Antioch Church of Christ - Our Story

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By February 1985, a second worship service had again been added to the Sunday morning schedule. In January, 1986 Weldon Rickman took on many of the ministerial duties left in the void created by Brother Karl Peltier’s death. James Craighead became the full time maintenance man in 1986. Tod Bell served as the first full-time youth minister in 1986. Two additional elders were named in 1988 – Stan Birdwell and Neil Chaffin and two portable buildings were leased to provide additional classroom space. In 1989 Jim Taylor joined the Antioch staff and shortly thereafter David Vaughn was hired as the youth minister. In 1992 an educational wing was completed to help meet the needs of our growing Bible School.

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After 21 years of service to the Antioch Church of Christ, Walt Leaver transitioned to responsibilities at Lipscomb University and Brentwood Hills Church of Christ. After an extensive search, Mike Root was hired in 1998. Mike Root served the Antioch congregation from March 1998 through December 2004. During that time we adopted a mission statement, added additional elders, and reorganized our ministries and the deacons assigned to them, and added associate ministers and ministries (Greg Adams – Children's Ministry, Matt Owensby – Student Ministry, Chuck Chisam - Antioch Bible Camp, Steve Diggs – No Debt, No Sweat, and David Vaughn – Church Life Ministry.) Winter Flame and the Antioch Bible Action Plays began during this time. Assisting in secretarial duties fell to a capable crew of part time assistants: Karen Nixon, Bonnie Diggs, Sue Thweatt, and Peggy Grimes. Other staff members were Jim Taylor, James Craighead, Weldon Rickman, and Sheryl Friend. 2003 brought a search for a new youth Minister which ended with the arrival of Andrew Sowards in July, 2003. Barbara Biffle added her talents to the secretarial staff beginning in December of 2004.

2005 was another year of transitions as we said good bye to Mike Root and began an interim ministry with Jim Woodroof from January - May 2005. We also saw the retirement of three elders preceded by the addition of four new elders. A special group was formed to prayerfully search for a new minister and Michael Whittington, "Brother Whit" joined the staff as our new senior minister in August, 2005. We began offering a Spanish translation of our worship services in 2005.

2006 brought still more change with the addition of Worship Minister, Marcus Miller, and Associate Minister, Randy Patterson. We experienced rapid growth in our English Classes and Hispanic Ministry and Lisa Steele joined our staff as Director of English Classes. We added a Sunday school class, "Estudio Biblico" that teaches and equips our latino members and a ladies Bible class on Tuesday mornings in Spanish as well as a life group (grupo pequeño) that meets the first Sunday of the month

2007 marked the retirement of Weldon Rickman, the remodeling of the back offices and teacher's workroom, and the redesign of the website. The foyer and a portion of the Auditorium were re-carpeted.

The Playground was completed in April 2009 and dedicated April 26. For more photos, click on the picture below:


Craighead Playground

In March 2010, several members remodeled the Nursey, making it a warm, inviting place to nurture babies.

On March 28, 2010, an announcement was made that Joshua Diggs had accepted the position as Preaching Minister. In April 2010, Greg Adams announced his plans to step down from his staff position as Children's Minister following 13 years of faithful service. The Antioch Church of Christ members eagerly look forward to Josh's arrival and to work with him to advance God's kingdom in this place.

May 2010 was an historic month for us at Antioch. The beginning of May brought a devasating flood to Tennessee, with Antioch Pike being one of the hardest hit areas. Antioch Church of Christ assumed the role of coordinating some of the relief efforts for those affected by the destruction. We closed May of 2010 with the retirement of Greg Adams and looking ahead to what God has in store for us as we welcome our new Preaching Minister, Josh Diggs and wife, Lindsey to our family.

2011 kicked off with still more change. On January 9, it was announced that Lisa Steele would become our full time Outreach & Hispanic Minister. Later in January, David Vaughn assumed responsibilities for our Children's Ministry, and Wayne Holt, one of our Shepherds, joined the Staff as Connections Minister in March. Junior Grimes retired as an Antioch Shepherd in October and two new elders, Todd Bess and Jim Hodge, were ordained October 30, 2011. We ended 2011 in anticipation of the grand opening of our newly rennovated Children's Education wing, scheduled for January 4, 2012.

In March 2012, we celebrated Randy & Sheila Patterson's years of service to our church family. Always one to listen to God's call, Randy accepted an offer to help plant a new church and the Antioch family honored him with a going away reception on March 25.

July 2013 was a time of sadness for the Antioch congregation as we said goodbye to one of our former elders, Junior Grimes, who went to be with the Lord.

In August 2013, Lisa Steele accepted a position with Lipscomb University but remains an actively involved member, both in our missions' program as well as translating for our Hispanic members and teaching the Estudio Biblico class. Antioch celebrated her nine years of faithful service at a reception in her honor on September 8.

February 23, 2014 was a day of both joy and sadness as we celebrated David Vaughn's 22+ years of service in ministry at Antioch and honored him and his family with a going away reception. Dave has accepted a position at the Kingwood Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN.

2016 Saw the addition of Community Minister Goyo Nieto (pronounced “Nee-ate-O”). We look forward to Goyo joining our staff in June.

In April 2018, Wayne Holt retired from his service as a staff minister as well as a shepherd. In July 2018, we said goodbye to preaching minister Josh Diggs, who accepted a new position in Chattanooga. July 2018 also saw the addition of custodian, Scott Craighead, following the retirement of his parents, James & Juanelle Craighead.


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