Mark is a person who tries not to take himself too seriously. He is well aware of his own shortcomings and strives to pastor, preach and lead from that perspective. He grew up in Texas and married his high school sweetheart, Angie, in 1988. They have 4 children: Cody, Casey, Valancia, and Kayla. Mark is a graduate of Lamar University and spent 10 years in the oil business before surrendering to full time ministry in 1998. The Zimmerman family has called Knoxville and White Stone Church "home" since 2000.
Keeping in line with our team approach to leadership, Brock and Mark share Sunday morning preaching/teaching responsibilities. Pastoring White Stone is Brock’s dream job. Brock has a beautiful wife, Bethany, and five children, including two sets of twins: Sophie, Ella, Deacon, Langston, and Riggs. He has a passion for God’s word, a love for the Smoky Mountains, and a special affinity for the Carolina coastline. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and attended divinity school at Campbell University. He joined our staff in 2011 after serving at a church in North Carolina for 8 years.
Claudia has called White Stone home and its people family for over 20 years. She spent 9 years working as a public school teacher and many years serving as a volunteer in various ministry areas before God called her to join the staff in 2007 as the Children’s Pastor. Claudia grew up in the Halls community and attended Carson-Newman University. She has been married to Spidey (a few people call him by his other name – Donnie) since 1998. They have two daughters, Audrey and Erynn. In her spare time, Claudia drives a mom taxi.
Stacy grew up in Fountain City and attended the University of Tennessee, but never went to a UT football game until she started dating Brian, her husband, several years later. She has been a restaurant manager, an elementary school teacher, and many other things over the years before joining our staff in 2012. Stacy is the heartbeat of our office - she keeps everything going.
Christy grew up in Halls and graduated from the University of Tennessee. While in college she met and married the love of her life, Rob. God blessed them with three beautiful girls, Savanna, Emma and Bel. Bel permanently joined their family from Haiti in 2012. Christy spent 18 years working in administration with Boys + Girls Clubs members and staff and a few years teaching before being called into church service as a career. She joined our staff as the Assimilation Coordinator in the summer of 2015.
On a mission trip to Haiti, Cody began feeling called to use music as a means of felt led to pick up the guitar and start writing music. Cody has served as a worship leader and band member at White Stone since 2011, and before that he served as a member of the tech/production team. He ended up meeting his beautiful wife Kensey during that time. The two began singing and leading worship together, and were married in 2013. Cody completed his degree in advertising from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and works as a graphic designer for Coleman's Printing.