Dr Bruce Martin - Senior Pastor
Bruce was born in 1959 as the third child in a pastor’s home. He became a Christian at the age of 12 in an evangelistic crusade held at my home church in Florida. Since he was heavily involved in the church as a teen-- working in a bus ministry as a route captain and teaching a group of fifth grade boys in a Sunday School--it was no secret that he would continue that love into his adult years. Bruce graduated from high school in 1977 and went to Bible college where he fully surrendered to full time ministry. Several years later on January 31, 1982, he was ordained to the gospel ministry. He received his Bachelors in Bible from Trinity College of the Bible, his MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Trinity Theological Seminary. Before he became a pastor he served churches for over 13 years as both a music and a youth director. In 1994 he accepted a call to pastor a church in New Market, Tennessee and then in 1999 he came to Mount Harmony. Bruce is privileged to be married to his beautiful wife, Tracy, and together they have a wonderful daughter and son-in-law, two outstanding sons, and two beautiful granddaughters.
Something most people don't know about me: For about a year of my life I was a home delivery milk man. That's right. I used to go from house to house and deliver milk for Pet Dairy.
Favorite Food: Fried Chicken with all the fixin's, duh! Hey, go ahead and fry anything and it will probably be my favorite.
Favorite Movie/Music: I am going to have to go with genres here. I love action movies--the Bourne movies; westerns in general, even Rocky 1-100. I really love all kinds of Christian music but I also have a great affinity for the "70"s folk-music-stuff and when it comes to classical, I am a big fan of Mozart.
If I could be any animal for a day I'd be: An eagle because I would love to be able to soar the heavens and gaze back into God's creation at all the wonder and beauty it beholds.
Greg Rains - Associate Pastor of Children and Youth
Greg was born and raised in East Tennessee and joined the Staff at Mount Harmony in October of 2010 as Middle School Director. Greg began his call to ministry in 2000 working in the student ministry of his local church. With a degree in Television and Video Production from Pellissippi State, Greg has worked in the TV industry on local commercials, national cable programming and sports broadcasts as well as producing independent films and documentaries. However, his love for student ministry continued to grow and he surrendered to the call to ministry in March of 2010. In March of 2013, Greg joined our staff full-time adding Children's Ministry to his responsibilities and currently serves as the Pastor to Children and High School Students as well as the campus pastor of MH2. Greg has a Bachelor's Degree in Religion from Liberty University as well as a Masters of Arts in Religion and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He married his beautiful wife Kristi in August of 1996 and they share a love of travel, movies and University of Tennessee athletics (Go Vols!).
Something you don’t know about me: I played drums in a Southern Gospel band for a while. It was a friend’s family band and they didn’t have a drummer so I thought it might be fun. We were really bad and never made any money doing it… and I was wrong about it being fun.
Favorite Movie/Music: The Shawshank Redemption, Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Elevation Worship
Favorite Food: I like all kinds of foods….cheeseburgers, fried chicken, barbecue, and buffalo wings probably top the list though
If I could be any animal, I’d be: a bear because they’re big, kind of cool…. and they get to sleep all winter.
Chris Sliger - Associate Pastor of Worship
Chris is a native of East Tennessee, born in 1973, in Louisville. He got a technical degree from Pellissippi State Technical Community College and worked as a design engineer in his early adult life. Chris was saved as a young adult and began serving in his local church. It was there he met his wife, Jennifer, and they were married in 1998. Their passion for serving the Lord grew and they surrendered their life to full-time ministry. Chris has a Bachelors degree in Bible and Pastoral Studies from Baptist Bible College, in Springfield, Mo. He and his wife have three children; David, Garrett, and Baylie.
Something most people don’t know about me: I love building model ships. It is a hobby I want to get back into.
Favorite Movie/Music: My favorite movie is The Hunt For Red October. Anything with Sean Connery has to be pretty cool, right? Casting Crowns is my favorite group, but I like all kinds of Contemporary Christian Music. I also like classic rock!
If I could be any animal for a day, I’d be: A Lion. Top of the food chain. Hey, if it’s only a day, I want to make sure I don’t get eaten. But I will have to watch out for Dentists!
Kelley Blake - Associate Pastor of Middle School Students
Kelley Blake joined the Mount Harmony staff in March of 2015 as the Pastor to Middle School Students. He is a graduate of Carson Newman University in Religion with an emphasis in Ministry Studies and will begin work on his Master's degree this fall.