Pastor Jeff Strong
Bro. Jeff Strong is now in his 20th year as Pastor of Sullivan Baptist Church. Jeff has a BS in Electrical Engineering (1985) from Tennessee Technological University. He and his wife, Ramona, are natives of Kingsport and have been married for 27 years. Ramona has a bachelor’s degree (1985) in Business from East Tennessee State University and is employed as Bookkeeper at Sullivan Gardens K-8 School.
After working in Engineering for almost 10 years, Jeff surrendered to the full time ministry in January 1994. On June 25, 1995, Sullivan Baptist Church called Jeff as Interim Pastor, which eventually lead to full time pastor on March 16, 1996. He truly loves his church family and believes all men and women should be active in winning souls to Jesus. His favorite church activity? Worship.
“Worship is such an exciting part of the Christian walk. Words cannot describe the experience I feel as the Holy Spirit stirs His people when they worship together in obedience. Worship must be celebration, adoration, proclamation, and elevation. In worship, people must see Jesus high and lifted up, not preachers, teachers, or individuals…only Jesus. The old time religion…it’s good enough for me!” — Preacher Jeff
Pastor Jeff and Ramona have two children. Their son Tyler (24) has a B.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcasting from East Tennessee State University. He will complete a Master’s Degree at The University of Tennessee – Knoxville in May 2016. He is employed with Cumulus Media and the City of Knoxville. Daughter Sarah (21), attends The University of Tennessee – Knoxville majoring in Public Relations with graduation planned for May 2016. She serves as President of the UT Student Ambassador program providing tours and working in the university’s visitor center. Both Tyler and Sarah are active at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN.
Pastor Jeff served as Sullivan Baptist Association Moderator 2007-2009, Sullivan Baptist Association Evangelism Director 1997-1999, and as Secretary-Treasurer of the 2008 Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference. He has been program speaker at the Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference and has served on the TBC Resolutions Committee. Currently, he serves on the TBC Committee on Committees. When away from the church, Pastor Jeff enjoys time with Ramona, family vacations, and going cat-fishing! Oh yeah, and don’t forget Toby, the grand-dog!
Andy Coffman – Minister of Music
Andy Coffman joined the church staff in June of 2005. He received a Bachelor’s of Music Education from East Tennessee State University 1996. 2014 marks Andy’s 20th anniversary in the ministry. Andy also taught high school choir for nine and a half years in Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee. He and his wife Erin have been married for 14 years. Erin is a second – grade teacher at Blountville Elementary School. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University and a Masters in Teaching from Tusculum College. Andy and Erin have been blessed with two children, Drew – age 10, and Hannah – age 7. When Andy is not preparing worship or ministering to our senior adults he enjoys spending time with his family, and the outdoors (especially hunting and fishing).
“My desire as Music Minister of Sullivan Baptist is to be led by the Holy Spirit and see the church come together as one body lifting up the name of Jesus. I desire to see lives changed and brought closer to the Lord through song and for people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.” — Andy Coffman
Tyler Moore – Minister of Students
Tyler Moore joined the church staff in April of 2015. He received a degree of bachelor of arts in English from Milligan College in 2013. Tyler previously coached basketball at Sullivan South High School and worked with youth and college students at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. He is currently in seminary furthering his knowledge of The Word and in his free time enjoys being outdoors, playing sports, reading, and spending time with people.
“The goal of our student ministry is to create real, tangible relationships with Jesus Christ. We want our students to not view God as some far off, distant being, but instead to come to know Him as the amazing, loving Father who is walking right along beside them and loving them every step of the way.”
Jamie Douglass – Director of Children’s Work
Linda Campbell – Church Secretary
Linda has served the church faithfully since February, 2003. She is originally from North Carolina, but has been a Kingsport resident for the past 30 years. Linda is a member of West Colonial Hills Baptist Church, and previously worked at the Northeast Regional Office for the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home for 12 years. Thank you for your continued service, Linda!
Anita Overbay – Ministry Assistant
Anita has been a member of Sullivan Baptist since 1979 and serves as Ministry Assistant. She is married to Paul Overbay and has 2 children, JJ and September, and 3 grandchildren, Bailey, Ali Jayne, and Peyton. Thank you for your continued service, Anita!
Instrumental Worship Leaders
Steve Whitaker (bass guitarist), Carol Robinette (organist) and Jerry Smith (pianist) pictured left to right lead the congregation in worship at all the appointed times. We are overly blessed to have such talented musicians who are focused on allowing the Holy Spirit flow through them as they play with excellence towards making a joyful noise unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.