Meet the staff of Tates Creek Christian Church

  • Tommy Simpson

    Senior Minister

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    Tommy has served as Senior Minister here at Tates Creek since 2004.  He and his wife, Zella, have 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  Tommy enjoys preaching but especially loves teaching people, from the Bible, how to become Christians.  According to Tommy, his life can be described by the verse found in 1 Corinthians 15:10, which says, "By the grace of God, I am what I am." (NASB)

  • Mason Ballard

    Contemporary Worship Minister


    The worship of the church is formative. Mason cares about crafting worship gatherings that form disciples into the likeness of Jesus Christ through prayers, scriptures, and participation. Mason came alongside our staff in 2019 as the Contemporary Worship Minister. His passion is seeing the church grow as a community that continually commits to meeting together and to the service of others. Mason enjoys discussing and learning with others about worship—not just music, but worship.

  • Kim Beckwith

    Senior Adult Minister

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    As minister to the Senior Adults, Kim's focus is on making the Christian experience a rich and rewarding one for those who are in the 60 and above age group.  This ministry focuses on teaching, fellowship, and encouragement and is all tailored to the interests of this special group within the church. 

  • Billy Bishop

    Facilities Manager


    Billy has served as our Facilities Manager since 2009.  He is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and cleaning of the church grounds and building.  He and his wife, Cindy, have been members at Tates Creek since 2009.  Outside of work, Billy enjoys fishing and teaching karate. 

  • NAthan Campbell

    Student Minister


    Nathan joined the staff in 2019 and works with the high school and college age students. His passion is Jesus. Every aspect of the student ministry should point toward Jesus no matter what the event is. Nathan fully believes that students are not the church of tomorrow, rather they are the church of today and are vital members of the congregation. Because of this, Nathan hopes to get students involved in serving in areas of ministry throughout the church. When he is not in the office Nathan loves hiking, eating out with friends, or watching whatever soccer game he can find. 

  • Matt Lee

    Preteen Minister

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    Matt loves to help every child grow into what God has in store for him or her.  He loves to create new ways of teaching and reaching children for Jesus that might seem a little crazy.  He loves partnering with the local school and getting kids involved with church camp.  He loves serving orphans in Liberia and training children to be missionaries.  Together, Matt and his wife, Terah, have 5 children from 2 continents.  He has served in children's ministry for many years and, as a big kid, has no plans of growing up anytime soon! 

  • Rich Pannell



    Coming on board in 2019, Rich helps take care of the daily administrative functions of the church allowing the ministry staff to focus on loving the people of the church and community. Rich and his wife, Lynn, have been blessed with two children, William and Michaela.

  • Don Seevers

    Worship Minister

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    Don has served as Worship Minister since 2004 and is responsible for planning and leading worship for our Traditional Worship service.  In addition, he conducts our Worship Choir and Orchestra and works with the technology team, accompanists, soloists, and ensembles.  Don entered local church ministry in 1973 on a part-time basis while teaching as a college music professor.  Don devoted himself to full-time worship ministry in the local church in 1993.  He lives in south Lexington with his Yorkshire Terrier, Candy.

  • Lesley Tipton

    Children's Director

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    As the Children's Director, Lesley works with her team to teach the youngest of the congregation the love of Jesus as well as the rest of the Bible through worship, skits, crafts, and fun!  She and her husband, Lucas, have two children, and have been members of Tates Creek since 2009.

  • Kim Jones

    Financial Administrative Assistant

  • Jenni Gregg

    Membership Administrative Assistant