MARK ZIMMERMAN | PASTOR
Mark is a person who tries not to take himself too seriously. He is well aware of his own shortcomings and strives to pastor, preach and lead from that perspective. He grew up in Texas and married his high school sweetheart, Angie, in 1988. They have 4 children: Cody, Casey, Valancia, and Kayla. Mark is a graduate of Lamar University and spent 10 years in the oil business before surrendering to full time ministry in 1998. The Zimmerman family has called Knoxville and White Stone Church "home" since 2000.
BROCK THARPE | PASTOR
Keeping in line with our team approach to leadership, Brock and Mark share Sunday morning preaching/teaching responsibilities. Pastoring White Stone is Brock’s dream job. Brock has a beautiful wife, Bethany, and five children, including two sets of twins: Sophie, Ella, Deacon, Langston, and Riggs. He has a passion for God’s word, a love for the Smoky Mountains, and a special affinity for the Carolina coastline. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and attended divinity school at Campbell University. He joined our staff in 2011 after serving at a church in North Carolina for 8 years.
COLBY DORCELY | ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Colby was born and raised in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He moved to Knoxville in 2012 for college and has a degree in Supply Chain Management from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Colby joined our staff in 2021. He and his wife, Shaina, have one son, Bryce.
CLAUDIA BREWTON | FAMILY PASTOR
Claudia has called White Stone home and its people family for over 20 years. She spent 9 years working as a public school teacher and many years serving as a volunteer in various ministry areas before God called her to join the staff in 2007 as the Children’s Pastor. Claudia grew up in the Halls community and attended Carson-Newman University. She has been married to Spidey (a few people call him by his other name – Donnie) since 1998. They have two daughters, Audrey and Erynn. In her spare time, Claudia drives a mom taxi.
CODY ZIMMERMAN | WORSHIP LEADER
Originally from Houston, Texas, Cody and his family joined White Stone in the year 2000. He began leading worship in youth group and met his beautiful wife, Kensey. The two have been leading worship and writing music together ever since. He has served as a band member and worship leader at White Stone since 2010, and before that he served as a member of the audio/visual production team. Cody has a degree in advertising from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, and also works as a designer and letterpress operator at Coleman's Printing. Cody + Kensey have one son, Cole.
STACY LEWIS | OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Stacy grew up in Knoxville and attended the University of Tennessee, but never went to a UT football game until she started dating Brian, her husband, several years later. She has been a restaurant manager, an elementary school teacher, and many other things over the years before joining our staff in 2012. Stacy is the heartbeat of our office - she keeps everything going.
CHRISTY CUMMINGS | ASSIMULATION COORDINATOR
Christy grew up in Halls and graduated from the University of Tennessee. While in college she met and married the love of her life, Rob. God blessed them with three beautiful girls, Savanna, Emma and Bel. Bel permanently joined their family from Haiti in 2012. Christy spent 18 years working in administration with Boys + Girls Clubs members and staff and a few years teaching before being called into church service as a career. She joined our staff as the Assimilation Coordinator in the summer of 2015.
LAUREN DESROSIERS | CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Lauren grew up in the Halls community and graduated from Tennessee Tech. After college, she moved to Haiti to serve for three years, where she met her husband, Blenson. Lauren is a Fourth grade teacher at Brickey McCloud ES + serves faithfully with our high school girls as their bible study leader. She is probably doing all of those things with a Dunkin' coffee in hand. She has called White Stone home since 2015 and joined our staff in 2021.
ED BLUMBERG | MEDIA
Ever since he was a small child in New Jersey, Ed has always been fascinated with television and how it worked. He has worked in and around live television production since the early 80’s. He has been involved with every aspect of production during his time working with many different production facilities, churches, and television stations. He also has degrees in Electronics, IT, and has worked in Multimedia Development. He and his amazing wife, Lisa, relocated from South Florida with their first daughter, Betsy, in 2007. Their second daughter, Jenna, was born here in Knoxville a year later. They have called White Stone home since 2019.
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