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Redeemer Athens Launches Sunday Morning Worship

Redeemer Athens Launches Sunday Morning Worship

In less than a year since Curt Stapleton and his family moved to Athens, TN, Redeemer Athens reached the point of holding Sunday morning worship. On November 6, 2022, they gathered for their launch service. In Curt’s words, “I’ve been speaking to students through...

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Gospel Moves Forward in Ooltewah: Grace+Peace Particularizes

Gospel Moves Forward in Ooltewah: Grace+Peace Particularizes

On August 21, 2022, Grace+Peace celebrated their particularization service. It was clear that God had raised up the right men at the right time to lead Grace+Peace and serve the community, so the church was ready to particularize. Benjie reflects, “We didn’t just need...

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The Story of Grace+Peace

The Story of Grace+Peace

The first time Benjie Slaton, pastor of Grace+Peace, visited Ooltewah in 2018, he wanted to figure out just what the community of Ooltewah was. “I was coming from San Antonio, and all of my ministry experience had been in Texas,” he says. Because of the way Ooltewah...

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Introducing Matthew Bryant: Fundraising for Church Planting

Introducing Matthew Bryant: Fundraising for Church Planting

From Jason Coffey Friends, it is an exciting time for the TVP Church Planting Movement. As we continue to work toward planting twenty churches in ten years that both reach the lost and see communities renewed through the power of the gospel, I couldn’t be happier to...

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Rural Church Development: Growing Roots

Rural Church Development: Growing Roots

In the last six months, Corey Pelton has been hard at work building connections in the rural areas of north Georgia, western North Carolina, and east Tennessee. His work will help develop churches, nourish pastors, and build community in areas that are often passed...

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Will Davis: A Young Pastor’s Story

Will Davis: A Young Pastor’s Story

Part of Corey Pelton’s work is to come alongside the pastors who are already leading churches in rural areas, whether they are Presbyterian, Baptist, or another denomination. “I don’t want to just gather PCA people,” he says. “I want to reach numerous denominations,...

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Equipped for Ministry: Brad and Beth McRee

Equipped for Ministry: Brad and Beth McRee

One part of a pastor’s job is to equip the congregation to serve each other and to be salt and light in the community. Brad and Beth McRee are one couple at Lakeway Presbyterian who have been equipped to join Pastor Chris Talley in ministering to the church and the...

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Planting Seeds in Athens, TN

Planting Seeds in Athens, TN

Redeemer PCA Athens is continuing to build their foundation so they can join God’s work of reaching the lost in Athens and restoring the local community. As Curt Stapleton and the new core group continue building the base of Redeemer, Curt’s found ways to meet people...

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Welcome Travis Vaughn, New Executive Director

Welcome Travis Vaughn, New Executive Director

We are excited to introduce Travis Vaughn as the presbytery’s new Executive Director of Church Planting. Travis comes to us from Atlanta where he was the executive director of Metro Atlanta Collective, a network of leaders who plant, strengthen, and renew churches...

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Revitalization in Action: Grace Presbyterian in Jasper, TN

Revitalization in Action: Grace Presbyterian in Jasper, TN

Grace Presbyterian Church in Jasper, TN entered a new season of growth with help from the presbytery’s revitalization program. Erik McDaniel came to Grace before the presbytery had established the current revitalization plan, but he and the church joined the program...

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Revitalization & Planting Go Hand-in-Hand

Revitalization & Planting Go Hand-in-Hand

When the Tennessee Valley Presbytery began developing our current church planting strategy, we also took time to assess the need for church revitalization. Largely guided by Andy Aikens, pastor of First Presbyterian of Crossville, we developed a philosophy of and plan...

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