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Vicki Adams

Vicki Adams Assimilation Coordinator

Email: vadams@fbconcord.org

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Vicki is a daughter, wife, mom, cat owner and cancer survivor.

She loves to travel – especially internationally – read almost anything and try new recipes. Her guilty pleasure is playing computer games! Vicki lives with her husband, Ray, mother-in-law, Betty and two cats, Strider and Oboe. She has two grown daughters who live out of state that she doesn't get to see often enough.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice!” ~Philippians 4:4

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Julie Arnold

Julie Arnold Receptionist

Email: jarnold@fbconcord.org

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Julie holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee, and her undergraduate degree includes a double major in political science and speech & theater. Her husband Steve is an independent financial planner and works part-time as a teacher for Concord Christian School High School. Their three kids—Leslie (10th grade), Josh (8th grade), and Hope (4th grade)—attend CCS, and Julie is happy that she gets to see them on campus throughout the day! She loves serving and being around the staff and members at FBC because they are sweet, fun, Godly people.

Julie has been part of Precepts Bible Studies for 10 years. Her other interests include music: flute, piccolo, and she has recently taken up penny whistles! She also loves acting and helps out occasionally in the 4Kids Theater on Sunday mornings, and in the ConcordQuest production each year.

One of Julie’s greatest passions is the Concord Performing Arts Academy, which provides music, dance, and drama lessons in a Christian atmosphere. Julie and her husband Steve serve as the directors of CPAA.

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John Avant

John Avant Senior Pastor

Email: javant@fbconcord.org

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Honoring the past, and thankful for the present, we look with bold anticipation to the future. God has brought, through miraculous leading, our church to her next Pastor, Dr. John Avant. Through Dr. Avant's leadership, we believe the power of God (through His Word, His Gospel and bold heartfelt worship), will be seen in this generation and generation to come.

A published author, he has written If God Were Real, Authentic Power, The Passion Promise, and co-authored Revival among other works. John and his wife Donna are proud parents to Matthew & Christi Avant Watson, Joseph & Amy Avant Daniel and Trey & Brooke Procell Avant.

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Amber Bacon

Amber Bacon Children's & Preschool Administrative Assistant

Email: abacon@fbconcord.org

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Eric Barclay

Eric Barclay IT Administrator

Email: ebarclay@fbconcord.org

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Amy Barnett

Amy Barnett Campus Operations Manager

Email: amybarnett@fbconcord.org

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Amy enjoys getting to work with all of the various ministries of the church. She and her husband Mike have twins, and their favorite pet is their pug, Pugslee.

Amy has lived in Knoxville all her life and is a graduate of Halls High School. She also attended Cumberland College. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, and cooking.

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Bill Bayless

Bill Bayless Sports Outreach Assistant

Email: bbayless@fbconcord.org

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After retiring from TVA with 35 years of service, Bill joined the staff at Concord as a part-time Sports Coordinator in July 2013. Bill and his wife Maleah have been married 38 years; they have two children, Jonathan (34) and Bethany (33); three grandchildren, Tala (9), Walker (7) and Frances (4). The Bayless family joined Concord in April 1987.

Bill participates in the Senior Olympics in 3-on-3 basketball and still enjoys playing some pickup ball. He enjoys being involved with children and adults through sports. You may often see Bill in a striped (referee) shirt or at least in gym shorts. Bill is also an MMA/UFC fan (but not a practitioner), and has taught adult Sunday School for 20+ years.

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Malinda Burnette

Malinda Burnette Administrative Assistant to Director of Business Operations

Email: mburnette@fbconcord.org

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Malinda and her husband Sam enjoy their family. They have two sons, two daughter-in-laws, five grandsons and two granddaughters.

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Charles Burris

Charles Burris Campus Operations Coordinator

Email: cburris@fbconcord.org

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Charles has been on staff at FBC since 2008. He attended Farragut High School but graduated from Bradley Central High in Cleveland, TN. After continuing his education and professional career in Cleveland, he moved back to Knoxville and joined FBC in 2005.

Charles and his wife, Denise, have four children (Sommer, Chasity, Morgan, and Chris). He enjoys spending time with family, especially at the beach. He feels very honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve Christ at FBC, and he looks forward to seeing all the amazing things God has in store for the Church and himself.

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Cheri Burt

Cheri Burt Worship Ministry Coordinator

Email: cburt@fbconcord.org

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