Meet The Staff2017-10-13T11:56:27-04:00

Our pastoral and administrative staff are called to equip the saints for the work of ministry, the purpose of maturity, and the goal of the mission of the gospel (Ephesians 4:11-16; cf. Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:18, 20:21; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:2-3).

Kris Carlson
Kris CarlsonMinister of Music and Worship
Kris joined us in May of 2013. He graduated from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) with a musical performance degree and was active at The Campus House, which we have financially supported for many years. Kris worked at Walnut Hills Christian Church and First Christian Church, both in nearby Johnson City. Although Kris originally intended to be a studio musician, his involvement in The Campus House sparked a call to church ministry. A gifted guitarist and vocalist, he also plays bass, mandolin, banjo, and a little ukulele. Kris enjoys all manner of music, the occasional fishing trip, and performing musical gigs with his band and wife, Angie, who is also a gifted musician. An interesting note about Kris—he was born with synesthesia, which means that he hears in color (you’ll have to ask him about that for details!)
Nancy Carter
Nancy CarterHousekeeper
Nancy is the veteran on staff. She’s been taking excellent care of our facilities since 1988! She and her husband, Randy, who is a self-employed farmer and jack of all trades, are active members at Union Free Will Baptist Church. She devotes her motherly nurture to her dog, Ginger, who was once featured on TV by channel 11 (WJHL) weatherman Mark Reynolds! Nancy can be seen cruising the strip all over the Tri-State region on weekend evenings as she is a bonafide “car show queen.” She also enjoys antiquing, has the low down on all the good auctions, and has a green thumb. Nancy and Randy have a zoo’s worth of cattle, horses, and mules, and have even had goats, beagles, and coondogs. She is a North Greene High School alum.
Kim Clark
Kim ClarkDirector of Children's Ministry
Kim, her husband Russell, and their adorable son, Avery, have been attending First Christian since 2009. Kim has long volunteered in children’s ministry at churches and did so here at First Christian soon after becoming a member. She moved into a greater level of ministry leadership and responsibility at the beginning of 2011. She’s a great administrator who takes her work seriously and loves kids with her whole heart! We are working hard to create a warm and safe environment where parents and their children will feel welcome and experience a culture where children are encouraged toward greater levels of discipleship and commitment to Christ.
Kendra Hinkle
Kendra HinkleAdministrative Team Leader
In the middle of 2016, Kendra began volunteering on our Admin Team… and now she’s in charge of it! She lives on a little piece of heaven in Greene County with her husband, Mick, and two kids. Kendra is a rare and wonderful breed: an administrative guru—sharp, detailed, and focused—yet equalled with a deep love for people and desire to help them find their fit in the body of Christ. She’s ready to help with a smile and leads a rocking group of admin volunteers who do tons of important work around here!
Beth Anne Liebert
Beth Anne LiebertDirector of Finances and Publications
Beth Anne and her family have attended First Christian Church since 2009. As a homeschool mom, she enjoyed the challenge of educating her three children but having now graduated all three kids, she and her husband, Mark, are looking forward to what God has planned for their “empty nest” stage of life. Beth Anne has served in various roles at FCC but her greatest joy in ministry has been the privilege of being a small group leader in our 180 Youth Ministry since 2010. She joined our staff in 2014 as Director of Publications and now also handles finances.
Wes Ford
Wes FordAssociate Pastor of Students, Technology, and Facilities
The Fords have been attending FCC since 2015 and Wes has been on staff since 2017. Wes uses his gifts in areas for which he is passionate, such as helping teenagers grow in Christ, creatively using technology to add to our environments, and keeping our facilities in tip-top shape! Wes is a graduate of Carson-Newman University (B.A. in Religion and Psychology) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A. in Christian Education, emphasis in Youth Ministry). He has over 23 years of ministry experience working with camp ministries, Young Life, First Priority, and churches. Hobbies include hiking and playing disc golf. Wes and Emily have four kids: Wade, Ainsley, Caleb, and Calleigh.
Tommy Staggs
Tommy StaggsAssociate Pastor
Tommy and his wife, Leslie, joined us in February 2008, from South Carolina, where Tommy served at SonRise Christian Church for five years in the areas of Youth and Worship. They are Milligan College graduates who love the Lord and love working with students. We’re really excited about what God is doing through Tommy’s ministry here in Greeneville… he has a passion for developing students into fully devoted followers of Christ and equipping adult leaders to facilitate that process. He is a wise and deep thinker who cares about doing excellent work and his leadership gifts make him a key leader at First Christian. Tommy’s hobbies include losing to Scott, our Lead Pastor, in basketball and ping pong. (Hmm… Wonder who wrote this bio?!) But he makes up for that by thoroughly crushing Scott on the golf course. (Like… thoroughly.) Tommy and Leslie have three kids.
Alison Stollenmaier
Alison StollenmaierDirector of Connections and Recovery
Alison has been active at First Christian Church since January 1999, serving in many areas, from nursery, to children’s ministry, to youth ministry, where she served as a youth small group leader for five years. She began volunteering in the church office in 2010 and has been on staff since July 2011. In early 2013, Alison’s responsibilities expanded to include our Connections Ministry–integrating people into the body of Christ, and in Fall 2017, leadership of re:generation recovery ( She loves music, reading, gardening, and hanging out with her kids and grandkids, often at the local skatepark. She has an adventurous side and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skydiving, and whitewater rafting (her favorite!). A little known fact about Alison is that she has a huge interest in neurobiology. That bent, along with her desire to help people better connect with God, with themselves, and with the body of Christ, is the passion that drives her work!
Scott Wakefield
Scott WakefieldLead Pastor
Scott, who began at First Christian Church in March 2003, has been in ministry since 1996, serving churches in Ohio and Illinois. He studied Bible/Theology at Wheaton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Scott and his wife, Dagny (DAHG-knee), met at Wheaton College, have been married since 1997, and have three children. Scott’s passion is to connect people to Christ through a local church that equips them to grow to become who God made them to be. He loves to feed the flock with the Word of God and is consumed with carrying out Christ’s call in the Great Commission to make disciple makers. Scott loves to sing, play guitar, piano, and drums. He plays soccer, basketball, loves (and hates) golf, and has a dream that he will one day automagically turn into an amazing singer-songwriter who holds local coffeehouse audiences captive. A good day off is a cushy leather chair, uninterrupted silence via earbuds, amazing coffee that is Chemex-brewed-by-a-hipster, and time to read about leadership, biblical theology, and doctrine. (See what I’m reading on