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Michelle Russell – Worship Arts Minister, Tap 3 Lead Teacher

"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24

God began teaching me about His creativity when I was three years old as I started my first dance class in Cleveland, Ohio. Over many years of learning tap, jazz, acrobats and ballet I discovered that dance was a way to bring joy to others and to help them. I continued to learn and teach dance as a teen and as a student at Michigan State University. When I met Jesus at the age of 20, the first thing He taught me was how to pour out my heart to him in worship. Even though I was a music major in college at that time, I experienced a whole new aspect of music as I played my flute to Him and for Him. God healed my soul. I became a musical missionary for several years and then became a Registered Music Therapist.

I have been married to Robert, who is lead pastor of Celebration Church, for 28 years and we have three children, David, Jonathan and Abbie. All of the Russell family, including Robert, have danced at Celebration Church at different times over the years. When Celebration Church Dance Ministry/ Worship Arts Ministry began in 2003, I was excited to get my feet tapping again for Jesus. I have taught dance for over 20 years and continue to learn joyful ways to express my gratitude to the Lord for all that He has done for me.

I also have the honor of being the Worship Arts Minister this year. It is a constant joy and challenge to serve in this incredible ministry and to see the Holy Spirit transform our staff, students and their families.

The most important thing about me is that Jesus is the love of my life. I feel close to Him when I play my flute in worship and when I dance and long to teach others the joy of worshiping Him in Spirit and in truth. Music, dance, art and drama are very important in my life for communicating with God, displaying His creativity, sharing Jesus with others, expressing joy & pain, fighting spiritual battles, serving others, connecting with other believers and staying physically strong. I have recently returned to my career as a Music Therapist and have been working with Alzheimer’s patients in an assisted living center. It is so beautiful to bring my love of music, dance and Jesus to all ages and watch God transform people.

Tapping for Jesus,

Michelle Russell


Karen Grisenti - Worship Arts Coordinator

Since 2005 our family has been a part of Worship Arts at Celebration. All of our children, as well as my husband and myself, have enjoyed dance classes, fellowship, and discipleship through WAM. The Lord has used WAM to bless our family, and I am excited to be a part of what He is doing through this special ministry.

My family moved to Kingsport when I was 15, and the Lord immediately plugged me into a group of friends and a church where I came to know Jesus as my Savior. After college I met my husband while serving with Youth with Mission for 2 years. We have been part of Celebration Church since 2002 and help with the Family Ministry.

For the past 16 years I have had the privilege of home schooling our children. We have been a part of several co-ops, where I have taught a variety of classes. My current favorite is Plutarch because it is so unexpectedly enjoyable. I have one son and seven daughters, ranging in age from 22 to 6. We have a small farm with dairy goats and chickens. It’s seldom quiet and never dull at our house!

As a mother, above all else I desire for my children to know the Lord personally and to love Him passionately. Through WAM I see them worshipping, hearing from the Lord, being encouraged and shown truth by faithful lovers of Jesus. I am honored to serve in this place where the Lord is growing up worshippers of Him.

Taylor Royston - Administrative Assistant, Advanced Ballet, Contemporary, Acro Dance, & Teacher Dance Lead Teacher

I am so excited to be apart of the Worship Arts team at Celebration! I began dance at the age of 3 and have been dancing ever since. Types of dance I have studied include ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop, contemporary, & tumbling. I have done studio dance my whole life, but when I began college, I was presented with the opportunity to be a part of the ETSU dance team throughout my four years as a student. Now that I have graduated from ETSU, I am ready to start the next chapter in my life. I am so thankful that the Lord has led me to Worship Arts and is allowing me to continue to use my love for dance as an expression of love for Him. Throughout all my life, be it good times or bad, dance has always been there for me. Dance has allowed me to express thoughts, feelings, and emotions in ways words would not allow. For me, dance is a passion and I am happy to be able to share that passion with everyone and use my talent to worship the Lord. I am eager to see how He allows us to grow in dance and in worship.


Hannah Voudrie - Communications Coordinator, Intermediate Ballet Lead Teacher

As someone who has been a part of this ministry since I was 8, I have loved being apart of the Leadership Team as Media/Marketing/Communications Coordinator. I’m 25 and have been dancing since I was 7, taking ballet, jazz, tumbling, tap, clogging, and hip hop. I have been able to share my love of dance by teaching dance with Worship Arts for 4 years and have worked with kids around the world since I was 11, including in Cambodia where I spent 5 months as a missionary, and while I lived in the Middle East volunteering at a school. I am also on staff at Celebratin as the Digital Media Manager.

