• Dan Riley | Senior Pastor

    Dan came to Knoxville from Memphis in 1985 to be on staff at Calvary, and became Senior Pastor in 2001. He and his wife Kathy live in west Knoxville and have three children and three grandchildren they enjoy. They love Calvary's heart to reach people at the university and all over the community as well as around the world. Dan serves on the boards at Grace Fellowship International and Calvary Road Ministries.

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  • Kevin Atkins | Worship pastor

    Kevin has been worship pastor at Calvary since 2007. His desire is to lead, equip and inspire people of all ages to worship God through the arts. He holds degrees in church music from Carson-Newman University and Lee University. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys movies, basketball, water sports, and keeping up with his three children.

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    JT has been a part of the Calvary team since January 2022. He is originally from Bryson City, North Carolina and moved to Knoxville in 2010 to attend the University of Tennessee, graduating with a degree in History. He received his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is married to Alli and they have two sons, Hudson and Haddon. JT and Alli have been ministering to kids, students, and their families together since their college days at UT and have a heart for pointing families into a deeper, life-changing relationship with Christ.

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  • Michael Trulove | pastor to college students & young adults

  • Melissa Fesler | Ministry Assistant

    Melissa joined the Calvary team in 2018. She grew up in McMinn County and attended Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Married with two children and too many cats, Melissa and her family have made Knoxville and Calvary their home since 2008. When she isn't taking care of business in the church office she enjoys family time, crocheting, and knitting. 

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Our deacons are godly men who serve the church and minister to the body in many different ways.

Ben Doty

Tom Fethe

Aaron Matthews

Nathan Miller

Stephen Millsaps

Michael Pappas

Andrew Schmudde

Michael Tenpenny

John Williams