Our Staff


Rev. Dan L. Gray, Jr.

Dan is married to Samantha Besecker Gray, and they have three wonderful children, Camille, Luke, and Zaiah.  Dan was appointed to Addilynn effective July 1, 2019.  He is an ordained Elder and has previously served as Pastor of Chilhowie UMC, Chilhowie, VA, Seven Mile Ford UMC, Marion, VA and at Bluff City UMC, Bluff City, TN.  Dan is a co-founder of Be The Bridge Bristol, a Christian ministry dedicated to racial reconciliation through small group dialogue and friendship.  He has taught courses in philosophy and political science as an adjunct instructor at King University and Northeast State Community College.  He is a district clergy mentor; serves on the Holston Conference Board of Trustees; and serves on the board of Project Crossroads (home repair ministry).  His previous work includes serving as Coordinator of Youth Ministries for the Holston Conference, and as youth minister at Munsey Memorial UMC, Johnson City, TN; First UMC, Bristol, TN (also as young adult minister); and North Raleigh UMC, Raleigh, NC.  In addition to serving the local parish, Dan has been active in youth ministry on the district, conference, and denominational levels.  Prior to vocational ministry, he practiced law as a trial lawyer in Washington, D.C., and is currently licensed as an attorney there.  Dan has begun studies for a Doctorate of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, and has a Masters of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) from Duke University Divinity School; a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill; and a B.A. in Pre-law with Engineering Emphasis (magna cum laude) from N.C. State University.  He was Valedictorian of A.L. Brown High School, Kannapolis, NC, and is an Eagle Scout. Dan enjoys performing in community theatre with his thespian family, hiking, the outdoors, river rocks, bicycling, basketball, soccer, frisbee, blueberries, chocolate, action/adventure movies, travel, church history and apologetics.

Administrative Assistant

Michelle McGregor

Michelle and her husband, Don, have been dedicated members of Addilynn since 2018.

Michelle was previously an admissions processor at King University that she has held for the past three years. That job required many of the same characteristics and skills needed to be successful as the administrative assistant here.

She is a 2015 Magna Cum Laude graduate of King University with a B.A. in Music and Minor in History. While a student at King, she was a Snider Honor’s Fellow, served as a tutor in the speaking center, and worked as an assistant in the Office of Admissions.

Michelle shows a true passion for this position and has been looking for opportunities to use her talents to benefit God’s work through our church. In her own words, she is looking forward to the challenges, new ideas, and striving for ways we can grow in Christ. Michelle will start her new position on July 22nd.

Music Minister/ Pianist

Don McGregor

Although he was born in Sylacauga, AL, Don McGregor considers himself a proud Bristol native. When Don was 3 years old, he and his family moved to Bristol to serve as ministers in a local church. Shortly after, he began displaying his talent for music by playing piano. By age 10, he had written multiple pieces and was serving in his church as a pianist. He went on to study music at King University, where he met his wife, Michelle. Don graduated from King University with a B.A. in Music in the fall of 2015, and got married shortly after. Today, Don is a happily married husband, and award-winning composer, and a devout Christian, happy to offer his gifts and talents in service of the church.

Children's Ministry Director

Allison Bennett

Allison has been an member of Addilynn Memorial UMC for most of her life. She is a graduate of Tennessee High School; Northeast State Community College with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education; and ETSU with a BA in Elementary Education K-5. Allison loves children!

Youth Ministry Director

Brittany James

Brittany grew up in Piney Flats, TN and went to Sullivan East High School. Her undergraduate degree is from Emory & Henry College in Human Health and Performance Teacher Prep. She received her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Tusculum College. She currently teaches physical education and health at Sullivan East High School, and serves as an assistant coach for volleyball and softball. She is married to Jordan James, and they have a dog named Bindi! While in college, Brittany served as a youth ministry intern for Highlands Fellowship. She has also been on two foreign mission trips to serve the Lord. 

Media Tech

Hugh Chesebro

Hugh serves as a stunt double for ZZ Top.  In spite of the beard, he is a warm fuzzy.


Tim & Denise Bishop

Tim and Denise are long-time members of Addilynn.  They take great care of our facilities as an act of devotion to God, helping us be good stewards.

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