In my free time I love to worship, sing, song write, play with my nieces, travel and paint.

It has always been my desire to learn how to better use the arts to worship Daddy God to the fullest, whether with dance, music, singing or art. I’m honored that I get to share my passions with others through teaching and I’m excited to see what the next year holds!


Worship Arts Teachers

Abi Bell - Beginner Tap and Acting 101 & 102 Lead Teacher

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offstage; and has a BFA in Directing from Emory & Henry College.
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Tap 1!
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Randa Blackley - Hip Hop 1 Lead Teacher

 I am happy to be returning for my 2nd year with The Worship Arts Ministry! I love kids, having fun, dancing and worshipping! We combine all of those things and add them to a good Jesus beat! I am so excited to share all my love & energy with the Hip Hop 1 kids and their families!

I am a wife of 19 years to my darling husband, Jonathan, and a mother of two boys Andrew (15) and Samuel (9). We have attended Celebration for almost 3 years! I have never felt freedom in worship like I have here and I'm so blessed to be able to share that freedom in Hip Hop 1 through dance! We're gonna have a good time!


Austin Blythe - Private Voice, Piano, & Ukulele Lead Teacher

Hi! I'm Austin Blythe. I'm a 24 year old musician and singer-songwriter! I love the Lord and was saved at the age of eight. I currently help teach the children's choir program at the church I grew up in and am very excited to be a part of the Celebration Worship Arts Ministry.

I am a classically trained pianist, and I first started playing when I was six years old. I was accepted into ETSU on a full ride for classical piano. I graduated with a degree in piano performance and business marketing. After college I pivoted, deciding I wanted to write and sing pop music! I was under vocal instructors for five years through high school and college, and I sang in the ETSU advanced choir, Chorale, and acapella group, the Swashbucklers. Along the way, singing has become my favourite instrument and what I practice the most! 

Back in elementary and middle school, I took guitar lessons for about 3 years and have been playing since. Then, through my guitar playing and music theory background, I taught myself ukulele and absolutely love it. Ukulele is my favourite instrument to sing with, and I play it more than I do piano these days. And finally, I took a huge interest in music theory throughout high school and won nationals for academic music theory senior year. I will teach a small bit of music theory during our lessons; as this is what will really allow you to understand music at a deeper level, teach yourself new instruments, and maybe even create your own music!


Simoné Brittz - 4/5s Pre Dance Lead Teacher and Beginner and Advanced Ballet Assistant Teacher

I moved from South Africa to Kingsport 3years ago. Since then I have become very involved in Celebration Church Children's Ministry and through that, Worship Arts. I love ballet as well as sign language and painting. I love serving in our church! there always seems to be a new opportunity to praise God for all this church has done for my outlook on life and faith in general.


April Bunch - Sew and Serve Assistant Teacher

I was raised in Orlando, FL and moved to East TN in 2003 to get away from the hustle and bustle. I LOVE living here surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. Rob, my husband of 20 years, and I have two boys, Ethan (12) and Truman (9). Covid brought us home early from a 6 month stay in Ghana, Africa working with kids rescued from slavery.  Since then I have been enjoying learning to be a homeschool mom. I love all kinds of art, particularly sock knitting, and like to say that I’ve never met a craft I didn’t like. I am excited to assist in the Sew and Serve class and watch our students create projects that bless others.


Marilyn Burns - Private Voice Lead Teacher

I'm a singer, actress and teacher. I studied Music Education at Furman University and then was hired immediately the following year as a middle school chorus teacher in South Carolina. After teaching, I also was able to study musical theatre at the prestigious Cap 21 Conservatory and graduated from that two year program. I've performed around New York City in a variety of performances and is currently involved in several productions around the Tri-Cities. I'm very excited to be a part of the Worship Arts team at Celebration!


Idalise Champion - Piano Lead Teacher

Hi, Y’all! My name is Idalise (pronounced like the plural of Italy), and I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to TN right before my 19th birthday. I immediately started volunteering in the Worship Band at Celebration Church; playing piano, keyboard, and singing. I also enjoy working with a wide range of creative softwares to create media for different CCTri ministries.

    I took classical and contemporary piano lessons for 9 or 10 years, which earned me a pass on Grade 6 Piano and distinction on Grade 5 Music Theory under the ABRSM Curriculum.

Even though I enjoyed most of the classical training, and felt very accomplished at being able to play beautiful compositions, I felt that my calling is in contemporary worship music. So I joined youth bands and played at church conferences and events with my dad (Louis Brittz) as much as I had capacity for, and now I can’t imagine ever not using the skills I have learned to glorify God!

    God’s Word commands us to worship Him, and oh, what deep peace and joy it brings when we obey Him! I strive to be not only an obedient worshiper, but a skilled and well developed one. And I hope to be able to teach others how to take their passion for music and turn it into a powerful tool of worship; or at least to help them get started.


Bethany Davis - Interpretive Movement Lead Teacher 

My name is Bethany Davis and I'm 19 years old.  

My family and I have been attending Celebration Church since the summer of 2020 and I’m so happy to be a part of the Worship Arts Ministry. I have participated in many children ministries and other church ministries over the years and I love teaching Interpretive Movement. I've been doing interpretive dance since the age of five and I’m so glad share this personal gift of worship with students who love the Lord and are ready to worship Him through movement. 

Although I love dance, performing, and teaching people about the Lord, I am currently pursuing a career in the medical field. I am attending Virginia Highlands Community College and I will be graduating with my MA certificate in the spring and hope to start next fall in their RN program. I have a heart for helping people both physically and spiritually. 


Kayla Davis - Interpretive Movement Lead Teacher

My name is Kayla Davis and I am 17 years old. I have had a passion for worshiping the Lord through Interpretive Movement ever since I was four years old. My family attended a church in Charleston SC for many years until we moved. At that church there was a worship arts ministry and Interpretive Movement was one of their ministries. My two older sisters and my mother were on the team and I saw how they loved to worship the Lord through IM. I knew that someday I would be beside them praising the Lord. When I was five I signed up for the team and was doing what I loved. I was with the IM team for four years before my family moved.

I have a love for worshiping the Lord through IM and I am excited to teach others how. As hobbies I like to read, paint, be out in nature, and I love to write, but my passion is to teach others to praise the Lord through Interpretive Movement.


Ethan Doherty - Percussion Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Ethan Doherty I am 15 years old and a sophomore attending Tri-Cites Academy. I am excited to be assisting beginners praise band and percussion this year. I have been involved in worship arts for the past 6 years. I am excited to teach music, spread the love of Jesus and have fun!


Ben Ellis - Private Fiddle Lead Teacher

I fell in love with the violin at age two in the fellowship hall of the church that I was raised in. I persisted in my desire to play the instrument continuously over the next three years. At age 5, my parents gave me my first violin. I took lessons from that point until about age 16 and then again for a couple years as an adult. I love to play a huge variety of music, from bluegrass to classical and beyond, but my favorite music to play has been in worship be it new praise music or the old hymns. I have taught lessons since age 15.

I don’t remember a time in which I didn’t love Jesus. I made a profession of faith and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at about age 8. I love to worship Him with my fiddle!


Toni France - Hip Hop 2 Assistant Teacher

More infor coming soon!


Caleb Graham - Boys Dance Assistant Teacher

My name is Caleb Graham and I am 17 years old. Ever since I was born I have always loved children and hanging out with them. I play high school  basketball for Kachea homeschool association. I love having fun and playing with kids. Celebration church has given me a great opportunity to do both of those each and every Wednesday. I am super exited to see what God does in each and everyone of our hearts in the Worship Arts Ministry this year.


Janie Graham - Hip Hop 1 Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Janie Graham and I will be assisting Randa Blackley in Hip Hop 1! I am 13 years old and very excited to be volunteering for my first year in worship arts staff ! I have two nephews and one niece and I love to babysit them because I love kids so much ! Here are some things I think you might like to know about me. I love music, dance, volleyball, basketball, friends, family, and Jesus.I hope  this year your child will grow in their relationship with Jesus and strive to be more like him!


Alissa Grisenti - Tumbling Assitant Teacher

Hi! My name is Alissa Grisenti and I am 19 years old. I love kids and animals. Some things that I really enjoy are playing and helping with kids, playing the fiddle, taking care of our animals, and working on our farm. I am really excited that I get to help with the Worship Arts Ministry and that I get to build relationships with kids and point them to Jesus.


Eliana Grisenti - Pre-Dance Assistant Teacher

My name is Eliana Grisenti and I'm 14 years old. I've been dancing for several years and my passions are tap and acting.  I can't wait to start my first year of being part of the Worship Art's staff!

Megan Grisenti - Sign Language Pre-Dance 2/3s Lead Teacher

Hi! My name is Megan Grisenti and I am seventeen years old. I love animals and I volunteer at The Exchange Place. I enjoy playing piano, dancing, milking goats, working around the farm, playing with small children, and doing Interpretive Movement. I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with the Worship Arts Ministry this year by teaching a 2/3s Pre-Dance class.


Jaime Harper - Beginner Ballet & Worship Flags Lead Teacher

Originally from Nashville, TN I began ballet at the precious age of 3 at Dancers Academy. A few years of ballet proved to be a beautiful start to a life filled with dance. I added tap and jazz to my ballet classes with many performances up until the age of 14, giving a life of balance and grace. I then began a Color Guard journey finding that all of the years of dance best prepared me for this sport of the arts. Performing and teaching color guard for over 27 years has required a strong dance background and enhanced my skills in several genres of dance. Our Heavenly Father blessed me with my husband, Drew, and our daughter Ella, now age 9. The Harper family moved to Kingsport, TN in April of 2017 and discovered the umbrella of blessings with Celebration Church and Worship Arts. In the fall of 2018 the opportunity arrived to join the Worship Arts family and share my love for Christ and the gift of dance. I am so very excited to see all the awesome blessings that will shower down on us as we praise HIM with our classes this year.

"I firmly believe that our Lord and Savior has written each of our life stories with a permanent marker, for HE doesn't make mistakes, HE is perfect, HE is LOVE, HE is Grace, HE is our friend forever!"

My favorite verse is the end of Nehemiah 8:10 "For the joy of the Lord is your strength."

My favorite quote by Cinderella "Have courage and be kind."


Jamie Henson - Intermediate Tap Lead Teacher

I started dancing with Academy of Dance Arts when I was 6 years old taking tap, jazz, and ballet. Tap was always my favorite because I loved making music with my feet! I continued dancing until I was a junior in high school and went on to take a couple of advanced tap classes while attending ETSU. At that point life took over, and I hung up my dancing shoes for a while to pursue a career in Organizational Training and Education.

In 2013, God led me and my family to Celebration Church where we not only found our amazing church family; we also found an outlet for worship through the arts. I was blessed to find tap again, taking Tap 2 and 3 and getting the opportunity to praise Him through dance. Tapping is like riding a bicycle- once I put the shoes on, my feet remembered what to do.

I am so excited to get my first experience TEACHING tap this year! While my “day job” has led me to teach and train many students of all ages over the years, the chance to teach worship and praise through tap is an incredible opportunity! As the instructor for Adult Tap, I am hoping to find others who want to make music with their feet with me. We are never too old!


Trina Jones - Sew & Serve Lead Teacher

I was raised in the tri-cities area by my father who was a faithful preacher and my dedicated mother who homeschooled me and my two sisters. Growing up I enjoyed crafting, drawing, painting and creating. In my teen and young adult years I babysat, nannied and worked in child care. During that time I graduated high school and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lexington Baptist Bible College. As a change from 2003 to 2008 I enjoyed a career in mural painting and drawing portraits. In 2010 I obtained my life long career dream and became a mother. Now I spend my days homeschooling my three blessings, creating and crafting with them.

I have a passion to teach people sewing skills and to use their creativity to minister to others. That is why I am so excited to teach a class called “sew and serve” this year. In this beginner sewing class, we will sew simple and useful items to donate and bless those in children’s hospitals, mission groups, nursing homes, cancer treatment centers, NICU, homeless shelters, military bases and more. All levels of experience and ages 7 and up are welcome to learn how to use a sewing machine to make gifts to minister to others. An adult should accompany those 7-9 years old. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10.


Jadah Keller - Tumbling 1/2 Assistant Teacher

I'm Jadah Keller. I'm 13 and have been attending Celebration Church since I was in kindergarten. I have been involved with Worship Arts for about 7 years and God has done so much in me. A few things I enjoy are: volleyball, gymnastics, baking, playing with siblings, and being outside. I am so excited to get to know your kids and teach them about Jesus. 


Shane Leonard - Beginning Praise Band, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin Lead Teacher

More info coming soon!


Kendra Luster - Beginner Tap Assistant Teacher

Hi, I’m Kendra Luster and I am 14 years old. I’m so excited that I get to help out with Worship Arts again this year. I have been attending Celebration Church since I was a baby. I have been dancing since I was 3. Dancing is my favorite hobby, but I also love listening to music and skateboarding. I absolutely love kids especially dancing with them. I am so thankful for Worship Arts and letting me show my love for God through dance. 


Abram Moore - Percussion Lead Teacher

I was born and raised in Bristol, TN. I have grown up in a family of seven children in which music and a love for the Lord were emphasized. I started singing in a choir when I was 6, and have been interested in everything about  worship arts since then. I have been involved in multiple plays, including Esther and The Victory Stone, and have taken voice and piano from the church. This is my third year as the lead teacher for the drum class and I play Acoustic Guitar, Synth and sing in both the Youth Band and Incurrent Band. I have had experience leading children through Rise Up, Camp Placid, and several outreach VBS’s. A pivotal part of my classical music education has been through my 6 years in Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy and I am the student president of the Highlands Youth Ensemble. Some of my favorite things to do are hiking, fishing, singing, writing songs, playing soccer, watching Ohio State Football, drinking coffee and sleeping. I believe percussion is an anchor in the music world, helping to keep a steady rhythm and I am so excited learn, grow, and teach in The Worship Arts Ministry this year!


Addi Moore - Hip Hop 1 Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Addi Moore and I am 13 years old! I come from a family of 7! I have been going to Celebration my whole life and dancing here since I was 4. I have loved dancing for the Lord ever since that day. I was an assistant teacher last year for pre dance! These are a few things I enjoy: basketball, dance, music, the lake, people, Jesus, and I love little kids. I am so excited for this opportunity because I get to do three things I love… dancing, teaching little kids, and doing all for the Lord!


Elisa Nanney - Boys Dance and 2/3s Pre-Dance Lead Teacher

I am Elisa Nanney and am a senior in high school.   I have been attending Celebration Church my entire life and started participating in the Dance Ministry at 3 years old. I have served in the Worship Arts ministry for four years. Over the years, I have developed an incredible passion for Jesus, teaching children, and dance. I have 5 brothers so I am tougher than I look. Some of my other hobbies include hiking, painting, acting and traveling.  I hope to see the world one day! I enjoy meeting new people and spending time with old friends.  I plan to attend Northeast State next year.  I’m looking forward to a great year of teaching new students and helping them develop their gifts and talents. I want focus on worship and being a warrior for Christ. I can’t wait to meet you all!!!


Debbie Neilson - Tumbling Lead Coach

I have been coaching gymnastics for 38 years and am currently a national instructor and a national ranked judge for USA gymnastics.

After competing myself, I owned a gymnastics gym for 15 years. This is my sixth year as lead tumbling coach at Celebration Church and I am SO excited to work with our new students!


Peggy Oelberg - Voice Lead Teacher

My Mom said that I was always singing no matter where we went … in the car, at home, at other peoples’ home, etc. in my home city of Dallas. Sometimes it drove her crazy! When I was 14, I took lessons from an old, strict woman. When she heard that I was also cheerleading and blowing out my voice, she said I would have to make a choice – voice or cheerleading. Cheerleading it was. When I went to college at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, I majored in Voice. I had another strict voice teacher who scared me to death. Not a lot of positive voice experiences in my youth. When I was about 28, I went back to college and had a voice teacher who taught me through imagery. “If you can see it in your mind, you can do it.” She was wonderful and caring. I finally understood, and it opened up a whole new world to me in voice. It is the same way I teach today. After having two wonderful sons, I finally went back to college in San Diego and finished my degree in my 40’s. I taught Junior and Senior High choir in California and Montana. My husband is a retired pastor, and we move to Tri-Cities 2½ years ago to be nearer to our children and grandchildren who live on the east coast. We love Celebration Church, and God has truly blessed me by letting me do the one thing I love most – teaching voice to all ages and directing Junior/Senior High Choir for WAM.


