Meet Our Pastor


Pastor Tim Atchley came to know Christ in October of 1983 at the ripe age of 20, and a supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit dramatically impacted his life and led him to attend Trinity Chapel, a Spirit-filled church in the Knoxville area. He and his wife Sheila married and started their family at that church where they spent years serving in various ministries and overseeing home groups.

In 1993, the church leadership felt there was a need for a church in North Knoxville. After fasting and prayer, they felt the Lord showed them they were to send out Tim, his lovely wife Sheila, and their four children in the fall of 1993 to start the work called Harvest Church.

Harvest Church began in a transient fashion, moving from a karate school, then to a storefront underneath the Goodwill, then to a Presbyterian Church at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. You’d think a church could not grow under such circumstance, but several precious souls were added both to the Kingdom and to Harvest Church, folks who remain with us to this very day.

In 1997, God moved us to our present facility. A few months later, with no average monthly surplus in the church budget, and nothing and no one but the Lord to depend on, Tim left his full-time job and all its benefits at the clear leading of the Lord to become Pastor at Harvest Church full=time. God has met them every week, month, and year since that day. It has not always been easy, but, as they say, “You never know that you have faith, until you’ve been in a GOOD fight.”

We’ve seen souls saved and people healed, we’ve had weddings in our midst, we’ve seen babies birthed and grow up, and we’ve cried at the funerals of our members...

Whether a new member or old, we share a common heritage that must be heard and learned by all. It is our family history, and it is also ‘His story.’
— Pastor Tim Atchley

Our Elders and Staff

Harvest Church is led by our Pastor and a team of appointed Elders.


Elder Harry Gilreath

Harry has been a part of the church for some years now and brings an element of faith and sound doctrine to the table of leadership for the church. We are blessed to have mature men serve the church in this role of leadership.


Elder Dave Reese

Dave has been married to his wife Kathy for over forty years. He came to know the Lord while serving in the Army, and has been dedicated to the gospel ever since. They raised 5 daughters and have 15 grandchildren.


Elder Jonathan Howe

Jonathan serves our youth of Harvest along with his wife Sarah and daughters Aidyn and Susanna. Together they have developed a team leadership concept in working with young people. Their group called “The Way” is growing in their disciple-making lifestyle and ability.


Hannah McConnell

Hannah serves at the Secretary at Harvest Church. She handles a number of responsibilities, from accounting to keeping up the facilities to overseeing the Creative Team and leading the Worship Team.

Our Oversight Ministry

At Harvest we enjoy the security and accountability that relationship and respect for the five fold ministry brings us. Although Harvest is a church led by pastors and elders, we value these relationships that provide covering and insight. Because they function by relationship they do not seek to alter who we are or impose personal preferences or organizational traditions on us. This is a great blessing to us.


Neil Silverberg


Pete Beck




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