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 of Children's Ministries
Ms. 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.
Mr. David Friberg
We are so pleased to welcome Mr. David Friberg as our new organist! Many of you are already familiar with Mr. Friberg, as he has played here at Second Presbyterian many times over the years. He is also the keyboard accompanist for the Chattanooga Choral Arts and the UTC Master Chorale. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Chattanooga Music Club, and the MacDowell Music Club.
He received his B.A. and M.A. in organ performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and went on to chair the organ department there. During his years in the Army, he served as organist at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He has also served as the chairman of the Division of Fine Arts at Bryan College in Dayton, TN and as chairman of the music department at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA.
He was privileged to be an artist-fellow in organ and harpsichord at the Bach Aria Summer Institute in Stonybrook, NY. One of the musical highlights of his life was participating in a Bach Organ Tour of Eastern Germany and playing some of the organs J. S. Bach had played.
Mr. Steve Riggs
Administrative Assistant/Finance Assistant
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 8 years and have a 7 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. Claire enjoys spending time with her family, anything outdoors, and traveling.
Director of Outdoor Ministries, Videographer
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!
Mr. Kim Helton
Mr. Andrew Wilson
Ms. Pam Shumaker