Our Staff

Kenny Woodhull
Executive Director of the Urban Alliance Center
KWoodhull@JohnsonU.edu

Kenny Woodhull began his nonprofit journey with a three-year stint in Knoxville with the Volunteer Ministry Center as a chaplain and volunteer coordinator in the early nineties. He then went on to co-found and direct several nonprofits in the Knoxville area. In 2011, he took on an adjunct teaching position at Johnson University in the School of Intercultural Studies. After which, he was hired by Johnson University as a full-time professor, in both the School of Business & Public Leadership and the School of Intercultural Studies, and became the executive director of the Urban Alliance. Kenny holds a DMiss from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MCS from Regent College, and a BA from Carson-Newman University. He is married to Doris Basilio Moral. They have three children: Alec, Miles, and Maura Lin.

Our Staff

Matthew Best
Program Director of Future of Hope
MBest@JohnsonU.edu

Matthew Best began his ministry career with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Tennessee after graduating from UT with a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He stayed on staff with InterVarsity for over seven years before joining Emerald Youth Foundation where he primarily served high schoolers in East Knoxville. Matthew has been preaching locally at Children of God Ministries, where he is currently the youth pastor, since he was 19 years old. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, an avid sports fan, a former UT track and field athlete, a lover of the arts and he feels absolutely blessed to be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, Yona Best.

Abigail Wheeler
Administrative Coordinator for the Urban Alliance
AWheeler@JohnsonU.edu

Abby Wheeler is a recent Johnson University TN graduate and holds a B.A. in Bible and Theology and Intercultural Studies with a focus on English as a Second Language. After engaging in the Urban Alliance’s Urban Plunge program as an undergraduate student for two years, Abby joined the Urban Alliance staff team in January of 2018. She is married to Matt Wheeler.

Anna Fickley
Future of Hope Program and Recruitment Coordinator
AFickley@JohnsonU.edu


Anna is a native of Johnson City, TN and a graduate of East Tennessee State University where she majored in Human Services and minored in Special Education. For the past three years, she worked as a small group leader and mentor coordinator with Rise Up for Kids, a Johnson City centered ministry with the mission of supporting kids to attain post high school education through mentoring, small groups and after school programs. Anna also has several years of experience as a young life leader.