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.

  • Daniel and Meagan Prather

    Young adult directors

    Daniel and Megan began their time at Everett Hills as a part of the Young Adult life group. When the opportunity arose to lead the class, it only felt natural for them to fill that role. They both have a heart for connecting young adults into church life as they emerge from youth group and helping any young adults find a place to plug in. Their hope is that this group of adults will be connected, not only with each other as a small group, but with the church as a whole as they grow in their faith becoming the next generation of leaders.


    Daniel and Megan have 3 children, 1 dog, a cat, and 13 chickens. They were raised in East Tennessee and attended Maryville Christian School grades 6th-12th where they became high school sweethearts, and they married in 2012.  They both graduated from UT Knoxville (Go Vols!). Daniel is an engineer in Knoxville and Megan is a registered dietitian in Maryville. They both enjoy being outdoors, spending time with family, and they usually end up taking up almost any hobby that presents itself.  

  • 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 three 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


    Kristi Ledbetter

    Pre-School Director

    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 three children.

    Kristi is a graduate of Carson-Newman college and has served faithfully as a Preschool director for EHBC. 

  • Terri Rader

    Children's Director

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

  • Dan Mcdonald

    Music Leader- Part of Worship Leadership Team

    Dan and Laurie have served as worship and praise leaders for 26 years including the states of Indiana, Tennessee, and Florida and are now serving together on the worship team. Through their years of service together they have learned that through God’s sovereignty and grace He strategically places people together as servants for “such a time as this.” They have come to the realization that worship is at the very heart of God and He “inhabits the praise of His people.” Dan believes that several components must be present in a worship service including but not limited to adoration, communion/fellowship, confession, assurance, thanksgiving, and a call to missions.

    They have 5 children who live throughout the United States and are all involved with music in some way.

    They have 1 grandchild and 2 more on the way!

    They are both graduates from Tennessee Temple University with Bible, music, and education decrees. Dan has taught music and English in public and private schools for nearly 30 years and is currently serving as an Instructional Assistant at Lanier Elementary School.

  • Levi Fortner

    Audio and Media Leader- Part of Worship Leadership Team

    By God's gracious providence, Levi and his wife, Virginia, were drawn to EHBC by the church’s love for God and love for one another. Levi’s passion and calling is worship leadership, and his heart is to see people make God their treasure by worshiping Him in spirit and truth. He sees the worship gathering as formation for God’s people in the Gospel, and believes music/media ministry is a means of discipleship, mission, and worship. 


    “My prayer for EHBC is that we will all see Christ as our greatest treasure, and being captivated by Him, we will no longer live for ourselves but live for Christ alone.”


    Levi is a graduate of Truett McConnell University (BA in Worship & Church Music) and a current student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MA in Worship Leadership). He enjoys spending time with his wife and pets, audio engineering, watching ‘The Waltons’, listening to good music, and serving the bride of Christ. 


  • Kim Atchley


    Called to Christian ministry as a teen, Kim is a Maryville native who finds much joy in serving the Lord through the local church, especially in teaching, administration, and missions. She has been married to Allan since 1990, and they have three young adult children.  Kim most enjoys studying the Word, time with family, and reading. She is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Carson-Newman College.

  • Karen Wiggins

    Office Administrator/Financial Secretary/ Assistant

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

  • 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.