tim milner

lead pastor


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. 



chase allen

associate pastor


Chase was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and raised in nearby Lucedale. Chase has served with various ministries, including youth and college. Chase has also coordinated partnerships and led mission teams around the world. Most recently, Chase served on on the administrative staff of Epic Church in San Francisco while attending seminary in the Bay Area. Chase and his wife, Kayela, have one daughter, Eleanor. 



haley carter

family minister


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.


debra graybeal

volunteer staff: administration and communication


Debra was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in nearby Etowah County.  In 2012, Debra and her husband, Seth, moved to Huntsville for Seth's job and they love living in the Rocket City!  Debra and Seth have been married since 2004 and have one canine child, Cesar, their spoiled-rotten Chihuahua!  Debra enjoys leading the Weekday Team and Social Media Team, while also serving as a volunteer member of the Essential staff.  She wants everyone at Essential to be well-informed and comfortable communicating with the staff and each other.


lindsey osborne

volunteer staff: next steps


Lindsey Osborne grew up in Prattville, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama, where she got a bachelor's in journalism and English. She married her husband, Caleb, in Birmingham, Alabama, and from there, they moved to Huntsville with their two children (plus two cats). Lindsey, a writer by trade, loves this role because she believes that everything changes when we find our passions and our people.