Leadership

Rusty Arwood – Elder

ABOUT RUSTY
Rusty Arwood is a native of Tennessee.  He began to experience life “in ministry” at the young age of 5 when his father became a full time pastor. He graduated from Kingsport Christian School in 1988 and received his degree in Communications from Toccoa Falls College in 1992. He has been married to Lori since 1998. Rusty and Lori have three children. Rusty works for the Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union in their Business Services Department. True Life has benefited from his leadership in areas of children’s ministry, finance, and with our small group ministry. Hobbies include basketball, golf, softball,  and spending time with his family and friends.

Preston Ford – Elder

ABOUT PRESTON
Preston was born and raised in Morristown, graduating from Morristown West High School in 2000. He completed his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 2004. The following year, He married his teenage sweetheart Mandy, who is a Michigan native, and they moved back to Morristown in 2006. Soon after, they became members and began to serve at True Life. He has been a small group leader for over 5 years and has also served in the greeting ministry, stewardship team, and various areas within the church. He shared publicly in January of 2012 that God was calling him into pastoral ministry, and in January 2013 he was officially ordained as an Elder at True Life. Preston and Mandy have three children.

Roger Griffith – Elder

ABOUT ROGER
Roger Griffith serves True Life Church as an Elder. He is actively involved in the oversight of the ministries at True Life and also leads a small group. Roger has been serving in church for the past twenty five years. He has worked in bus ministry, children’s ministry and has taught both young adult and men’s classes. He has also been on mission trips to Honduras and Jordan. Roger has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and also has his Professional Engineering License. He founded Griffith Engineering in 1999. He especially enjoys the expert witness part of his business. Roger has been married to Missy (someone who loved to cook as much as he loved to eat) for 25 years. They have nine children who occupy much of his spare time. Some of his favorite activities are backyard football with the kids, collecting more books than he can read, and watching historical biographies. He also enjoys running, tent camping, weekly dates with Missy, and a good nap in the hammock on a Sunday afternoon.

Jimmy Inman – Elder/Teaching Pastor

ABOUT PASTOR JIMMY

Jimmy was the Church Planter and now serves as Teaching Pastor at True Life. He graduated from Morristown West High School in 1988 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Carson Newman College. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. Jimmy trusted Christ as Lord and Savior at age 9. At age 19 he answered God’s call on his life. He was later ordained by Montvue Baptist Church in Morristown. He has been involved in ministry since 1989 and served at three churches prior to moving back to Morristown in August of 2002 to begin True Life. Jimmy married Robin Wilder of Morristown in 1990 and they have three children. Jimmy enjoys sports, music, and hanging out with his family. Pastor Jimmy’s blog and teaching resources: http://www.jimmyinman.com

Phillip Lyons – Connections Pastor & IF Church Planter

ABOUT PHILLIP

Phillip was born and raised in Fernandina Beach, FL where he graduated high school in 1981.  He studied music for 3 years at Carson-Newman College, but graduated from University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL in 1988 then graduated from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991. Phillip met Teresa while attending Carson-Newman College and married her May 11, 1985.  They have 6 children – 3 boys, 3 girls, and a daughter-in-law. Phillip has served churches in music, youth, and pastoral ministries.  He was ordained into the gospel ministry in 1986.  Phillip served as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hernando, MS from 1990 to 1998.  He and Teresa served as church planting missionaries in West Africa with the International Mission Board from 1998 to 2012. Phillip enjoys sports, outdoors, woodworking, handyman projects, reading biographies, and spending time with family and friends.

ABOUT PASTOR JIMMY

Jimmy was the Church Planter and now serves as Teaching Pastor at True Life. He graduated from Morristown West High School in 1988 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Carson Newman College. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. Jimmy trusted Christ as Lord and Savior at age 9. At age 19 he answered God’s call on his life. He was later ordained by Montvue Baptist Church in Morristown. He has been involved in ministry since 1989 and served at three churches prior to moving back to Morristown in August of 2002 to begin True Life. Jimmy married Robin Wilder of Morristown in 1990 and they have three children. Jimmy enjoys sports, music, and hanging out with his family. Pastor Jimmy’s blog and teaching resources: http://www.jimmyinman.com

ABOUT PHILLIP

Phillip was born and raised in Fernandina Beach, FL where he graduated high school in 1981.  He studied music for 3 years at Carson-Newman College, but graduated from University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL in 1988 then graduated from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991. Phillip met Teresa while attending Carson-Newman College and married her May 11, 1985.  They have 6 children – 3 boys, 3 girls, and a daughter-in-law. Phillip has served churches in music, youth, and pastoral ministries.  He was ordained into the gospel ministry in 1986.  Phillip served as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hernando, MS from 1990 to 1998.  He and Teresa served as church planting missionaries in West Africa with the International Mission Board from 1998 to 2012. Phillip enjoys sports, outdoors, woodworking, handyman projects, reading biographies, and spending time with family and friends.

Staff

Leann Phillips -Children’s Ministry

Shane Phillips – Worship Leader

Dr. Lori Arwood – Christian Counselor

Jessica Chunn – Administrative Assistant

Andi Wilke – Administrative Assistant

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860 E. Highway 11E
Jefferson City, TN 37760
(865) 471-5530

A family of believers seeking to Glorify Christ.
Sunday's at 9am and 10:30am

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 908
Talbott, TN 37877

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A family of believers seeking to Glorify Christ.
Sunday's at 9am and 10:30am

Location
860 E. Highway 11E
Jefferson City, TN 37760
(865) 471-5530

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 908
Talbott, TN 37877

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