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 at

Rev. Gloria Mencer
Interim Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Outreach

Gloria is a minister member of the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Following a 26-year career at Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Gloria responded to God’s call to vocational ministry. Upon graduating from Johnson C. Smith Seminary, one of our Presbyterian institutions, she was first ordained as a hospice chaplain with the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and has most recently served as the interim pastor at Graystone Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. Prior to her ordination, Gloria also served as commissioned lay pastor at Shiloh Presbyterian Church and as chaplain resident at UT Medical Center.
Gloria is a graduate of Knoxville College with a major in chemistry, and in addition to her M.Div. from Johnson C. Smith, she holds Masters degrees from Bristol and Tuskegee universities. Gloria is married to Walter and has three adult children: Alan, Kristin and Katherine. E-mail Gloria at

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 Gloria Mencer, 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 at

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 at

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 at

Cindy Sugg

Director of Children’s Music

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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 at

Ameila Geis-Scott

Welcome Table Coordinator

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Penny Bever
Business Adminstrator

Penny joined New Providence Presbyterian Church in 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.

Penny loves photography, nature and along with her husband, retired Army veteren, Brion, pamper their 5 fur babies – 3 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 at

Janice Campbell

Information Coordinator

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Coco Everett
Manager of Office Operations

Since 2000, communication has been Coco’s most important job at the church. The New Prov Press, Sunday bulletins, website, E-news, Annual Reports, plus many other printed and electronic materials are Coco’s responsibility.

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 three grandsons!). E-mail Coco at

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 at

Shirley Glenn

Facility Technician

Sheryl Birdsall

Facility Technician

Jay Buchanan

Facility Technician