227 Church View Drive - Kingsport, Tn. 37664
Pastor Carole Martin
Thank you, Pastor Carole for your years of service to our church family...we pray the Lord bless you as you go forward to the next chapter in your life.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I am looking forward to the honor of being the Pastor of Rock Springs
UMC. This is my sixth appointment since I started pastoring in 1990.
I served the Benham Circuit for four years, the Damascus Circuit for six
years, the Ewing Circuit for three years, Saint Paul/Castlewood for sixteen years, and after retiring last year served part time at Legion Memorial.
Sharon and I were married in 1992 and she has been a great part of my pastoring. Some will tell you she is the best part of my pastoring and I do
not disagree with them.
We have two adult sons, David Layell and Jeff Fleenor. And now we are
raising our grandson, Troy Fleenor.
My studies have been predominantly Theology (Masters degree) instead of Divinity and I passionately believe the Bible is the authority for Christian belief. While I find all translations of the Bible to hold the Truth, my choice of use is the NIV.
This is a strange and challenging time for everyone what with trying to deal with Covid 19 and all the other difficulties in this nation right now. But God is bigger than any problem we may face, and I know he will lead us through.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Your servant in Christ,
P.S. The use of my first name is always appropriate as far as I am concerned.
Rev. Harry Layell