Rev. Dr. Connie Green
In Service To
First Christian Church Tullahoma, First Christian Church Shelbyville, First Christian Church Waynesboro, Central Ave. Christian Church Humboldt, First Christian Church Bells, First Christian Church Halls
Connie Green grew up in Columbia, Tennessee and graduated from Central High School. Graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts. I did a Dietetic Internship at St. Louis University where I worked on my Maters. I obtained an MBA from Southern Illinois University. Received my Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Disciples of Christ Christian Church of Mid America. I received my Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. My thesis was a study in transforming churches while preaching to 4 generations. I served churches in Illinois for over 20 years.
I have served my ordaining congregation as Board Chair and for many years as an Elder. I served two Regions as an officer, and six years on Regional Finance Committee. I have worked as a Dietitian, a Hospital Food Service Director, an Assistant Director of Finance for a city, a caterer, and Senior Pastor. I was active in Girl Scouting for over 20 years. I am a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Middle Tennessee Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae, the Tennessee DAR. I am currently filling pulpits for the Disciples and Presbyterians.
Elder Beverly Bell
In Service To
Alameda Christian Church, Eastwood Christian Church, Open Table, Central Christian Church Springfield, First Christian Church Tullahoma, First Christian Church Dover
Elder Mara Grisham
In Service To
Ashland Terrace Christian Church, First Christian Church Chattanooga, First Christian Oak Ridge, First Christian Rockwood, First Christian Sparta
Mara Grisham is a member of First Christian Church (DOC) in Cleveland. She serves the congregation as an Elder and as treasurer. She is presently First Vice Moderator of the Regional Board. Mara is very active in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and the YMCA.
Mara, retired from Cleveland City Schools, lives in Cleveland with her husband, Nick. They have 2 sons and 2 grandsons.
Revs. Wanda and Virgil Knipp
In Service To
First Christian Church Livingston, Northside Christian Church, First Christian Church Sparta, First Christian Church Oak Ridge, First Christian Church Rockwood, Millers Chapel
Rev. Sue Knipp, as she likes to be called is an ordained minister in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, and currently serves with her husband as part of the Unit Ministry Team, in Crossville, TN
Sue graduated from Boyd County High School, Boyd County Kentucky in 1964. She is a graduate of Clover Park Technical College and worked as a Medical Technologist for 15 years. In 2004 she received a B. A. in Philosophy and Religion from Marry Baldwin University, Staunton, VA. In 2007 she earned a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.
Sue’s honors include being selected as a Kentucky Colonel, Who’s Who in Religion, the Helping Hand Award from Hanau, Germany in 1987, and numerous letters of appreciation throughout the United States and Europe.
Sue has been married to Rev. Virgil R. Knipp for 59 years. They have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Sue loves the Lord and counts life as a blessing best lived in the ministry of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Virgil was born in 1945 in Russell, KY. He graduated from Russell High School in 1964. In 1972 he received a B. A. in History and Psychology from the University of Pikeville, Pikeville, KY. In 1975 he earned a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY. And in 1988, Virgil earned his Master of Science in Family Life Education and Consultation from Kansas State University. Virgil has done postgraduate work at the University of Kentucky in the area of Financial Management Work in the Local Church, Princeton Theological Seminary in Homiletics, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting. Virgil is a qualified Marriage and Family Therapist, a Mediation counselor, and a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor.
In addition to his civilian education, Virgil is a retired Army Chaplain, serving 29 ½ years. Virgil preached his first sermon as a youth at the age of 16 and, was married on December 26. 1964 to Wanda Sue Grayson and together began serving their first congregation at the age of 20. Together they spend the following 55 years pastoring congregations. His wife, Sue, is also an ordained Disciples of Christ minister. They are celebrating 59 years of marital bliss.
Virgil and Sue have served congregations in Kentucky, New Jersey, Washington state, Hanau, the Federal Republic of Germany, Kansas, Virginia Illinois, and Tennessee.
Pastor Stella Hollis
In Service To
The Healing Cathedral Christian, Freedom’s Chapel Christian, Anointed Temple of Praise Christian, Collierville Christian, Mississippi Blvd. Christian, New Direction Christian
I do not have an impressive “Bio”. In fact, I have a one-word Bio and that is “REDEEMED”. I realize that degrees, titles and positions may evoke interest in me, but my desire is to stimulate interest in Jesus Christ. A little bit about me below.
As Trainer/Auditor I retired from Aetna Insurance Company in 2000. I worked several jobs after that with the last being in 2011 as an instructor at Remington College. I mention Remington College because that is the door God opened for me to teach on the College level without a degree. Since 2011 I have volunteered at New Direction Christian Church, pastored by Stacy L. Spencer. I currently serve as Lay Pastor and Director of Ministries. For 20 plus years I have been a volunteer Chaplain with the Memphis Criminal Justice System. I am affiliated with the Tennessee Disciples of Christ Committee for Racial Reconciliation and Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope.
Rev. Kenneth Brown
In Service To
Freedom’s Chapel, Kingsway Christian Church, Riverview Christian, Saving Station
He is a native of Memphis Tennessee, born June 14, 1955.
He graduated from Hamilton High in 1974. Afterwards, pursued a degree at State Technical Institute in Memphis, where he was an Honors graduate and received an associate degree in mechanical technology, in 1976.
He later graduated from Southwest Tennessee Community College of Memphis, where he received an Associate of Science degree in Psychology. He continued his education and graduated from Crichton College of Memphis, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biblical Studies and minored in Psychology. A year later he continued his educational pursuits and graduated Cum Laude from Memphis Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.
He is a regionally licensed and Ordained Disciples of Christ associate lay minister at Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis, where he serves in various ministry abilities. He has served as regional Elder since 2019 aiding seven churches in the West Tennessee area. He also has served as a Spiritual Care volunteer for Methodist Hospital for the last thirteen years.
He retired from Buckman Laboratories for thirty-two years which during that time he worked as an industrial Craftsman Mechanic and manager, US department of Labor certified Industrial Mechanic and a licensed first-class steam engineer. He lives in the Epping Forest community of Raleigh in Memphis. He is married to Crystal W. Brown, and together they have six children and eighteen grandchildren. He is a York Rite and Scottish Rite 33° Prince Hall mason and serves in various roles of state Grand and National Offices.
He enjoys traveling during retirement and his hobbies of woodwork, metal craft welding and just being a jack of all trades in his spare time.
Regional Elder Covenant
Called by the Regional Minister to be Regional Elders in the Christian Church (DOC) in Tennessee, we agree to fulfill, to the best of our abilities, this covenant:
- To give support to the congregations and pastors in the tradition of congregational Elders as Spiritual Leaders and “Ambassadors of Jesus Christ”;
- To provide contact on behalf of the regional church for an assigned group of pastors and congregations in a particular geographic area;
- To offer a ministry of service of presence, care and encouragement;
- To encourage pastors in the development of spiritual life and well being of the congregations they serve;
- To be good listeners, helping to explore options, and maintaining confidentiality as appropriate;
- To serve as an extension of the Regional Ministry Team;
- To fulfill the minimal expectations, as developed together, as a vital ministry of the Christian Church (DOC) in Tennessee.