Staff

Ron Lowe

Senior Pastor


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.

Mark Stayton

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

Associate Pastor


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.

Chris Ricketts

Associate Pastor


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.”

Brian Ricketts

Associate Pastor


Associate Pastor, Brian Ricketts and his wife Rebekah with their three sons love being a part of the Kingsport Community Church. Brian attended Berea College where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology. Brian is ordained by the Church of God Ministries of Anderson, Indiana and serves as an associate pastor here at Kingsport Community Church. He believes in the saving power of the message of Jesus Christ and the ability to live out what we learn through biblical teaching.

Michael Smith

Student Ministry Director & Online Media


Michael Smith is our Student Ministry Director and Online Media Coordinator. He is passionate about leading our Student Ministry with his wife, Chelsey and helping students from grades 6 to young adults grow in their faith. Michael also leads our Vision/Dream Team and works to coordinate our online media communications including the church website and social media channels. He is a Web Developer at Mark III Employee Benefits and owns his own digital marketing agency located here in Kingsport.

Teresa Anderson

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.

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.

Debbie Aldeen

Christian Education Coordinator/Bookkeeper


Debbie Aldeen is our Church Bookkeeper and Christian Education Coordinator. 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.

Juanita Starnes

Administrative Assistant


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.