About the Shepherding Team
All Souls Church is led by the Shepherding Team, a group of men and women elected by the congregation with the task of leading the church in both a spiritual role (ministry focus, spiritual direction and support of the body, etc.) and the traditional non-profit board of directors role (managing property, finances, etc.). The Shepherding Team includes the lead pastor and the full-time staff.
Email the whole Shepherding Team
2017 Shepherding Team
Ordered alphabetically by last name.
- Doug Banister (staff, see below)
- Doug has served as the pastor for All Souls Church since its inception in 2004. Doug has a incredible heart for Knoxville and spends a great deal of time building relationships in the inner city, serving as assistant coach for the Emerald Youth Swim Team. Doug has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, a Masters in Divinity at the Talbot School of Theology, a Doctorate in Ministry from Gordon Conwell Divinity School and a Masters in History from the University of Tennessee. Doug has been married to his wife Sandi for over 30 years and they have been blessed with four children; Bryden, Hunter, Ashton, and Sajen. Doug has published five books, the latest being, Seeking the Peace of the City. He frequently writes articles for the Knoxville News Sentinel on local social justice issues and has written several essays for Christianity Today.
- Jill Branson (staff, see below)
- Jill is the office manager at All Souls. She and her husband Scott have raised three boys; Johnathan, Joshua and Jeremiah. They also have two amazing daughters-in-law; Kylie and Aimee. Jill has a Bachelor's degree in English Education and a lifetime degree in encouraging young women to grow into who God created them to be. Jill is passionate about building relationships with people and connecting people to each other. In her spare time, she loves to be with her family, read, bake, go for walks, or be on the water.
- Danny Bullington
- As a small boy, Danny accepted Jesus' gift of His death for his sins and became a Christian. He met his wife, Jane, at the University of Arkansas, and after their graduation and wedding, they entered the International Mission Board's Journeyman program to teach in Nyrei, Kenya. With master's degrees in both Genetics & Animal Breeding and Educational Psychology, Danny had a 34-year career with the Extension Service working with youth. He and Jane have two children Travis and Jamie, both married to great spouses. Ordained as a Deacon in 1975 and having served in four churches over 35 years, Danny would like to see All Souls known as the voice that speaks, in love and humbleness, God's Biblical word in a consistent manner, not subject to any cultural mores currently in vogue.
- Erin Callahan
- When I first came to All Souls in January of 2010 on the recommendation of someone I met in Denver while living in Denver, I knew that it was special. Nearly six year later, most people in my life know how much I love and value this church. I love the people of All Souls. I grew up in church, so I don't love All Souls because it is a novel experience or because it introduced me to faith or the love of God. The churches of my past have played different and important roles in shaping my beliefs, and for that I am grateful. But none have kept tapping me on the shoulder in the quiet, persistent, and powerful way that the people of All Souls do week after week, month after month, year after year. All Souls is a place where I know in the deepest parts of me that I still have so much growing to do. And I'm so glad to be in a community where that growth is possible and encouraged. On a more personal note, I recently completed my Master's in Social Work and have been working for the past 11 years in the field of social services in a variety of roles and with many different populations. I am originally from Maryland, but East Tennessee has become my home since I moved here in 2010. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Shepherding Team and consider it an honor.
- Dan Holbrook
- Dan Holbrook was among those who helped launch All Souls in 2004, serving on its first Leadership Team and then Shepherding Team. Saved by grace after entering the working world, Dan sees all of life as part of God's creative work and redemptive plan, and believes strongly in the role of intentional relationship groups in spiritual growth. He is a lawyer specializing in estate planning and non-profits. Still happily married to his junior high inamorata, he is father of two and grandfather of four, all of whom live way too far away. Dan's hobby is endurance running, so you may often find him out on the trails of our local parks.
- Hannah Houser
- Hannah grew up just over the Henley Street Bridge in Seymour, Tennessee. After graduating from Carson-Newman College in 2012, she and her then-boyfriend (now-husband!) Jordan began searching for a church to call home. Answering the invitation from friends, Jordan and Hannah’s All Souls journey began in fall 2012, where they immediately felt at home with the church’s calling and vision for Knoxville. Hannah has helped with the All Souls’ marketing communication strategy and enjoys working in the nursery. She is passionate about issues of racial and societal reconciliation as well as the arts as a function of the Holy Spirit. She works in the music industry while Jordan will soon complete his law degree at UT Knoxville. They love living downtown in JFG Flats (come say hi!). Hannah enjoys reading, time with friends, travel, and spending time with her firstborn cat, Ranger.
