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, two outstanding sons, a great son-in-law and exceptional daughter-in-law and three (soon to be four) precious grandchildren.
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 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 and currently serves as the Pastor Middle and High School Students as well as the campus pastor of Harmony Fellowship. 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 along with their son, Braxton, they share a love of travel, movies and University of Tennessee athletics (Go Vols!).
Something you don’t know about me: I would love to travel around the world on a sailboat.
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 & CHILDREN
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!
CJ Pointer - Middle School Director
CJ was born in Ancon, Republic of Panama where his parents were stationed at on January 1st, 1991. After graduating high school in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, CJ attended Carson Newman University for a degree in Middle School Education. Then in July of 2014 he joined the United States Army as a Chaplain Assistant, and was stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia at the Regimental Memorial Chapel. During that time, CJ found a passion for teaching Gods word to middle school and high school students. After four years, CJ moved back to East Tennessee in July of 2018 where he is now teaching Science at Jefferson Middle School. CJ joined the staff at Mount Harmony in February of 2019. CJ joined his wife Britney, and her son Beau’s family, in April of 2014 and have added two children of their own, Kaia and Kian, since 2014.
Something you don’t know about me: I always thought it would be cool to own a portable BBQ business. I also think it would be cool to Coach one day.
Favorite TV/Movie/Music: For TV show I really liked watching Friday Night Lights when I was in high school. On the movie side I like to watch the super hero movies. I have been listening to a lot of Lecrae and Christian Hip-Hop.
Favorite Food: I like to eat anything but I really enjoy grilling and smoking BBQ pork.
If I could be any animal, I’d be: A police/military trained service dog. They show loyalty, discipline and love.
Kris Wysong - Communications Director
Kris Wysong was born in 1986 in Chicago, Illinois. After a number of moves during his childhood for his father’s job working on locomotives, Kris and his family ended up in Chattanooga, TN in 1999. In 2004, Kris moved to Knoxville, TN to enroll at the University of Tennessee to become a Graphic Designer. After graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design, Kris married the love of his life Katelyn in 2011. Kris was saved in marriage counseling of all places on July 6th, 2011, 10 days before he and Katelyn were married. Soon after their marriage, Kris and Katelyn became official members of Mount Harmony Baptist Church and have served the church in a number of ways, such as in the choir, nursery, AV team, long term planning committee, personnel committee, and with the Middle School. Kris and Katelyn have two daughters, Clara and Emma, who also love attending MHBC.
Something you don’t know about me: As mentioned above, I was born in Illinois, which technically makes me a Northerner, but shhhhh don’t tell anybody!
Favorite TV/Movie/Music: Stranger Things, Master Chef, Jurassic Park, Interstellar, Pogo, Zach Williams, K Love, and way too much more to list.
Favorite Food: Pizza, Pizza, and Pizza.
If I could be any animal, I’d be: Considering how my kids don’t let me sleep in anymore, I’d love to be a bear as they get to hibernate.