Bart was raised on a cattle ranch in western South Dakota. He met his Tennessee bride on a summer mission trip with Cru in Newport Beach, California. Bart and Carol enjoyed time in Chicago during seminary and moved back to Knoxville in 1997 to help launch Two Rivers Church in Lenoir City/West Knoxville. In the 20+ years since that launch, Bart has served in numerous roles there including Founding Elder; Pastor of Groups; Men’s, Children’s, and Retiree Ministry; teaching workshops; and counseling.
Bart and Carol enjoy time with their sons, Logan and Blake, and daughters, Jessica and Kylie. Carol is a third degree black belt in three different martial arts styles and loves jazzercise, dancing, and reading. Bart enjoys coffee shops and action movies. Together they enjoy weight lifting. Along the trail they picked up two dogs, two cats, two fish, a horse, and a dove.
For years, a call to launch a new church has been coming into focus. They are overjoyed to launch this new adventure with a team of friends. They long to see people filled with hope as they experience the goodness, power, and love of Jesus.
John and Catherine are native Californians who relocated to Knoxville in 2018 after a four year sojourn in Pennsylvania. Along the way they have grown more and more passionate about a life lived listening to the Holy Spirit, steeped in worship and prayer. They have two wonderful kids, Maddy and Sam. John loves to lead people into the presence of God through worship. His favorite worship team is his family.
Catherine has an intercessor’s heart and loves to watch Jesus work through prayer. Her favorite prayer team is also her family. John loves music, drinking Dr. Pepper, and listening to Catherine tell him about the latest book or article she has read. Catherine says the only essential thing is coffee. They are so excited to pursue the Kingdom of God with this new family.
Bob and Pamela both serve as shepherds with Standing Stone Ministry, a non-profit that supports Christian ministry leaders. Since graduating from Wheaton College, Bob has taught, coached, and led at various private and Christian schools. He is also a Ramsey Solutions preferred financial coach.
Pamela also graduated from Wheaton College and then began a career in Christian radio broadcasting and public speaking. She continued her ministry in various states when she married Bob, with their joint passion being to serve Christian families through Christian education. Bob and Pam have three grown children and one grandchild. When they reflect on their journey as ministry leaders, they feel they “have heard it if not experienced it all” and they are now eager to be part of what God is doing through this new work in Knoxville!
Cathi just can’t wait to meet you—and that describes her perfectly! She is from all over Arkansas (she moved A LOT) and her husband Royce is a Cajun from Biloxi, Mississippi. They have a retail flooring store in Oak Ridge and have been in Knoxville for over 30 years. They are immensely proud of their daughter, son-in-law, and son.
God has obviously given Cathi a heart for people and the gift of hospitality. She loves to meet new people, hear their stories of His faithfulness, and share life with others. If this happens over a cup of coffee or during a walk, even better!