Tim was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Most recently, Tim was the Executive Pastor of Epic Church in San Francisco. Tim and Kristin were part of the team that started Epic Church. Despite being a challenging place to start a church, Epic grew from 0 to 500 in just four years. It was at this time when Tim received the clear and undeniable call to move back to his hometown to start Essential Church. 

Previously, Tim attended The University of Alabama where he received his undergrad in Business Management. At this time he accepted the call to full time vocational ministry. Tim attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 






Lee was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana.  He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in elementary education and has been a teacher for eight years.  While co-leading a young married class at his former church, Lee felt God calling him to full-time ministry and to enroll at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.






Chase was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and raised in nearby Lucedale. Chase has served in various student ministries, including youth and college. Chase has also coordinated partnerships and led mission teams around the world. Most recently, Chase served on the administrative staff of Epic Church in San Francisco while attending Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.



Haley carter

essential kids director


Haley was born in Huntsville, AL and has lived in North Alabama all her life. Growing up as the daughter of a Children’s Minister and Teacher, she developed a passion for teaching others about the Lord and his love. Haley graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in Sociology and has served as a Children’s Director since then. She wants kids to see how important they are to the Lord and their ability to reach out and share the gospel with those in their sphere of influence.



chase morris

worship pastor


Chase was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He is currently attending The University of Alabama in Huntsville to complete his bachelors in Accounting. Chase grew up in the church, and has been actively involved in ministry since his adolescence. He has led worship at several different churches in the Huntsville area and has felt a strong calling to ministry from a young age. One of his core desires is to create an environment where worship is taught and expressed in a biblical and impactful way.