Dr. Chris Stephens
Senior Pastor of Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, TN
Chris is the Senior Pastor of Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelistic Church Growth. Under his leadership the church has grown from 250 to over 8,000 in attendance and a staff that has grown from 5 to 90 with ten locations across East Tennessee, an international campus in Costa Rica, and a global Online Campus.
Chris has published nine books: The Climb of Your Life: Reaching the Peak of Your Potential, The Plan of Your Life: Managing What Matters Most, Without: 31 Days to Increase Your Faith, Called Out: What God Calls You Calls You Out, New Rivers, New Roads, All In, Finding Favor, Transformation, and Passing the Baton.
Chris is married to Michele and they have three married children, three granddaughters and four grandsons. They thoroughly enjoy their time spent as Mimi and Pop Pop. They also enjoy traveling together. Pastor Chris can also often be found in his converted barn…the ultimate man cave.
CEO of e3 Partners Ministry
Scott is the CEO of e3 Partners Ministry. He joined e3 Partners in 2018 where he first served as EVP of Operations. In 2021 he was promoted to President and managed the daily operations of the ministry globally. Prior to coming to e3, Scott and his family spent two years as missionaries in India. He also has experience starting and growing businesses and planting churches both domestically and abroad. Scott has a degree in Christian Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Emily have three girls.
TTI International Operations Director
Andre serves as International Operations Director of The Timothy Initiative. Prior to joining TTI, Andre served as a Project Manager in the construction industry. He studied Management and Marketing at Florida Atlantic University and earned a Masters Degree in Construction Management at Florida International University. Andre also serves on the Advisory Board for Joshua Blahyi Ministries, a powerful discipling ministry in Liberia. Andre and his wife Coline are eternally thankful to God for allowing them the opportunity to work with dedicated national leaders in East Africa.
Dr. David Nelms
TTI Founder & President
Dr. David Nelms serves as Founder & President of TTI. He casts vision and gives direction to TTI as they impact the world for Christ. David is a former senior pastor and had success in growing three different churches in Maryland, Iowa and Florida. He has been a trustee on the board of Luther Rice Seminary and has taught all over the world. David received a Master of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute, a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice University and his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice University. David is married to his lovely wife Loretta. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Jared Nelms
Dr. Jared Nelms serves as CEO of The Timothy Initiative, providing direction and vision to their global church planting strategy. Jared is a vision implementation specialist with a passion for solutions that are sustainable. As an experienced missionary in both Asia and Africa, Jared highly values operating in the sweet spot between the board room and grassroots level work. Jared also oversees TTI’s development of disciple making/church planting materials.
Jared has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida State University, a Masters of Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.
Jared is committed to serving Jesus and leading his family and others after Christ. Jared and his wife, Amber Nelms, have two children –a son, Moses, and a daughter, Grace.