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Meet the leadership team at Avoca! Feel free to contact them so they can get to know you!



Will, his wife Kelly and 3 kids(Katelyn, Isaiah, and Zack) moved to Bristol from Biloxi, MS.  Will has worked in youth ministry and church planting since 2001 in Central Texas and the Gulf Coast of MS.  He loves the outdoors and playing Pickleball. He attended BMATS in Central Texas where he received his Masters.

Will hutchinson

Youth Pastor


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Shannon was born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee and has grown up attending Avoca. She graduated from Milligan College in 2016 with a Child and Youth Development Degree. Shannon has spent six years as an elementary school teacher in Tennessee and has recently become our part-time children’s minister. Shannon loves spending quality time with her husband, Brandon, their son, Reed, and dog, Daisy. Her mission is to instill a love for Jesus and for learning in all of our children and is eager to build a community of young believers at Avoca. 

Shannon Graham

Children's Minister



Beverly is a native of East Tennessee. She was born and raised in Johnson County and attended college at ETSU, where she earned both a Bachelor and Masters degree in Business Administration. After college she moved to the Knoxville area to start her career. After 8 years of living in Knoxville, she and her husband Trey, moved back to the Tri-Cities to raise their family. They have two daughters, Olivia and Harper. Beverly has been at Avoca since 2009 and began working as the Office Administrator in 2017. She is an active Deacon, serves on the Feeding 5000 committee, has taught several small groups, and is on the Board for Littlest Angels Childcare Center.

beverly gurley

Office Administrator/ Bookkeeper



Haley is a Bristol native and has attended Avoca her entire life.  She has been the Worship Leader here since 2020 but has been on the Worship Team for many years prior. Haley and her husband Jordan welcomed their first daughter, Caroline Grace, to the world in November of 2021.


What she says about leading worship at Avoca, “It is my expectation to lead you in worship to the foot of the cross every Sunday. My hope for you is to feel the presence of the Lord throughout worship and to feel him draw near to you, allowing you complete freedom and fullness of joy. Worship truly changed my life and my relationship with Christ, and it is the prayer of my heart that here, at Avoca, the presence of the Lord is so prevalent throughout our worship service.” 

Haley Bryant

Worship Leader



Shawnee is a native of Bristol, Tennessee. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1992, with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Shawnee has been with Littlest Angels Childcare Center since 1995, and promoted to Director in 2014. She is very hands on with all the kids at Littlest Angels. Most days you can find her bouncing from classroom to classroom helping to feed kids, change diapers, read books or play with the toddlers, and supervise the school aged kids when they come over for the after school program. 

shawnee laforce

Littlest Angels Childcare Center Director


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