April joined the Erin Staff in July of 2016 and is blessed by the many dear friends she has made over the years, along with the ability to serve the Lord.
April went to college to go into the medical field, but was called away to serve in the Church; first working at Fellowship Church in Knoxville as the Worship and Communications Admin, then here at Erin, after a 4-year break to homeschool her now-graduated daughter.
She enjoys reading Biblical and Christian historical fiction, baking (especially in Autumn), and doing anything creative, artistic or crafty.
April, Matthew and Sophia enjoy camping as often as possible in Spring and Autumn, and they attend renaissance and historical festivals whenever they can.
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Book: Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers
Favorite Movies: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, all Indiana Jones and Avengers movies.
Family Ministries Leader
Joy joined the Erin staff in February 2012. She, her husband Justin, and their two daughters have been part of the Erin family since 2006. As the Family Ministries Leader, Joy develops and coordinates Children’s Sunday School, Planet Worship (Erin’s Children Church), Pioneer Club (a Wednesday Night Program for kids), and Vacation Bible School.
Joy is a former member of Erin’s Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) and an active member of Presbyterian Women, and the Choir. She also is actively involved in Erin’s Discipleship, Fellowship & Congregational Care, and Creative Expressions ministries.
Joy grew up in Maryland, where she earned a B. A. in Biology from Western Maryland College. After college, she moved south to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a M. S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. For six years, she worked as a Wildlife Biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Albany, GA. She has always loved animals and is committed to the conservation and stewardship of God’s creation.
She enjoys taking care of her family and their home, crafting, cooking and sharing food with family and friends.
Favorite hymn: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Favorite food: Italian, especially pizza
Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite movie: The Sound of Music
“I have lived in Tennessee since just before my 1st birthday, when my family moved from Georgia to Spring City. I lived there through high school and then moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee, where I obtained a BS in Animal Science. I found that I enjoyed the convenience of living in a city and I have been here ever since.
“I currently work as a leasing agent for LHP Management.
“My mom and my big brother and his family live here in East Tennessee and I am able to see them often. My two nephews, Drew and Dillon, are my favorite people in the world, and I take my status as their “favorite aunt” very seriously and work hard to maintain it.
“I have two rescue cats, Katie and Hubbell, who are fans of dressing up in costumes and knocking things off tables.
“I love books – reading them, buying them, talking about them, etc. and I also enjoy going to movies and cooking. And I like to talk. To everyone. About anything. All the time.”
Favorite quote – “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius,power, and magic in it.” – Goethe
Favorite Bible verse – 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power and love and self discipline.”
Favorite food – Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite book – Pride and Prejudice
Favorite movie – Steel Magnolias
Other roles at Erin – Elder and member of Outreach, HS Sunday School teacher, Planet Worship volunteer
Joe Jaynes has been directing the Choir since January, 2000. He began his musical career at Erin signing in the alto section of the choir in 1974, and his association with the choir in various capacities since then has been one of the great joys of his life.
Joe also performs with several of the Creative Expression ministries as an actor, vocalist, and drummer. He has been married to his wife Kim since 1978; their sons Andy and Alex live in Snohomish, WA and Knoxville, TN respectively.
By day, Joe is Director of Customer Operation for Avilar Technologies, Inc. Joe also serves as the Erin web site’s webmaster.
Favorite book: Neuromancer by William Gibson
Favorite movie: The Empire Strikes Back
Favorite food: linguini w/red clam sauce
In 1992, Nancy Berry joined the Erin staff as Church Organist/Choir Accompanist. Before moving to Knoxville with her family in 1984, she was a general music teacher in the Wisconsin public schools. In addition to serving as Church Organist, Nancy directs the Children’s Handchime Choir and Joyful Sounds, Erin’s handbell ensemble.
During the week, you’ll find Nancy in the State Attorney General’s Office where she works as a paralegal. She and her husband, Daniel, have one daughter, Rebecca McCurdy, who serves as Choir Director at nearby Powell Presbyterian.