Pastors & Staff

Pastors

Wayne Chasteen
Lead Pastor

As Lead Pastor, Wayne Chasteen is helping Christ First Church realize God’s vision for what comes next.

Wayne is the founder of Rhyme & Reason, a trio featuring southern gospel, inspirational, light contemporary and praise and worship music. Having pastored full-time for ten years, it was at the call of God that he embarked on an evangelistic mission. Wayne wrote most of the songs they sang and preached countless revivals throughout the year. For 17 years Wayne traveled, speaking and singing. God called the team back off the road in 2012 to plant Christ First Church as a ministry of Rhyme & Reason. Wayne & his wife Cathy have been married 31 years.
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Matt McUmber
Pastor of Care Ministries

LCSW, CADC II, ICADC

Speciality: Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Trauma Crisis Management, Grief & Loss. Matt also provides Clinical Supervision.
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Chris Davis
Pastor of Guest Relation & Worship Leader
Eddie Price
Pastor of Evangelism & Outreach

BS Psychology

Specialty: Mental Health, Coping Skills, Basic Life Skills, Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Substance Abuse & Marriage Counseling
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Jerry Tallent
Pastor of Senior Adult Ministries
Aaron Reeves
Pastor of Education & Discipleship

BS MA Psychology

Specialty: Mental Health, Depression, Marriage Conflict, Family Struggles, Conflict Resolution, Group Therapy
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P.J. Crouch
Pastor of Young Adult Ministries

I feel like God is laying on my  heart the need to break down the walls that  are typically erected between the disabled and their able-bodied  peers

I am 24, and I live in East Ridge TN with my sister who is 18. Our mom just moved to Orlando. I am currently a Moody Bible Institute distance learning student where I'm pursuing my B.S. in ministry leadership with a disability ministry focus. I guess I should mention that I have a disability of my own. (Cerebral Palsy, a.k.a. CP). I have spent almost 6 years working with Lisa Mattheiss helping developing Special Needs ministries
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Support Staff

Mary McKinley
Church Administrator & Secretary
Mary, the daughter of a Baptist minister, was singing in church at the age of three. She brings a beautiful voice and unique style to the group. A gifted singer, songwriter, and musician, Mary adds depth and quality to this trio. Her ability to blend in the harmonies as well as carry a strong lead vocal is sure to bless everyone who hears her sing.
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Lisa Mattheiss
Special Needs Ministry Coordinator
Lisa has served the disability community for over 20 years as a leader, advisor, and tireless advocate. Her efforts began with providing support to parents and families, and broadened to teachers, schools, churches and the community as she realized that the most profound way to support families was to build inclusion into the fabric of the communities where families live their lives. Lisa’s personal and professional experience and training uniquely qualify her as a special needs ministry consultant and speaker. Her deepest passion and calling is for helping churches include all people regardless of ability in congregational worship, educational programming, and fellowship activities. Most importantly, Lisa is the wife of Jeff Mattheiss, whose constant support and devotion have encouraged her to broaden her reach and serve as called, and the mother of two deeply loved daughters. Emily, her oldest, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, inspiring Lisa’s journey and calling.
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