MEET OUr StAFF and Ministry Workers

  • Douglas Hayes

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Doug and his family served for 8 years as International Mission Board Missionaries and pastoring various churches. He is passionate about  fostering a culture where believers will strive to challenge each other to courageous lives for God's Kingdom. In his mind a healthy church is one that has a clear mission strategy and the believers are striving to live holy lives pleasing to God. 

    He has had several articles published including two in Beth Moore's devotional series called"Voices of the Faithful" Volume Two.

    Pastor Doug has six children and is married to DeAnn. He likes golf, fishing, hiking, softball, tennis and playing with his kids.

    He is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, KY. and the University of Tennessee,  Knoxville.

  • Preston Garner

    Worship Pastor

    Preston has been serving in music ministry for over 18 years. He has served as worship pastor in churches in East Tennessee and North Carolina. He has also spent many years traveling and singing in music evangelism along with experience in the local church. Preston has been privileged to be a part of various events such as Real Evangelism, the East Coast Men's Conference, the Living Christmas Tree, the upper East Tennessee Christmas Production, along with singing in churches all across the country and in countries around the world.

    Preston is married to Kellie and they have three daughters- Morgan, Lexie, and Elizabeth.

    Preston studied vocal performance at Pellissippi State and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity College and Seminary in Indiana.

  • Daniel and Meagan Prather

    Young adults directors

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  • Katlin "KAt"  Kimsey

    student pastor

    Kat serves our student ministry, "Set Apart" for youth 13-18 years old. Kat understands that a healthy church must have a solid youth program and he is here to equip students to walk with and serve our Lord, Jesus Christ.  He feels led to be a positive role model, and a mentor to our students. He has never met a stranger, and is a great example of showing God's love to everyone. Kat has been married to his wife, Tara, since 2010 and they are the proud parents of two children. When they aren't leading their very active youth group, Kat and Tara are both teachers/ coaches in the Blount County School System. 

    You can contact Kat at or at 865-256-5085

  • Tyler Ledbetter

    Middle School Pastor

    Tyler came to Tennessee in 2006 as a student at Carson-Newman college, from his hometown in Western North Carolina. Tyler worked on staff at Lifeway Centri-kid Camps. As Director of Middle School Ministries he has a passion for mentoring young believers to become stronger in the foundations of their faith. Tyler and his wife Kristie live in Blount County with their two children.

  • Terri Rader

    Children's Director

    Terri Rader is doing her dream job in her retirement years! She has worked with Sunday School’s elementary age Kids for over 30 years before retiring, and dreams of continuing for many more! She serves as a member of an children's ministry team that work together to godly impact children's lives on a daily basis.

  • Kristie Ledbetter

    Pre-School director


  • Jim Hickey


    Jim has ministered at Everett Hills for many years by keeping our facilities clean and working at an optimal level. The little things he does may go unnoticed to some but God sees everything that he does to keep our church clean and inviting.

    Jim and his wife Linda are avid Harley Davidson riders.

  • Kim Atchley


  • Karen Wiggins

    Office Administrator/Financial Secretary/ Assistant

    Karen is married with two children. She enjoys outside activities, spending time with her family and singing in the praise team.