Our Location

We’re easy to find! We’re just north
of I-75/40 and West Town Mall –
across Vanosdale from the
Shannondale Retirement Center.

7234 Middlebrook Pike,
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 690-8641

What We Believe
We believe that salvation is found in and through Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Bible is the word of God and the primary authority for Christian life and faith.
We believe in salvation by grace through faith and not works.
We believe in growing in our faith and striving to become more and more like Christ.
We believe in the balance of heart and head.
We believe in evangelism, Christian service, and social change; thus impacting the world for the cause of Christ.
We believe the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion
What to Wear
Be at home! Be Comfortable! We want you to wear what you want. Our only dress code is that you be you.
Where to Park
Plenty of convenient parking is available for guests and members on all sides of the church, but the best parking for new visitors is located off Vanosdale Road. Look for the signs right up front and come on in!
UMC Core Beliefs
  • We believe that salvation is found in and through Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that the Bible is the word of God and the primary authority for Christian life and faith.

  • We believe in salvation by grace through faith and not works.

  • We believe in growing in our faith and striving to become more and more like Christ.

  • We believe in the balance of heart and head.

  • We believe in evangelism, Christian service, and social change; thus impacting the world for the cause of Christ.

  • We believe the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion.

Pastoral Staff

Bruce Galyon, Senior Pastor
Bruce was appointed as senior pastor in June of 2016. Born and raised in Sweetwater, Tn., graduate of Emory and Henry College, and Asbury Theological Seminary. He has two adult children, Jessica and Andrew, and three grandchildren, Keelan, Mia and Liam. Bruce enjoys hiking, bicycling, golf, and simply being outdoors.
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Jacob Reedy, Associate Pastor
Jacob has been associate pastor since June of 2015. A Kingsport, Tn. Native, graduate of East Tennessee State University and Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He enjoys board games, woodworking, and reading. “I am incredibly blessed to be a part of the ministries that happen through our church here on the corner!”
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Program Staff

Ann Cover, Director of Student Ministries
Ann has been working within the church since 1997. She has a Masters in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee. Ann and her husband, Robert, have one daughter, Laura. “I love children and their inquisitive minds and desire to learn.  I believe one of the best ways to impact a child’s life is to help them  grow in Christ through their involvement with church and equipping those involved in their life.”
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Sydney Novais, Youth Worker

Sydney is an Illinois native and a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. Her husband is Felipe.  She enjoys music, baking, and reading.  She began as youth worker on our staff in February 2021.

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Music Staff

Kevin Miller, Director of Traditional Music and Worship
Kevin Miller has been in church choral music for 28 years. He is graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Music Education.He teaches elementary school music in Blount County schools. Kevin, and wife, Tabitha, have three children. Kevin enjoys boating, playing with his children, and cheering on the BIG ORANGE.
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Justin Haynes, Contemporary Worship Director
Justin has been the contemporary worship director since 2004. In addition, he is employed by Pilot/Flying J as a recruiter. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (BS of Music Education), University of Tennessee (Masters of Jazz Studies and Human Resources). Justin enjoys astronomy and supporting University of South Carolina athletics.
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Sabra Buchheit, pianist/organist
Sabra has been our pianist/organist since 2008 and was assistant organist/pianist since 1995.  She is a graduate of Belmont University (BM in Music) and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (Master of Music). Sabra and husband, John, have two children, Quincy and Rachel. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and travel.

Support Staff

Molly Troutman, Connections Director
Molly has been a member of MPUMC since 1994. She is a native Knoxvillian, married to Mark and has 3 children, Paige-27, Ries-24, and Marguerite-22. She has served on SPR, Nominations and the CEP Advisory Board, and is a member of the Genesis Sunday School class and attends the Contemporary Worship Service. Her professional career has been in women’s retail as a personal stylist selling NY designed clothes for 20 years from her home on a seasonal basis. She will continue this fun part-time job while serving our church. She enjoys taking long walks, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog.
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Laurel Wright, Social Media Coordinator
Laurel has been a part of MPUMC since 2016 singing with the contemporary praise band. She is a part of a singing duo called “The Young Fables” that record and perform in Nashville, Knoxville, and throughout the country.
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Charlotte Giles, Church Administrator
Charlotte has worked at Middelbrook Pike UMC since 2007.  Charlotte and husband, David, have two girls, Taylor and Bailey. She enjoys walking, hiking, gardening and spending time with family.
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Debbie Uglow, Administrative Assistant
Debbie has worked at Middlebrook Pike UMC since 2004. She started out as receptionist but in 2016 became the administrative assistant. Debbie and husband, Ron, have two adult children, Andy and Ashley, and four grandchildren. She enjoys DIY projects, crafts, shopping, and spending time with family.
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Kenny Brown, Facilities Manager
Kenny is a Knoxville native and joined the Middlebrook Pike team in May 2018.  He and his wife Donna have one son.  Kenny enjoys genealogy, arrowhead hunting, learning history, and being outdoors.