our team

Our Staff

Ryan Elliott

Lead Pastor
Ryan grew up on the East Coast and then did his undergraduate and seminary in Chicago.  He was in youth and college ministry for 16 years before he and his wife, Laura, moved to Knoxville to plant Waters Edge.  They have 3 kids, middle school to high school age.  Ryan loves a good movie and working with his hands in the backyard or in his wood shop.

Taylor Jacobs

Kids Director
Taylor grew up near St. Louis.   After studying Family/Children’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute she served as a foster care social worker for several years before moving into a preschool teaching role.  She and her husband, Mike, enjoy mountain biking, throwing the football, and grilling with their 3 boys, pre-K to elementary age.

Grant Scott

Pastor of Adult & Family Ministries
Grant grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago.  He and his wife, Denise, have 3 kids, middle school to college age.  Grant ministered to college students for 22 years in Ohio, Albania and Macedonia before serving as a Pastor of Discipleship in Indianapolis.  Grant is a passionate Chicago sports and Liverpool soccer fan.

Brett Marshman 

Youth Resident
Brett grew up in Knoxville and attended the University of TN.  After spending a year on the mission field in South Asia, he began ministering to our middle school and high school students.  Brett loves time with his family here in town, hanging out with friends and watching European Soccer.

Corey Kuchers

Director of Worship
Corey grew up in  Columbus, Ohio.  He graduated from Miami University and spent the last 5 years as a college minister there while also leading worship for his local church.  He and his wife, Hannah, are expecting their first child in late-November! Corey enjoys rooting for the Buckeyes, listening to John Mayer, and reading a good novel.

Our Elders

Derek Morgan

Derek works as a product manager.  He and his wife, Carol, have 4 kids, elementary to college age.

Kyle Landis

Kyle is the Pastor of Church Mobilization for our Fellowship Churches.  He and his wife, Kristi, have 2 kids, middle school and high school age.