Hardin Valley
Hardin Valley


Evangelists / Ministers

Evangelists  Acts 21:8  2 Timothy 4:5  are specifically referenced in the scriptures and more generally Ministers.  Colossians 4:7  Romans 15:15-16  Paul’s letters to Timothy provide some guidelines for and expectations of these men.

Larry Cline
Larry Cline
Preaching Minister


Larry is the preaching minister for the Hardin Valley church. He attended the University of Florida where he played football for the Gators and received his bachelor’s degree. He began working in ministry in June of 1976 when he was hired while still in school to work as youth minister and develop a campus ministry at the University City congregation where he worshiped. That sparked an undying love for ministry in him and He later earned his Master’s degree in ministry from Southern Christian University.

Larry met his best friend Linda while attending UF and they married June 10, 1977. They have five children, four wonderful daughter-in-laws and fourteen precious grandchildren… so far…
Larry loves people and is passionate about ministering to people of all ages and life situations. Some other loves are outdoor sports, hunting, fishing, gardening, and grilling just about anything! His passions include preaching, discipleship, missions, and being involved with ministries of reconciliation.

David Schilling
Jacob Dowdy
Worship Minister


Jacob was born and raised in Gadsden, AL. He grew up involved in choir, band, and theatre, developing his love of music. He was active in his church growing up, where he met his wife, Andee. He graduated from Freed-Hardeman in 2020 with a Music Education degree.  Jacob began his work in Worship Ministry in 2018, and was called into full-time ministry upon his graduation from Freed-Hardeman.  His career in ministry has blessed him with the opportunity to serve as an independent church media consultant and a Connections Minister.  In 2022, Jacob and Andee had their first son, Lewis. They are loving life in Knoxville with the Hardin Valley Church, and can’t wait to see where God leads!

David Schilling
David Schilling
Youth Minister

Britni and I met while at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. I graduated with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry with a Minor in Electronic Media Production. Britni received her degree in Marketing. We were married after we graduated and began our married life in Tennessee.

We have three children we love dearly! They teach us to slow down and enjoy the little things. We are reminded every day that God entrusted us with their precious souls and our choices have eternal ramifications!

What hobbies/activities do you enjoy?

Photography, Disc Golf, audio books, woodworking, board games, and drinking a cold cream soda while reading in a hammock.

What excites you most about Hardin Valley?

The people! You will not find a more welcoming and joyful group of people. Reading God’s word is vital to developing into who He want’s you to be. Connection with a spiritual community is vital for running the race. I love that Hardin Valley has a love for God’s word and community.

What’s a good book/movie that has touched your life or influenced your faith? 

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery.
I cannot describe how much this book has helped me understand and love the way God made me. The enneagram is something I can talk about for hours!

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. 

Spiritual Disciplines keep me grounded and help me feel closer to God!

Please share a favorite scripture with us. 

“By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:17-19

David Schilling
Mandy Dunbar
Children’s Minister


History with HVCOC: I’ve been a part of Hardin Valley since we first opened our doors as Parkway COC back in 2006. I’ve been involved with children’s programs here since the very beginning.

Experience: I graduated from Milligan College with a B.A. in Child and Youth Development, K-6 teaching licensure, and a minor in Bible. I worked at an orphanage and taught English in Paraguay for a year following graduation and then taught ESL at Cedar Bluff Elementary for four years.

My Family: My wonderful husband is Derek Dunbar, and we just adopted our first child, Kai, in December, 2020. My parents, Todd and Janie Chambers, and my sister, her husband and son (Katie, Justin and Chandler Gagel) are HV members. My brother, Michael, and his wife, Abi, live in Chattanooga where he is the high school minister at Clear Creek Church of Christ.

My HVCOC Favorites: VBS, Fall Family Retreat, meeting with my small group (the Young Pros), and any time I get to spend in the children’s wing.

Shepherd Elders

The Head of each local body is Jesus Christ. He is also the Great Shepherd; serving under Him as spiritual shepherds of each church are elders, chosen by the church from among its male members who meet all scriptural qualifications.  1 Timothy 3:2-7 ;  Titus 1:6-9 ;  Titus 1:5  suggests that a plurality of elders is warranted for church oversight. Each elder is then to function as one of that plurality in each church.

New Testament scriptures expressly assign the below functions to elders:

serve as overseers  Acts 20:28 ;  1 Timothy 3:1-2 ;  Titus 1:7 ,
serve as shepherds  Acts 20:28 ;  1 Peter 5:2 ,
serve as teachers  1 Timothy 3:2 ,
serve as examples  1 Timothy 3:4  and,
serve as God’s stewards Titus 1:7  through their leadership.  1 Timothy 5:17 

Servant Leaders

Serving under the oversight of the Shepherd Elders are a group of ministry leaders called Coordinating Deacons. 

The Coordinating Deacons facilitate oversight and coordination between the many ministries at Hardin Valley.  This helps the work of the congregation be more organized. They also help take the burden of church administration off of the Shepherd Elders so that they can spend more time in prayer and spiritual leadership.