Shepherding Team & Staff

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.

You may email Travetta Johnson, Chair of the Shepherding Team, at

*The Full-Time Staff*

  • Doug Banister, Pastor -

  • Jill Branson, Office Manager -

  • Matt Spainhour, Pastor of Worship and the Arts,

*For general inquiry and administrative needs, please email Jill.*

2018 Shepherding Team

Ordered Alphabetically by last name


Doug Banister*


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*

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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.

Austin Church


A Nashville native, Austin Church moved to Knoxville in 2006 to do an M.A. in Literature. He started attending All Souls in 2007, and he and his wife Megan, who grew up in Indianapolis, met at All Souls in 2008. They have three children who are 5, 2, and just a few months old. Austin is a writer and business consultant who helps his clients use their websites to get leads online. When she’s not chasing her children, Megan is a stylist who does hair and makeup for weddings and photos shoots. The Churches live in Fountain City. They love date nights (without the kids obviously), cooking, throwing parties, traveling, and, of course, Knoxville.

Erin Edmonson


When Erin first came to All Souls in January of 2010 on the recommendation of someone she met while living in Denver, she knew that it was special. Nearly six years later, most people in her life know how much she loves and values this church. She loves the people of All Souls. She grew up in church, so she doesn't love All Souls because it is a novel experience or because it introduced her to faith or the love of God. The churches of her past have played different and important roles in shaping her beliefs, and for that she is grateful. But none have kept tapping her 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 she knows in the deepest parts of her that she still has so much growing to do. She's glad to be in a community where that growth is possible and encouraged. She recently completed a Master's in Social Work and has been working for the past 11 years in the field of social services in a variety of roles and with many different populations. Erin is originally from Maryland, but East Tennessee has become her home since she moved here in 2010. Erin is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Shepherding Team and considers it an honor.

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.

Betsy Martin


When Betsy came to All Souls, it was out of a desire to be part of a more intimate community and to be led by a teaching pastor. The experience of life and community at All Souls has been deeper and more positively challenging and more enriching than she ever imagined possible.  In many ways, the workplace has been her mission field. She's worked in organizations focused on the safety and security of our nation, care for our environment, scientific research, manufacturing, journalism, substance abuse and mental health treatment, homelessness, academics, and ministry. Betsy has always been in the people business, whether as a human resources professional or a manager.  Her goal is to make a difference in the lives of each employee of an organization that in turns helps them be better family members, friends, and citizens. Betsy cares a great deal about leadership, integrity, and the health of institutions. She's a facilitator, project manager, process improvement nut, and people developer.   

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.  Jana is a mom to a lovely daughter.  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.

Tommy Smith


Tommy became a believer at a young age, led by nurturing Christian parents. Raised in South Knoxville and Seymour, he then attended Emory & Henry College for undergraduate studies in Business Administration. After college, he worked in accounting, serving nonprofits in Knoxville, TN before returning school at UT. Soon after completing graduate school, Tommy married a wonderful young lady named Jamie, who still loves him back today. After marrying, they moved to Austin, TX where they were bonded together in faith more closely through a Methodist church. Then, they moved to Dublin, Ireland and attended a Vineyard Church which allowed both of their faiths to grow in a refreshing way. Since then, Tommy and Jamie have returned to Knoxville and were blessed with three lively children. All Souls has also stretched their hearts, both in new and traditionally reaffirming ways. All Souls members are actively seeking to love people where they are, and that was evident from their first visit. Tommy and Jamie joined All Souls in 2015 because they viewed All Souls as a beacon of God’s hope and a place of healing for our community.


Matt Spainhour*

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Matt is the Pastor of Worship & the Arts at All Souls. He grew up an Army brat, but claims North Carolina as "home." After studying Religion at Elon University, he spent several years in South Africa, Swaziland, and Montenegro leading long-term mission teams and partnering with non-profit organizations focused on the welfare of vulnerable children. Following an action-packed season as an elementary school teacher, he transitioned to serving the local church while making his way through seminary. Matt is Kelley's husband and Nolan's daddy. In 2018, they moved from Alexandria, VA to Knoxville, to put down roots in the All Souls community and seek the peace of the city. Matt's hope is that, as we gather to worship together, we would bring all of who we are into the light of God's presence, hear his voice, soften our hearts, and learn to keep in step with the Spirit who lovingly leads and transforms us.


Russ Walker


Russ moved to Knoxville with his wife Ashley, in 2006. They joined All Souls in the spring of that year and Russ soon began playing piano on the worship team. Music and songwriting have always been his first love although now he is a painting contractor whose work focuses on downtown buildings and new construction. Ashley is a visual artist and active in the Knoxville arts community. They have three boys all under the age of five and these days are very active with that! They have lived in Old North Knoxville for ten years and are glad to be a part of the neighborhoods surrounding downtown in both their life and work. Russ hopes to continue the recruitment of All Souls worship musicians and find new arrangements of contemporary and ancient music for All Souls services and maybe even throw in some originals.

 Melanie Leach | Children's Director

Melanie Leach | Children's Director

 Douglas Graves | Youth Director

Douglas Graves | Youth Director