Rev. Mike Chamberlain - Interim Senior Pastor
Rev. Mike Chamberlain has come to serve among us as Interim Pastor while we prepare for the next generation of ministry here at Central Presbyterian Church. Mike and Dot, his wife, have spent over twenty years of Mike serving churches in seven states as Interim Pastor. It is his vision to, not only offer the traditional ministry functions, but to assist the congregants to find her or his ministry that adds to the larger mission of the Church. Dot feels her own sense of call to be a support in this ministry, as well. Do feel invited to get to know them on this journey of faith to which we all commit ourselves.
A Note on the Position of Interim Pastor: Presbyterians, as well as some other denominations, invite trained Interim Pastors to serve as a pastor and leader through transitional change that occurs when the pastor leaves a congregation for new ministry. Your Interim Pastor is called for one year at a time by the Church Session to guide through the processes necessary for the congregation to discern its vision for ministry and to work with the Session and other leaders in creating the environment for a new ministry for a new day to come together.
Patty Caldwell - Office Manager
Patty Caldwell is the senior member of the church staff, having worked at Central since 1987. She is a native Bristolian and a graduate of King College (English major). Patty has been active in the APA (Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church USA) since 1991 and has achieved her Level III Certification as a “Fellow in Church Administration.” She competes in Senior Olympics and has won several medals at the District and State levels in running (sprints), swimming (IM, Breast, Butterfly, & Back strokes), softball, field events, and horseshoes. Patty is an avid quiltmaker and needleworker and belongs to the Bristol TN-VA Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Her other interests include anything Star Trek, reading, jigsaw puzzles, going to waterparks, and riding rollercoasters.
Patty and her husband, Tommy, have two grown daughters - Karen who teaches first grade in Gallatin, TN and Susan who is a civil engineer doing drafting and modeling work in Cincinnati, OH - and three cats who run their home.
Selena Jackson - APPLE Academy Director
I joined the APPLE staff as the Director in August, 2004. I have been married to Bryan for twenty-three years; we have two children, Steven and Chloe, who are studetns at ETSU. We are members at Fellowship Chapel. I enjoy Duke basketball, reading, and listening to eighties music. My favorite foods are cupcakes, mocha-flavored coffee, and Chili's chip and salsa! Throughout my seventeen years in early childhood education, I have enjoyed teaching infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children, as well as mentoring staff. I especially like getting to know the APPLE families!
Donna Leonard - APPLE Academy Bookkeeper
Donna Leonard has served as APPLE bookkeeper since 1999 and is a long-time Central Presbyterian Church member. She grew up in Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tennessee and received her BA degree from King College. She enjoys flower gardening and arranging and has a growing collection of daylilies (and most of the weeds native to Southwest Virginia). Her son, Brandon, currently resides in Washington, DC.
Robert Campbelle - Choir Director
Robert Campbelle grew up in Columbia, SC and became active in his church and in music at an early age. Following completion of his undergraduate degree in music theory at Furman University in Greenville, SC; he served 5 years in the U.S. Army, first as a performer with the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point and then as a teacher for the Advanced Band Leader courses at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA. After the Army, he received the Master of Arts degree in music theory & education from Columbia University-New York, followed by extensive doctoral study at Indiana University-Bloomington.
Robert has served as a part-time music director almost continuously since his freshmen year at Furman, serving churches in South Carolina, New York, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. He has sung with a number of civic and semiprofessional choral groups, including 15 years with the Cincinnati Camerata, and is active as a composer and arranger; with numerous performances by local and regional orchestras, choral groups, college choirs, and of course church choirs—including his own. Robert’s full-time job for the past 25 years has been in technical writing and project management. He is currently a test project manager with CGI in Lebanon, VA.
Robert and wife Susan moved to Bristol in 2008 after living 18 years in Cincinnati, OH. Hobbies include cooking, reading, composing, house projects, and catering to their cats’ every whim.
Joy Smith-Briggs - Organist
Joy Smith-Briggs joined the Central staff as organist in September, 2011. Joy started her organ career in a small Baptist church in her native Easton, PA. As a teenager, she played the piano in a tent for a Moravian congregation that was starting a new ministry in her neighborhood. She later became the organist/choir director at that church.
A graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN, she has a degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish. While working for the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in Indianapolis, IN, she met her husband, Guy, a faculty member and administrator at UVA-Wise, who took her from her beloved flatlands and cornfields of IN to the mountains of SW VA where she became a 'mountain woman'. She retired as director of Family Crisis Support Services, a domestic violence and sexual assault program in Norton, VA.
Joy has served as organist in Episcopal, Lutheran, Christian Scientist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches in PA, IN, KY, VA and TN. She comes to us from Sinking Spring Presbyterian in Abingdon, VA. Joy holds a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists (CAGO) certificate, which requires extensive study and playing of specific repertory, all of which is judged and graded by independent AGO adjudicators.
Her interests include her 4 children, 6 grands and 2 greats, all of whom live scattered about the country, so she spends her time gardening, searching out antiques and spending time at the best organ in Bristol, TN/VA. She considers herself greatly blessed to be a part of the CPC church family.
The household includes her husband, Guy, 4 cats and one Golden Retriever.
Rob Hollo - Contemporary Worship Leader
I came to Central in March 2006 to be a substitute for a couple of months on the drums for the Praise Team. Little did I know then that I would be leading the group some years later! I'm originally from Litchfield, IL and did most of my growing up in Taylorsville, NC. I attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. Music has always been a big part of my life. I began piano when I was 6,and later learned guitar, bass, drums, organ, trumpet, trombone, french horn and a little mandolin. I played in my first praise team at the age of 14 at Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, NC and have been a part of contemporary worship ever since playing in churches throughout Taylorsville and Boone, NC, and now Bristol, VA.
I live in Bluff City, TN with my wife Erinn, my twin daughters, Malin and Audyn, and 4 dogs. I enjoy sports, music, food and friends.
Mark Rash - Keyboardist, Contemporary Worship Leader
Mark Rash is a native of Bristol, VA. At an early age, he began riding the bus to Walnut Grove Baptist Church, a small Southern Baptist church in Mendota, VA. Around the age of 5, he expressed an interest in music and his parents arranged piano lessons with the pastor’s wife. As he continued exploring and developing his talent, he became involved in choir and congregational music, as well as accompaniment for the children’s music program. After several years of service at Walnut Grove, he served El Shaddai Baptist Church and, later, the Bradley Street Baptist Church.
A family connection between Central Presbyterian and Bradley Street resulted in Mark being asked to substitute for the keyboardist at Central. Shortly after doing so, he was asked to return in part-time capacity, later leading to a permanent involvement. During this time, he investigated the beliefs and workings of the Presbyterian Church and began to see how they matched so well with his own personal beliefs and convictions. Also during this time, he and his wife, Shannon, met and became members of the congregation.
In 2007, Mark obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration and Information Technology at Colorado Technical University Online. He is currently seeking to pursue a Masters of Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech Online. When he isn’t involved in church, work, or study, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Shannon, as well as working with computers, web design, video games, and spending time outdoors.