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Senior Pastors

Lead Pastors


Pastors Marion & Jamie Pope

Senior Pastors

Pastors Marion and Jamie Pope were married on April 18th, 1979. They have two daughters, Julie Bolin and Jessica May, both of whom serve in ministry. The Popes founded The Journey on 
April 18th, 1988 and are still leading the congregation today! Marion has been on missions trips to Russia, Kenya and Mexico and keeps missions and service to community as a top priority in this church.


The Popes lead with grace and love and keep Jesus as the main foundation for all we do here at The Journey. When they set out to establish the church in this community they had a vision for creating a Bible Training Center, a House of Prayer, and a standard to really care about the family dynamic. To this day, Pastors Marion and Jamie Pope have grown a ministry that does all of these things and more. They are lead by the Holy Spirit and when God says move, they move! They are just as excited today about the vision God gave them all those years ago- and it shows!


The Pastors are accessible and eager to get to know you. It brings them joy to serve this congregation - You Included!

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Pastors Kelly & Jessica May

Associate Pastors & Worship Pastors

Kelly and Jessica have been making music together for more than 35 years. Growing up in church together, they were childhood sweethearts that sang in the youth band known as Exodus. Traveling and singing, as well as ministering together in worship at church, Kelly and Jessica strive to be in God's presence each time they hold a microphone. They also have a great heart for the youth of Franklin County and are the founders of The Rain Teen Center and Camp Rain. 

Jessica is a 1995 graduate of World Harvest Bible College, now known as Valor Christian College. Upon returning home, Kelly and Jessica married. Together, they have a daughter, Kaleigh, and as of April of this year, they have welcomed a son-in-law into the family! Kaleigh leads worship along side of her parents and her husband Maddox serves in ministry as well.

Pastoral Staff

Pastoral Staff

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Josh & JennyAnn May

Outreach Pastor & Director of The Rain Teen Center

Meet Josh and Jenny Ann May, Journey Outreach Pastors for The Journey Church. They have been dating since high school and happily married for 20 years. They have 2 beautiful children, Jocy, their 16 year old daughter and Jayden, their 13 year old son. They have been attending and serving The Journey Church for 28 years. Their main focus is to love God and love people. Josh's heart is for outreach and helping to serve the needs of the community, while Jenny Ann is the Wednesday night director at The Rain Teen Center, focused on discipling teens. If they can serve you in any capacity, please reach out.
Roll Tide.

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Pastors Bruce & Wendy Gifford

Children Ministry & Youth Ministry Pastors

Bruce and Wendy have been married for 30 years and have two sons, Kyle and Devin. Kyle, is married to Holly and the couple have a young son named Maverick and a brand new baby girl named Annie. Devin is a student at Tennessee Tech University studying Mechanical Engineering. Bruce and Wendy have attended The Journey Church for the past 20 years and have been involved with the children and youth for the past 4 years. Their heart is to see children and teens come to know God. They are passionate about teaching in a way that compels the youth of the church and community to love and serve God. They also want the children and teens that come through Journey to feel loved, seen and accepted. Here at Journey, kids included, we are one big family.


Pastors John & Billie Wainwright

Family Pastors & Production Coordinator

John and Billie moved to Tennessee from California (yeah.. we know..) to assume the roll as Grandparents. Their daughter and son-in-law moved to Tennessee and when the grandkids started showing up, Gigi and Papa just had to make the move! They also have a son, daughter-in-law and grandson on the way back in Ca. John and Billie served their home church in Ca as Associate Pastors for over 25 years. They have also served as Youth Pastors and been at the forefront of many outreaches and ministries. They arrived at The Journey Church in 2019 with a call on their lives to simply love and serve the church and surrounding community. Billie serves as the Media and Production Coordinator and Minister of FUN and John plays guitar with the worship team and serves as the leader for our Men's ministry. If you have a need within your family and need to reach out, please don't hesitate. They are here to serve you.

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Melanie Morrow

Administrative Pastor

Melanie grew up in Huntland, Tn and began attending The Journey Church as a teenager. She went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Clint, and they now have 2 children named Alanna and Braeden. Melanie works as a Prevention Coordinator for the Franklin County Prevention Coalition. She has served The Journey Church in many capacities as the Director of Camp Rain, on the Praise and Worship team, and as a part of the Media team.  She also served alongside Clint as a leader for the 30 Below Homeless ministry for 2 years. Most recently, she serves as the Pastor of Administration. If you have any questions, please direct them to Melanie and she can get an answer for you!



Maddux & Kaleigh Tucker

Youth Leaders

Maddux & Kaleigh Tucker are Newlyweds who tied the know this past April. They are the leaders of Venture Youth Ministry, The Journey Church's ministry to middle and high school students. Kaleigh was born into the Journey Church and has attended her entire life, with the exception of leaving for 3 years to attend ministry school. Maddux has a great heart to serve and disciple the youth as well as work alongside the production team. 

Staff Directory

Staff Directory

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