Meet Our Clergy

Rev. Palmer Cantler

Rev. Palmer Cantler

Associate Pastor

Rev. Palmer Cantler

Associate Pastor


Rev. Palmer Cantler

Associate Pastor

I grew up in Johnson City, TN, a cradle Methodist. My mom was on staff at our home church, and so I grew up running around the church. In the summer before I started 7th grade, I was attending a Holston Conference Youth event and went to sign up for an afternoon workshop. As I was walking down the hall, I felt my feet stop in front of a lime green sign that read “So you want to go into ministry?” I laughed it off, because I knew how hard ministry is. But I found myself signing my name and really began praying and discerning where God was leading me. I had wonderful mentors who cultivated and encouraged my call.

I attended Wofford College, class of 2015, with a BA with high honors in Religion. I completed Duke University Divinity School in 2018 with my Masters of Divinity and also earned a Certificate of Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Church Street is my first church in which I can make an impact in a leadership position! Wooh!

My favorite hymn is It is Well with My Soul.

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Minister of Spiritual Enrichment

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Minister of Spiritual Enrichment


Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Minister of Spiritual Enrichment

I serve as the Minister of Spiritual Enrichment at Church Street and have served as an associate at CSUMC off and on since 1997.

I earned my Masters in English from the University of Memphis and then my Masters in Divinity (Theology) from Emory University. I completed my Ed.D in Public Relations in School Administration from the University of TN.

Along with our half-feral cat, my husband Dwight and I enjoy spending time with our two adult children and two grandchildren. My hobbies include the study of religious art, interior design, and gardening.

Program and Administrative Staff

To reach a member of our program or administrative staff listed below, dial 865-521 and 0+ the extension listed. The main Church Office number is 865-524-3048, and the office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The Pastor On-Call number is 865-320-9100.

During the coronavirus stay-at-home orders, the church is closed to all non-staff persons. Please call or email a member of our staff for assistance. Thank you!

Rev. Andy Ferguson, Visitation Pastor

Rev. Pat Clendenen, Visitation Pastor

(use the office number or the Pastor-on-Call number to reach one of our visitation pastors)

Tim Ward, Director of Music Ministries: ext. 276

Edie Johnson, Music Associate/Organist: ext. 277

Jenny Cross, Director of Youth/College Ministries: ext. 287

Katryn Bancroft, Director of Children’s Ministries: ext. 282

Beth Cooper-Libby, Director of Preschool: 865-524-3511

Katie Vesser Strangis, Director of Communications: ext. 299

Dona McConnell, Director of Beacon of Hope: 865-599-5047

Kate Spencer, Church Administrator: ext. 268

Francine Jenne, Bookkeeper: ext. 267

Kelly Woods, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor: ext. 262

Doris Lively, Executive Secretary: ext. 271

Nancy Keen, Receptionist: 865-524-3048

Eileen Weber, Part-time Secretary: ext. 278

Keith Bailey, Maintenance Supervisor: ext. 295

Jeffery Rose, Head Custodian: ext. 274

Custodians: Dedra Ellison, Robin Crain, Kevin Bailey, Jacob Jenne

Pastor on Call Number: