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

Zach and Julia Sexton, 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. 
Children's Pastor

Michael & Amy Lawson serve as the Children Pastor here at Dante. They have been involved in Children’s & Youth Ministries for over a decade and their passion to reach kids and their families for Jesus and to equip them to be life long disciples has not changed since their calling to ministry in 2002. Pastor Michael as this to say about Children’s Ministry, “With all of my heart, I believe that we’re serving in the most important ministry in the church. When we are successful the difference isn’t only measured in lives changed, but quite possibly in generations. I believe that together, we can make an impact that will change our communities and world – one precious life at a time.”

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 (13) and Ally (11).

High School Student Pastor

Branden and Jessica Shultz serve as the High School Student 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.

Middle School Student Pastor 

Zachary Roberts and Alivia Bunch are the Middle School Pastors here at Dante. Zach has always felt the call of God on his life even at a young age. Zach has a deep desire to see a love and passion for God develop deep within the hearts of people. Zach has attended Dante his whole life. Alivia has always had a heart for others and desires to see the lives of people changed through the presence of God. Zach and Alivia both have a passion to love and serve the people that God places in their lives.