God is doing amazing things! In July of 2014, Cassidy welcomed Pastor Tom Hancock and his family. He has three sons, Brian, David, and Hunter. Pastor Tom brings a diverse background and life experience to his ministry. Before God called him into ministry, he was a coach, a veteran of the US Army, and a middle school teacher. Tom is a 2005 graduate of Emory University, Candler School of Theology, and completed his Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Growth and Community Development through Drew University in 2015. In addition to pastoral responsibilities at Cassidy, Tom is the Chair of the Holston Conference Mission Ministry Team.
Minister of Discipleship
Margaret comes to Cassidy from Abingdon, Virginia where she lives with her husband, Parke, and their dog, Samson (a puggle). Parke and Margaret have two grown daughters, who with their husbands, both welcomed daughters in 2015. Margaret enjoys grand-parenthood! The Deans have lived in Abingdon for 11 years, moving from Charlotte NC. Margaret received her Master of Divinity degree from the Divinity School at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem in 2005 and is ordained through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has worked with United Methodists for 10 years and is grateful for the Wesleyan Quadrilateral and John Wesley's transformative work around GRACE. Margaret likes scripture and has many verses that ground her in faith. The one that informs her life and ministry most is 1 John 4:8b and she hopes she reflects the Love that is God to all around her.
Christian, wife, and mother of two wonderful daughters, Sunday School teacher, and puppet fanatic. I love spending time with my family. My life verse is: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Fun fact: my husband, Craig, was in the first Kindergarten Class at Cassidy UMC.
Director of Music Ministries
Darren loves leading worship, chancel choir, hand bells and the Voices of the King at Cassidy. He has a BA in Fine Arts from King University and a Master of Divinity in Worship from Southern Seminary. Darren has been serving God through music for 23 years. He is also the choir director at Blountville Middle School. Darren is the blessed husband of Melissa and proud father of Annie, Will, Amelia, and John Paul who keep him running in multiple directions at the same time!
Nancy Holland currently serves as Organist at Cassidy United Methodist Church, a position she has held since 1966. She was also Director of Music at Cassidy until 1999 and has served in that position as Interim Director several times since. She earned BS and MS degrees in Music Education from ETSU, studying organ with Dr. Richard Webb at ETSU and Mildred Heimlich at Radford University. Nancy taught Music and Chorus at Lynn View Middle School in Kingsport and is a member of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee Chapter of American Guild of Organists. As Past President of the Sullivan County Retired Teachers Association, she remains active in the group. She is married to Kenneth Holland and they are parents of Greg Holland (deceased), former organist at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Joan Holland Redmon and Lori Holland Denton.
Randall has served as pianist at Cassidy since 1999 and formerly served as handbell director also. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and in 2003 with a Master of Education in Elementary Education degree. He previously taught music in Smyth County, Virginia before coming to teach in Washington County, Virginia. He began his teaching career in Washington County at High Point Elementary where he met his wife Allison who is a first grade teacher. Randall currently teaches music at Rhea Valley Elementary and is an adjunct professor at Emory and Henry College. In his spare time, Randall enjoys spending time with Allison, their daughter Aria and cat Cassidy.
Staff Parish Nurse
Pam Howell has been Cassidy's nursery worker for a year and served at Mr. View UMC for over 8 years. Her gift and love of little ones is evident. Bring your little one by our newly remodeled nursery to meet her on Sunday mornings.
I was born and raised in Northern Ohio and moved to Tennessee about 15 years ago. I attended Northeast State Community College where I received my AAS in Elector-Mechanical Technologies. While attending, I was very active on campus and met my beautiful fiance Mallory Grey. We were blessed a couple years later with our daughter Millie Jane. Fun fact: I can very easily win prizes when participating in the carnival game "Guess my Age" because no one can ever guess my age correctly. I am told I look much younger than I am, and I owe that to the gift of laughter.