Mr. Michael L. Feely

Michael L. Feely

Adjunct History Professor

Office Phone: 423-316-6503



  • Sewanee School of Theology , University of the South - Sewanee, TN S.T.M. 2014
  • Wesley Theological Seminary - Washington, D.C. M. Div. (cum laude) with concentrations in American religious history and urban studies 1991
  • University of Georgia - Athens GA B.A. (double major in political science and history) specialized studies in Southern US politics and Italian history 1985
  • Additional Study: 1982 Cortona Italy. Summer program in Art History and Philosophy

Academic Experience

  • University of TN at Chattanooga 2010-2013
    • HIS 1010 World Civilizations I
    • HIS 1020 World Civilizations II
    • HIS/SOCW History of Chattanooga and Southern Appalachia
  • Chattanooga State Community College 2010-2012
    • REL 2030 Introductions to World Religions
  • Tennessee Temple University 2011-Present
    • Western Civilization I
    • Western Civilization II
    • Survey of Tennessee History and Geography
  • Sewanee School of Theology 2009
    • Urban Ministry Practice - City Faith Urban Seminar

Ministry & Professional Experience

  • 1988-1991 Assistant Pastor, Washington St. United Methodist Church, Alexandria VA
  • 1991-1994 Pastor of the Dandridge Circuit UMC, Dandridge TN
  • 1994-2000 Associate Pastor Asbury UMC, Greeneville TN
  • 2000-2005 Associate Pastor Brainerd UMC, Chattanooga TN
  • 2004-2010 Pastor East Lake UMC, Chattanooga TN
  • 2004-2010 Executive Director, St. Andrews Center, Chattanooga TN
  • 2010-2012 Coordinator, Plaza Comunitaria Chattanooga TN
  • 2013- present Director of Mission Advancement, Henderson Settlement, Frakes KY

Membership in Academic Organizations

  • American Historical Association
  • Southern Historical Association
  • Society of Appalachian Historians
  • Southern Labor Studies Association
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Chattanooga Historical Society
  • Rutherford County (NC) Historical Society
  • Holston Conference Historical Association

Denominational & Community Service

  • Active in mission trips adn community outreach with the United Methodist Church and member of a number of local groups
  • Bushtown Neighborhood Association
  • International Business Council (Chattanooga Chamber)
  • CARTA Board of Directors
  • former interim City Council member

Publications & Presentations

  • Publications
    • Feely, M.L. and Radu, V.L. (Fall 2011) ETSU “Now and Then Magazine” (Theme: “Service in Appalachia”) Article titled : “Whose Appalachia is it Anyway?”
    • Feely, M. L. (Spring 2012) ETSU “Now and Then Magazine” (Theme: “Nuevo Appalachia”) Article titled: “The Changing Face of Appalachia”
    • Feely, M.L. “Notable Methodist historical sites within East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia (self-published 1994)
    • Contributor to the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper, Chattanooga Pulse and other publications.
  • Presentations
    • May 20-22, 2013 Society of Appalachian Historians (UVA-Wise). “The Pilgrim's Pride Immigration Raid and its Aftermath: A History of new Latino workers and old labor in Chattanooga.”
    • October 11-12, 2012 Alabama/Mississippi Social Work Education Conference. “The Settlement House Movement in Appalachia”
    • September 14-15, 2012 Appalachian College Association, “New Models of Education for the Latino community”
    • March 23-25, 2012 35th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, “Hidden Histories of Appalachia: a Look at the Early Methodist Deaconess Movement and the Settlement House Movement in Appalachia”.
    • July 2011. Chattanooga Labor Council “A History of the Labor Movement in the Chattanooga Area”