Lead Pastor / Full Time

Matt is passionate about serving God, especially here at Discovery and in the Tri-Cities. His wife Sarah says he is a wonderful husband and amazing father to their three children. Matt loves to cook and even learned to make homemade bacon, which was in short supply when they were missionaries in Taiwan. If you want to reach Matt about ministry or even to try some of his homemade bacon, you can reach him via email.



Children’s Ministry Director / Full Time

Raquel McLamb has been involved in children’s ministry since the age of 16 and while Christ chose not to bless Raquel and her husband Andy with two-legged children, they do have four, four-legged babes.  In His infinite grace, Christ has continuously filled Raquel’s life with children and has given her endless opportunities to invest in them and to share Christ’s love with them.  She loves fitness and enjoys helping others get health.  If you can say her Starbucks order (venti, three pump toffee nut latte, non-fat, no foam, extra hot, with whip. three times fast, you’ll have a special place in her heart!



Visual Arts Director / Part Time

Jessany graduated from King University in 2015 with a BA in Photography and a minor in Biblical Studies. She loves getting to worship Jesus with the best band in the land every Sunday morning. In addition to creating artwork for Discovery, she works full time in Photography and Marketing for New Again Houses®.


Associate Pastor of Student Ministries & Teaching / Full Time

Elliott Gregory has been in full time youth ministry for over a decade and a part of the Discovery Church staff since 2015. His passion for water balloons, messy games and sharing the story of Jesus have served him well as a youth pastor (and frankly leave him few other career options.) In addition to serving at Discovery, Elliott is an adjunct youth ministry instructor at King University and an unlicensed pyrotechnician.

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Office Manager / Part Time

Wrenda has over 20 years of accounting experience. She has a BA in Accounting with a minor in Business. She formerly served as Financial Administrator for 5 years with a local church and most recently worked for a public accounting firm. Wrenda and her husband Mark have one child, two dogs, and one cat. She enjoys traveling and spending time at the lake with friends. 



Worship Pastor / Full Time

Chris Skiera-Vaughn has been leading worship for over a decade in venues all around the world. He studied at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia, eventually getting married and moving to Uganda for a few years as humanitarians, even starting their own nonprofit. He won’t hesitate to tell you that his wife Courtney is his better half and that his child (soon to be children) is the light of his life. And, whether it’s banjo picking, dropping the bass, or anything in between, you’ll frequently find Chris with his headphones on and the music perhaps a little on the louder side.



Staff Counselor, LMFT

Hannah M. Pollard has earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Christian Sex Therapy. She is  a licensed marriage and family therapist in Tennessee and so in Virginia. Currently is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Training and experience provide her with the ability to assist married couples, families or individuals.  She has experience providing clients with concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, spiritual concerns, family issues, intimacy issues as well as pre-marital counseling.

Hannah lives in Abingdon with her husband Dave, and they have 4 children. 

Our Elders: Elders at Discovery Church who work with the lead pastor and provide accountability and advising on working of the church.

Matt Korell -

Dale Willis -

Connie Fox -

Jim Graham -

Mike Stollings -

Heath Schnelle -

Jeff Blaylock -

 Operations Team: The group of leaders overseeing operations of the finances of our church.

Brad Deal -

Scott Haulsee -

Wrenda Hull -

Jonathan Harlow -

Deb Matney -

Derek Linkous

Anneke Self -

Matt Korell -