Sam was Ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2012. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master's in Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Pastor Sam is active in Holston Conference youth, camping, young adult ministries and advocacy. Pastor Sam joined the ministry team at Mountain View in July 2014, bringing with him a heart's desire for worship and missions. Outside the church he enjoys life with his wife, Samantha, and sons Sean & Sawyer. They love being out in God's creation and with people, hearing and sharing stories of life and faith.
Director of Music
At the age of 6 Chris was fascinated watching the lady play the organ at the Methodist church the grew up in. He knew at a young age he wanted to play the majestic pipe organ. After several years of piano & organ lessons he took his first organist position at the age of 15. Chris knew as a teenager that God had called him to serve in the Music Ministry and he has been involved with church music ever since. Its is awesome to have the opportunity to praise God with a song.
Chris has worked with some wonderful choral directors and teachers through the years. One of the greatest teachers Chris studied under is Elizabeth Ramsey. She was both teacher and a mentor. Chris learned most of his liturgy studies under Dolores Fredericks and has been involved in the church liturgies for over 15 years.
Chris enjoys composing music, and spending time with his family and friends.
Director of Children's Ministries
Karen has served as Mt. View Director of Children's Ministries since 2009. She has 20 years of experience in children's ministry and 10 years of experience in youth ministry. Karen has a great passion leading children and their families in their faith journey. She also serves on the Children's Ministry Team of the Holston Conference. She treasures her large family that includes 6 children, 3 in-law children, and 7 grandchildren. Karen attended ETSU and the University of Tennessee.
Child Choir Handbell/Instrumental Director
Tonni graduated from Butler University with a music education degree. She has over 30 years of experience in public school teaching in Indiana, Arizona, Texas, and Tennessee, and has taught grades Pre-K through 12. She is currently teaching grades K-4 at Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Hawkins County. Her church music experience includes directing and accompanying choirs and instrumental groups of all ages, and serving as a vocal and piano soloist. She and her husband Ken have one son, Todd, who attends Butler University.
Donna grew up in Kingsport and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Donna and her husband, David, have two grown sons. They are active members of Mountain View and enjoy camping and other outdoor activities.