Dr. Scott Whaley
Scott was born and raised in East Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. He married his wife, Kari, in 1991 before moving to the Middle Tennessee area. He spent several years as a Golf Course Superintendent before giving in to the Lord’s call on his life, a call first placed on his heart in high school.
As a young child Scott experienced God’s transforming grace. He was led to Christ through the influence of godly Christian parents and his sister. The Church has also been very influential to his Christian development.
Scott earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott served as an Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor while attending seminary. He has also earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Temple Seminary.
Scott and Kari together have three sons, Franklyn, Harris, and Graham, and two daughters, Katie and Sophia. Scott enjoys fishing, watching UT football, and spending as much time with his family as possible.
Associate Pastor of Youth and Discipleship
James grew up in Middle Tennessee. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he married his wife, Angelica, in 2007. He is also a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.
James made a profession of faith in high school, and began serving in the church through Youth Ministry through internships. About seven years later, God began convicting James of how he idolized structure over people. He was more concerned with events and programs running smoothly than he was with the hearts of the people around him. Today James bases his ministry on the individuals, not pragmatic things.
James and Angelica have three daughters named Leila, Jubilee, and Eden. James enjoys reading books, woodworking, and doing just about anything recreational (fishing, cards, board games, sports, etc.).
Associate Pastor of Worship and Children
Daniel grew up in Tennessee, spending most of his childhood in the Nashville area before his family moved to Soddy Daisy. He studied church music at Bryan College in Dayton, TN, and later moved to North Carolina where he received his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. While attending seminary Daniel began serving at Grace Baptist Church in Wake Forest, NC. In the Fall of 2011 he met his wife, Nicole, who was also a student at Southeastern. They were married in 2013, and in 2015 they moved to Knoxville, TN, for Daniel to serve at Rocky Hill Baptist Church.
Daniel grew up in the church surrounded by Christian parents and was influenced by the gospel at an early age. However, although he made a profession of faith as a child his life did not reflect someone who had been changed by the gospel. During a conversation before his senior year of college someone asked him about his beliefs and then mentioned Acts 20:21 which speaks of “repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (NASB). Although Daniel grew up hearing the truth of God’s word, he was surprised by the ideas of faith and repentance, and that conversation was used by God later in Daniel’s conversion.
Daniel and Nicole have been married five years and recently adopted their four children. As a family they enjoy sports, board games, eating dessert, playing outside, and spending time with friends and family. Daniel also enjoys writing stories, composing music, playing Mario Kart, watching movies, hiking, and reading a good book.