Dr. C. E. “Jack” Jackson, III was called to be Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lenoir City in March of 2001. Prior to coming to the Volunteer State, he served several churches in his home state of Georgia. Pastor Jack received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he double majored in Religion and Philosophy. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey with a concentration in Church History. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with an emphasis in Evangelism and Church Growth. He has also served in numerous denominational positions of leadership, including Associational, State Convention, and Southern Baptist Convention agencies. Pastor Jack and his wife, Vickie, have three children: Andie, Caleb, and Micah.

Meet Pastor Jack

Nick Name Is: “Pastor Jack”

The Place I Grew Up:  On a farm in what was at the time a very rural area in Fayette County, Georgia.

Family: Wife: Vickie; Daughter: Andrea, and her husband Billy; Son: Caleb, and his wife Whitney; and Son: Micah, and his wife Jordan

Hobbies:  Hunting, Fishing, Weightlifting, Travelling, Reading, Writing, Drawing, Collecting Old Books.

Favorite Movies It’s A Wonderful Life.  But also, most anything related to ancient history (Ben Hur, Cleopatra, Gladiator, King Arthur, The Ten Commandments, Troy, etc…), big animals (Jaws, Jurassic Park, King Kong, Moby Dick, etc…) the American west, (Jeremiah Johnson, The Outlaw Josey Wales, True Grit, etc…) or World War Two (The Longest Day, The Great Escape, The Bridge on the River Kwai, etc…).

Favorite Books: The Holy Bible, The Confessions by Augustine of Hippo, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis,  See You At The Top by Zig Ziglar, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, I Dare You by William Danforth, , The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale, and many more…

Something About Me You Don’t Know:  I harvested a 170+ Boone and Crockett 10 Point Buck on my thirtieth birthday and the story was written up in a magazine.

Most Memorable Moment In Ministry:  The time my father surprised me by unexpectedly coming hundreds of miles to hear me preach, neither of us knowing he would die just a few weeks later.

Favorite Bible Verse or Passage:  
Old Testament:  Micah 6:8:  “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
New Testament:  John 3:16-17:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Luke 2:52:  “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

Meet Scott

Full Name: Scott Daniel Williams

The Place I Grew Up: Knoxville, TN (Halls Crossroads)

Family: Rachel, wife; Hannah and Abigail

Hobbies: learning new musical instruments

Favorite Movies: Singing In The Rain

Favorite Books: Worship Matters – Bob Kauflin; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst

 Something About Me You Don’t Know: I pole vaulted in high school

Most Memorable Moment In Ministry: There’s not a specific moment, but I love to see others allowing God to work through them, especially in worship and worship leadership.

Favorite Bible Verse or Passage: Jesus replied, “‘You must love the lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

Meet Bill

Full Name:  Bill. V. Woody

The place I grew up: Jefferson City, Tennessee

Family: My Wife Debbie Woody, our children Kelsea Fulmer, Tori Colette, Jordan Vanness, Tim Woody, Thomas Woody, Tesia Wall, and 12 grand children.

Hobbies: My wife and I raise and show horses. Guitar, Photography

Favorite Movies: The original “Red Dawn,” The Postman, Sheffy

Favorite Books: “The Unseen Realm” and Reversing Hermon by Michael S. Heiser, “The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Something about me you don’t know: I used to play in a bluegrass band.

Most memorable moment in ministry: When my dad preached my ordination service in 1996

Favorite Bible verse or passage: Ecclesiastes 9:10  “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

Meet Donny

Full Name: William D. Crass

Nick Name Is: Donny or Papaw

The Place I Grew Up: Lenoir City, TN

Family: Kenneth (father), Betty (mother), James (brother), Velva (wife), Brent (son) & Caitlin (daughter-in-law), Lindsay (daughter) & Jeremiah (son-in-law), Emma Grace (granddaughter) & Elijah (grandson)

Hobbies: Baseball, Walking, Reading

Favorite Movies: EVERYTHING JOHN WAYNE! , Titanic, The Sixth Sense

Favorite Books: The Bible, In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of its Survivors by Doug Stanton, Hinds’ Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard, and whatever I’m currently reading.

