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.

  • 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 Porche

    Born into a Catholic, Cajun family in May of 1955, Joey was raised to believe in God and did so until his teen years. After the loss of his father at age 13 and experiencing more questions than answers, he soon left the church and dove headlong into self, sin and the world’s offerings. Several years of disappointment and disillusionment prepared Joey to receive the gospel of salvation and, at age eighteen, accepted Christ as Savior and Lord of his life. 

    Sensing the need for discipline and regiment, Joey joined the United States Navy at nineteen and served for six years. He gathered with fellow believers routinely during that period but found his true love and relationship with Jesus after he returned home in 1981 and joined his family at a local church. Scripture, prayer, worship and fellowship were strengths emphasized there, where he learned to know, trust and follow Jesus more deeply. He also met and soon married Debi, his wife of (now) 38 years, at this church. The two soon began leading youth and worship.

    They did so for several years until they moved to northeast Tennessee. There they began their family: two girls and a boy! Their three children are now grown and they have three well loved grandchildren. They also have maintained their love for youth and worship and continued serving the Lord in both areas over the years.

    Computer repair and networking have been Joey’s career occupation since early 1982. Having worked as a technician for several businesses, he anticipates retiring in 2022 or 2023 (Lord willing) after fourty-plus years in the industry and thirty two (or three) years of dedicated service to NFS in Erwin, Tennessee.

    Joey and Debi joined Grace Fellowship Church around 2011 and have enjoyed leading worship, leading small groups and being supportive in many areas. Joey and Debi’s love of people have opened numerous opportunities to support, encourage and guide other fellow sojourners on this amazing adventure of following Jesus. 

    In the fall of 2018, Joey received the nomination and humbly accepted the role of Elder at Grace Fellowship Church. Joey considers it a high honor and privilege to serve with five gentlemen who love Jesus and shepherd the flock of Christ at GFC. He currently serves in the office of Secretary. Joey appreciates the love and confidence extended to him and wishes to thank the good folks who call Grace Fellowship their church home.


    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.