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Mark Alexander

Mark has two Master's degrees: A master of Architecture from Tulane University and a Master of Science in Administration from West Connecticut State University. He has been employed by the University of TN for the last 29 years and is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life. His wife Jeanne is from New Orleans and they have four children, three of whom have graduated from Berean Christian School and the fourth is currently in high school. Interacting with his wife and four active children is how he likes to spend his spare time.

Favorite Bible Verse: Genesis 1:1

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Ken Brady

Claude "Buddy" Cooper


Kensey Zimmerman


Ken was born into a Christian home in 1951 and saved by God’s grace at the age of 12; earned a Bachelors's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Tech in 1975. After graduation he joined the mission Operation Mobilization, spending two years overseas. He married Cindy Crowder in 1977 and the two rejoined OM and served in different countries and positions for 27 years. During these years the Lord blessed them with two sons and one daughter. All three are following the Lord, are married, and have given them a total of seven grandchildren.

In 2004 restructuring of OM moved their ministry to become a for-profit company distributing Bibles and other Christian materials to Christian bookshops. They moved to Knoxville in 2016 and joined Berean Bible Church shortly thereafter. Ken has been working on their house on a huge renovation project (home renovation having been his hobby over the years) and occasionally helping his son-in-law in his construction company.

Favorite Bible Verse: Col. 1:21-22

Buddy is the owner of Cooper Drywall and Painting, which he founded in the early 1980s.  His son attended Berean Christian School and two great-granddaughters have graduated from BCS. He likes to flip houses in his spare time. His desire is to serve Christ by supporting the teachers at BCS.

Favorite Bible Verses:

Psalm 103 and 139.

Kensey currently serves as the Academy Coach at Fulton High School. She and her husband, Cody, have been married since 2013 and serve their church each week leading the worship team. They have one son, Cole, who is a bundle of toddler joy. They lead their church small group and love the community that they have through that group. As a former student of Berean, Kensey values the impact of that experience and hopes to share that with others. B.A. in Communication Studies, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; M.S. in Communication and Information, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.


Jimmy Cannington


Margie Whittaker

Jimmy has B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern College and a M.S. in Guidance from UT-Knoxville. Jimmy is currently the 6th grade school counselor at Bearden Middle School. Previously, he has worked as a teacher/school counselor at Berean Christian School and at Faith Academy in the Philippines. Jimmy and wife Vicki have been married since 1980, have three children and eight grandchildren, and are blessed to be attending Berean Bible Church."things have changed tremendously at BCS since Vicki and I took the entire 7th and 8th grade classes to Washington D.C. in a 15 passenger van. I look forward to seeing how God will continue to bless BCS in the future."

Favorite Bible Verse: II Cor. 5:21

I was born into a Christian family in Knoxville, TN. I graduated from UT with a double major in business and education. My husband and I started a small business and for more than 40 years worked together—me taking care of the paperwork and him being creative and building things. Thankfully, at the age of 30 I realized that I was a sinner who needed a Savior and began my

walk with the Lord, so he didn’t have to divorce me or kill me. We were married 50 years. I have three sons, ten grandchildren and four living great grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with

the Lord and family and friends. I like pulling weeds and working in my yard, always being aware that a back without pain is a precious thing to be protected. The Bible verses that have

been most meaningful in my life are


Colossians 3:12-17.