Our pastor, Ron Lowe, is a Kingsport native who attended East Tennessee State University, Anderson School of Theology and holds a B.A. degree from Anderson University. Before returning to his hometown to pastor our church, he pastored two growing churches – one in Vero Beach, Florida and the other in Dayton, Ohio. Pastor Lowe and his wife Jo Ann have three sons and seven grandchildren. He is committed to sharing the good news of the Gospel addressing real needs of people. He believes following Christ really works. His messages often deal with God’s love and forgiveness, how to grow in faith and how to know God’s presence and power in your life.
Minister of Music
Mark Stayton is our minister of worship and leads a blended worship experience drawing on the rich traditions of the past while valuing the body of work God is inspiring today. Our choir shares special music and cantatas throughout the year. Mark has served three other churches in the Midwest before coming to our church in 1978. He holds a B.A. degree from Bethel College. Mark and his wife Jenny have three children and four beautiful grandchildren.
Colonel Bob Rothman, USAF Chaplain, Retired
Rev. Bob Rothman brings rich experiences to our church as a minister. After graduating from Vanderbilt School of Theology he served in the USAF as a career chaplain. He rose to the position of full Colonel before retiring. He and his wife Rowena, who plays organ in the church, own a farm in Hancock County. He sings in the choir and teaches a Sunday School class and often fills the pulpit.
Associate Pastor Chris Ricketts and his wife Carie are proud to call Kingsport home. Chris attended Berea College where he graduated with a BS in Business Administration. He also holds an MBA from East Tennessee State University. Chris is ordained by the Church of God Ministries of Anderson, Indiana and serves as an associate pastor here at Kingsport Community Church. He is committed to outreach and missions work in Kingsport and Eastern Tennessee. He believes in the saving power of the message of Jesus Christ. He is often quoted in saying, “We live by faith not by sight.”
Children’s Ministry Director
Teresa Anderson has led our Children’s Ministry program since 2007. She has been a member of this church for several years and teaches Sunday School. Teresa finds great joy in spending time with our kids as they share God’s love and experience the wonderful stories of the Bible together. Teresa holds an A.A.S. in Accounting from Northeast State Technical Community College. She lives in Kingsport with her husband, Chris and two daughters.
Student Ministry Director
Michael Smith grew up in the United Methodist Church throughout East Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia watching his father serve in ministry as a pastor. Michael attended Tennessee Tech University and ETSU. Michael accepted the role as our Student Ministry Coordinator. He is founder and owner of a local digital agency, Appalachian Digital. His wife, Chelsey, works at Bank of Tennessee in Johnson City and sings in our church choir.
Counselor & Coordinator, Restore Hope
Mel Matheson is the enthusiastic director of our Restore Hope program which meets every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall (Oasis Café). He is particularly pleased to identify our “higher power” in the 12 Steps as Christ the Lord. Mel has a Bachelors’ degree in social work (BSW) from ETSU and a MSW degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Tennessee, is an experienced counselor and knows recovery principles first hand. He also does fee based Christian Counseling and may be reached directly at 423-863-2900 or through the church office. Mel’s wife, Kay, is a realtor in Kingsport attends our church as well.
Larry & Doris Gaw
Adult Fellowship Coordinators
Larry and Doris Gaw, Chairpersons of the Adult Fellowship, moved to Church Hill from Anderson, Indiana in December of 2007. Both are life long members of the Church of God. Doris was raised in the Goshen Valley CHOG and Larry was raised in the South Meridian CHOG in Anderson. They love people, love fellowshipping together, and love the Lord even more.
Juanita Starnes, Kingsport Community Church’s secretary, is a native of Kingport, Tennessee. She attended ETSU, and worked for 25 years at Holston Valley Medical Center. Juanita is also a retired realtor. She began attending Kingsport Community Church in 2003, and has been on staff since August of 2005.
Bookkeeper & Ministry Assistant
Debbie Aldeen is our Church Bookkeeper and Ministry Assistance. She has a heart to serve God’s people and does so in many different ways. Debbie has served in several ministry positions within the church and brings a fresh and interesting perspective to each ministry in which she participates. We are so thankful to have Debbie on staff. She has been dedicated servant and is truly a woman of God. Debbie lives here in Kingsport with her husband Mark, and has three adult children.