Staff

Kenny Faught, Pastor

Kenny was born in Richmond, Kentucky, and grew up in the nearby small town of Irvine. He is a graduate of Cumberland College, where he majored in religion and minored in philosophy. He received the Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The New Orleans Theological Seminary, and studied Advanced Methodist History, Theology, and Polity at Duke Divinity School. He was ordained an Elder in the Holston Conference in 2007.

Dr. Faught became pastor at St. Mark on July 1, 2015. He has served churches in Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, and Tennessee, including four congregations in the Knoxville and Oak Ridge Districts (Pleasant Hill, LaFollette, Cokesbury, and St. Mark). He also taught pastoral theology for ten years at the college level.

Kenny is married to Chrissy (Powers) Faught, who is an English teacher, and has three children (Jessica, Josh, and Sarah Grace) and three grandchildren (Seth, Liam, and Ezra). Sarah Grace is an elementary student at The Episcopal School of Knoxville. Kenny enjoys classical guitar, the outdoors, the Tennessee Vols, and (some years) Cincinnati Reds baseball. He is always eager to talk with you about your relationship with Jesus and your interest in St. Mark.

 Contact Kenny at pastorklf@gmail.com or phone 588-0808.
 

TYLER OWENS, MUSIC DIRECTOR

Tyler has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Carson Newman and recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee. At UT he had the opportunity to lead all of the UT choirs. He has served as an intern Music Director at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. We are blessed to have Tyler and his wife Rachel, both of whom teach music in the Maryville schools, on our team.

Contact Tyler at tsowens26@gmail.com or phone 588-0808.

 

 


 

Paula Sandoval, Youth Director

Paula graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan and Hiwassee Colleges where she majored in Christian Education and minored in Music. She has 24 years of experience in working with youth. Before coming to St. Mark she served Beaver Ridge UMC and Bookwalter UMC in Knoxville, TN, Wesley UMC in Aurora, IL., Trinity UMC in Athens, TN, and Alcoa UMC in Alcoa, TN. She has a love and passion for Christ which she seeks to convey to the youth through a variety of programs and activities.

Paula and her husband Juan Carlos have two children, Katherine and Brandon. She loves to travel, watch Brandon play soccer, and work with youth! One of her favorite Bible verses is: 1 Timothy 4:11, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers, in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.”

Contact Paula at paulaesandoval@gmail.comor 588-0808.

Edward Pierce, Church Musician

Edward Pierce musician
Edward has been a church musician since he was in middle school and his dad was his home church's choir director. In addition to being an amazingly versatile and engaging musician on the organ, piano and keyboard, Edward teaches fifth-grade at Sequoyah Elementary School. He is married to Jessica and dad to Julia and Elliott.
 
Contact Edward at Edwardgpierce@gmail.comor 588-0808.


 
 

 

Liz Mann, Office Manager

Liz is a native Knoxvillian, born and raised here. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management at Tusculum College. She has served as a financial loan officer in the banking industry. Liz and her husband Scott have two children – Cooper and Copelyn. She adores her family and, like most moms, would do anything for her children. A true East Tennessean, Liz can be found at Neyland Stadium on Saturdays cheering for the Vols. Liz is a devout Christian who puts her faith first.
 
Liz can be reached via e-mail at office@stmarkknox.org or 
588-0808.