Director Music Ministries
I grew up in Crossville, TN, with an early passion for church music. By eighth grade I had directed a musical play at my church and during high school I served as pianist/choir director of the small country church my dad pastored. God has placed in my heart a desire to serve him through the music of the church. This has spurred my continued passion to serve in music ministry. I graduated from Carson-Newman College with a Bacholor of Music degree in Music Education and went on to receive a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of South Carolina. After teaching middle school music in Knoxville for 5 years, I answered the call to full-time music ministry and moved to Somerset, KY, where I was blessed with eight productive years growing the music ministry and serving the church at First United Methodist there.
Along the way I married my high school sweetheart, Misty Graham-Stapleton, and we have two beautiful daughters – Khirey, 14, and Rory, 6. As a family, we enjoy seeking out deals along the yearly 127 Corridor Sale and visiting fall festivals in small towns far and near. I also enjoy hiking and I like to get away to the Smoky Mountains whenever I can.
I am blessed to work in a church with a heart for our community, a passion for worship, and many fine musicians. It’s a great combination and I encourage you to join us for worship!
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