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 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.
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.
Ryan, a Southern California native, brings over 20 years of full-time ministry experience to the table. He has passionately served as both a youth pastor and associate pastor in San Bernardino, CA.
Alongside his cherished wife Ashley, Ryan is a devoted father to three boys: Ezra, Caleb, and Levi. His love for music has driven his active participation in worship ministry since the age of 16. Ryan is also a skilled Graphic Artist with extensive experience in design and media.
Ashley grew up in Elkhart, IN, and after receiving her degree in counseling from Grace College, she felt called to full time ministry. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and developed a passion for disciple making, evangelism, and training others on how to share their faith. She yearns for children and families to meet Jesus and grow in their relationship with them by seeing how fun and exciting it is to follow Jesus.
Ashley enjoys superhero movies, golf, jigsaw puzzles, baking, and Notre Dame football.
Kyle grew up in Southern California and has been in ministry for over 8 years. Kyle has served in different ways in church and has a passion for youth ministry. He has had a heart to see young people discipled in Christ and believes the time is ripe for a youth-lead revival.
Kyle is married to his wife Julia and has 3 beautiful children, Parker, BaileyAnn & Colter. Kyle grew up playing sports of all kinds, but his favorite sport is football. Kyle and his family moved to Kingsport in January of 2022 and could not be happier to call Tennessee their home!
Joy was born in AL and raised in MS and NC. She earned a Bible Certificate from Columbia International University where she met her husband, Dan, a Youth Ministry Major. They married and served in full time Christian ministry for 18 years. They have 2 adult children, Matt and Madi. They had led and served on many mission trips both domestic and internationally.
They moved to TN ten years ago from Atlanta. Music has always been a big part of her life and she serves in the worship ministry and is very involved in their life group. Joy has a passion for serving and caring for others in a variety of different ways. She enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking, sports "Go Braves!" and anything to do with the mountains.
McKenzie was raised in Bluff City, TN and graduated from ETSU with a degree in nursing. She worked as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit and as a clinical instructor for nursing students at surrounding universities before becoming a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first child. During this time, she took up bookkeeping for her family's small business and that eventually led to her role here at GFC. McKenzie is thrilled to be serving at a church she loves so much-one that has walked with her through many seasons of life, has offered genuine community, and has been instrumental in growing her and her family's faith in God. She truly enjoys meeting the needs of others and believes helping on the financial end enables her to do just that, whether it's ensuring someone's basic necessities are met or helping in the growth of another's ministry.
McKenzie is married to her wonderful husband, Eli, has an amazing son, Easton and beautiful daughter Emory. Her favorite thing in the world is spending quality time with her family! She also enjoys a good latte, watching movies, long car rides (especially if they involve sightseeing and singing!), cold weather, and has a bit of an obsession with organization and her day planner.
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 desires 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.
Abby Weaver is from Kingsport and loves where she lives. She has a Psychology and Business degree from King University, but has always found ways to serve in various ministry capacities. She’s passionate about using music to point others towards Jesus and also loves building relationships to offer support and connection. Abby desires to make people feel as welcome and at home at Grace Fellowship as she does.
Abby is married to Jordan and they have a sweet dog, Jax. Some of her favorite things are traveling, warm weather, game nights, and meals with people she loves.
Debi was born in TN, raised in MS and LA, and has made her home in Kingsport for the last 35 years. She has served as a youth pastor, worship leader, small group leader, children’s minister, and executive administrator through her years in ministry. Debi is a certified biblical counselor through the Association of Biblical Counseling. She desires to intentionally equip women with the Word of God and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit through accountable relationships to know and follow Jesus and then watch those women replicate that relationship with others.
Debi has been married to Joey Porche for 39 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren (pictures and videos available upon request). You may see them with a “bonus child” from time to time as they are also foster parents. Baking, cooking, hosting, kayaking, concerts, playing with the grands, and the privilege of being an “older woman teaching the younger” are things that she enjoys.