OUR TEAM

Grace Fellowship is an elder-led, staff-driven church.  Team is one of GFC's core values.  Our staff and elders strive together to lead our body to fulfill our mission, vision, and core values.

  • Joel Owen

    Lead pastor

    Joel grew up in Morristown, TN, and graduated from Tusculum College with a degree in business management. He then went on to earn a Master of Arts at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Striving toward godliness together is a major part of how he views his ministry.


    Joel loves cheering for the University of Tennessee Volunteers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Texas Rangers. He’s married to Heather, and they have two sons, Josiah and Grayson. He says yard work is a hobby, so be sure to call him up when you need help with yours.

  • Mat Tynes

    Family Ministries pastor

    Mat has done a fair bit of moving around. He was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and raised in Iowa City, IA; Vancouver, BC; and Gig Harbor, WA. He has a degree in elementary education from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree in special education from California State University at Los Angeles. As he serves children, youth, and families, he wants to love God and love others.


    Mat and his wife Denise have three children, daughter Jordan and sons Nate and Zach. He enjoys golf and driving too fast. He’s a fan of the Seattle Mariners, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Chicago Cubs.

  • Andy Malcolm

    Small groups & connections pastor

    Andy grew up right here in Kingsport and has a business degree from Furman University. He also has a master’s degree in teaching and counseling from East Tennessee State University. Because God’s very nature is relational, Andy seeks to help believers connect more deeply and genuinely with God, with fellow Christians, and with the unchurched.


    Andy is married to Julia, and they have two daughters, Ellie and Analia. He’s a soccer fan who cheers for Barcelona and Liverpool. He also loves to hike and travel.


  • Skye Hierwater

    Office manager

    Skye was born and raised in Southern California. She has a degree in information technology from National University in San Diego. She desires to honor God in all her tasks, large or small.


    Skye is married to Drew. The two of them can be found at many of the area’s classic car shows. She also enjoys motorsports and is a fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Nelson BUTTERWORTH

    worship production coordinator

    Nelson was born in Lindsay, CA, and grew up in Illinois, Oregon, California, and New Mexico. He has a degree from the University of Phoenix. His ministry is behind-the-scenes, and he desire to support the morning worship with as little distraction as possible. If you don’t notice he’s there or what he’s doing, it’s going well.


    He’s married to Karen, and they have two daughters. He doesn’t follow sports but is a fan of all things technological. Computers, cool gadgets, video games, and home automation systems all ring his geeky bell.Talking about cars will also work.

  • kyle thurman

    Worship pastor




  • nathan ellis

    student pastor