New Providence Presbyterian Church - Maryville, TN
Monday, April 24, 2017
New Providence
Presbyterian Church
703 West Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37801
Worship Services @ NPPC
9:00 a.m. FirstLight
11:05 a.m. Traditional
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Emily Anderson

Rev. Dr. Emily Anderson 
Pastor and Head of Staff

Rev. Dr. Emily J. Anderson has served as our Pastor/Head of Staff since June 1999. Emily (as she prefers to be called) grew up in Houston TX, graduated from Vanderbilt University and from Princeton Theological Seminary. She received her Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. Prior to her call to New Providence Emily served as Associate Pastor at the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida and as Director of the Princeton Institute of Youth Ministry in Princeton NJ. Among Emily's many gifts, we are grateful for her outstanding sermons and her ability to juggle so many different tasks with grace and common sense. E-mail Emily by clicking here.



Steve Musick

Rev. James Steven Musick
Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Outreach

Steve was the pastor at Washington Presbyterian Church in Knox County - the same church from which Isaac Anderson, founder of Maryville College, came.  Steve is a native Texan. He is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio. He went into banking and after a number of years felt a strong call to the ministry. He enrolled at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, where he graduated in 1986. Afterward, he became the Chaplain at Rhodes College in Memphis. He was recruited to East Tennessee to become the Director of the Presbyterian Student Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he served for eight years. Steve had been at Washington Presbyterian Church since early 1999 where,among other things, he has developed a special interest and experience in older adult ministry. He has been active within the Presbytery of East Tennessee for over ten years.  E-mail Steve by clicking here.



Stan Rushing

Rev. Dr. Stan Rushing
Parish Associate for Visitation

Stan has been a member of the staff since April 2008. He serves part-time, working closely with Steve Musick, visiting members who are hospitalized, in retirement communities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or rehabilitation facilities. He also visits senior members who still live at home. Stan is a native of Mississippi. He is a graduate of Mississippi College (B.A and M.S.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.). He was a Baptist pastor for eighteen years, serving churches in Mississippi and Tennessee. Later he became certified as a marriage and family therapist and as a hospital chaplain. The last twelve years before his retirement, he served in these capacities in Jackson, Mississippi. E-mail Stan by clicking here.

Melanie Rasnake

Melanie Rasnake
Director of Christian Education

Melanie came to us from Maryville College where she was the Director of Operations for the Initiative on Vocation.  Melanie and her husband, Darryll, have two sons Nic and David.  Melanie has impressed many at New Providence with her energy, experience and obvious love for our ministries.  E-mail Melanie by clicking here.
Jaclyn Beeler
Children's Ministries Coordinator

A native of Smyrna, Tennessee, Jaclyn holds a degree in Christian Leadership and Ministry from Williamson Christian College in Franklin. She formerly served as Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church, Smyrna and this past summer, worked with the children’s CLUB program at Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Jaclyn is currently residing at the Presbyterian Center on the UTK campus, and in addition to her duties here at NPPC is working to complete her certification in elementary education. Jaclyn’s current areas of responsibility include serving as staff resource to our Children’s Council, and overseeing all areas of our Children’s Ministries including our Sunday morning classes for children from birth through 5th grade, and our Wednesday afternoon P.E.A.K. and Cloud 9 [4th & 5th grade] programs. E-mail Jaclyn by clicking here.

Rob Britt

Rob Britt
Director of Music
Rob has been serving as Director of Music at New Providence Presbyterian Church since August 1987.  Prior to accepting the position at NPPC, he served two years at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, Maryland and three years at Bearden United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Rob's educational background includes a Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. Rob's major college conducting teachers include Dr. David Stutzenberger, Dr. James H. Laster and Mr. Robert Shaffer.  Post graduate studies were completed at the Choral Institute at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England where he studied with John Rutter, Sir David Willcocks, Barry Rose, Joshua Rifken, and Steven Cleobury.  As a professional educator, Rob has been serving the Blount County Schools since August 1986 and has held positions as a choral music teacher and assistant principal at William Blount High School, and founding principal at Carpenters Middle School.  Presently, Rob serves the Blount County School's Superintendent of Schools.   Rob is married to Liz Britt, who teaches music at the Webb School of Knoxville and they have three wonderful children, Robbie, Rachel and Reece.  E-mail Rob by clicking here.

Jason Graffis

Jason Graffis
Coordinator of Youth and College Ministries and FirstLight Worship Coordinator

Born in Richmond, Indiana and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Jason studied music at Middle Tennessee State University, and Psychology at The University of Tennessee. He worked at NaCoMe, a Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center as a counselor, lifeguard, and Music Director for 6 summers, and has played in the First Light band since 2007. E-mail Jason by clicking here.

