STAFF & ELDERS

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Ministry Staff

Brad Brinson

Senior Pastor

In 1997, Beth and I came from Southern California at the invitation of Fellowship Church to start a new church in West Knoxville. We live in Farragut and have three adult daughters: Anna lives locally and is on Young Life staff at West High School; Hope is married to Wesley Hill and they live in Portland, OR; and our oldest, Sarah, is married to Jonathan Emkes and they reside in Nashville.

I love working with my hands, whether it’s on my 66 Mustang convertible, in the yard, or some carpentry project… and I am an avid fair weather paddle boarder.

Mark Hoffman

Executive Pastor

We arrived at Two Rivers Church in 2012.  Terri and I have been married for almost three decades. We have two amazing daughters, Emily and Megan, who are on their own and in Graduate School. We finally have another guy in the family – Megan married Wes Nichols in December 2016. We are foodies and love great conversation over great food.

Dave Gruhn

Discipleship Pastor

Kelly and I, with our two daughters, Joely and Clare, joined the Two Rivers Church family in December of 2011. We previously served churches in Illinois and Texas in various roles. My passion is to help people become Word-dependent, Spirit-empowered followers of Jesus. I also love helping people be successful in what Jesus is calling them to both inside and outside the local church.

Tim Bubar

Family Pastor

In the summer of 2015, Kara and I moved to Two Rivers Church after 12 years in student ministry in Minnesota. We have two daughters – Madelin and Mya, and 1.5 dogs (it’s a long story). I’m into running, hiking, the Chicago Bears and learning car repair from Youtube. If you can’t find me on my day off, there’s a good chance I’m somewhere in the Smokies.

Tae Cho

Worship Arts Pastor

I came on board with Two Rivers in July 2010 after completing some additional education in FL. I am a loyal alumni of my alma mater, University of Missouri-Columbia, aka Mizzou and an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Rams fan having grown up there since 1991 with my mother and younger brother. Prior to that, I lived in South Korea and was born in Germany. I really enjoy the sense of freedom I get while roaming down the plethora of empty aisles at Wal-Mart on UT game days.

Todd Mikelson

Roane County Campus Pastor

My wife, Heather and I along with our kids, Jenna, Kyle & Ella, joined the Two Rivers Church family in June 2016. I grew up in central Illinois as the son of a coach/teacher. So, I love being in and around athletics. I’ve worked in ministry my whole adult life with Our Daily Bread Ministries, Youth for Christ and most recently as a campus pastor for a multi-site church in eastern Illinois. It’s all about relationships; our relationship with our God and then our relationships with one another. I’m a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Cubs.

Bart Pederson

Groups/Men's Pastor

Carol and I moved to Knoxville in 1997 to volunteer in joining with the growing church plant that would become Two Rivers Church. I grew up on our family cattle ranch on the plains of Western, South Dakota. While pursuing a pre-law degree at the University of South Dakota, a fraternity brother led me to the Lord. We enjoy the blessing of four lively children: Logan, Blake, Jessica and Kylie.

Danny Matthews

Prayer/Care Pastor

Lora and I have been serving at Two Rivers since the church was planted in 1998 and are both on staff. We have 3 beautiful children, Abby, Megan and Bradley, who are all active members. My heart is to develop a thriving community of worshipers and prayer warriors for ministry. I want to see people drawn deeper in to “His Presence” where they are touched and changed forever.

Colby Kaluzniak

High School Pastor

Lauren and I came to Two Rivers Church in September of 2016 with a heart for students to experience the fullness of life in Christ. We are passionate about students not just knowing about God, but experiencing Him in the scriptures, worship and through community. I am a lifelong, die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and anything Texas…Texas Forever (if you know that reference you just earned cool points with me.) I love playing sports, doing any sort of outdoor adventure and of course, smoking meat.

Tim Tullis

Young Adult/Middle School Pastor

Jill and I came to Two Rivers in 2013 with a passion to share the message of Jesus Christ with young students because they are so susceptible to the gospel. I am a huge fan of the Denver Broncos, the LA Lakers and the University of Tennessee. I love the outdoors and spending time with friends and family, especially our baby girl, Emerson and our Miniature Schnauzer, Macy.

Mallory Sims

Connections/Student Ministry Director

In the summer of 2015, I moved to Two Rivers Church to serve as a High School Ministry Intern. I loved this place so much that I decided to stay and make Tennessee home for a while. I grew up in Tyler, Texas with the greatest family in the world. I am a proud Baylor University graduate. In fact, my first words as a baby were, “Sic em bears.”

Angie Hooie

Kids' Ministry Director

My husband, David and I came to Two Rivers Church in March 2001. We have 3 kids, Marty, Alicia and Ian. I love to read, cook, and run (because I also love to bake).

Erin DeShazo

Worship Arts Director

I came on staff as the Worship Resident in July of 2012 and have loved every moment with my Two Rivers Church family. I’m originally from Niceville Florida and miss the beach on an almost daily basis. I love creating music, playing sports, and laughing as much as possible.

Chris Ransome

Tech and Production Director

I joined the staff here at Two Rivers in June of 2014. Before moving to this beautiful place my family and I lived in Greeley, CO. I grew up in Colorado and my wife is from Michigan. My wife and I have ten children that range from college to elementary age. Our house is never dull with so many people and things to do. We are very passionate about worship, prayer, and adoption. (Seven of our kids are adopted). Before coming to Two Rivers I was the Technical Director of a 1700 seat theatre that did everything from concerts to broadway tours.

Support Staff

Jennifer Collins

Communications Director/Executive Assistant

Theresa Kidwell

Communications Specialist

Pam Proctor

Database & Contributions Specialist

Patti Cloud

Finance Director

Brian McKinley

Assistant Tech. Dir./Facilities Manager

Kimberly Hollis

Kitchen Coordinator

Rick Robertson

Local Impact Coordinator

Lora Matthews

Adult Ministry Assistant

Kitti Cornell

Groups Assistant/Women's Ministry Director

Cybil Murray

Prayer Ministry Assistant

Laura Lee

Family Ministry Assistant

Laura Owens

Son Seekers Coordinator (Birth - K)

Susan Corkern

Dive In Coordinator (1st - 3rd)

Sarah Spangler

Pier 45 Coordinator

Kaitlyn Smith

Kids' Ministry Assistant

Elizabeth Borton

Kids' Resource/Nursery Coordinator

Kyle Wedel

Roane County Student Ministry Resident

Tami Hodges

Student Ministry Assistant

Cassie Holbert

High School Intern

Lane Crose

High School Intern

Sarah Taylor

Middle School Intern

Josh Clark

Middle School Intern

Diana Utter

Worship Arts Assistant

Quinn Erwin

Worship Arts Intern

Garrett Ivey

Worship Arts Intern

Elders

Bruce Wagner

Chairman

Dick Moe

Board Member

Bill Moyer

Board Member

Mike Sneed

Board Member

Mike Sommi

Board Member

Kevin Bailey

Board Member

Adam Kuhn

Board Member

Jason Collins

Board Member

Brad Brinson

Senior Pastor

Mark Hoffman

Executive Pastor