Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are serving under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, devoting ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our desire is to edify the children of God through the regular systematic proclamation of God’s Word, equip believers for the work of the ministry, and evangelize the lost until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Rev. Sonny Thomas, Senior Pastor
Pastor Sonny was elected to serve as the church’s Senior Pastor in March 2020 and came on staff in June. He is a graduate of Northeast State Community College in Blountville, TN, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, The Crown Seminary in Powell, TN, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Preaching and Leadership at Maranatha Baptist Seminary in Watertown, WI. Pastor Sonny served two terms as the Moderator and Executive Board Chairman of the North Carolina Association of Free Will Baptists and has served on the board of directors for numerous other Christian ministries. He is a former middle and high school teacher and a former engineer for the United States Space Program at Cape Canaveral, FL. His wife Julie grew up as a pastor’s kid. She was employed many years with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in Boone, NC, and now directs our Operation Christmas Child ministry. They have two children, Sonny Jr. who is a pastor in North Carolina, Heather who is a student at Welch College in Gallatin, TN, and three grandchildren, Rylan, Karlie, and Alexandria. The entire family exudes a passion for ministry, missions, and discipleship.
Rev. Bill Houk, Associate Pastor of Outreach & Care
Pastor Bill, “Pappy” as he is affectionately known, joined the team at the Blue Church in 2014. He is a graduate of Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO. He brings with him more than 40 years of pastoral ministry experience. Pastor Bill oversees our B.E.S.T. Seniors Ministry, our monthly nursing home services, our benevolence and food pantry, and our partnership with Daily Bread Community Kitchen, a local ministry to the homeless or disadvantaged in our area. Pastor Bill has been married to his wife Joyce for 53 years and together they have two children and six grandchildren.
Rev. Owen Caudill, Associate Pastor of Youth & Discipleship
Pastor Owen came aboard the church’s pastoral staff in May 2023. Hailing from Pikeville, KY, he came to East Tennessee in 2015 as a student at Carson Newman University in Jefferson City. In 2016, Pastor Owen started a career in law enforcement where he would serve as a Tennessee State Trooper for seven years and later as a school resource officer. He currently lives in Morristown with his wife Misty and their two children, Jackson and Elijah. Pastor Owen has a passion for the Great Commission and actively works to win souls to Christ wherever he is. You can hear him on Apple Podcasts and Spotify as he broadcasts a bi-monthly podcast, “Out of the Wilderness.”

Ben Eskola, Deacon

Deacon Ben and his wife, Tammy, have four children: Alexandria, Christian, Blake, and Drew. Together their family ministers to the younger generations within our church. Brother Ben teaches our Young Adult Sunday school class while Sister Tammy actively serves in our children’s and youth ministries as well as chair of our decorating committee. In addition to his ministry here, Brother Ben is a partner at Eskola LLC, a commercial roofing contractor. He also has a burden for global missions and travels internationally to assist new and existing church plants.

Rebecca Dotson
Church Treasurer
Brenda Harris
Church Clerk
Rebecca Gorenflo
President of Women Active for Christ