Leadership of Christ Church Knoxville

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Will Laing | Lead Pastor

Will Laing moved to Knoxville TN in 2018 with his wife Alyssa and their three kids. Will studied at Texas Tech University and went on to get his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. Will has pastored in Maryland, Florida and Kentucky and has an extensive background working with youth and student programs over the years. Will’s heart for evangelism flows from his love for God and a desire to see lives changes for the glory of Jesus Christ.


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Andy Ashton | Elder

Andy has been married to Jessica since 2000 and is father to Josiah and Evelyn. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from College of the Ozarks in 2007 and earned his CPA license from the state of TN in 2010. Andy desires to proclaim the beauty, perfection and glory of Christ in a way that is faithful to Scripture. He longs to teach others to be led forward by the Spirit in God’s perfect plan for all believers: Christ-likeness. The Ashton family enjoys camping and being outdoors together.


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Mark Baker | Elder

Mark has been married to Ashley since 2008 and is father to Elias, Owen, and Eleanor. He received an M.Div. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013. He is now a Ph.D. candidate in Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is passionate about joining God’s work in bringing the gospel to the nations and has served in theological and pastoral training in several international settings. He currently teaches literature, history, and theology at Paideia Academy, a classical Christian school in Knoxville.


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Chris Perkins | Associate Pastor

Chris has been married to Lauren since 2007 and is father to Ezra, Haven and Jude. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Secondary Education. He then moved back to Knoxville to teach a wide range of Bible curriculum and oversee the student-led worship team at Christian Academy of Knoxville for 7 years. He now works remotely as the Creative Director and music composer for a software development studio based out of San Diego, CA. Chris desires that God’s people would be more profoundly awakened to the glory of His Word and the fullness of His Person communicated there, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” (Ps. 107:9) The Perkins family loves the fellowship of His church, guessing games around the dinner table, building forts and laughing together.