our team


  • John Waters

    Lead Pastor

    John has a passion for people and for helping them to have a growing relationship with Christ. He grew up in Statesboro, Georgia, and worked in the business world for several years before the Lord called him into ministry. John earned his Master of Arts in Christian Education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and then served as a youth pastor in Cleveland, Tennessee for 9 years. He then served as Associate Pastor in North Augusta, South Carolina, before returning to “God’s Country” in east Tennessee to serve as Lead Pastor at ChristWay in July of 2006. John is madly in love with his wife, Angie, who supports him in ministry, and he’s proud of his two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. John enjoys working out, skydiving, riding roller coasters, flipping houses and even watching the grass grow!

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  • josh doremus

    worship

    Josh was born in East Ridge (apparently that's a big deal and explains a lot!) and grew up right here in the Chattanooga area. Josh was called to ministry in the year 2000 at a Y2K student event. He has served as a youth group leader, performed in the band "Duration," graduated from Covington Seminary and helped to plant a church in Knoxville before returning home to ChristWay. Though he is embarrassed to admit it, Josh loves bowling and gaming. He is married to Taylor and they are enjoying their daughter, Bralyn.

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  • dIANNA HUGHES

    LIFE GROUPS & CONNECTIONS

    Dianna is a Bradley county native who spent 14 years in the banking world. In 1993, she felt called to ministry and spent the next 18 years as a Children’s Minister before joining the ChristWay team in February 2012. She has always had a passion for helping people find their place of service in the local church and her position as Life Groups and Connections at ChristWay allows her to do that while also helping people find a Life Group “to do life” with. Dianna and her husband, Tim, live in Cleveland near their two adult children. As empty nesters, they enjoy traveling together. She is an avid scrapbooker and Tim enjoys all projects wood related, including flipping houses, but their most rewarding “hobby” is spending time with their grandchildren.

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  • MATT MOORE

    HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE

    Born and raised on a dairy farm just north of Cleveland, TN, Matt has been serving students since his freshman year in college. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Psychology and began serving as a student minister in Cleveland. Three years later, Matt moved to Louisiana to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While finishing out his Master of Arts in Christian Education at NOBTS, he was a member of an incredible student ministry staff in Mobile, Alabama. In 2006, he moved back to this area after a sudden illness in his family. Matt joined the team here at ChristWay in the fall of 2009. He and his extraordinary wife, Jennifer, both enjoy running, hiking in the Smokies, discovering amusement parks with gigantic roller coasters, attending sporting events together, and most of all, their new daughter, Anna Kate!

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  • MATTHEW WATERS

    MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Matthew has been serving students since his freshman year in college. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in business in May of 2015 and then joined the team at ChristWay in February of 2016. Matthew loves working with students, running, cooking and going on random adventures. He dislikes writing about himself and that is why he has the shortest bio on this page.

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  • COURTNEY REED

    CHILDREN

    Capturing children's hearts for Jesus in an environment that is fun and energetic is Courtney’s passion. With a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio State University, she was preparing to teach elementary school. God had other plans and led her to keep getting more involved at ChristWay. Courtney loves seeing children excited about coming to church and learning that God loves them and can do anything. She is so proud to be on this journey with her husband Forrest and their two boys, Benjamin and Gabriel.  Courtney enjoys reading, baking, and biking with her boys.

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  • RILEY POWELL

    CONTENT WRITER & FRONTLINE

    Riley loves to learn and talk about life's big questions. This love of questions led her to pursue a degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Philosophy and Religion. She graduated in May 2017 and she is now pursuing a Master's degree in Christian Leadership at Passion Global Institute, a partnership between Passion City Church and Dallas Theological Seminary. Her heart beats faster when she is able to equip others to do ministry, and that heart-pounding has led her to currently head up on Frontline team, invest in our students and create content that points people to Christ. In her everyday life, Riley loves to spend time with friends, travel, go to coffee shops and pin great ideas on Pinterest that she never actually tries. Riley loves what she has been called to live out!

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  • BETH PRESTON

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    Beth is originally from Alabama where she met and married “the absolute love of her life." She and Kevin have been married over 30 years and are now empty-nesters due to three happily married children. Their joy of family continues to grow with the addition of six grandchildren. Beth’s passion has always been serving and supporting Christ’s church by loving, ministering and equipping all who enter. In 2002, God graciously led her to her current position first as a volunteer before joining the team permanently in February 2003.

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  • KEVIN PRESTON

    EXECUTIVE PASTOR

    Creating an environment for families to experience a fresh look at Christ's church continues to be Kevin's passion. He has been a part of the journey of ChristWay since 2001. Combining over 35 years of business development with the gifts God has given him, Kevin loves serving and encouraging others to enjoy God's leading in their lives. He and his wife Beth are so humbled by all God has allowed them to be a part of at ChristWay. They love watching their three children live out God's calling in each of their lives, as they serve in the mission of the Lord's church.

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  • PAMELA SCHREINER

    FINANCE

    Pamela has been a part of the ChristWay family since 1992 and has been working as the financial assistant since 2005. She received her undergraduate degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, with a double major in History and Secondary Education. Finance must be in her blood because her parents also did church finance for many years. Most of her career has been spent working in administration, fundraising and event planning for ministries. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1994 and have three amazing kids: Graham, Corrine and Emily.

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  • MARTI SMITH

    OUTSIDE LOCAL

    OUTSIDE LOCAL

    Marti Smith grew up in East Ridge and graduated from UT Knoxville with degrees in Family and Consumer Science and Public Health Administration.  The Lord gave Marti a heart for families and those less fortunate from an early age, and she spent 33 years working in Public Health, 10 of which were spent managing a clinic for homeless individuals providing medical, substance abuse, and mental health services.  In 2014 ,Marti felt a call to leave employment with the Health Department to go into non-paid ministry; 18 months later she came on staff at ChristWay where she serves part-time coordinating local/domestic missions and the Living Room.

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  • SHANNON SMITH

    OUTSIDE INTERNATIONAL

    Serving is what Shannon’s heart is all about no matter where that is! Shannon and her husband, David, went on their first mission trip in 2010 to Honduras. That trip created in them a passion to reach others for Christ through missions and they have never looked back. Since joining the ChristWay team, she has been able to help many others follow that calling in their life to share the Gospel in international locations. She enjoys cotton candy, watching movies, eating out and spending time with her husband and their two children, Mikaelyn and Kaleb.

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  • ANGIE WATERS

    graphic MEDIA

    What began as Angie simply being a helpmate to her husband grew into the position of ministy assistant where her almost compulsive attention to details spurs her to excellence in our church communications. She has a degree in printing management from Georgia Southern University, and she is constantly striving to improve her graphic design abilities. Angie also has a heart for missions and helps lead several international mission projects each year. She is married to her best friend, John, and they have adult children--Matthew, Mitchell and his lovely wife, Liz.

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  • neal wilkinson

    production

    Just back from a stint working Chinook in the tributaries of the Mackenzie River, Neal is involved with our technical and creative efforts. His wife is very patient. His kids are first rate. Together, they enjoy epic family adventures and also some pretty boring stuff, too. Currently, Route 66 is calling his name. He is an amateur sculptor, a beard oil chemist, a pretty decent coffee drinker, and this is the second-to-last time we let him write his own bio.

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current elders

Terry Ziegler, J.D. Wickham, Brent Haldeman, Mike McCormick, Tom Quarles