Our Staff

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Lindy Apon, Pastor

Lindy Apon was born in Columbia, Missouri. He came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior through the influences of his family and church at the age of 11. Lindy felt a call to ministry at the age of 17. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education from Southwest Baptist University, and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Seminary. Lindy served as a youth minister for 17 years in churches in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He has served as Senior Pastor at Parkway since 2003. He has been married to his precious wife Crystal since 1983, and has two sons, Austin and Grayson.

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Mark Cloyd, Minister of Youth

Mark grew up in Johnson City, Tennessee. He and Chris have been married since1995. Mark is the father of Matthew, Katie and Caleb, and the grandfather of Maverick.

Mark asked Christ into his life at age 13, but did not surrender fully as a follower of Christ until the age of 28. Since then, Mark has continued to grow in Christ and has served in Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Sports Ministry, and as a Deacon. He and his family have been active members of Parkway since 2009, and he has served in Youth Ministry at Parkway as a Sunday School Teacher and Small Group Leader. Mark has a heart for taking the Gospel to all nations and has ministered in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Ghana, and South Korea.

It is Mark’s desire to teach youth the truth of God's Word so they will have a strong foundation that will enable them to stand for what is right, learn how to say “no” to ungodly influences, and mature in their walk with Christ.

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Tom Hacker, Minister of Music & Maintenance

Tom Hacker grew up in a small tourist town in Wisconsin. His family did not go to church. While he was in high school, his mom and two older brothers received Christ.  Through their witness, Tom was saved at age 19. The journey since then has been both challenging and exciting. It was here, in Knoxville, that he met Missy. They were married in 1992 and have three children - Bria, Danny and Sam.

Tom has had the blessing of being a professional singer all of his adult life. After college, he taught music for 5 years, and then traveled for 4 years all around the U.S. and Canada with the New Dawn Singers.  In 1991, he was employed by Dollywood and worked as an entertainer and vocal director there for 10 years. While working at Dollywood, God began opening up opportunities for him to minister to churches through concerts. In 2001, he left Dollywood to begin Tom Hacker Ministries.  He ministered with his children in 27 states and one province of Canada. In August of 2007, he was called to serve as Minister of Music at Parkway. Later, he assumed the building maintenance responsibilities at Parkway as well.

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JJ Whaley, Children's Minister

J.J. was born and raised in Knoxville. He is married to his beautiful bride, Shea.  They have 3 children. J.J. came to know Christ at an early age but didn’t fully surrender his life to Christ until the age of 25. Since this time of greater surrender, God has blessed and taught J.J. so much. Several years ago, J.J. went on a mission trip to Mexico and experienced what it was like to share Jesus with others who were hungry to hear the Gospel. It was an amazing experience, and it made J.J. even more excited about serving Christ! 

J.J. first started working with children as a volunteer in the AWANA program. It was during this time J.J. felt like God was leading him to a greater involvement in children’s ministry.  In 2011, J.J. took a “next step,” becoming the Children’s Minister at Parkway.  “My passion is to teach children God’s Word in an exciting way so they are excited about God and His Word. My desire is for God’s Word to reach the heart so they will be able know Christ and share Him with others.”  As a church, our desire is to “make disciples who make disciples.”  Children are not too young to learn this process!  

“God has given me a great love for serving Him and His children. I have three children of my own, and I can’t imagine anything more important than helping them learn about Jesus!”

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Melody Fugate, Secretary

Melody Fugate has served as a secretary at Parkway since September 1999.  She and her husband Kent joined Parkway with their young family when they moved to Tennessee in 1982.  Their daughter, Cindy, and son in law, Ryan, and grandchildren, Caleb and Silas, reside in Knoxville.  Their son, Brent, wife, Ann, and grandchildren Josiah, Levi, Micah and Ezra reside in Georgetowne, MA where Brent is the pastor at Byfield Parish Church.

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Melissa Marti, Secretary

Melissa began serving part-time as a secretary at Parkway in September 2014.  She and her husband, David, have attended Parkway since 2002.  They have three teenage sons.  In addition, Melissa homeschools her boys and is active with an organization called Saving Little Hearts.  She enjoys spending time with her family and leading a youth girls small group.