GFC has recently hired two new staff members. Amanda Brown is our new Mountain View Coordinator and Kim Allison is our new Access Coordinator. We've asked them both to introduce themselves so that we can get to know them a little better!
Amanda Brown, Mountain View Coordinator
Most people just have to hear my accent to know I was born and raised in Tennessee. My family is from Kingsport, and I moved to Johnson City when I started attending Milligan College. I love the mountains and all things southern, so my heart has always been home here in East Tennessee.
I accepted Christ at a young age, but it was during my time at Milligan that I truly developed a day to day relationship with Him. I met my husband, who is originally from North Carolina, at Milligan and started attending GFC with him shortly after. That was a little over sixteen years ago. We have been involved at GFC throughout some of our most formative years - the dating years, the newlywed years, and those early parenting years. During it all, we have found the support and connection we needed to develop deep roots here at Grace Fellowship Church. We have now been able to volunteer in a variety of areas and have truly experienced the heart of our church.
David and I have been blessed with three boys, and they teach me every day that life is not going to be perfect or quiet. Dylan is 9, Henry is 7, and Oliver is 4. In many ways, my boys led me to becoming the Mountain View Coordinator here at GFC. In working in their elementary school, I have developed a passion for the Johnson City School system and the families it serves. Community has become a very important aspect of our family life, and we truly believe God is calling us to reach out to our city and our neighbors.
The Mountain View Coordinator is a new position, and I am so excited about the opportunity to personally love on Mountain View Elementary School and its surrounding neighborhood. I will be focused on all things Mountain View, so please stop and talk to me about kickball, lunch buddies, or homeroom helpers. I am personally inspired by how much our church loves Mountain View and am excited about where this special school can take us all on our ultimate journey.
Kim Allison, Access Coordinator
The breathtaking mountains of East Tennessee drew me in more than half a lifetime ago when I arrived in Johnson City as a young seventeen-year-old. My experiences as a teen were surrounded by a culture of Appalachian music and performing in various churches with my family, and thus, brought me here for college. After an initial time studying music, I decided pursuing special education as my field of interest was my niche.
Growing up with a sibling with a traumatic brain injury shaped my focus and led me to the blessings of working with individuals with special needs in various ways. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work alongside adults in their homes, provide behavior consultation for surrounding school systems, and teach in two different classroom environments. My current position for the past eight years has been one of a K-12 Resource teacher.
God has entrusted me with two super cool daughters, Cora (16) and Lena (12). Outside of work, study time, and athletic events, we may be found adventuring outdoors or excited to find some kind of music. Occasionally, I may actually engross myself in a good book, pick up the guitar, or finish a small knitting project.
For approximately twelve years, we have loved Grace Fellowship as our church, and recently, I have been plugged in as a new addition to Access. I have been very excited not only to work within a lovely team, but also to begin walking alongside our amazing Access friends and supporting our wonderful volunteers! In addition, I’ll get to be a part of Joy Prom, which is one of the most special events I have ever experienced. How fortunate am I?
I’d love to help you with any questions or thoughts you may have regarding Access or Joy Prom, or if you’d just like to chat. Please don’t hesitate to email or call me.
Posted on Fri, August 12, 2016
by Grace Fellowship Church