Staff and Leadership

Lead Pastors


Pastor Joel Arwood is the Lead Pastor of Purpose Church

Joel Arwood

Lead Pastor


Pastor Joel Arwood is a distinct voice in the kingdom of God.  He is a trailblazer, leader, and the lead pastor and founder of Purpose Church. Pastor Joel grew up in the mountains of East TN. He recognized the call of God on his life from a very young age. Growing up with a learning disability that made it very difficult for him to read, Pastor Joel had many setbacks but had a strong will to fulfill his purpose for God. He was saved at age 8 and baptized in the Holy Ghost at age 15.


Before starting Purpose Church, he served as a State Evangelist for the Church of God . He also served as the chairman of the Tennessee Evangelism and Home Missions Board. Pastor Joel communicates the gospel in a very relevant way that people can understand and discover their purpose. Pastor Joel is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God , Cleveland, TN.


Pastor Joel has been married to Theresa for over 17 years and they have four children together.


Pastor Theresa is a beautiful woman of God. She was born and raised near Columbia, SC.  Pastor Theresa was saved and at age 20 the night she met Pastor Joel.  Just a few short weeks later she was baptized in with the Holy Ghost during prayer as she intensely sought God for His will for her life.  Just like her husband, she is a powerful voice in declaring the Word of God.  She is Co-Pastor and Worship Pastor at Purpose Church.  She is also the founder of Purpose Homeschool Academy and Co Op. Pastor Theresa is an Ordained Minister with the Church of God Cleveland, TN


Theresa Arwood is the Co-Pastor and Worship Pastor at Purpose Church

Theresa Arwood

Co-Pastor and Worship Pastor

Administrative Pastor


Tiffany Martin is the Administrative Pastor at Purpose Church

Tiffany Martin

Administrative Pastor

Administrative Pastor – Tiffany Martin

Tiffany was raised in Sevier County. She is anointed to serve and possess the ability to empower others to serve as well. As the Administrative Pastor, Tiffany helps the lead pastors in day to day operations of the church, as well as partners with staff members to be a resource to them while investing in them to help develop their gifts. Tiffany has a heart to encourage others while bringing laughter to the task at hand. She is married to Jason and they have three children.

Support Pastors and Administration

Discipleship Pastor

Discipleship Pastor

Robin Merritt-Preston


Robin was raised in a Disciples of Christ pastor’s home. He was saved at the age of 10. He has a passion to fulfill the mandate of the Great Commission as outlined in scripture to “Go make disciples.” He teaches our Foundations Group every Wednesday night at 6:30. Foundations Group is for folks that have a desire to learn more about Purpose Church, discover their spiritual gifts, learn about Life Groups, and meet the leadership of Purpose Church.  He and his wife, Melinda, have 6 (yes, 6!) children.

Elementary Age Pastor

Elementary Age Pastor

Shannon Johnson


Shannon serves as the Elementary Age Pastor at Purpose Church. Her husband, Levi is in charge of security and safety.  They have a passion for God and love serving people! Levi & Shannon have 4 boys and a girl!  To get to know them better look them up on Facebook.

Middle School Pastors

Middle School Pastors

Jason & Tiffany Martin


Jason and Tiffany serve as the Middle School Pastors for middle school students at Purpose Church. They are a great blessing to our students and church and have a great passion for God and students. To get to know Jason and Tiffany better look them up on Facebook.

High School Pastors

High School Pastors

Josh & Caley Morgan


Josh and Caley serve as the High School Pastors for high school students at Purpose Church. They not only have a great passion for God, but also for the high school students in our city.