Abigail Reese - Hip Hop 2 & Worship Arts Outreach Lead Teacher

I was born and raised in Kingsport Tennessee where I have spent all of my childhood and young adulthood dancing. I began to dance at the age of 5 with my dance crew “For His Glory”. As a young group (3 of my siblings and our uncle) we learned many parts of ministry together. From prayer to worship we spent every day learning something new about The Lord and His Kingdom. I spent lots of my life in various churches and conferences while growing up. As I got older my perspective on dance began to change when I discovered the dance industry outside of the church which helped me to observe and learn various styles. As a young girl ballet was my first love but as I grew older, I developed a passion for hip hop and my ballet skills slowly changed into a love for contemporary and open style dance. Though I have started teaching dance in the last year I will never stop being a student of dance. In the last 16 years I have performed along the east coast in many churches and events with crowds ranging from 10 people to thousands of people. Today, I am the lead choreographer for “For His Glory” and for the “Ignite” after school program, I still perform with For His Glory which is expanding, I taught at the Ignite after school program and I now have the honor to teach/choreograph for Celebration Worship Arts, but most importantly I am a worshipper, and my gifts belong to none other than the Creator of the heavens and earth so that I may bring heaven to earth.


Hannah Roberts - Pre-Dance Assistant Teacher

More info coming soon!


Lauren Roberts - Pre School Tumbling and Tumbling 1 Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Lauren! I am 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. I have been attending Celebration Church for 7 years and have been a part of the Worship Arts Ministry for 6 years. I started dance when I was 6 years old and have done various styles including: tap, jazz, acro, and contemporary. I have done tumbling for 7 years and enjoy helping others in the process. In my free time I love to listen to music, read, and hang out with friends. I love helping others in their relationship journey with God and am so excited to be teaching your kids this year!!


Aubrey Sexton - Pre-Dance Assitant Teacher

More info coming soon!


Hannah Strickler - Acting 101 Assitant Tecaher 

My name is Hannah Strickler, and I am 14 years old. My family has been a part of Celebration Church since I was born. I am the oldest of five children, and the only girl. Our family has participated in Worship Arts for 5 years, and I am SO happy to begin my first official year as a Worship Arts staff member. I love children and I cannot wait to meet our new students! Some activities I enjoy are: arts & crafts, listening to music, dance, and acting.


Ava Walker - Art Lead Teacher

My name is Ava Walker, and I am a retired art teacher.  In addition to teaching art for 21 years with the Johnson City School System, I have also taught at St. Paul’s Day School, ETSU, and here at Celebration.

My family lived in Abingdon when I was a small child and moved to Bristol when I was ten years old.  We attended Central Presbyterian Church where I was active in youth groups, and I committed my life to Christ while at church camp.  After graduating from Virginia High School, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University where I met my husband, Ray.  After graduation, we moved to Arlington, Virginia, and I got a job drawing shoes and purses for a chain of shoe stores.  Unfortunately, two weeks after we moved there, Ray received a draft notice and ended up being sent to Vietnam.  Our daughter, Allison was born while he was overseas.  When he returned, we moved to Kingsport.

I was able to stay home while my two daughters were young, however, when they started school, I was asked to teach art at St. Paul’s Day school, where I taught for six years.  I realized then that I loved teaching art and working with children, however, I decided that I wanted to work with older children, so I went back to school at ETSU and got my master’s degree in Art Education. God opened another door for me, and I was hired by the Johnson City School System as soon as I graduated.

Ray and I started attending Celebration when we were still meeting at Meadowview, and my oldest grandchild was baptized here in the old sanctuary, (now the Apex).  We have witnessed many changes and have seen our congregation grow from a few attendees to the huge congregation we have now.  We are excited to see what God has in store for our church next. 


Victoria Ward - Pre-Dance 4/5s Lead Teacher

More info coming soon!


Alyssa Zollo -Hip Hop 1  and Worship Flags Assitant Teacher

Hi! I’m Alyssa and I’ve been working with Worship Arts for about 5 years now and attending classes for as long as I can remember. I can’t wait to share my love of dance and worship this year through teaching, and to be taught a thing or two myself.