Our Pastors

Our Pastors

THE REV. DR. STEVE EASON (Interim Pastor)

 Contact: 522-9804, ext 114 (season@sequoyahchurch.org)
Steve Eason has been married to Catherine since 1977 and they have three adult children and four grandchildren. Steve received a B.A. from East Carolina University in 1976, M. Div. from Duke Divinity School in 1979 and D. Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in 1993. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1980 and transferred to the PCUSA in 1984. He has served as pastor/head of staff at churches of different sizes and his longest tenure was from 2002-2015 at Myers Park Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC which has a membership of approximately 4800. He left Myers Park voluntarily to pursue ministries “outside of his comfort zone” and spent a year as a church consultant with Macedonian Ministries, Atlanta GA during which he traveled the country working with churches to help them with a wide range of challenges. Steve and Catherine have a home in Brevard, NC where one of their children lives also so they are excited about being closer to their roots by serving here in Knoxville.


Contact: 522-9804, ext 113 (mlampley@sequoyahchurch.org)

Mark Lampley was born and raised in North Carolina by long time, faith-filled Presbyterians.  He was blessed to be a part of an extended family that was Christian and a loving family of faith at Shelby Presbyterian located in western NC.  Born to Dr. Charlie Lampley and Mabel Baird, he was baptized as an infant by Rev. George Webb and became Confirmed as a teenager. He and his elder brother, Chuck, fully participated in sports of all kinds, and enjoyed family trips to hike, ski, camp, and explore throughout the country.  Participating in school and youth group leadership opportunities and becoming an Eagle Scout shaped and equipped him, by God’s grace, to graduate from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC….


Contact: 522-9804, ext 123 (rhamburger@sequoyahchurch.org)

Rachel was born in Philadelphia, PA on February 21, 1961, and grew up in New Jersey, Southern California, and Germany.  Her parents live in California in a wonderful community for retired Presbyterian pastors and missionaries.  Rachel’s friends, many of them long-time, are treasured parts of her “family.”  She also has dear extended family in Germany.

In her spare time, Rachel is usually found drinking coffee with friends, corresponding with long-distance family or friends, reading, listening to music, taking walks or hikes, or getting exercise at the gym.  On her “bucket list” is learning how to fly fish!  She is happiest when she is under the shade of a big tree, or with her feet in a river.



Bill Barron pic for web

Dr. Barron was born in Columbia, South Carolina on November 18, 1942. He graduated from Eufaula (Alabama) High School in 1960, Davidson College in 1964, Columbia Theological Seminary, Cum Laude in 1967, and Columbia Theological Seminary, D. Min. in 1983. He was ordained in St. John’s Presbytery (Florida) – July 1967, and installed as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian, Sanford. Dr. Barron also served St. Luke’s Presbyterian, Titusville, Florida and First Presbyterian, Marianna, Florida before being called to Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian in March 1981. He retired in June 2008 and became Pastor Emeritus in August 2012.  Member of the second Leadership Knoxville class; he is an avid golfer, tennis player and over-all sports enthusiast.  He has been happily married to Eleanor Warr Barron since 1967. They have three grown children: Richard, Walt, and Meg; and eight grandchildren.