About Us

Our Vision & Mission

Our vision and mission is to know christ and make him known through faith in action.

Welcoming.

Loving.

Friendly.

Authentic.

Encouraging.

Family.

These are many terms our church culture has been described as by visitors and new members.

At Kingsport Community, simply put we treat each other as family because we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We all are flawed people and we all desire meaning and purpose. We seek to give our members a feeling of being a part of something larger than themselves and finding ways for them to grow spiritually and build friendships with each other.

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins

Senior Pastor

I have been around the ministry my entire life, as I was born into a pastor’s family. My father, uncle and grandfather are all ordained ministers in the Church of God (Anderson.) When I was six years old, God saved me. The Gospel was so simple and so true to me that I surrendered my life to Jesus on a Sunday night in Prestonsburg, Kentucky as my dad preached about salvation. I accepted Christ as my Savior right in my pew, and when my family got home that night, I told my mom and dad that I had become a Christian. They were surprised, and dad tried to lead me in a “sinner’s prayer.” When he got to the part where I was supposed to say, “God, I confess that I’m a sinner,” I stopped him and said, “No, Dad! I told you, I already got saved!” My parents never pressured me to pursue ministry, but I felt God’s Call on my life to do just that at the age of seven. It was definite, clear moment of my life that I will never forget. I have never felt God’s presence in a place in such a real way as I felt Him that night as I lay in bed praying. God. I’ll be a preacher.” As soon as I prayed those words, the weight that had been pressing me down was gone, and I felt a warm peace wash over me. Since that night, I have always known in my heart that my place is in God’s Church and my purpose in life is to pastor God’s people.

I began in professional ministry in 2004 at Capitol Hill Church of God as a Youth Pastor, serving as the Senior Pastor at Millville Avenue church of God in Hamilton, OH, Senior Pastor at LifePoint Church in Renton, WA, and now Senior Pastor at Kingsport Community Church. I have a Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. My wife Mandy and I excited to be in Kingsport, sharing God’s love and fellowship with KCC!

Teresa Anderson

Teresa Anderson

Children's Director

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Student Ministry Director

Mark Stayton

Mark Stayton

Worship Pastor

Bob Rothman

Bob Rothman

Associate Pastor

Brian Ricketts

Brian Ricketts

Associate Pastor

Chris Ricketts

Chris Ricketts

Associate Pastor

Our Beliefs & Values

Kingsport Community Church is part of a global movement of The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). We’re Christians who seek to fulfill God’s mission in the world. We commit to the Word of God and we faithfully live the Word of God. We work toward the mission that Jesus gave every believer: to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).

Jesus Is Lord

The singularity, the exclusivity, the divinity of the one Lord Jesus is central to who we are. He is the Bread of Life. The Water of Life. The Lamb of God. The Way, the Truth, and the Life. The one Mediator between God and humankind. The Lord of lords, the King of kings. The Son of Man. The Son of God. The Word become Flesh. The Name at which every knee shall bow. Jesus is the subject (Acts 2:36).

Holiness

The Person, the work, and the power of the Holy Spirit is fundamental to who we are as a people. We unabashedly own the truth that the Spirit can transform us, possess us, equip us, and empower us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us, makes us holy, sets us apart for sacred service, and seals us for eternity’s sake. It is the Spirit that convicts us of sin and enables us to overcome sin. It is the Holy Spirit that can breathe supernatural gifts into us, for Jesus’ sake. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus and the witness of our redemption (Gal 5:22–23).

Unity

We are a people uniquely called by God to be a catalyst for Christian unity, believing that the division of the body of Christ is hell’s greatest weapon to thwart heaven’s ends in this world. We are convinced that the splintering of the body is not the Lord’s work, but the enemy’s; we believe that hell trembles at the prospect of a people united, redeemed by the blood, and possessed by the Spirit (John 17:21).

The Great Commandments

Love God with your whole self. And, love your neighbors as yourself. The Scripture tells us this is the sum of the Law and the Prophets. When a teacher of the Law sought to test Jesus (Luke 10), asking, “What must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus asked him what he read in the Scripture. When the man replied with the Great Commandments, Jesus approved, saying, “You have answered well; do this and you will live.” It was this exchange that birthed the seminal parable of the Good Samaritan. As a people in the pursuit of holiness, the Great Commandments clothe us.

The Supremacy of Scripture

We are a people of the Bible—the Old and New Testaments, supernaturally inspired, preserved across time, cultures, and continents, delivered to us, useful for reproof and instruction, for righteousness. The Scripture is our backstop, the ultimate field of inquiry and judgment, the measure of conduct, faith, and practice. Whatever the question, whatever the test, whatever comes before us, in the end, it is the Scripture, above all other disciplines, that informs and defines us. All other sources of knowledge fall beneath its shadow (2 Tim 3:14–17).

Great Commission

To go and make disciples is the divine privilege and responsibility given to each of us. We champion the work of evangelism and discipleship in our own neighborhood, as well as the sending of international and home missionaries to places beyond our individual reach (Matt 28:19–20).

Kingdom of God

The rule and reign of God is a present reality to be embraced and experienced today. His kingdom is not of this world, and will therefore never be about earthly politics. As children of God, the spiritual riches of the King of kings are ours to claim and steward as we preach the good news of the kingdom to the world (Luke 17:20–21).

The Trinity

Thought difficult for the human mind to fully comprehend, our one God expresses himself in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity serves a unique role to bring God glory and accomplish his purposes in the world (Gen 1:26; 2 Cor 13:14)

Women in Ministry

The distributions of gifts by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the body of Christ is not determined by gender. God has poured out his Spirit on all people, and both sons and daughters will prophesy—and teach, and shepherd the flock. In Christ, in the kingdom of God, that which once divided us—Jew, Gentile; slave, free; male, female—no longer separate. From the earliest days of the Church of God movement, we’ve celebrated the ministry leadership of outstanding women clergy and continue to do so (Acts 2:17; Gal 3:28).

Sundays

Sunday Service
10:45 am
Groups
9:30 am

Find Us

Kingsport Community Church
2316 Memorial Blvd.
Kingsport, Tennessee 37664