Staff

    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.


Jerilyn Paolini, Pianist

    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 Association.
     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