1546008_10100268745963149_725831721_n Rev. Charla Sherbakoff – Pastor 

Charla Sherbakoff grew up in Madisonville, TN. She received her BS from The University of Tennessee and Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Prior to receiving her call to ordained pastoral ministry, Charla worked in the real estate profession as a real estate broker and co-owner of Sherbakoff REALTORS in Knoxville, TN.

Following seminary, Charla served as one of the pastors at Christ United Methodist Church in Knoxville.

Besides seminary and serving as a pastor, Charla’s most formative ministry experiences have been outreach ministries to people experiencing homelessness, mission trips to South Sudan and Costa Rica, and worship and service opportunities at Bearden United Methodist Church where Charla received her call to ministry. Charla enjoys running, going to movies, and hanging out with her husband and ministry partner, Lee. Charla and Lee have two children, Rachel who lives in Nashville and Thomas and his wife, Melissa, in San Francisco. Charla is also a GO BIG Orange UT fan!

Charla has a passion for God’s church to be for people on The Way. We are all people on The Way – seeking to navigate life’s challenges and joys and discovering God’s presence in Jesus Christ throughout our journey. Come as you are to Allen Memorial. We welcome you. We are all people on The Way.


Charlotte NewmanCharlotte Newman- Adult Ministries Coordinator and Church Treasurer

Charlotte has been involved at Allen with a variety of committees and activities. She has served as the Adult Ministries Chairperson since 2005, Church Treasurer since 2011, Office Volunteer since 2011, Sunday School Teacher for Friendship Sunday School Class for several years, and is active in United Methodist Women for many years.

Charlotte is married to Charles and they have two children, Vince Newman and Laura Boyden.  The Newmans have four grandchildren: Brock and McCall Newman; Anna and Cole Boyden.

Charlotte enjoys cooking, music, travel, reading, sewing, and spending time with grandchildren.



IMG_0855Jane Jeffreys – Administrative Assistant/Treasurer

Jane began working at the church in 2011.







MB2016Dr. Marius Bahnean- Choir Director

Dr. Marius Bahnean joined the Allen Memorial Staff in August of 2014 when he came to Athens, TN to work at Tennessee Wesleyan College in the music department.

Dr. Marius Bahnean is Director of Choral Activities at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he conducts the TWC Chorale and TWC Concert choirs, and teaches conducting, voice and music history. Bahnean is part of the Oxbridge C.S. Lewis Institute Choir based at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, United Kingdom, where he rehearses and sings with the institute’s choir. Bahnean conducts both orchestras and choirs with the same dynamism and expertise. A strong advocate of Early Music and Baroque music, he performs regularly with period instrument ensembles usually conducting from the keyboard. He holds the D.M.A. degree in conducting with a musicology minor from Louisiana State University, the M.M. degree in choral conducting from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Baroque performance certification from the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir of Toronto, Canada.


Sylvia Gossett- Organist








Savannah Self


Savannah Self is from Englewood, Tennessee and attends Tennessee Wesleyan University, where she majors in Music Education. Savannah has served as the pianist at Englewood Christian Church for six years, and at the age of 17, began giving piano lessons. She now has twenty-three young students, who bring her more joy than words can express. After college, Savannah plans to become a music teacher. Just as her elementary music teacher was the first person to instill a love for music in her, she prays to have the opportunity to not only share her passion, but to also be that same influence for her students. Savannah also enjoys taking guitar lessons, reading, hiking, cooking, and playing with her niece and nephews, Adleigh, Landyn, Abram, and Clark.


Lisa Sharp – Children’s Ministry Coordinator


Lela Lawson – Youth Ministry Coordinator


Anita Thomas– Nursery Workers

Elaine Davidson– Nursery Workers


Karen Guffey –Children’s Worship Leader


RenaeRenae Campbell -Custodian

Renae began working at the church in 2015