Our Pastors

Our Pastors

THE REV. DR. JAY HOWELL (Pastor/Head of Staff)

 Contact: 522-9804, ext 114 (jhowell@sequoyahchurch.org)
Jay is a native Tennessean, born in Memphis and raised in Nashville. During college Jay began to feel some stirrings toward seminary. After some time living abroad and traveling in Latin America, he enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary. There, God affirmed with clarity that he belonged in the church as a pastor.  After graduation, Jay was called as Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Mission at Germantown Presbyterian Church in Germantown, TN, where he served beginning in 2012. During his tenure there, he completed his doctorate at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Jay is happily married to Frances, and they have a son, Jack, who is nine months old.


Contact: 522-9804, ext 113 (mlampley@sequoyahchurch.org)

Mark Lampley was born and raised in North Carolina by long time, faith-filled Presbyterians.  He was blessed to be a part of an extended family that was Christian and a loving family of faith at Shelby Presbyterian located in western NC.  Born to Dr. Charlie Lampley and Mabel Baird, he was baptized as an infant by Rev. George Webb and became Confirmed as a teenager. He and his elder brother, Chuck, fully participated in sports of all kinds, and enjoyed family trips to hike, ski, camp, and explore throughout the country.  Participating in school and youth group leadership opportunities and becoming an Eagle Scout shaped and equipped him, by God’s grace, to graduate from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC….


Contact: 522-9804, ext 123 (rhamburger@sequoyahchurch.org)

Rachel was born in Philadelphia, PA on February 21, 1961, and grew up in New Jersey, Southern California, and Germany.  Her parents live in California in a wonderful community for retired Presbyterian pastors and missionaries.  Rachel’s friends, many of them long-time, are treasured parts of her “family.”  She also has dear extended family in Germany.

In her spare time, Rachel is usually found drinking coffee with friends, corresponding with long-distance family or friends, reading, listening to music, taking walks or hikes, or getting exercise at the gym.  On her “bucket list” is learning how to fly fish!  She is happiest when she is under the shade of a big tree, or with her feet in a river.

Bill Barron pic for web

Dr. Barron was born in Columbia, South Carolina on November 18, 1942. He graduated from Eufaula (Alabama) High School in 1960, Davidson College in 1964, Columbia Theological Seminary, Cum Laude in 1967, and Columbia Theological Seminary, D. Min. in 1983. He was ordained in St. John’s Presbytery (Florida) – July 1967, and installed as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian, Sanford. Dr. Barron also served St. Luke’s Presbyterian, Titusville, Florida and First Presbyterian, Marianna, Florida before being called to Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian in March 1981. He retired in June 2008 and became Pastor Emeritus in August 2012.  Member of the second Leadership Knoxville class; he is an avid golfer, tennis player and over-all sports enthusiast.  He has been happily married to Eleanor Warr Barron since 1967. They have three grown children: Richard, Walt, and Meg; and eight grandchildren.