About

Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church is a congregation that

values diversity of belief.  Whether you are full of faith or full of doubt

you'll find people who who have been there

and accept you for where you are.

Leadership

Our staff is a dynamic team that facilitates the ministries of CHPC

Click on a staff member to email them.


  • Tom has served as Head of Staff for 10 years here at CHPC. A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, he has served four different churches in Florida, North Carolina, and now here in Tennessee. He grew up in Western North Carolina near Asheville. He enjoys the work of ministry especially in teaching, preaching and pastoral care. Married to Karen for 36 years, they have two adult daughters both of whom are married but alas no grand children yet! He enjoys, fly fishing, hiking, reading and working around his home in his spare time. He also enjoys classic rock in roll and is described by his children as being a former hippie because of his taste in music.


  • Serving in many different areas of ministry Shane Smith has a passion for creative arts and seeing people get connected on deeper levels through small groups. He has a passion for people overlooked by society and even the church. Shane studied religion and public relations at Milligan College and comes to us from Mt. Vernon, Il. He graduated with an M.Div from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. He is recently married to his beautiful wife Ashley. Shane is a baseball fanatic and loves his St. Louis Cardinals. He spends most of his free time playing/writing/recording music, searching for new speak-easy restaurants, and trying to get through a 2nd round of P90x. His favorite bands include Sigur Ros, Jon Foreman, Sufjan Stevens, and U2. 


  • Carlene grew up in Nashville. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Belmont University and Master of Music from UT in Knoxville (thus, a Vol fan!). While serving as Director of Music in her second church, she met and married husband Vance, a United Methodist minister. Upon his retirement, they and son Brad moved to Johnson City. Carlene taught at Milligan College before opening her own teaching studio and allowing her to work with children, her. She has been organist at CHPC since fall of 2003, and is now serving as the Music Director. Carlene loves to work in her yard, hike, eat out, read, and play with Haydn the cat.


  • Jan was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended Trinity College in Dunedin, Florida. While in Florida, she met her husband, Gene, in a local church and they were married two years later. They spent the first 32 years of our marriage in the Clearwater and Hudson, Florida area, where they raised their three children—David, Sarah and Nathan. In May of 2009 Jan and Gene moved to the Kingsport area to be closer to her family. It is so great to be back in Tennessee and enjoying mountain views once again! 

    Jan's hobbies include spending time with her family, playing with their granddaughter, gardening, taking long walk with her dogs, baking bread and reading.



Our Vision

Our Vision is to be a community committed to

prayer, radical hospitality, and intentional invitation


Prayer

+ If you spend any time with us you'll find a church that spends a lot of time praying for each other. 

+ We also have a team of individuals that are constantly praying for the needs of the church and the prayer requests sent to them.  


Hospitality

+ We are a people that welcome ALL individuals into our community. That's what radical hospitality means to us. 

+ ALL people are welcome to worship, pray, eat, seek spiritual answers, and enjoy life with our community. 


This type of radical hospitality plays out in a variety of ways. 

+ We have families of all configurations with children of all abilities who eat a meal together on Wednesday evenings @ 6pm. 

+ We have small groups of adult who meet in each others home to pray together and talk about faith. 

+ We have mission groups that gather people from all walks of life to serve our community. 


Invitation

+ If you've ever felt hurt or let down by the church... give us a chance. 

+ You won't find judgement here. 

+ If you're looking for an active community of faith that is open to ALL people... give us a chance. 

+ If you're looking to grow your faith and give back to your community... give us a chance. 


We'd love to get to know you and support you. You can join us in worship. 

History

Coming soon... 

a short video about our past, present and our future

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