Meet the Team
Melinda grew up at Middlesettlements Church and has been a member here for most of her life. She has been involved in the music program in one capacity or another for over forty years.
Having retired from teaching in the Blount County School system, she now enjoys spending time with her grandson, Liam.
A proficient pianist, Robby has done music for most of his life and enjoys it more than anything. Robby attends MUMC with his (extended) family, including his wife Michaela and newborn son. As a graduate of Maryville High School and Maryville College, Robby can be found during the week co-running Espressivo Music, a music studio offering voice, guitar, and piano lessons.
An old soul, Robby's favorite songs of praise include It Is Well, How Great Thou Art, and When We All Get to Heaven. He is Robby is a staunch lover of bacon and Krispy Kreme doughnuts - but only when they're *hot now*.
Student Ministry Coordinator
A graduate of Alcoa High School and the University of Tennessee, Kate Keylon loves being part of the Blount County Community. And she loves working with students! She has spent the last decade volunteering or working with church student ministries. Besides ministering to families at MUMC, Kate is a foster parent and serves as the primary caretaker for a disabled family member.
Kate adores her husband Steven, a member of the Air National Guard, and their 3 pups, Spunky, Daisy, & Millie. She struggles to sit still, loves any cause for celebration, and her to-be-read list is a mile long. Walking, journaling, and gardening are her favorite ways to pray. She is (oh!) so grateful to know and follow Christ--and for the joy He brings to all life's circumstances.
Favorite books include Little Women, The Essential Enneagram, Little House on the Prairie, The Hobbit, & the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy.
A member of Middlesettlements for over 40 years, Joyce as been the church secretary for almost as long: 37 years! She has also served as church secretary at several of our sister UMC churches, including Fairview UMC for 14 years before her retirement in 2007. At MUMC, Joyce serves as UMW President, Memorial Secretary, and Membership Secretary.
With her late husband Jim, Joyce has 2 children: Eric, employed at AT&T, and Karen, a teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary School. She has great pleasure in her 7 grandchildren: Jordan, Anna, Blake, Wesley, Andrew, Amelia, & Grant.
"Through the valleys, the mountain tops, good times, bad times of my life, I still know that God is good -- all the time God is good. He is still in charge."
A Blount County native, Magan is a graduate of Alcoa High School, Belmont University, and Duke Divinity School. She's thrilled to be a wife to Jason, mom to Thomas and John, and pastor at Middlesettlements. She battles piles of dirty laundry, makes lists with no intention of following them, loves reading, hates cooking, and has found following Jesus to be the most daring and joyous thing she's ever done.
Favorite authors: Sally Lloyd-Jones, N.T. Wright, and Richard Scarry.
Worship Ministry Coordinator
David has spent the last twenty years in Christian ministry, currently with Emerald Youth Foundation and previously as a general manager in Christian Radio. He attends MUMC with his wife JJ, a Blount County Kindergarten teacher. They have two boys whose sports, performances, antics, and service projects keep them busy and proud.
A UT fan (and graduate), David is also a board member for a Maryville baseball/softball facility. If he isn't at church, you'll find him at a baseball field, golf course, or tinkering as a handyman. He enjoys finding unique food options around town, which is probably a good explanation why "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" is his favorite show!