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

    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.

  • Mark Treece

    Mark was born and raised in Kingsport TN.  He has a BS and MS degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a PhD. from the University of Virginia.   He is married to his compassionate and fun-loving wife Ann, and together they love their four young children- Susanna, Caleb, Makayla, and Samuel.  Mark has served at GFC in various capacities, most recently as an elder.  He enjoys teaching on topics related to culture and a Christian worldview. 

    In his free time, Mark enjoys watching (or trying to play) sports, hiking or being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. 

  • Bill wight

    Retiring from a 35-year career in information technology and business management left Bill in a position to pursue other passions: communication and patriotism.  He’s become involved with professional storytelling and helped lead the National Storytelling Network for three years.  He’s also launching a business that helps organizations move their flags to half-staff when appropriate.

    Over the 10+ years that Bill and his wife Pat have been involved with Grace Fellowship, they’ve participated in several different small groups and ministries.  They love to travel and have completed four circuits of the country since Bill retired in 2016.  They have four grown children and six grandchildren. 

  • Joey Porch


    Clift was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee. Clift completed a MDiv and ThM at Southern Seminary and a Ph.D. in Theology at Durham University.

    Clift’s wonderful wife Beth is a Kingsport native, who teaches in the Kingsport City Schools. They have three beautiful daughters: Charin, Annalyn, and Caroline — all three of which are instruments of God’s grace in their lives. Clift serves primarily in the small group and teaching ministries at GFC, where he enjoys guiding others to listen to God’s voice in the Scriptures, respond to God in prayer, and watch attentively to all that God is doing around them in Kingsport, in Tennessee, and in the world.


    In his free time, Clift enjoys running and playing basketball, tennis, and golf. He also watches (but is no good at playing) soccer and football. The Wards love hiking when they get the chance, and they hope to have a chance to host you and your family in their home sometime soon.


    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.