DR. TOMMY PIERCE - SENIOR PASTOR

God has blessed me with the wonderful privilege of serving as Senior Pastor of Towering Oaks since April 1990. My chief responsibilities as Sr. Pastor include overall staff administration, vision casting, and preaching.


I graduated the University of Kentucky, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees, serving as Graduate Fellow in the Pastoral Ministries Division, contract teaching Preaching, voice and articulation.


I have had the privilege of organizing two mission churches into participating Southern Baptist Convention Churches and pastored churches in Chalmette, LA, and Covington, KY before coming to Towering Oaks.


Other than being a pastor, my joy is leading groups on Holy Land Tours having been to Israel over 20 times.


I lead a devotion Monday thru Friday at 7:15 AM on Towering Oaks Pastor’s Page on Facebook.


Feel free to friend me on Facebook, join me for devotions, or email me.

DENNIS SHUMATE - MISSIONS & SENIOR ADULT PASTOR

I have been on staff at TOBC since 1986 and have served in several areas including music, youth, facilities, missions, construction oversight, and senior adult ministry. I like both hands-on projects and outdoor activities. I am currently leading our missions and our senior adult ministries.


My wife and I met in college, and we married in 1978. Vickie taught school in the early years of our marriage. She was a stay at home mom when our boys were small. Then later she worked in banking. She teaches a women's Sunday School class, and as time allows she joins me in missions and senior adult activities. She is an avid reader and enjoys sewing outfits for our grandchildren.


We have two sons. Chris, our oldest, and his wife Michelle have three children. He is the Pastor of Oak Street Baptist Church in Elizabethton, TN. Andrew and his wife Holly live in Lynchburg, VA. Their son was born in January of 2020. Andrew works in the Athletic department at Liberty University as Assistant Athletic Director for Event Management.


Feel free to email me.

JAY PARKER - WORSHIP & DISCIPLESHIP PASTOR


I am Jay Parker and I am honored to serve at TOBC. I have been serving this great church since September of 2013. Our family truly believes that God called us here to make a difference for His glory. I desire to see God's people grow and mature in their faith. I believe one of my unique God given gifts is the ministry of encouraging others, which I love to do.


I have been serving in ministry for over 20 years and I am more passionate about serving the Lord Jesus now than ever. There is a burning desire in my heart to see lives forever changed by knowing Jesus Christ and serving Him. This is something that I don't have to do, but rather I GET TO DO THIS!


God has blessed me with an incredible family. I am the proud husband of Misty, who is my best friend next to the Lord Jesus. We are the proud parents to two amazing children, Madalyn and Joel. Both Misty and Madalyn serve in our worship ministry.

I extend to you a personal invitation to come check out one of our small Bible fellowship groups that we call Sunday school. Misty and I both lead groups on Sunday mornings. It is a great place to meet people, build relationships, and learn God's truth. You are also invited to check out our worship ministry opportunities whether you enjoy singing, playing an instrument, or have a desire to serve the Lord in another way.


Feel free to email me.


MARK ELLISON - NEXT GENERATION STUDENT & MEDIA PASTOR

G’day, my name is Mark Ellison and I serve as the Next Generation Student and Media Pastor as well as the staff lead for our Family Ministry Initiative, The Family Porch. I have been on staff since 2016 and in full time ministry since 2001 serving churches in Texas and Tennessee.


I graduated with my degree in Wellness and Fitness Management from Arkansas Tech University and earned my Masters in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.


I met Christ and my wife, Jamie, while attending ATU. We have four children: Jaida, Tori, Lyla, and Michael (Mikey).


I enjoy a good book, watching movies with my family, fishing, and grocery store runs … I mean dates with Jamie.


My goal in ministry is to partner with families as they encounter Christ, deepen their heart connections with one another, and build godly relationships that strengthen the church.


Feel free to email me.

SHELLEY PIERCE - DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S & PRESCHOOL

God has blessed me by allowing me to be a part of children's ministries in one way or another for most of my life. As a part of your staff family for 17 years, it an honor and privilege to plan and oversee the ministries to preschool and elementary age children. God has provided a wonderful, loving staff of volunteers who prepare each week to bring the Gospel to the children on Sunday mornings at 9:00.

Pastor Tommy and I enjoy time with our growing family. We have four married children and seven grands. #Blessed!

My faves include my morning cup of coffee, all things pumpkin spice, and snow, snow, snow!

If I am not spending time with family, you will find me at my computer working on my next book.


Feel free to email me if you have any questions or just want to chat.

AMY BIEBEL - TOCS ADMINISTRATOR

Hello! My name is Amy Pfaff-Biebel, and I am the administrator of Towering Oaks Christian School. I feel so blessed to be leading this ministerial and educational branch of Towering Oaks Baptist Church because I have a deep love and passion for Jesus, children, and education.


I earned my graduate and undergraduate degrees from Saginaw Valley State University. I am the wife of Rex, my high school sweetheart, and the mother of two amazing children: Joe and Ann. I have always known of our Creator, but I began a relationship with His son, Jesus, in 2001. God brought our family all the way from Michigan, and I am humbled and thankful that He did. We love Tennessee’s rolling hills, majestic mountains, and most importantly His loving people that have quickly made us feel at home.


Feel free to email me.

BARBARA JUSTICE - FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF TOBC & TOCS

My name is Barbara Justice and I have been serving TOBC since 1999 as the Financial Administrative Assistant for the church and our Christian school. I am married to Jeff and we have a son Jared. I volunteer every Wednesday to lead music in TOCS chapel service. I am also a member of our adult choir. I love being a part of TOBC!!


Feel free to email me.

DIANE MORRISON - MINISTRY SECRETARY TO THE PASTOR

I am Diane Morrison and our family united with Towering Oaks in 1992, and I became a part of TOBC’s team in 2000. I am presently Bro. Tommy’s assistant, and also help wherever and whenever needed by others on staff. My husband is Oscar and we have a daughter (Robin), a son and daughter-in-law (Jason and Naomi), and four adorable grandchildren (Lydia, Chloe, Karis and Titus). I love reading, scrapbooking on Shutterfly, working in my flower beds, traveling with my daughter, and spending time with my family building precious memories. I love and appreciate my family and friends at Towering Oaks, and I am thankful to be able to serve you.


Feel free to email me.

REX BIEBEL - FACILITY MANAGER

My name is Rex Biebel, and I serve as the Facilities Manager for TOBC and TOCS.  My wife, Amy, is the TOCS Administrator, and the Lord has blessed us abundantly with two children, Joe and Ann, who also attend TOCS.


I gave my life to Christ in 2001 and became a member of First Baptist Church of Caro, MI. I began working in our toolbox ministry and served several times as a trustee. In 2015, God provided a job opportunity in Greeneville and an amazing church family at TOBC.  I truly enjoy caring for our church buildings/grounds.


Feel free email me.