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

Support Pastors and Administration

Student Ministries Pastors

Student Ministries Pastors

Jason & Tiffany Martin serve as the Student Pastors for middle and high 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.

Children's Pastor

Children's Pastor

Shannon Johnson serves as the Children’s 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.

Church Secretary

Church Secretary

Rena Charles serves as our  church secretary at Purpose Church. You can find her in the church office from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM every Tuesday through Thursday.