Something About Me You Don’t Know: While I love to be with people, because I believe Pastoral work is a people focused job, I consistently seek time to be alone to read, contemplate, and write.

Most Memorable Moment In Ministry: I was blessed to baptize my father.

Favorite Bible Verse or Passage: Psalm 139 & Ephesians 1

Meet Corey

The Place I Grew Up:
I have lived Maryville, TN my entire life. I love the foothills and the Smokey Mountains.

Family:  My beautiful wife, Lindsey, and I have been married for almost four years and together we have a wonderful daughter, Emma who is two-years-old.

Hobbies: I very much enjoy being outdoors with my family, music, movies, and recreational shooting.

Favorite Movies: Among my many favorites would be the original trilogy of Indiana Jones, Rocky, 12 Angry Men

Favorite Books: The Holy Bible, The Complete Work of Edgar Allen Poe, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Something About Me You Don’t Know: I enjoy reading classic American literature. I play the trumpet.

Most Memorable Moment In Ministry: My ordination service was a very memorable and special moment in my ministry.


Favorite Bible Verse or Passage: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in my. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Man, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Meet Richard

Nick Name Is: Dick

The Place I Grew Up: Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada

Family: Della (wife), Lance (son) and wife Terra, children Austin and Bailey; Sara Quarrin (daughter) and husband David, twins Issac and Eliana;  Aaron (son)

Hobbies: travel and golf

Favorite Movies: The War Room, Woodlawn, Courageous

Favorite Books: The Bible, Purpose Driven Life and Purpose Driven Church, Explore The Book by J Sidlow Baxter

Something About Me You Don’t Know: Short order cook in a restaurant

Most Memorable Moment In Ministry: Leading my dad to The Lord Jesus Christ

Favorite Bible Verse or Passage: Galatians 2:20

Meet Andy

The Place I Grew Up: I grew-up in East Knoxville
Family:  My beautiful wife Misty
Hobbies: I enjoy playing golf
Favorite Movies: Ghostbusters 1 & 2, Ninja Turtles and Star Wars
Favorite Books: The Sabbath by Abraham Heschlel & i am not but I know I AM by Louie Giglio
Something About Me You Don’t Know: I played in the drumline in high school
Most Memorable Moment In Ministry:  I love hearing how former students of mine are ministering to the next generation.
Favorite Bible Verse or Passage: Romans 8:12-17

Meet Randall

The Place I Grew Up: Corbin KY (home of Kentucky Fried Chicken)

Family: Wife Kim (the best part of our family), Kids: Shelby, Caleb, & Olivia.  I also have 3 brothers, I’m the third one.

Hobbies: Time with my family, exercising, hunting, golf, home improvement projects, & learning new things

Favorite Movies: Glory, Tombstone, Blackhawk Down, Rudy, Lord of the Rings

Favorite Books: Besides the Bible, Masterplan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman, & the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney

Something About Me You Don’t Know:  Well, I’ve never broken a bone, & I like just about all kinds of music.

Most Memorable Moment in Ministry: Counseling a couple whose marriage was suffering, and having the opportunity to watch God restore the relationship.  Then two years later, receiving an email from the wife saying, “I never thought I would love my husband again.”  

Favorite Bible Verse or Passage: Genesis 1-3, because everything is there; creation, fall, redemption.

Favorite Get-Away: Disney, it’s the happiest place on earth

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Meet Ron

The Place I Grew Up: Charleston West Virginia
Hobbies: I love to work in my yard, play golf, read, and spend time with my family, including grandchildren
Something About Me You Don’t Know: I played first base on an all- star baseball team that won a state championship
Most Memorable Moment In Ministry:  One of the most memorable ministry events for me was my first baptismal service which was outside (we had no baptistry) on a West Virginia January Sunday.. The creek was frozen over  so one of the young men to be baptized took his axe and gave me an opening large enough to baptize. On that afternoon, with a large crowd along the banks watching, I baptized 16 new Christians. Not one of us even got the sniffles
Favorite Bible Verse or Passage: Phil 4:8-9

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