Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries is a supported ministry of the Local Outreach Group of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and is comprised primarily of dedicated volunteer members. KnoxCAM is profoundly grateful to Cedar Springs Church for its generous financial support, which enables us to minister free of charge; as well as for administrative help, supplies, office and rehearsal facilities, and most of all, ongoing prayer support. We praise God for our dedicated members who give their time and hearts to a myriad of administrative, logistical, creative, and shepherding tasks to enable us to function in ministry.
KnoxCAM Advisory Board
KnoxCAM is directed by Dr. Jill Lagerberg, under the supervision of the KnoxCAM Advisory Board. Members serving in 2016-17 are:
Bill Burkhart: Bill has been involved in Christian ministry most of his adult life. As a third generation practicing physician, he has been privileged to minister to thousands of patients, as well as to God’s flock at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. He led his Sunday school class for several years and is a percussionist for church worship services and concerts. Bill is grateful for the musical ability and time God has given him to devote to KnoxCAM and understands that, without ministering to “the least of these,” we as Christians will never see the face of Jesus.
Lee Coffman: As a mom who wanted to be in ministry with her daughter, Lee joined KnoxCam in 2013. They made up one of several family teams in KnoxCam. Lee loves the vitality and creativity of being in a group comprised of singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and actors. But she is especially moved when she is privileged to see the Holy Spirit at work in the prisons where KnoxCam ministers. Lee sang and danced her way through college and continued until her third child was born. Then, in 2013, she fell and broke her neck. She feels that God has spared her and has allowed her to sing again, to minister to His children, and to help bring His Word to them. These are the verses that she found during the KnoxCAM trip to Memphis prisons in 2014: “With gratitude in your hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” She is especially glad to be able to carry His Good Tidings through the ministry of KnoxCam.
Jeff Fokens: Jeff spent his professional life in the medical field as a physician, mostly in urgent care and emergency room settings. Before that, however, he completed an undergraduate degree in music at Peabody College in Nashville, and his love for music has found him in singing groups over the years, and has also led him to write music, some of which has been performed locally by the KnoxCAM Men’s Ensemble. His wife is a home health social worker for Tennova, and they together have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.
Hal Kimrey: Hal owns and operates a small company that develops industrial solutions involving microwave energy. He originally came to East Tennessee as an engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is married to the only woman who could put up with him, and they have three beautiful children. He has been a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church for over thirty years and is serving as a church elder. KnoxCAM has been a wonderful way to share the love of Christ through music.
Melanie Leach: When Melanie joined KnoxCAM five years ago, it reignited a love for choral singing and set a flame in her heart about using the arts to bring beauty and encouragement in unlikely places. Melanie is married to David and has two young adult sons, Caleb and Aidan. She works at Paideia Academy in the office and as a drama teacher. She is a member of All Souls Church.
Lynn Roberts: Lynn and his wife Belinda have been members of
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church for eight years and are involved in several
church ministries. Lynn has been a member of KnoxCAM since its inception in 2009, and this involvement has been influential in his growth in mission and other outreaches of the church. Lynn is in business as a consultant and designer/fabricator of industrial equipment and systems. He is extremely grateful for KnoxCAM in his spiritual life.