We are a movement of love

to God, to the City, and to the World



Jim has a heart for the church, and seeing people come to know the love of Jesus. He has a huge passion to help unlock and unleash every single person he knows to chase after doing all things for the glory of God.

He and his wife Jessica planted a church in Nashville back in 2009, and moved to Knoxville Fall of 2016 to plant Forward Knoxville. They have four precious kiddos. They love to travel, and love eating local. Find out more..



Chris has music running down deep. He has a great gift in leading not only in a worship setting, but day to day. Chris has been a part of several church plants, and moved from Alaska to help us start Forward Knoxville. We are thrilled to have him and his wife Emily a part of our core team.

Chris and Emily have a dog named Lucy and reside in West Knoxville.


Forward Kids

Zack is no stranger to kids ministry. He was raised with a father who lead and still leads on a big scale at the church where he grew up. Zack following his dad’s lead, has always had a heart for children. He is a school teacher, and he leads our kids age kindergarten through fifth grade.

Zack will get married to his fiancé Meghan June 2019.


Forward Littles

Heading up our nursery to pre-school age is Chelsie. She is a high school science teacher with two kids of her own. Colt Ryder in Forward Kids, and Raylan in Forward Littles. She has a heart to make the Sunday morning experience for a child one to remember. She has an eye for detail and knows how to execute it with excellence. Her and her husband Stacy along with their kids and golden doodle reside in Maryville, TN.



Emily is wife to our worship pastor Chris. She helps run the behind the scenes at Forward. She handles all of the online, in house giving, bills, and checks. She does a great job at it, all while working a full-time job in the main office of the KARM stores. We are grateful for her administrative eye.


Josh is the person everyone wants on their team. He is the kindest, most people focused person you will ever meet. We are so incredibly glad to have him head up hospitality not only on a Sunday morning experience, but at all Forward events. He knows just how to put you at ease, and make you feel at home.

He is married to his beautiful wife Hailey. They live in Karns, have two dogs, and love to travel.



From graphics, to words, website, and paint on the walls Jessica has her eye on it. She enjoys seeing things come to life, and loves to collaborate with others. She has had the opportunity to help from afar as well as tour the creative department at Elevation Church, Charlotte. As we grow, she would love to take what she has learned, and help create and shape a team of creatives here at Forward.



Jonathan heads up our Youth Ministry called ONE/3. Jonathan is one of those people, people are drawn towards. He is super passionate, very driven, and is a go getter. A combo that is a force to be reckoned with. He has a heart for Youth after being a Leader for Young Life in his college years and has a great vision for the youth of Knoxville, TN. Jonathan is married to his lovely wife Amber, and they live in South Knoxville.