Christ Chapel currently has seven elders. New elders are nominated periodically by church members, and serve according to the consensus of the elder board.
Barry Jenkins & wife, Maria
Barry grew up in a suburb of New York City, where he and Maria eventually met. His mom was Lutheran and his father Episcopalian, but the family didn’t attend church. Born in the Philippines, Maria came to the United States at age 13 and grew up in a Catholic family. The Jenkins moved to Knoxville in the late 1970s, and both made personal commitments to Christ in the early 1980s. Since then, they have raised a son (Cheyenne), invested in the lives of numerous Johnson University students, pursued careers, and formed many friendships. Barry started his own company, Southern Stucco, around the same time Maria formed Giving Tree Monessori School in 1980. Today, Barry works for a regional masonry company and Maria is semi-retired but remains involved at the school. For the past nine years, Barry has mentored young men through a local prison ministry. Together, Barry and Maria enjoy cultivating relationships through shared meals, good conversations, and opening their home to others.
Rich Melton & wife, Ruth
Rich is a member of the full-time pastoral staff and is a regular Sunday morning speaker. His university training is as an educator (with a special love for history), and he is also a gifted administrator. Rich comes from a Presbyterian background, while his wife Ruth is from a Pentecostal background. They have been members of Christ Chapel since moving to Knoxville from St. Louis, Mo. in 1981. They home-schooled their five children and remain active in the home-school community. Over the years, the Melton's have enjoyed many activities including Hebrew dance, swim team and competitive soccer where Rich continues to serve as a referee.
David Riggins & wife, Maew
David and Maew came to Knoxville from Los Angeles in February 2002 in search of an affordable cost of living, four seasons, and less traffic. They eventually settled in Oak Ridge and attended Fellowship Church, where Maew met Maria Jenkins at a women’s Bible study. After the Jenkins began attending Christ Chapel, the Riggins joined in 2008. David’s background is Quaker, while Maew’s is Pentecostal, but both found the fellowship, teaching, and worship (the congregation sings, not just the band!) at Christ Chapel to be like the breath of God. Over the last decade, they have enjoyed the opportunity to forge deep friendships and grow in relationship with Christ.
Scott Robinson & wife, Darrie
Scott and his wife Darrie began attending Christ Chapel in 1971. Scott is a dedicated member of the Missions Team as well as a tireless fixer of the Christ Chapel building. Scott graduated from UTK in Animal Sciences, and is now a plumbing contractor, owning his own company. He and Darrie have two children, Deborah and Scott, and two much beloved grandchildren. Originally from Memphis, Scott was raised Episcopalian; Darrie is from a Baptist background. Scott and Darrie enjoy working on their small farm in Corryton, Tenn. where they have horses, and sometimes raise a few cows.
Roger Stoller & wife, Robin
Roger and his wife Robin started attending Christ Chapel in 1985, soon after moving to Knoxville from Santa Barbara, Calif. Roger's parents were members of the Apostolic Christian Church and he became a believer in 1971 while in the Marine Corps in 29 Palms, California. He met Robin at a small interdenominational church there. The Stollers have a special interest in Home Fellowships and have found them to be a vital part of their own spiritual growth. Roger is employed as a senior research staff member in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Although Roger travels extensively for his work, he still finds time to enjoy riding his motorcycle.
Jamie Tyler & wife, Carol
Jamie was raised in Indiana and Carol in Ohio. Both have families who are active in the Christian Church. They met and married while students at Johnson University. They homeschooled their two sons and Jamie helped develop a basketball program for the Knox area homeschooling community. Jamie has always enjoyed competitive athletics, coaching soccer and basketball at the high school and collegiate level. He is employed as Risk Manager for the City of Sevierville. Jamie and Carol find great enjoyment working with a team of believers in ministry to the community of visiting scholars from China.
Chuck Weber & wife, Renee
Chuck has lived in the Knoxville area most of his life, having moved here from Ohio at age 14. While attending college at UTK, he became a committed Christian, and began attending Christ Chapel in 1972. He has worked as a part-time youth director and has led Bible studies and Sunday classes for children, youth and adults. Both he and his wife, Renee, are pastor's kids; Chuck was raised in the Disciples of Christ church, and Renee was raised in the Methodist church. They have home-schooled their six wonderful children, five girls and one boy. Chuck is a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and enjoys cycling, swimming and running.