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Pastors & Staff

Jeff Strong


Jeff Strong is now in his 25th year as Pastor of Sullivan Baptist Church. Jeff has a BS in Electrical Engineering (1985) from Tennessee Tech University. He and his wife, Ramona, are natives of Kingsport and were married April 4, 1987.  Ramona has a bachelor’s degree (1985) in Business from East Tennessee State University and is employed as Bookkeeper at Sullivan Gardens K-8 School.
After working in Engineering for almost 10 years in Aiken SC and Kingsport TN,  Jeff surrendered to full time ministry in January 1994. On June 25, 1995, Sullivan Baptist Church called Jeff as full-time Interim Pastor, which eventually led to Pastor on March 16, 1996.  His calling is to be a pastor/preacher/teacher.  He truly loves his church family and believes all men and women should be active in winning souls to Jesus. His favorite church activity is Worship.
Pastor Jeff and Ramona have two children. Their son, Tyler lives in Charlotte, NC and is employed by NASCAR.  He attends Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  Daughter, Sarah and her husband Andrew, live in Knoxville, TN.  They are both employed at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and are active at Sevier Heights Baptist Church.
Pastor Jeff served as Sullivan Baptist Association Moderator 2007-2009, Secretary-Treasurer of the 2008 Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference, and Sullivan Baptist Association Evangelism Director 1997-1999.  He has been program speaker at the Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference and has served on the TBC Resolutions Committee and Committee on Committees.  When away from the church, Pastor Jeff enjoys time on a bank fishing, vacations with family, and most of all, time with his precious wife Ramona.  Oh yeah…don’t forget grand-dog Toby!  Pastor Jeff is an avid Tennessee Big Orange fan!  Go VOLS!


Minister of Music and Worship

Bro. Andy is our Worship Pastor.   He has been ministering in churches in  Georgia and Tennessee since 1994 and joined the ministry staff at Sullivan Baptist in 2005.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Tennessee State University in 1996. He has also taught music in Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.    Bro. Andy married his best friend and partner in ministry, Erin Elliot in June of 1999.   She is a second grade teacher at Blountville Elementary School. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University in 2000, and a Masters degree in Teaching from Tusculum College in 2006.  They have 2 children:  Drew born in 2003, and Hannah Grace born in 2006.  When not preparing worship or ministering to our Senior Adults,  Bro. Andy  enjoys  spending time with his family, and the outdoors (especially hunting and fishing).


Minister of Students

Ross Turner serves as our Minister of Students. Ross was called and surrendered to the ministry in 2016. He is originally from central New York, and upon graduating high school he spent ten years in the United States Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. He has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as stationed in numerous states, to include North Carolina, where He met his wife, Joy. Ross and Joy were married in January 2010.  Joy attended Mount Olive College in North Carolina where she received a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2011, and is currently a pre-school teacher at Towering Oaks Christian School in Greeneville, TN.
Ross and Joy have two children, Mason who was born in 2012, and Brystol, who was born in 2014. When not working with the students, Ross loves to spend time in the outdoors with his family, camping, hunting and fishing.


Director of Children’s Ministry 

Sharon is our Children’s Ministry Director. She brings over ten years experience in oversight and development of Children’s Ministry as well as a 3 Star, DHS-licensed, full-time Child Development Center, two Parent’s-Day-Out Programs, the development of a MOPS Ministry and a Pregnancy Loss Ministry. Sharon considers Children’s Ministry the most important Ministry in the Church and loves working with a team of volunteers to ensure that children are learning about Jesus and coming to know Him as their Savior.  Sharon and John have been married for 30 years and have two married adult children, Nicholas and Holly. One of Sharon’s favorite Bible verses is Matthew 19:14 “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them; for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”


Media, Creative Arts & Technology Director

Christina is our Media, Creative Arts & Technology (MCAT) Director. Christina is originally from Plant City, Florida and moved to Kingsport, Tennessee in 2015. She is a 2019 graduate of King University with a major in Digital Media Art and Design. Christina is excited to be a part of the Sullivan family and to serve and worship the Lord through the digital ministry.


Ministry Assistant

Anita has been a member of Sullivan Baptist since 1979 and serves as Ministry Assistant. She is married to Paul Overbay and has 2 children, JJ and September, and 3 grandchildren, Bailey, Ali Jayne, and Peyton. Thank you for your continued service, Anita!


Church Secretary 

Linda has served the church faithfully since February, 2003. She is originally from North Carolina, but has been a Kingsport resident since December 1975, having married her husband Allen, the previous May before coming to Kingsport. Linda & Allen have 2 children, Edward & April, along with 5 beautiful grandchildren, Trinity, Bailey, Cassidy, J.D. & Wade.  Linda is a member of West Colonial Hills Baptist Church, and previously worked at the Northeast Regional Office for the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home for 12 years.  Thank you for your continued service, Linda!


Maintenance Supervisor

Ryan Neal collaborates with our team creating and maintaining professional environments for the many ministries of Sullivan Baptist, and oversees all maintenance on church property. He holds a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry from Crown College, where he met his wife Natalie, who serves as the pianist here as well. They both enjoy helping in the student ministry, camping, sports and just having outdoor family time.





Steve Whitaker (bass guitarist), Carol Robinette (organist), Magan McBryar (violinist), and Natalie Neal (pianist) lead the congregation in worship at all the appointed times.  We are overly blessed to have such talented musicians who are focused on allowing the Holy Spirit flow through them as they play with excellence towards making a joyful noise unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.