Rev. Chris Brown
Chris was appointed as the Pastor of Colonial Heights in June 2018. Chris grew up 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 Music
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 for the City of Knoxville and Director of Music at Colonial Heights UMC in Knoxville. Perhaps Jim relates best to Jubal, the first musician mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and/or Thomas in the Christian Bible.
Dana 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. The Bible character I most relate to is the angel Gabriel because an internet quiz told me so.
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.
My name is Amber Collins and I am the new preschool Director. I am so eager to get to know this program, the staff, the children, and each of the families. I live in Gray, TN where my husband and I are starting a farm. We have a 7 month old daughter that is our pride and joy. I currently hold a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor from my bachelor studies in Special Education. Most of my experience in this field stems from being a teacher in the classroom. During Grad. School I worked in a center that was extremely culturally diverse with children from cultures all over the world. Most recently I have been working at a center in Carter County that exclusively serves children from low income families. I feel that these experiences have made me well-seasoned and has really opened my eyes up to what being a teacher is all about. Meeting children where they are developmentally and providing them with the guidance and tools they need to move forward is key in being a successful educator. I am excited to take a step out of the classroom, dive into this new position, and help this program grow and advance to its full potential. Please feel free to come by my office anytime. I am here to serve as a resource for your family, but more importantly than that, a friend!