Tim became Grace's pastor in October of 2001. Before coming to Grace, TIm served as pastor at Smyrna Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, TN and First Baptist Church in Camden, TN.
Tim received his B.S. degree from Belmont University, Nashville, TN in
1987 and his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX in 1991. Tim is a 3rd generation Baptist preacher (his father and grandfather were both Baptist preachers). When Tim was seven years old, he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and nine years later (when he was 16), he surrendered to the ministry. Tim is a Bible believing, conservative Christian who is loyal to all Southern Baptist Convention programs and causes. Tim is married to Kim Pate and they have two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Katie Beth.
Michael and his family moved to Tullahoma in September of 2002 to serve as Grace’s Music and Worship Pastor. Michael has been in the ministry since 1989 serving churches in California, East Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Michael’s hometown is Columbus, Mississippi where he came to know Christ as his personal Savior at First Baptist Church. It was through Vacation Bible School during Michael’s sixth grade year that the truth of God’s plan of salvation was understood. Michael continued to be involved in and discipled through the ministry of First Baptist Church of Columbus. Following high school, Michael went to Mississippi State University and received a Music Education degree in 1986. It was during college that Michael felt God’s call to the ministry. A Masters of Music was earned from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1989.
Michael met his wife Melinda through church when they were teenagers in Mississippi. Following college graduation they were married on June 20, 1987. Their four children are Meagan(22), Mark(20), Macy(11) and Matthew(8).
Through his various ministry experiences over the years, Michael has discovered that worship is not determined by style or personal preferences but by God’s Spirit drawing the hearts of the worshippers to His heart. Michael’s desire for ministry at Grace Baptist Church is to encourage and lead others to worship and to experience God’s presence in a fresh and personal way.
Garry Irvin began his ministry at Grace Baptist Church on April 8, 1994. He received a bachelor of science and master of religious education degrees from Liberty University and Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia. Garry served in Virginia for 12 years as the Children's Pastor of boys and girls in the 1st - 3rd grades at the 22,000 member, Thomas Road Baptist Church, Dr. Jerry Falwell, pastor.
The greatest day in Garry's life was when he came to know Jesus Christ as his personal saviour and surrendered to the ministry at age 18 while attending summer church camp. It was at camp that Garry learned to stop trying to merit God's favor for salvation, and start trusting by faith what Jesus had already done on the cross for him. The next most special day was when Garry married his wife Cheryl, followed by the birth of his three children, Bethany, Steven and John. God has added the icing on the cake with six wonderful grandchildren, Ty, Gabriel, Luke, Levi, Ezekiel and Bailey.
Garry knows that children and their families are the foundation for building a strong and healthy church. Children are special because God has a unique purpose and plan for each young life. Therefore, everything we do is for the purpose of reaching boys and girls for Christ and teaching them to be productive members in the family of God.
We invite you and your family to worship and fellowship with us as we gather each week to celebrate God's love and study His Word together.
Preschool Ministries Director
Melinda Brown has an education degree from Mississippi University for Women. She has been the Preschool Ministries Director at Grace Baptist since March of 2005. She loves her job and has an incredible heart for preschoolers and their families! She is married to Michael Brown and they have four children, Meagan, Mark, Macy and Matthew.