Greetings! My name is Allen Huff, and I have served as pastor of
Jonesborough Presbyterian Church since October, 2010. Ordained in 1996
after completing my M.Div. at Columbia Theological Seminary, I served
solo and associate pastorates in Mebane, NC and Shelby, NC.
Of particular interest to me are the joys of preaching, visiting with
members of the congregation and working with the Jonesborough Area
Ministerial Association (JAMA). When not tending to pastoral
responsibilities, you might find reading, writing, strumming my guitar
or hiking in the mountains with my wife, Marianne, to whom I have been
married for 27 years.
Marianne and I enjoy
finding out-of-the-way trails where we can revel in the wonder of God's
creation. We also enjoy caring for our critters, Bandit (dog) and
Pumpkin (cat), listening to folk music, watching good movies, and
trying to keep up with our two grown children – Ben (a 2012 graduate of
Appalachian State University) and Elizabeth (a sophomore at Caldwell
Community College in Boone – but eager to become a full-fledged ASU
Mountaineer in the fall of 2013).
I am deeply
grateful to be the pastor of Jonesborough Presbyterian Church and
invite you to join us any Sunday morning. You will be welcomed warmly
here. I certainly have been.
Cherry Smith, music director at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, has
been involved in church music since the early years of her life.
Growing up in the Leesburg community in Washington county, TN, she
became assistant pianist and youth choir director of her home church,
Leesburg Presbyterian Church, at the age of 16! After serving in many
churches of several denominations, she feels that being back in the
Presbyterian church is like a "home-coming" in her Christian journey.
After high school graduation from Washington College Academy in 1963,
Cherry received degrees from Virginia Intermont College for Girls,
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and a BS in Music Education and
Maters of Arts from ETSU. Now retired from teaching music in public
schools for 43 yrs., Cherry feels her position here at JPC is even more
challenging! Spending many hours in planning music for choir members of
various age levels is very rewarding in so many ways. Seeing a young
child sing a solo for the first time, watching a hand-bell choir
perform at JPC and in the community, hearing a senior adult read a
narration part in a Christmas Cantata, or just hearing a choir member
say"I listened to our recorded CD and we sounded great!" makes the
position of music director not only worth-while but assures the choir
director that she is doing what God has called her to do!
Since 2005, Cherry has seen the music department expand with the
addition of a community senior adult choir, a community children's
choir, and a children's and youth hand-chime choir added in 2012. Plans
for a daytime ladies ensemble and hand-bell choir and a community
orchestral ensemble are in the making for 2013.
In addition to her duties as staff pianist at
Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, Jeri teaches applied and
class piano at East Tennessee State University, as well as directs
ETSU's Summer Piano Camp. Jeri is also on the faculty of Suzuki
Talent Education of Appalachia in Kingsport, TN. She recently completed
a second biennium as president of the Appalachian Music Teachers
Prior to coming to Johnson City, Jeri held a staff accompanist position at The Juilliard School in
New York City from 1980-1995, and taught at area New York music
schools. The New York Times reviewed her performance at Carnegie
Recital Hall as “a splendid pianist, capable of creating an indelible
mood with just a couple of chords.” She holds undergraduate and
graduate performance degrees from Southern Illinois University and the
University of Texas.
Monica Moore, Office Manager
Brooke Ransdell, Youth Director