Elders are the leaders of the church who in the Bible are also called pastors, bishops, and overseers (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:2). We believe it is the clear pattern of scripture for local churches to train up multiple qualified elders to serve together as a safeguard for both the church and the elders (Acts 20:17; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1). Below are the pastors who serve and shepherd our church family.

Kent Bateman
Pastor, Vision & Teaching
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Kent served as a communications director and pastor at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC for four years before being sent out to plant City Church.

Kent lives in Knoxville with his wife Ana and son Whitaker.


Jeff Hsiang
Pastor, Groups & Discipleship
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Jeff served on staff at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC for four years as a groups coordinator and pastor-in-training, and was ordained as a pastor in 2014.

Jeff lives in Knoxville with his wife Callie.

Marcus Williamson
Pastor-in-Training, College Ministry
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Marcus is currently a pastor-in-training with City Church, and works as a full-time graphic designer at the University of Tennesee.

Marcus lives in Knoxville with his wife Melanie.

Core Team

Along with our pastors, our church was planted with over 20 members and group leaders from our sending church, Midtown Fellowship. All of these team members serve in critical formal and informal leadership positions, and are culture-setters for our church family.