Phone: (865) 524-1659

Rev. Jimmy Sherrod, Pastor

Jimmy Sherrod began serving Central United Methodist Church in July 2014. He was born in Knoxville and grew up on the east side of town. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and Wesley Theological Seminary in 2010. He has served the French Broad Circuit in East Knox County, Metropolitan Memorial UMC in Washington, D.C. and most recently Powell UMC in Knoxville. He has served in the church as a youth minister, music minister, associate pastor, and lead pastor.

He loves music and has had the opportunity to sing and play in various worship settings, including leading music for two different annual conferences. He is passionate about helping people to connect with God using their gifts, talents and skills. He is also passionate about justice and mercy and the role of the local church in advocating for and offering both.

Jimmy is married to Lesli Bales-Sherrod, a journalist and they have two small children, Henry James and Catherine Grace. They live in Old North Knox in a wonderful, creaky ole house that was built in 1905. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys reading, college football, traveling, and remote control airplanes.

Rev. Jimmy Sherrod, Pastor

Jimmy Sherrod began serving Central United Methodist Church in July 2014. He was born in Knoxville and grew up on the east side of town. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and Wesley Theological Seminary in 2010. He has served the French Broad Circuit in East Knox County, Metropolitan Memorial UMC in Washington, D.C. and most recently Powell UMC in Knoxville. He has served in the church as a youth minister, music minister, associate pastor, and lead pastor.

He loves music and has had the opportunity to sing and play in various worship settings, including leading music for two different annual conferences. He is passionate about helping people to connect with God using their gifts, talents and skills. He is also passionate about justice and mercy and the role of the local church in advocating for and offering both.

Jimmy is married to Lesli Bales-Sherrod, a journalist and they have two small children, Henry James and Catherine Grace. They live in Old North Knox in a wonderful, creaky ole house that was built in 1905. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys reading, college football, traveling, and remote control airplanes.

Phone: (865) 524-1659

Rev. Stephanie Parrott, Youth and Children’s Director

Stephanie Parrott began serving Central in November 2018. She grew up in Knoxville, and is a graduate of Farragut High School and the University of Tennessee. She has worked as an RN for 30 years, 25 years of which was at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in pediatric critical care and endocrinology. She graduated from Iliff School of Theology with a Master of Divinity in 2017. Stephanie is a commissioned deacon in the Holston Conference and served most recently as the Associate Director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Tennessee.

Stephanie loves music and can often be found humming throughout the day. She is passionate about discipleship and faith formation. She has spent most of her life working with infants, children and young adults.

She met her husband, Crit Parrott, at the Wesley Foundation at UTK where his father was serving as pastor. They have been married 30 years and have four children: Ashley, and triplets Kristin, Alex, and Ben.

Rev. Stephanie Parrott, Youth and Children’s Director

Stephanie Parrott began serving Central in November 2018. She grew up in Knoxville, and is a graduate of Farragut High School and the University of Tennessee. She has worked as an RN for 30 years, 25 years of which was at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in pediatric critical care and endocrinology. She graduated from Iliff School of Theology with a Master of Divinity in 2017. Stephanie is a commissioned deacon in the Holston Conference and served most recently as the Associate Director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Tennessee.

Stephanie loves music and can often be found humming throughout the day. She is passionate about discipleship and faith formation. She has spent most of her life working with infants, children and young adults.

She met her husband, Crit Parrott, at the Wesley Foundation at UTK where his father was serving as pastor. They have been married 30 years and have four children: Ashley, and triplets Kristin, Alex, and Ben.

Laurie Cullen, Administrative Assistant

Laurie became the Administrative Assistant in May of 2018 after having served in the same capacity for a church, a school of theology and a corporation in Rochester, NY.

Laurie grew up in the suburbs of Rochester and moved to Heiskell in April 2018 to live with her oldest daughter, son-in-law and grandson. She grew up attending a Presbyterian church in her hometown.  In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, reading and baking.

Laurie Cullen, Administrative Assistant

Laurie became the Administrative Assistant in May of 2018 after having served in the same capacity for a church, a school of theology and a corporation in Rochester, NY.

Laurie grew up in the suburbs of Rochester and moved to Heiskell in April 2018 to live with her oldest daughter, son-in-law and grandson. She grew up attending a Presbyterian church in her hometown.  In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, reading and baking.

George Hayden, Music Director

George Hayden has been Music Director since 2003 and supervised the growth in the music program at Central. He is the band director at Maryville Intermediate School and assistant band director for the Maryville High School “Red Rebel” Marching Band.

George is in his 19th year as a Band Director with the Maryville City School System, and is currently the Band Director at Montgomery Ridge Intermediate School. He teaches trumpet and operates a school for student conductors who want to become drum majors and serves as a judge at marching band competitions. George is a graduate of University of Tennessee and recently completed his masters degree at Lincoln Memorial University.

