Alcoa First United Methodist Church is welcoming a new pastor, the Rev. Todd Chancey, on July 7.

He has been married to his wife Liz for over 37 years. They have two adult daughters, two sons-in-laws and three granddaughters. Chancey enjoyed a 15-year career in church business administration before answering a call to pastoral ministry. He is an ordained elder in full connection in the Holston Annual Conference.

Chancey received his bachelor's degree in organizational management at Covenant College and attended the Course of Study and Advanced Course of Study at Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he received his Masters of Divinity equivalent. He has co-authored two books, the most recent with his wife Liz, titled "God in the Midst of Thorns: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Strength and Justice." This latest work will be in publication by late summer. It is based on a true story and authored under the pen names Christopher and Hilda Talley.

He has spent a large part of his career participating and leading mission work and mission teams in local, regional and international locations. He has worked full time in Christian ministry for the past 31 years. Most recently, Chancey served Kingston UMC for the past seven years, and Apison UMC for the previous eight years.

Chancey enjoys preaching, teaching and administrating the needs of the local church. He has served in local, district and conference leadership for many years. 

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