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 me reading, writing, strumming my guitar or hiking in the mountains with my wife, Marianne, to whom I have been married since 1985.
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, Todd (dog) and Pumpkin (cat), listening to folk music, watching good movies, and trying to keep up with our two grown children, Ben and Elizabeth, both of whom live here in Washington County, TN.
I have been the pastor of Jonesborough Presbyterian Church for a little over ten years, and am as grateful to be here today as I was when I arrived. Please come join us any Sunday morning. You will find a warm welcome awaiting you.
Blessings and Peace,
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 Master 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.
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 also enjoys teaching elementary through adult piano students at Paolini’s Piano Studio.
She served two biennium as president of the Appalachian Music Teachers Association, and currently serves as president of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association.
Jeri previously held the position of principal keyboard player with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to Johnson City, Jeri held a staff accompanist position at The Juilliard School in New York City, and taught at area New York music schools.
She holds undergraduate and graduate performance degrees from Southern Illinois University and the University of Texas.
Cari Gregg Seeber, Children & Youth Ministry Director
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Cari was born and raised in West Virginia with three brothers, one sister, two dogs, and the best parents someone could ask for. After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in social work she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to work at a campus ministry where she was introduced to the seminary world. She then moved to Johnson City in 2017 to attend Emmanuel Christian Seminary and received her MDiv with a concentration in Theology. She loves wrestling with questions about God that may not be answerable and learning to sit with that tension, allowing God to speak in new ways. She, as well as her husband, Christian, love anything that keeps them outdoors - hiking, kayaking, gardening, you name it. They hope to build a home that is conscious about caring for nature and are working towards a way of living that is environmentally sustainable. Cari is the mom of a cat named Ron and six chickens. She's very excited to be a part of Jonesborough Presbyterian Church and getting to work with the children and youth here. Growing up in a church had a huge impact on her life and her faith and she looks forward to being an influence on that journey for the young people here at JPC.
Kelli Maryanski, Office Manager
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Sarah Gibson, Treasurer
Debbie Walls, Nursery