Tessa Gaines

Connections Pastor

Tessa began serving as Connections Pastor of the Sycamore Tree on July 1, 2017. Tessa and her husband, Robert, have served at the church since it began in 2001. They have one grown daughter, Ashley, a son (in-law), Joel, and one grandson, Caedon. Tessa is a graduate of William Blount High School and attended Pellissippi State. She is presently studying at Johnson University in Ministry.

Tessa volunteered as Financial Secretary/Bookkeeper for 12 years at the Sycamore Tree, and Small Group Coordinator for two years. She is passionate about God and His word and has a heart for discipleship. She presently leads several weekly Bible studies and encourages others to join her in believing, praying, studying, and experiencing more of the spectacular Word of God. Tessa also has a heart for worship and enjoys playing percussion and working on the worship/audio team. She experienced her call to pastoral ministry in the Fall of 2016

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    Elf, Sleepless in Seattle, Marvel movies

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    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28 NIV