Name: Mike Wilkinson
Position: Pastor

Mike Wilkinson has served as the pastor of Knoxville First Cumberland Presbyterian Church since September 2013. Originally, from Knoxville and a graduate of Karns High School, he entered in the ministry in 1992 after a twelve-year career in civil engineering and construction. Before he came back to Knoxville, he pastored three other congregations, one in West Tennessee and two in Alabama. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary; he also holds degrees from Roane State Community College and Bethel College. He has been active on the denominational level and currently serves as the president of the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Pastor Mike has been married to his gracious wife, Joanna, since 1982. They have three daughters, two son-in-laws, and five awesome grandchildren.


Name: Jeannine Rickards
Position: Office Manager

Jeannine Rickards was born in Little Rock, Arkansas into a military family. Jeannine graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Business Management where she was in the Auburn University Marching Band. After living in many different states the family moved to Knoxville in 2013. Jeannine has two children Maggie Rickards and Matthew Rickards. Maggie is an RN at UT Hospital.  Matthew is a junior attending the University of Tennessee. 


Name: Karen & Sam Ware
Position: Music Program Co-Directors

Sam and Karen Ware are the Music Directors of Knoxville First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Sam is the Music Director/Organist, and Karen is the Choral Director. The Wares are both graduates of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN., and have been leading church music since 1970. They have three daughters and two granddaughters. Karen is a Realtor, and is the Office Administrator of Century 21, Legacy, and Sam is Senior Funeral Director, Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Sam and Karen have been at Knoxville First Cumberland Presbyterian since 2005.