Tyner UMC adds new pastors

Tyner UMC adds new pastors

July 25th, 2011 by Emily Crisman in Local Regional News

Tyner United Methodist Church is welcoming two new pastors to assist in leading its congregation.

Taking the job at Tyner will be a homecoming for the Rev. Charlie Harrison, who grew up in the Highway 58 and Harrison areas.

Now in his 36th year of preaching, Harrison said he left his post as senior minister at First United Methodist in Sevierville, Tenn., to join Tyner UMC.

"My goal is for Tyner to be a church of the community," he said. "My motto is, 'People don't care what you know until they know that you care.'"

A native of Dallas, Texas, the Rev. Natalie Smart has served several churches in the area since moving to Chattanooga in 1996 with her husband the Rev. Greg Smart, pastor at Pikeville UMC.

Natalie Smart has ministered at Wesley UMC and Lou's Chapel, both located in South Pittsburgh, Tenn., as well as Signal Crest UMC on Signal Mountain and Simpson UMC in Rossville, Ga.

"I want to help the church grow with their mission and ministry to the community," she said of her plans for Tyner UMC.

Natalie Smart received a B.A. in religion from Emory University and attended the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University after a two-year hiatus serving as a US-2 missionary.