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.

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, a Deaconess candidate, 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

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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.

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.

Traditional Music Director

Lee Whitson

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Lee holds a Bachelor of Music from ETSU and a Master of Arts in Education from Cumberland University.  Lee has 20+ years experience teaching elementary music in Sullivan County, Kingsport City and Greene County.  She is currently the music teacher at Rock Springs Elementary. She realized at an early age that God would use her through music and she has enjoyed every minute of performing and teaching.  Lee is married to Jason, also a music director and they have two teenage sons who are involved in music as well.

Director of Preschool

Kaela Vines

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 Hello, everyone! My name is Kaela Vines. I have always lived here in Colonial Heights. I graduated from Sullivan South High School where I met my husband. We just celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary together in June. I have received my associate degree from Northeast State, my bachelor’s from ETSU, and am currently working toward receiving my master’s in curriculum and instruction from King University. I’ve always wanted to teach and impact children. Many of the people who had the greatest positive impact in my life have been teachers and I want to continue to pass that impact on to others. Prior to working here, I served as a preschool teacher in Bristol. Before that experience I was a teaching assistant at Rock Springs Elementary during which I also served as the Afterschool Site Director. While going to college I was a retail manager, however I continued to seek out opportunities to positively impact little souls by doing a lot of babysitting and working as a summer camp counselor.

My husband and I do not yet have children of our own, but while working so closely with families I have developed a deep understanding of the difficulty that comes with parting with your child to go to work. Thus, I want all of the families here at CHUMPS to have my personal contact information and feel free to contact me with any questions you have concerning your child at any time throughout the day. I value maintaining communication with families. I’m a firm believer in the idea that “it takes a village” and I feel that it is in the best interest of the child that everyone involved remains in contact with one another.

Organist/Facilities Manager

Joshua Bracken

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Joshua is a cradle United Methodist and a pastors kid. He has been in the Holston Conference his whole life. He began his music career as a saxophone player in the 6th grade. He always wanted to learn to play the piano, but never had the opportunity to take lessons. He taught himself how to read the bass clef and the basics of playing the piano. Between his sophomore and junior years of high school, he moved to Johnson City where his dad served First UMC. That’s when he learn the organ. (Ask for the full story later!) He then went onto college at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY where he obtained a BA in music. While at Asbury, he served on many different student committees, was in multiple ensembles, and was the building/stage manager for the music department. After his graduation, he went on to obtain a Masters of Music in Music and Worship. During that time he served as a youth volunteer, youth handbell director at First UMC Cleveland, and then 6 years as organist at Fountian City UMC in Knoxville, TN. During his free time, he loves to play golf, only when he hits it straight, bike riding, hunting and fishing, listing to books, and doing puzzles. Joshua is looking forward to this next chapter of his life and looking forward to doing life together with the people of Colonial Heights UMC and the people of Kingsport! Joshua started at Colonial Heights in May of 2021. 

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Crystal Rupe

  July 2021  
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