Providing leadership and vision in partnership with Celebration’s Elders.


Robert Russell

Lead Pastor / Leadership Team

Robert serves as the Lead Pastor for Celebration Church. He is in his tenth year as the leader and has been associated with the church for over 17 years. He provides our weekend teaching and oversees the staff and ministries of Celebration. Robert works with the Elders to provide visionary and strategic leadership for the church. He is a former professor at Emory & Henry College and adjunct professor at King College. He earned a BA from Emory & Henry, MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, MA in Ministry and MDiv from Luther Rice Seminary, and a PhD from Regent University. Robert and his wife, Michelle, have three children - David, Jonathan, and Abbie. When they were younger, Robert cherished coaching their athletic teams, especially soccer. He also enjoys running, cycling, boating, fishing, and snow skiing.

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Rod Healy

Associate Pastor / Leadership Team

Rod and his wife Terry met in college and have been married for 42 years. They have one son, David, who is married and lives in Knoxville. Rod and Terry have one grandson. Rod’s passion is to help Christians understand how great a salvation we have been given through Jesus Christ. And through our fellowship with Jesus and the Father, to confidently step out in grace and the power of the Spirit to apprehend God’s great calling and amazing plans for our lives. Rod enjoys studying God’s word and sharing His word with others. Rod is retired from Eastman after 28 years of service. His educational background is in mathematics and computer science. Rod’s hobbies include fitness, fly-fishing, and snow skiing.

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Jonathan Meo

Incurrent Pastor / Student Life Pastor / Leadership Team

Jonathan Meo is a graduate of King College, having moved to Tennessee from New York in 2006 to be a part of Billy Wayne Ministries. He took the call “to sell all you have, give to the poor, and come follow Me [Jesus]” seriously. In faith he left his family, his friends, and the pursuit of education in engineering to fulfill God’s call on his life in ministry with one verse from Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, neither be dismayed for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” After eight months of touring with Billy, Jonathan sensed the call to continue his education and begin an internship at Celebration Church in the Children’s Ministry. Since then he has worked in various churches part-time leading worship and working with youth until July 20, 2009, when he was brought on full time at Celebration Church to be a Youth Pastor. Jonathan and his sweetheart, Taylor, were married August 7, 2010 and reside in Kingsport. They are the blessed parents of two children.

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Della Walker

Care Minister

Della considers herself a bi-state native of Gate City, VA and Kingsport, TN. Della and Ken were married in 1986 and she was immediately blessed her with her stepson, Brandon. Ken and Della have been members of Celebration Church since 2001. Della has a degree in Business Management from ETSU and a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel School of Religion with plans to pursue a Doctorate of Ministry in 2010. Della's passion is to share God's love and grace to help others grow in their faith. Della enjoys physical activity, things that are challenging, cooking, learning, reading, creating, and writing.

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