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.