Tim Pysell

I grew up in one denomination, but as an adult and after marrying, I changed. After much prayer, advice, and introspection, I decided that it was more important that my family remain strongly unified in Christianity than it was that I held fast to a particular denomination. I have continued to grow in my faith with my wife and three teenagers, all of whom are active in our church. Although no stranger to trials and difficult times, I believe that I have been so blessed in my life and that I owe that to God's grace. He continues to lead my family and it is a blessing every day to plant seeds of faith with my children and watch them grow!

My Life

Favorite Quote

Psalm 118, v 22. "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone."

Friends describe me

Candid, a good listener, reliable, funny, and on the short list of people they would call if they were in a Turkish prison.

My hobbies

ballistics, woodworking, hunting, jewelry-making

Fantasy dinner guests

Winston Churchill, Saint Paul

Best advice I ever received

"If you find yourself at the bottom of a hole, the first thing you should do is stop digging."

My undergrad alma mater

Presbyterian College

My worst subject in school

English composition

If I weren't a professor, I would

practice full-time as a physician assistant

Favorite books

Unbroken (Hillenbrand), The Great Republic (Churchill), Endurance (Lansing), One Second After (Forstchen), The Autobiography of Mark Twain

Favorite movies

Avengers (all of them), War Horse, Shawshank Redemption, The Last Castle

Favorite city

Townsend, TN

Favorite coffee


Nobody knows I

traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters as an athletic trainer