Kim Dunn, our new pastor began her tenure with us on July 4th 2021.
Hello! My name is Kim Dunn, and my husband is Robby. I am very excited and honored to be appointed pastor at Dunlap United Methodist Church!
I grew up in Chattanooga and I graduated from Central High School in Harrison, Tennessee. I accepted Christ at the age of seven years old during vacation Bible school with my mother on her knees at my side. My father became a deacon in that same church, Maple Grove Baptist, around that same time. My parents remain active members of Maple Grove today. Being raised in church taught me the importance of community in my walk of faith. My hope and prayers are that together, we can grow the community of Dunlap UMC and show others the beauty of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
After graduating high school, I attended Chattanooga State where I earned an associate degree in respiratory care technology. I worked for many years as a registered respiratory therapist. I was manager of the pediatric pulmonary lab at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger when I received a very distinct call to ministry in the year 2015. I knew this call required a degree in seminary, so the time I had spent finishing my bachelor’s degree in management as an adult served me well, enabling me to enter Candler School of Theology at Emory in the summer of 2018.
The time I spent at Candler was like being thirsty and drinking out of a fire hose. I was a new widow, in a big new city, attending a world class seminary that was academically difficult. I knew the only way I could make this journey was to stay close to Christ. He needed me to succeed so I did. The first year of seminary I worked as a children’s minister in a small church while working as a chaplain at Gwinnett Medical Center. (The chaplaincy was a graded, non-paid contextual education class for school, the children’s minister job, I got on my own as a first church job.) I loved the church work, the chaplaincy not so much. My second year of seminary, I applied for a Teaching Parish position which offered student positions in area churches under the supervision of Candler’s Contextual Education class and the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. I was appointed as a licensed local pastor (after successful completion of licensing school at the end of year one) to two small churches in Ellijay, Georgia. I served these congregations for the remainder of my seminary education. I graduated from Candler this past May 14.
I have many stories that accompany this pilgrimage we call life. Many of the stories find a place in my sermons. I love to preach and if you feel comfortable in this hopefully post pandemic time, please attend church in person. On-line services will continue, but together, in community is how we get to know each other and share our many diverse gifts to further the kingdom of our great God. Rob and I look forward to serving alongside of you in this beautiful place! Blessings ~ Pastor Kim
Office Manager, Margaret Lane and her husband Sonny live ten miles north of Dunlap, atop the Cumberland Plateau, with various dogs, cats, goats, pigs and a rooster named Cogburn. Margaret grew up in South Florida, and lived in Georgia, Oregon and Mississippi (where she attended “Ole Miss” and earned an undergraduate degree in Finance and an MBA) before moving to Chattanooga in 1998 to work with Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner. She and Sonny moved to Brockdell Mountain in 2001. Margaret joined Dunlap United Methodist Church in 2009 and, in 2012, retired from Merrill Lynch.
Margaret sings with the Scenic City Chorus, reads voraciously and enjoys gardening and hiking. She has completed 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She and Sonny have a daughter, Heather, who lives in Ringgold and a son, Christopher, who lives in Germany. Sonny is retired Naval Aviator, and a musician. His retirement ‘gig’ is driving a school bus for the Sequatchie County School system. Sonny also plays guitar at the Unity Church in Chattanooga on Sunday mornings and special events.
Music Director, Keith Maxwell is a native of Dunlap and has lived most of his life in the area. He is a graduate of Sequatchie County High School (1978) and received a BS in Music Education at UT Chattanooga. He began teaching for the Sequatchie County school system while receiving a Masters of Education in Special Education from UT Chattanooga. After teaching for more than 20 years, Keith returned to college for an E.ds in Instructional Leadership. He currently teaches at Griffith Elementary in Dunlap. He accepted the position of Music Director at Dunlap United Methodist Church in October of 2000.
In his own words: “Dunlap United Methodist Church has always been a very special place for me. Not only has it met my spiritual needs through the services and Sunday School, it has truly been a haven of comfort, kindness, and care. The people of this church have been truly instrumental in helping me to become a better person and Christian.”
Pianist, Pat Treadwell has been playing a piano in church for the past 65 years. She began playing for prayer meeting at Fountain City Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN when she was twelve. She and her husband Jim moved to Dunlap from Collierville, TN in 1994 and began attending DUMC shortly afterwards. In 1997, she began playing for DUMC. Pat attended Brenau College in Gainesville, GA. After graduating, she went back home to Knoxville, TN where she taught Spanish and French at the high school level. She met Jim there. He was attending UT after serving in the United States military. They met at the Ice Chalet in Knoxville, and the rest is history. Jim and Pat have two children and five grandchildren who live in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Organist, Judy Brewer began playing when she was twelve years old, in North Canton, Ohio, where she lived with her parents. She has been playing the organ at Dunlap United Methodist Church for eleven years.
Judy and her husband Gene moved to Tennessee in 2004 from Michigan. At the time, their children were attending Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN and visits with them convinced Judy and Gene that mild winters would be a wonderful improvement. Gene is a retired psychiatric social worker and Judy is a retired probation/parole officer. Three of their four children live in the area and the fourth is in Colorado.
Custodian, Debbie Shepler