George Hayden, Music Director

George Hayden has been Music Director since 2003 and supervised the growth in the music program at Central. He is the band director at Maryville Intermediate School and assistant band director for the Maryville High School “Red Rebel” Marching Band.

George is in his 19th year as a Band Director with the Maryville City School System, and is currently the Band Director at Montgomery Ridge Intermediate School. He teaches trumpet and operates a school for student conductors who want to become drum majors and serves as a judge at marching band competitions. George is a graduate of University of Tennessee and recently completed his masters degree at Lincoln Memorial University.

Doug Johnson, Facilities Manager

Doug Johnson came to Central in 2012. He served in the United States Air Force for 32 years, retiring in August of 2015. Doug has served on the Board of Trustees here at Central since 2013 until accepting the position of Facility Manager in February of 2016. He is married to Sherry Cole-Johnson and they have two sons, Reese and Keith.

Doug Johnson, Facilities Manager

Doug Johnson came to Central in 2012. He served in the United States Air Force for 32 years, retiring in August of 2015. Doug has served on the Board of Trustees here at Central since 2013 until accepting the position of Facility Manager in February of 2016. He is married to Sherry Cole-Johnson and they have two sons, Reese and Keith.

Lauren Gangaware, Children’s Ministry Assistant

Lauren Gangaware grew up at Central United Methodist. She has worked in childcare for over six years in the Knoxville Area, and attended the University of Tennessee, receiving a BHHS in Child and Family Studies. She is a provisional Family Life Educator and is currently working on her full certification. Lauren works for a local non-profit as a supervisor for a domestic violence program.

Lauren Gangaware, Children’s Ministry Assistant

Lauren Gangaware grew up at Central United Methodist. She has worked in childcare for over six years in the Knoxville Area, and attended the University of Tennessee, receiving a BHHS in Child and Family Studies. She is a provisional Family Life Educator and is currently working on her full certification. Lauren works for a local non-profit as a supervisor for a domestic violence program.

Charles Parham, Organist

Charles Parham has been a Methodist church musician for over 50 years. Prior to retiring in 2005 and moving to Knoxville, he served churches as organist and choir director in Brownsville, TN; Milan, TN; Big Spring, TX; Abilene, TX; Memphis, TN; and Middletown, OH. He has been the organist and choir director at several churches in Knoxville, and became organist at Central in September, 2011.

Charles received his Bachelor of Music in 1962, Master of Music in 1969, and Doctor of Music Arts in 1994 at Memphis State University. He is an ordained Deacon of the United Methodist Church and has the Associate Degree in the American Guild of Organists.

Charles and his wife, Patty, have two children and six grandchildren.

Charles Parham, Organist

Charles Parham has been a Methodist church musician for over 50 years. Prior to retiring in 2005 and moving to Knoxville, he served churches as organist and choir director in Brownsville, TN; Milan, TN; Big Spring, TX; Abilene, TX; Memphis, TN; and Middletown, OH. He has been the organist and choir director at several churches in Knoxville, and became organist at Central in September, 2011.

Charles received his Bachelor of Music in 1962, Master of Music in 1969, and Doctor of Music Arts in 1994 at Memphis State University. He is an ordained Deacon of the United Methodist Church and has the Associate Degree in the American Guild of Organists.

Charles and his wife, Patty, have two children and six grandchildren.

Carolyn Cottrell, Pianist

Carolyn Cottrell came to Central as pianist in 2006. She began playing for school and church choirs at the age of thirteen and has served as church pianist at several churches in Knoxville.

Carolyn retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 1990 and worked for a local law firm as a tax and probate specialist until 2008. She and her husband, Clarence (Bud), have two children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Carolyn Cottrell, Pianist

Carolyn Cottrell came to Central as pianist in 2006. She began playing for school and church choirs at the age of thirteen and has served as church pianist at several churches in Knoxville.

Carolyn retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 1990 and worked for a local law firm as a tax and probate specialist until 2008. She and her husband, Clarence (Bud), have two children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Perry Starky, Food Service Manager

Perry Starkey became the Food Services Manager at Central in March 2009. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Social Studies.

Prior to coming to Central, Perry owned and operated a restaurant, “Perry’s on the Square”, in downtown Knoxville.

Perry and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, and attend Fairview United Methodist Church.

Perry Starky, Food Service Manager

Perry Starkey became the Food Services Manager at Central in March 2009. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Social Studies.

Prior to coming to Central, Perry owned and operated a restaurant, “Perry’s on the Square”, in downtown Knoxville.

Perry and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, and attend Fairview United Methodist Church.

Jeff Criswell, Custodian

Jeff Criswell came to Central in early 2012. He served three years in the US Army and holds an Associate Degree in Electronics from ITT Tech.

Jeff Criswell, Custodian

Jeff Criswell came to Central in early 2012. He served three years in the US Army and holds an Associate Degree in Electronics from ITT Tech.