Our pastoral and administrative staff are here to serve you and create an environment of excellence in ministry. They’re called to help equip the body of Christ to become the church God created us to be. We take this calling seriously and are weekly engaged in staff meetings and personal spiritual accountability (see the “FCC Staff Weekly Top Ten(ish) Accountability Questions” here.) They work hard and want to help you grow in Christ! Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything we can do to help.



Kim Clark
Children’s Minister

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 previous churches and did so here at First Christian soon after becoming a member. She transitioned into a greater level of ministry leadership and responsibility as our Children’s Minister at the beginning of 2011. She’s a gifted administrator who takes her work seriously and loves kids with her whole heart! We’re really excited to have someone passionate about kids. Kim works diligently to create a warm and safe environment where parents and their children feel welcome and experience a culture where children are encouraged toward greater levels of discipleship and commitment to Christ



NancyNancy Carter

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 in the 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 bonafied “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.



AlisonAlison Stollenmaier
Office Manager/Director of Connections

Alison has been active at First Christian Church since January 1999. She has served in many areas of church, beginning in the nursery when the youngest of her six children was there, and then progressively moving into children’s ministry and 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 officially on staff since July 2011. In early 2013, Alison’s responsibilities began to include Connections Ministry work–connecting people to the 3CLife process by integrating them into the body.

Outside of work, Alison loves music, reading, gardening, and hanging out with her kids and grandkids, often at the local skatepark. She also has an adventurous side and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skydiving, and whitewater rafting (her favorite!). One little known fact about Alison is that she has a huge interest in, of all things, neurobiology. That bent, along with her desire to help people to better connect with God, with themselves, and with the Body of Christ, is the passion that drives her work.



Keri-1Keri Savell
Financial Secretary

Keri does a great job minding our financial Ps and Qs and has been with us since late 2008. We really appreciate her excellent behind-the-scenes work! Her bachelor’s degree is in flute performance and her Master’s in Accounting from East Tennessee State University. Keri and her husband Will have a beautiful chocolate lab named Abby, are committed followers of Christ, and are involved in a home church here in Greeneville.




Kris-1Kris Carlson
Worship Minister

Kris joined us in May of 2013 as Worship Minister. He came from First Christian Church (Johnson City) where he worked as the Associate Worship Leader since 2010. He graduated from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) with a musical performance degree. Although Kris originally intended to be a studio musician, his involvement in The Campus House at ETSU profoundly changed his thinking. His years at both Walnut Christian and First Christian (Johnson City) further impressed upon his heart that God was calling him into full-time ministry. A gifted guitarist and vocalist, Kris also plays bass, mandolin, banjo, and a little ukele. Kris enjoys all manner of music (except rap), with a preference for folk, and is a bit of an audio/sound geek (which we like!). For relaxation, he enjoys fishing and writing music. 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!).



Tommy-1Tommy Staggs
Associate Minister

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Tommy and his wife Leslie joined us in February 2008, from South Carolina, where Tommy served at SonRise Christian Church for 5 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 Senior Minister, 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.)



Scott-1Scott Wakefield
Senior Minister

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Scott’s role as Minister at First Christian Church began February 2008. He was previously Minister of Youth here at First Christian since March 2003 and has been in vocational church ministry since 1996, serving churches in Ohio and Illinois. He and his wife Dagny (pron. DAHG-knee) met at Wheaton College, have been married since 1997, and have three children. Dagny is a Pediatric Medical Social Worker. He loves equipping his Staff Team to use their gifts and accomplish their ministry tasks with excellence. Scott’s ministry passion is to connect people to Christ through the local church and equip 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” (a phrase borrowed from a mentor that he likes to use to summarize the church’s task.)

Scott is a lover of reading who also enjoys singing, playing guitar, piano, and drums, and a dark cup of coffee that doubles as paint remover! He plays soccer, basketball, loves (and hates) golf, and has a dream that he will one day automagically turn into an amazing singer-songwriter that holds local coffeehouse audiences of 12 captive by melding John Mayer’s guitar and songwriting skills (with a decidedly theological bent) and Jeremy Lister’s voice. (David Wilcox is as close as it comes.) If he’s not in his office working, then he’s probably somewhere around the building roasting his own coffee beans, making Chemex coffee, or he can probably be found at Catalyst Coffee Company. Scott studied theology at Wheaton College and received his graduate training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Emmanuel Christian Seminary. If it’s not patently obvious, he wrote his own bio.



Beth AnneBeth Anne Liebert
Publications Director

Beth Anne and her family have attended First Christian Church since 2009 when they moved here from Florida. As a homeschool mom, she has enjoyed the challenge of educating her three children: Rachel (now in college), Josh, and Joel; additionally, she actively participates in the local homeschool co-op as a teacher. Beth Anne and her husband, Mark, have served in various roles at FCC but perhaps her greatest joy in ministry has been the privilege of being a high school girls small group leader in our 180 Youth Ministry since 2010. Joining the FCC Staff part-time this fall has been an exciting “next step” for Beth Anne as she continually seeks to serve the Lord with her life.


CecilCecil Burgner


Cecil and his wife, Frances, have been actively involved at First Christian Church since the mid-90s. He has held many elected offices and has been Chair of Elders. He has been on staff since the beginning of 2012 and manages (and fixes most!) property and maintenance issues.