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Courtney Krueger is often described as an energetic hurricane with an intense passion for life and for people. Also like a hurricane, he has a still center expressed through daily spiritual disciplines of prayer, silence, and contemplation.

He is married to Lea Landers Krueger, his college sweetheart. Lea can often be found in the pasture or on a trail with one of her horses. Courtney and Lea have two children, David and Sarah. David is a student at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN. Sarah is a student at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.

He is intensely ecumenical, loving the family of faith that is the church universal. His educational experiences reflect this as he has a BA in Philosophy from Furman University (Baptist), a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School (Methodist), and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian). In 2012 he completed training in life coaching from the Pastoral Institute in Columbus, GA. He is a gifted preacher having won a national preaching award in 2008.

When he isn’t passionately working for the church, he can often be found participating in a strange sport called Ride and Tie. This is a sport featuring a team of two humans and one horse. The humans alternate riding the horse and running on foot over a 30 mile race. In his Ride and Tie career he has raced for over 900 competitive miles. In 2016 he finished the season ranked second nationally as an individual. In 2016 he also was the National Points Champion in both Man-Man (with his brother-in-law Mark Landers) and in Man-Woman teams.

Dr. Krueger’s sermons can be heard HERE on this site.



Jerry Harwood, Director of Youth & Young Adults


Gerald Peel has worked in music ministry for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) from Southern Adventist University, and a Master of Music (M.M.) degree in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee. He began conducting choirs at the age of 16. In addition to his work with church choirs, he has served as a choral clinician for high school choirs, and as an adjunct professor directing university ensembles. Gerald directs two community choirs: a 40 voice men's choir, inSpirit, and a renaissance group known as The Kinge's Quire.

As a trombonist, Mr. Peel has been a substitute player with the Chattanooga Symphony and a member of the Silver Brass Quintet. He has also performed with the Southern Adventist University Symphony, the University of the South Symphony Orchestra, and as part of the horn section for the Chicago rhythm & blues artists, The Impressions.

Gerald and his wife Susan have two children, Christopher and Heather, and one granddaughter, Ivy.

Read Gerald's blog HERE.


Bess Williams, Director of Children & Families


Pam is a Chattanooga native and has spent 25+ years in the child care profession as both teacher and administrator. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with Bachelors degree in Human Services and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters Degree in Christian Education. She considers Hixson First Baptist her church home and currently serves with Hope Fellowship EPC in Chickamauga, GA as the Children's Pastor/ L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Everyday) coordinator.

Her furry family consists of three happy canines and one very sassy feline. She and her two service dogs, Jewels and Sadie, are active pet therapy volunteers at T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital and Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation where they are extraordinary Sunshine Spreaders to people who need a smile, giggle or day brightener.

Pam says,"One of the great joys of this life is journeying with children and their families by teaching the amazing truths of God's love and His plan for their lives".

She can be reached at (423) 698-2558 or cdc@firstcumberland.com.


Danny Williams, Pianist & Accompanist


Cheryl Faulkner, Wedding Coordinator


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