Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Douglas R. Fairbanks, Jr.Rev. Dr. Douglas R. Fairbanks, Jr

Dr. Fairbanks has served the last six years as the Knoxville District Superintendent of the Holston Conference. Before coming to Knoxville, he served as the Senior Pastor of Signal Crest UMC in the Chattanooga District for five years. Dr. Fairbanks has served in pastoral ministry for over forty years. He is married to Carolyn Brown Fairbanks, whom he met at Hiwassee College while they were students. Also, they are both proud graduates of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Carolyn taught for thirty years, now retired, and enjoys her retirement. Carolyn was born and raised in Abingdon, Virginia.

Doug was born and raised in Chattanooga. He started his ministry in Holston Conference and early on was invited, by Bishop L. Scott Allen, to come to Western North Carolina and served there for several years, mostly in and around Charlotte, NC.. In 2001, he and Carolyn came home to Holston and are now in their eleventh year, back home!

Dr. Fairbanks received his academic degrees from U.T., Master of Divinity from The Interdenominational Theological Center/Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia and Doctor of Ministry from The Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana (the emphasis of his study was in the areas of preaching/worship and his project dealt with pastoral leadership across racial lines).  He has received a certificate of Church Administration from Candler School of Theology and done continuing education work in many venues, including Duke Divinity School and Vanderbilt.

Throughout the years of his ministry, Doug has served on a variety of Conference and District boards and committees. These include the Council of Finance and Administration (has been serving as the Appointment Cabinet Rep. and will continue as a member of Holston CFA), Board of Ordained Ministry (eight years and Joint Review Committee for four years in Western North Carolina Conference) has served as a member and chairperson of District Committees of Ordained Ministry and Chaired the Ashville District and Gastonia District Committees of Evangelism in WNC.  Has served on the Hiwassee College Board of Trustees and continues to serve on The Board of Trustees for Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Also, he has been a member of civic clubs and other community organizations. And, Doug is a member of the Hixson High School Hall of Fame. Doug is a United States Army and Vietnam veteran.

Recently, Carolyn and Doug established The Carolyn And Doug Fairbanks Seminary Scholarship. They gave the first scholarship to an entering seminary student in the Fall of 2012. This scholarship was established through the Holston Conference Foundation and a student will receive a scholarship from this fund each year.

Carolyn and Doug love to read, travel and go to Ocean Isle Beach. They enjoy time together at the small farm on which Carolyn grew up in Abingdon, Virginia.

And, finally, a warning: Doug is slightly obsessed with golf!

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