Jason grew up in a small town in South Jersey where his family attended Aldine United Methodist Church.
At age five, he asked Christ to come into his life.
As a young student, he renewed his life in Christ and began to explore a call to ministry.
He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education.
He is a two-time graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity in 2000 and a Doctor of Ministry in 2008. He is a Beeson Scholar.
Jason was ordained an elder of The United Methodist Church in 2006. He has served five appointments and one student appointment during his 24 years of ministry.
For the past seven years he has served as Shady Grove UMC pastor in Dandridge. Prior to that, he served as senior minister at Palmerdale UMC in Pinson, Alabama for six years. Before moving to Pinson, he pastored a small congregation in Tuscaloosa, Big Sandy UMC, where he also taught New and Old Testament at Shelton State College.
His first appointment out of seminary was to the Arcadia-Salem charge at Kingsport, where he served six years. Jason was appointed senior pastor at First UMC Morristown in June of this year.
God has blessed Jason with four beautiful, smart, loving children (and a very good son-in-law too).
His youngest daughter has it wrapped around her little finger and he already loves seeing her find friendship and mentorship here at FUMC.
He couldn’t be more proud of the young adults his three oldest children are becoming and their established faith.
When he can, Jason enjoys getting out and working in his garden, hiking or kayaking.
He likes to travel and see this great world that God has made and the people that God has created.
Jason has had the opportunity to travel to 12 different countries for short term ministry in many of them. He enjoys writing and reading, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his children.
Asa was appointed to FUMC as an associate pastor in July 2017. She grew up in a small mountain town, Pearisburg, Virginia, and considers herself an Appalachian girl.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and History from Emory & Henry College and a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
Prior to joining the team here in Morristown, she served a two-point charge in Monroe and Loudon counties, and before that she was associated with the FUMC in Maryville.
She enjoys preaching, teaching small groups, leading worship, singing, and helping the church connect with the community.
Ultimately, her favorite part of the ministry is building relationships with people and helping them see where Jesus connects with them in their lives.
When Asa isn’t at church, she’s probably in the basement of her house lifting weights or doing a crazy cardio workout.
She also enjoys cooking healthy meals.
Her favorite pastime is snuggling up to her two dogs, Jack and Georgia. She and her husband Brian enjoy keeping up with the latest TV shows and movies and traveling when they have the time.
Her stepson, Ethan, is a junior at West High School in Morristown.
Director of Music Ministries
Ben has been Director of Music Ministries at FUMC since January 2013.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Carson-Newman University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.
After teaching college music in Knoxville for 5 years, he became a full-time church musician and moved to Somerset, KY where he spent eight years developing music ministry and serving Somerset FUMC.
At FUMC, he directs the Adult Choir Choir, Revelation Youth Choir, Bell Choirs for adults, youth, and children, and oversees the Children’s Choir ministry.
He is passionate about the power of music to move hearts and inform minds in a way words alone cannot as we worship God.
When not at church, Ben enjoys spending time in Hamblen County parks and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
He is married to his high school girlfriend, Misty Graham-Stapleton and has 2 daughters – 21-year-old Khirey and 13-year-old Rory.
Ben feels 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 it encourages you to join us in worship!
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Chris has served FUMC as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries since 2017. He received his BA in Psychology from ETSU and his MA in Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary.
His passion for youth and young adults has led him to many other roles and opportunities such as college campus ministry, fellowship ministry, camp ministry, after-school programs, and even overseas missions. He appreciates the energy and excitement of middle school students discovering their faith first, while appreciating the thoughtfulness and passion of high school students. And he loves playing messy games with his Confirmation students; the messier, the better!
When not at FUMC, Chris, his wife Lauren and son Viggo love to travel as much as possible and explore nature by hiking, making campfires and canoeing. The Jacobs have 2 dogs, Kaya & Teddy, and 2 cats, Smitten and… the other. Chris is also a huge collector of vinyl records and runs a 12-hour Lord of the Rings Marathon every year!
Director of Children’s Ministries
Lisa has been Director of Children’s Ministries at FUMC since 2013.
She is originally from Lubbock, Texas and is a two-time graduate of Texas Tech University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (1998) and Master of Education (2002).
From an early age, she discovered a passion for working with young children. Lisa enjoys building meaningful relationships with children while helping them find ways to know, grow, and show God’s love.
She is always looking for new, creative ways to help families intentionally spend time together – to learn and grow in their faith.
When Lisa is not at church, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband, Anthony, and her two daughters, Ava and Lucianna.
Brad has been an organist at First Methodist since 1994. For 40 years, his full-time job has been building pipe organs. He is currently employed as a tonal director at Randall Dyer & Associates. in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
Graduated from Cumberland University and Virginia Intermont College; he holds degrees in church music from both institutions.
His hobbies include crafting and collecting mechanical musical instruments.
Jamie has been part of the Connection project for 9 years. He started on drums and became a worship leader after former pastor Scott Layer left at Central UMC. He is married to Kimberly Lambert. They have four children: Emily, Kaitlin, Chelsey and Chase.
He has been in the restaurant business for 32 years and now owns The Little Dutch Downtown.