The Calling

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All across the Upper Cumberland, there are everyday people who are lead to do more than everyday things.

Accepting the call to become a minister, a preacher or an evangelist. Feeling lead to volunteer time to work with or even start a charitable group or organization. We introduce you to some of these local people who are living a life they felt drawn to on The Calling.

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Meet Verna Seager

Raised by her great grandparents in Greene County, Tennessee, Verna Seager was separated from her twin brothers for 39 years after her grandparents, who raised her brothers, passed away and the brothers were adopted. Verna was eventually reunited with her brothers thanks to the Salvation Army's missing persons department. During this time, she became more and more involved in the church, and felt a calling to pastor and to shepherd and be there for those around her through faith. She joins Denna Hornby to talk about her journey which has led her to become pastor of Church of God of Prophecy in Monterey.

Meet Father Brad Bates

Father Brad Bates had a rough childhood growing up in Georgia that led him to serve in the Navy. Having not been brought up in the church, he felt that he had an on and off relationship with God before finding salvation at the age of 22 after serving, and realizing his calling to be in ministry. He joins Denna Hornby to tell his story of how he stopped running from his calling, and what led him to being one of the newest pastors in town as a priest at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Cookeville.

Meet Sommer Worley

Sommer Worley grew up as an only child in Lebanon, raised by a busy, hard working single mother, with help from her father and step-mother. After finding herself making some bad choices in college, and falling away from God while trying to live and make choices as her own person, Sommer found a mentor in one of her professors who was a retired Methodist minister. She joins Denna Hornby to share her journey on finding theology and becoming involved in the United Methodist Church where she is now pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in McMinnville.

Meet Monica Mowdy

Monica Mowdy grew up in Oklahoma watching storms and tornadoes, and marveling in how God is able to create such wonder and majesty through nature. After her rowdy teenage years, Monica originally tried going into early childhood education before taking a step back to work with childcare centers and families. After a long road of career changes, Monica ended up in Tennessee where she is now Pastor of Carthage United Methodist Church. She joins Denna Hornby to detail how her career choices working with children and families led her to find her calling in ministry.

Meet Laurie Raulston

Laurie Raulston grew up on her family farm where she learned to appreciate the hard work that goes into everyday life before going off to MTSU where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Business. After holding jobs in various fields, and experiencing difficult events in her life, Laurie made the sudden switch from working with finances and loans to becoming a pastor. She joins Denna Hornby to share the events in her life that led her to becoming a pastor for Normandy United Methodist Church in Normandy, TN.

Meet Marcy Milligan

Marcy Milligan grew up with a strong female role model in her mother, who took care of both Marcy's grandfather, and Marcy herself as a single parent. Now, inspired by her mother, Marcy gives back to her community as a guidance counselor for the Putnam County School System. She joins Denna Hornby to share stories of her growing up, and the work that she does not only with the kids in Putnam County, but for them to help prepare them for the future.

Meet Pioneers With Babies

Tim and Ashley Smith are the Pioneers With Babies. After a bad storm in 2015 left the family homeless, they decided to look into the homesteading lifestyle, and built a home for themselves off grid in the mountains. They join Denna Hornby to discuss their homesteading journey, raising a growing family of young children, and the importance and vulnerability of nature around us.

Meet Mustard Seed Ranch

Tammy Depperschmidt and Pastor Albert Willis are both members of Mustard Seed Ranch, a community-sponsored, interdenominational Christian ministry focused on providing support to children in need and placing them into loving homes. They join Denna Hornby to discuss where their shared passion for helping children comes from, as well as sharing stories of growing up.

Meet Lyndon Hackertt

Lyndon Hackertt spent two years growing up in the Amish community, but his family moved away to start their own community. Now having embraced a more modern lifestyle with technology, Lyndon has become a student at Tennessee Tech where his passion and studies lie in chemistry. He joins Denna Hornby to discuss the change in lifestyles, as well as what he hopes to accomplish through his studies to help others.

Meet Dr. Larry Reed

Dr. Larry Reed has spent his life serving the Upper Cumberland as a physician at Physicians' Associates in Crossville. Now retired, Dr. Reed was inspired and encouraged by his mother, a nurse, to pursue a career and education in medicine, and worked while attending morning summer classes at Tennesee Tech to acheive his goals. He joins Denna Hornby to discuss how he was motivated to go into the medical field.

Meet Rev. Ted Stepp

Reverend Ted Stepp spent part of his life feeling lost until he got back on track thanks to meeting his wife. As Reverend of Monterey Wesleyan Church, he spends his time helping those around him whether by attending funeral home visitations, educating as a substitute teacher, or spending time with family. He joins Denna Hornby to discuss how he was drawn by others to lead.

Meet Jack Ray

Jack Ray has spent his life experiencing and serving the communities of Monterey and the Upper Cumberland. As Chairman of the Board at the Putnam County Bank, he uses his faith to provide the best possible service to those who come into the bank no matter the reason. He joins Denna Hornby to discuss his life, and what led him to serve the area for this long.

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