The Rev. Dr. Perry C. McCallen
Dr. Perry C. McCallen was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned a BA in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis. He received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Dr. McCallen received his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. His doctoral project is titled Communicating the Gospel to Generation X in a Traditional Church. He attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to study church growth in conjunction with Columbia Theological Seminary.
Prior to assuming his responsibilities as Senior Minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga in 2003, Dr. McCallen served as Associate Pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral; Director of Youth Ministry at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville; and Director of Youth Ministry at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
Dr. McCallen has been married to his wife, Erin, since 1990. They have two teenage daughters (Katherine Ann and Mary) and a teenage boy (Perry).
Parish Associate for Youth Ministry
Diane W. Stocker
A native Chattanoogan and lifelong Presbyterian, Mrs. Stocker is now serving her fourth church as a Commissioned Ruling Elder. She trained in the Presbytery of East Tennessee for service to Christ's church and continued her education through the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Erlanger Medical Center where she served full-time as a resident chaplain. In addition she has been commissioned to her home church Northminster; New Hope Presbyterian as interim pastor and Rivermont Presbyterian as interim associate pastor. She is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the youth and their families at Second Presbyterian, to become active in worship leadership and to be open to other ways she may be of service to this congregation.
Mrs. Stocker is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She and her husband Mike have three grown children: Michael and his wife Sarah; Amanda and her husband Ben West; and Chris and his wife Mary. They have one granddaughter Avery who is Michael and Sarah's child.
Mrs. Stocker is active in the life of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, serving in a variety of capacities. She was elected moderator of the presbytery in November 2013 and will serve for one year. She is the outgoing secretary for the Committee on Ministry and has previously served as its vice-moderator. She now serves on the personnel committee for HOPE 808, the Presbyterian campus ministry at UTC. She is active in the community supporting the work of GFWC Valamont Woman's Club, a long-standing civic organization. She has served as president of the Chattanooga Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and as a board member for six years.
Director for Urban Outreach Ministries
Dr. Henry Paris
Henry Paris graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in May 2012 (M.Div.). He is currently providing preaching and pastoral care for First Presbyterian Church in Soddy Daisy. He also provides urban outreach for St. Matthew's Shelter. He has been an ordained elder (PC/USA) for over thirty years and is a fourteen year resident of Chattanooga. In addition, he holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physics, metallurgy, and chemical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Director of Children's Ministries
Mrs. Linda May
Linda May began studying piano at age seven in her hometown, Boaz, Alabama. At age fourteen she began organ lessons with Mrs. Basil Camp, a well-known music teacher in the area. During her junior year of high school she changed teachers to study with Emily Porter at Snead State Jr. College. At West Side Baptist Church she played piano then graduated to the organist position and eventually formed the youth choir. Upon moving to Chattanooga she attended Red Bank Baptist and became involved with the youth music program. Linda worked with five and six year olds in choir and vacation bible school. She also served as outreach leader with young women's Sunday School.
During some time spent back in Alabama, Linda attended the University of Alabama at Huntsville, completing the two year program in interior design.
After a few more moves, she returned to Chattanooga in 2005 to be close to the children and grandchildren. Linda began attending Second Presbyterian in 2006 and became a member in 2012.
Director of Music
Dr. Kevin Ford
Joseph Kevin Ford was born in Chickamauga, Georgia. He was granted the BS in Choral and Instrumental Music Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the MME, and the Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from The Florida State University. While at Florida State University he studied conducting with Rodney Eichenberger and served as his assistant conductor for two years. He has also studied conducting with Dr. Andrè Thomas and wind band conducting with Dr. James Croft. Dr. Ford has continued his conducting training through workshops with Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Dale Warland, Frederic Fennel, and Arnold Gabriel. Dr. Ford taught High School Chorus, Band and Middle School Band in Rossville, Georgia where his performance groups consistently made Superior ratings at festivals. He was formerly Music Program Coordinator and Choral Director at Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was also teacher of conducting and choral music education at the Crane School of Music at The State University of New York College at Potsdam where he founded the Potsdam Community Chorus and formed and directed the chorus for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Goodwill Games in Lake Placid, NY. Dr. Ford also served on the faculty of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte as Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Vocal Music Education prior to his current appointment as Director of Choral Activities at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where his UTC Chamber Singers were the invited featured University Chorus at the 2005 Conference of the Tennessee Music Educators Association in Nashville, TN. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, East Tennessee Vocal Association, College Music Society and the International Federation for Choral Music. He is a state officer in the Tennessee American Choral Directors Association where he is the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choruses. Dr. Ford has guest conducted and adjudicated in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, New York, North Carolina and in Montreal, Canada.
Mrs. Mickey Kingdon
Mickey Kingdon, Organist, Second Presbyterian Church. Attended Houghton College in Western New York State. studied organ for one year. Moved to Chattanooga . Studied organ for 3 years with Judy Glass, First Presbyterian Church organist . Served as assistant organist at First Presbyterian Church for several years . Graduated from UTC in 1985 with a degree in Criminal Justice . Accepted the position of organist at Second Presbyterian Church in 1986.
Mr. William Fleming
Bill Fleming is a long-time member of the congregation who was raised in Sale Creek and is a graduate of the University of Chattanooga. Before his retirement in 2000 he worked as a staff accountant for a local CPA firm and then as an internal auditor of McKee Foods. Bill, a veteran, is married to Gwen Dobbs. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Claire Broome
Claire Broome was raised in Huntsville, AL and graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Wildlife Science. After graduation, she moved to Chattanooga, where she met her husband Eric. They have been married 7 years and have a 5 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. Claire enjoys spending time with her family, anything outdoors, and traveling.
Director of Outdoor Ministries, Videographer & Sound Technician
Mr. John Doyal
John Doyal has a long ancestry at Second Presbyterian. His great-grandmother joined in 1898, and John's parents were married at Second Presbyterian in 1941. John and his sister, Dana were also baptized at Second Presbyterian.
John's love of the outdoors started 2nd Outdoors, a fellowship group, which is part of the Evangelism Committee. 2nd Outdoors focuses on outdoor activities. Planned activities for this year include hikes, rafting trips, train rides, Sunday afternoon walks, Imax movies, boat rides, and any suggestions you may have!