Peggy Rogers

Peggy Rogers
Organist and Director of Youth and Adult Handbells

Peggy Rogers has been at New Providence for 26 years! Currently Peggy serves our organist and director of youth and adult handbells. Peggy grew up in Alcoa and graduated from Maryville College with a major in Organ Performance In addition to accompanying and directing handbells at New Providence, Peggy teaches private piano and organ lessons and is the choral accompainist for William Blount High School and for MAACO.  Peggy is an extraordinarily gifted organist and pianist whose beautiful music enhances our worship services week after week. All who know Peggy appreciate her ability to remain unruffled, her willingness to accompany musicians of all kinds and abilities, and her dry sense of humor. We are truly fortunate to have someone with Peggy's extensive experience and keen understanding of music at New Providence.  E-mail Peggy by clicking here.



Trish Badgett

Trish Badgett, R.N.
Parish Nurse

Trish was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and raised in Maryville.  She has a BS in Nursing from East Tennessee State University and a certificate in Parish Nursing from Vanderbilt University.  She has experience in hospital nursing, home health and legal nurse consulting prior to coming to New Providence as Parish Nurse and Director of Bartlett Adult Day Out Program.  Trish and her husband, Tim, have two sons, Clark and Thomas.  E-mail Trish by clicking here.
Coco Everett
Communications Coordinator

The Chancel Window, Sunday bulletins, website, E-news, Youth E-news, Annual Report, brochures, plus many other printed and electronic materials are Coco's responsibility.  Coco's work area is beside the choir room and her work hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Being an Air Force brat, Coco traveled and lived all over the world, but once she settled in East Tennessee she put down deep roots.  Married to her college sweetheart, Tim Everett, they have two sons, Matthew and Mark.  Coco began working in engineering, first at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and then for a small firm in Knoxville.  Leaving her career to have a family, she began working outside the home again here at New Providence when her children went to high school. Both her sons are college graduates and married (and don't even get her started on her grandsons!). E-mail Coco by clicking here.
Karen Vogt
Information Coordinator

Originally from Union, SC, Karen moved to Maryville in 2011 with her husband JT and children, Samantha, and James.  Karen began working at the local radio station in her hometown while in high school and spent 17 years working for Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting Companies before changing careers to work as the Church Administrative Assistant and Financial Secretary of Leland United Methodist Church while living in Leland, Mississippi.  She loves meeting new people and assisting the members of the church with their needs, so please stop by her office and say hello!  Her office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. E-mail Karen by clicking here.
Penny Bever
Business Adminstrator

Penny joined New Providence Presbyterian Church on October 13, 2014 as the Business Administrator. She has spent more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience in Office Management to include Human Resource and Finance.

Office Manager for a local Knoxville church she was responsible for all day to day administration and assistance in business and office management decisions. Penny was also Manager of Finance and Human Resource for a non-profit in Knoxville for almost 13 years. She helped to lead the company through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes.

Prior to this, Penny worked with the DOD U.S. Army, Europe Headquarters in Frankfurt and then Heidelberg, Germany which encompassed more than 30,000 soldiers and civilians. There she spent 7 years as the Executive Office Supervisor for G3 at Headquarters V Corps. During that time, she worked closely with the integral network of soldiers and civilians maintaining many diversified responsibilities that required knowledge of varied military functions, policies and procedures. Brion is now a retired Army veteran.

Penny loves photography, nature and along with her husband, Brion pamper their 6 fur babies - 4 Pugs and 2 Boston Terriers who love to go camping with them or just a nice long car ride. SCUBA diving is a hobby for both Penny and Brion when they have the time.

She studied at Southwestern Community College with a focus in environmental science.  E-mail Penny by clicking here.

Ray Bryant
Facility Manager

Ray joined New Providence in 2000 as a night custodian and after years of learning, gaining certifications and hard work is the Facility Manager.  Ray maintains the buildings and grounds while directing staff and overseeing the upkeep of equipment and supplies. He makes sure the buildings and grounds are maintained, which entails daily and weekly cleaning schedules as well as determining and scheduling repairs, renovation projects, waste reduction improvements and safety inspections. Ray also negotiates with outside vendors for supplies, repairs and other measures. E-mail Ray by clicking here.

Shirley Glenn
Facility Technician
Sheryl Birdsall
Facility Technician
Jay Buchanan
Facility Technician