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.


    Brian and his wife, Jami, are originally from Alabama (Auburn Fans) and moved to the area in 2011.  Brian is a computer geek at heart.  He loves being able to serve on the worship team playing guitar, bass, and occasionally keyboard.  Brian also enjoys being an encouragement to the men that God has placed in his life and walking with them as they journey together.


    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 Liverpool and Barcelona. He also loves to hike and travel.

  • Dave schubert

    Dave grew up in Cincinnati, OH before attending Clemson University.  Dave is married to April and they have three kids: Alexis, Katelyn, and Daniel. 

    Dave loves to cheer on the Clemson Tigers, but his real passion is coaching and developing others. He loves to help others grow into the best version of themselves. He coaches youth soccer and basketball. He also loves to build Legos.


    Greg was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Texas Christian University before receiving a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. 


    Greg is married to Nicole, who is a scientific editor. They have two children, Adelyn and Henry, and have lived in Kingsport since 2016. 

    Greg has had a life-long passion for bringing young people to know Christ through Young Life and currently serves as the Committee Chairman of Young Life Kingsport. He also enjoys coaching youth sports. In his free time, Greg enjoys cooking and pretty much any outdoor adventure.  

  • Nathan Ellis

    Nathan grew up in Kingsport before getting a degree in math education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Liberty University. Nathan has done therapy work throughout the community, but is currently teaching high school math at West Ridge High School. Although he loves teaching and counseling, Nathan’s favorite time is spent with his wife, Stefani, and his three boys: Hanley, Shepard, and Braylen. 

    Nathan is a sports fanatic and although he is a Virginia Tech fan at heart, he was raised well enough to appreciate the SEC as the true epicenter of all things football! Growing up as the son of a pastor, Nathan developed a heart for loving and serving the local church and he has a specific passion for teaching, equipping, and supporting disciples of Jesus.

  • Connection Team Deacon

    Mark Reasbeck

  • Connection Team Deacon

    Paul Vellenga

  • Member Care Deacon

    Sonya Hartley

  • Member Care Deacon

    Ruth Jordan

  • Member Care Deacon

    Shane & Michelle Kirk

  • Member Care Deacon

    Dan Martin

  • Worship Team Deacon

    Steve Stracener