Coordinator from 2001-2005.  As a young person, he experienced the love and grace of God through many ministries and missions of Holston Conference, including Camp Wesley Woods, Appalachia Service Project and international mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil. Chris graduated from The University of Tennessee in 2005 (BA) and Duke Divinity School in 2008 (M.Div). He was ordained as an elder in full connection of the Holston Annual Conference in June 2010. His previous appointments include First United Methodist Church in Narrows, Virginia (2008-2012) and Wheeler United Methodist Church in Blountville, TN (2012-2018).  Chris and his wife have two children.

Director of Preschool

Amber Collins

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Amber and her husband live in Gray, TN where they reside on a farm. They have a little girl that is their pride and joy. Amber has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor from my bachelor studies in Special Education. Most of her experience in this field stems from being a teacher in the classroom. During Graduate School, she worked in a center that was extremely culturally diverse with children from cultures all over the world. Later, she worked at a center in Carter County that exclusively served children from low income families. As a preschool director, Amber believes in meeting children where they are developmentally and providing them with the guidance and tools they need to move forward. 

Church Administrator/Organist

Danny Fleming

Danny Fleming completed a degree in organ performance from Virginia Intermont College. He has served as organist at Mafair UMC, Church Street UMC Knoxville, staff accompanist at Carson Newman College and UT Knoxville, and organist/music assistant at First UMC Oak Ridge. In addition to serving as organist, Dana is the Church Administrator. 

Youth Director

Margaret Frazier

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Margaret joined our congregation as the youth director in July 2019. She is a lifelong United Methodist, former US-2 Young Adult Missionary for the General Board of Global Ministries, and Wesley Theological Seminary graduate. She is excited to be a part of this faith community and looks forward to the ministry that lies ahead. Margaret is married to the Rev. Caleb Frazier (Director of the ETSU Wesley Foundation) and they have two kids.

Financial Administrator

Kathy Livesay

Kathy has been married to her best friend, Rusty since 1984. She has nearly thirty years experience in bookkeeping. She is also quite involved at her home church, but enjoys serving CHUMC. In her free time she enjoys scrapbooking.

Director of Music

Jim Lyon


Jim holds a BS in Music Education & ME in Reading from ETSU. He also pursued an MM from the University of North Texas and has taken theology classes from Emmanuel School of Religion. Jim and his wife, Janet, met on stage as the leads in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”. She also holds a degree in music and is Director of Music at Mafair UMC. Their son, Devin, is an attorney in Knoxville and Director of Music at First UMC in Knoxville. 

Administrative Assistant

Laura Prior

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Laura, a Pennsylvania native, migrated south for college and then to the Tri-Cities where she and her husband have lived for enough years to consider themselves Tennesseans.  Since moving to the area she has taught elementary school, raise four children and been active in her local church.  She came to Colonial Heights UMC in 2014 as the Administrative Assistant.  In her spare time she enjoys playing piano and spending time with family and friends.

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Crystal Rupe

  January 2020  
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