Our Staff

Associate Pastor 



Garrett Reese serves as the Associate Pastor here at Dante.  Garrett has also served as youth, children’s, and young adult pastor in his time in ministry. Garrett’s passion to see people reach their full potential in Christ and to make an impact in the Kingdom. He is a big time sports junkie who is partial to a certain shade of orange. Garrett is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God and grew up in LaFollette, but now resides in Knoxville.

 

Worship Pastor



Pastor Zach and his wife, Julia, serve as the Worship Pastor's here at Dante. Pastor Zach was called to music at a very young age. He began singing in church at just the age of four years old, and would later learn to play the piano. At the age of 16, Pastor Zach, took his first Music Minister position, and has served as a Music Pastor in different churches. Pastor Zach has been serving at Dante since 2013. His wife, Julia, loves the ministry of music and sings on the church praise team. Julia has a passion for children and loves teaching them the word of God. In October 2016, Pastor Zach and Julia welcomed their first child, Owen Parker, to their family. It is their desire to see people change and transformed through the power and anointing of music. 
 
Youth Pastor



Scott and Cathy Daugherty were called to Youth Ministry in  Feb 1993.  Pastor Scott attended Tennessee Wesleyan where he received his Bachelor degree in business.  He was licensed by the Church of God in 1997. Pastor Scott has many years of experience working with youth, including Children's Church, Teaching Sunday School and leading Wednesday Night Service for the teens, and preaching Youth Revivals.  He has a real burden and desire to help young people live for God.  His heart's desire is to preach and teach the word to young people to equip them with the knowledge that they need to lead victorious lives each and every day.  The Student Ministry at Dante Church of God exists to make Christ Known and to see Lives Changed that go and Change Lives.

Pastor Scott and Cathy were married on April 26, 1986.  They have two children, Amanda(married to Chase Portwood) and Brandon.  They have two Grandchildren Gavin and Ari Portwood. 

 

 
Middle School Pastor 

 

Branden and Jessica Shultz serve as the Middle School Pastors here at Dante. Branden answered the Call to Ministry in March of 2010. Branden met Jess in January of 2015 and got married in September of 2017. They realized very quickly that God had placed the same desire in their hearts to see students lives changed! They are passionate about pouring into students and humble to be able to play a role in shaping their lives.

 

 

Children's Pastor



Michael and Amy Lawson serve as Children Pastor’s here at Dante. They have been involved in Youth and Children's Ministries for over a decade and their passion to reach kids and their families for Jesus and to equip them to be disciples has not changed since their calling to ministry in 2002. Michael is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God and is pursuing his bachelor’s degree through Lee University. Amy is a graduate of Pellissippi State and is employed by Blount Partnership. Michael and Amy were born and raised in Maryville, TN and can trace their ancestry back to Cades Cove of The Smoky Mountains. Michael & Amy have been married 17 years and have two children Jace (12) and Ally (10).