- Travetta Johnson
- Originally from the plains of west Texas, David and Travetta Johnson met in high school, later married, and decided to move to the mountains of East Tennessee to raise their three daughters. With a degree in education and a minor in music, Travetta has worked professionally as a classroom teacher, a preschool director, a music educator, a music director for theatre, and most recently as the director of worship, art, and liturgy for All Souls Church during its first seven years. As a church volunteer since her teen years, she has served as a leader in children's, women's, small group, worship, and arts' ministries. She and David have been active in the work of All Souls Church since its first worship service. They were compelled to seek the peace of the city by moving downtown to the Parkridge neighborhood six years ago, where they have both been active in neighborhood events and projects.
Travetta was overcome by the love of Jesus when she was a young child, and committed her life and heart to serving Christ to the best of her understanding. By God's grace, she has lived and learned through the unexpected loss of her mother as a teen, the plummet and redemption of her father through alcoholism, an extended personal battle with inflammatory arthritis, the heights and depths of a 38-year marriage, the drug addiction and rehabilitation of their oldest daughter, and most recently, the ongoing struggles with mental illness of their youngest daughter.
- Ginger Kielarowski
- Ginger Kielarowski relocated to Knoxville from Cincinnati in 2009 with her husband, Ray, and their daughters, Bailey and Meredith. Meeting the pastor’s daughter the first week in town and feeling a leading, they joined the church in 2011. Ginger’s mission work in Knoxville has largely been in the community: she volunteer teaches at Green Magnet Academy, serves as an officer of their homeowner’s association, and serves on the Central Business Improvement District board. Ginger has served on the Medical Fund committee for three years, been involved in small groups, and has the privilege of rocking our newest babies in the nursery.
- Janetta Jamerson Mauer
- Janetta Jamerson Mauer is a native Tennessean. She grew up in Nashville and later Murfreesboro, TN. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Upon graduation she entered the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kentucky, where she earned both Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. She finished her training by completing an internship at the University of Tennessee. Currently, she is in private practice at Child and Adult Clinical Associates in Knoxville.
Janetta and Shawn began attending All Souls six years ago when they were “just friends” and then fell into good God fearing love and married in 2012. They rescued Wimbley before marriage and had a single [fur] baby home until this spring. Eleanor Jamerson Mauer was born on April 12, 2016. She is pretty fabulous and is famous for her luscious locks. The Mauer family is devoted to All Souls and supports consensual orthodoxy and is very thankful to worship with this family.
As a child and grandchild of Civil Rights activists, Janetta is particularly passionate about working with and encouraging marginalized populations. She is committed to racial reconciliation as she and Shawn attempt to live this out daily in their lives together.
- Jana Morgan
- Jana Morgan has been an active member at All Souls since she and her husband Nate Kelly moved to Knoxville 10 years ago to take jobs at the University of Tennessee where they are both professors in the political science department. Not quite three years ago, Jana also became mom to an adorable, intense, generous red-head, Arwen. Jana enjoys mentoring young women, spending time with children, and thinking deeply about the intersections of faith, work and life. As a member of the Shepherding Team, she hopes to help All Souls continue being a rare place that exudes love for Jesus, for each other and for our neighbors, even (or perhaps, especially) when we don't agree.
- Jesse Watkins (staff, see below)
- Jesse finds hope in music and the arts, giving people life tips for which they do not ask, and longform improvisational comedy. He discovered the power of the Fmaj7 chord on the guitar while learning I of the Mourning. Like Frost, he might question and conclude, “and that has made all the difference.” It both has and has not. Today, Jesse focuses on making sure he and his boys keep the yard mowed with their reel mower. Those don't work well if the grass gets tall. He married a southern belle, Mary Ann, and fell in love with the sacred Appalachia mountains, made opportune by the flurry of the city of Knoxville. At quiet moments, the mountains sing Celtic and Cherokee tunes memorized over the ages. Jesse tries to play along.
The Full-Time Staff
- Doug Banister, Pastor
- Jill Branson, Office Manager
- For general inquiry and administrative needs, please email Jill.
- Jesse Watkins, Worship Director