About Us

Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church staff believe in caring for and investing in the people of Knoxville and beyond.

Our Vision

Our vision and goal is for disciples to make disciples of Jesus. Jesus’ last words to his disciples were "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20). At CHBC we strive to be disciples who are living to be Christ-like and in the process help others to do the same. Our desire as a church is to equip believers to be disciples of Jesus…to do as he did, live as he lived, walk as he walked, and talk as he talked. As Paul writes in Ephesians 5:1, "be imitators of Jesus."

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DR. LES HUGHES

Pastor Les received his first call to pastoral ministry in 2012. Since then, he served three churches as Lead Pastor before coming to Chilhowee Hills in 2023. Pastor Les married his now-wife Lacey in 2012, and God has given them 6 beautiful children. Pastor Les holds degrees from two of our six Baptist Seminaries [Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity, 2013) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters of Theology, 2013; Doctorate of Philosophy, 2022)]. Pastor Les loves to spend time with his family and enjoys cooking, grilling, woodworking, golf, and movies.

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DR. CHUCK MORRIS

Chuck has served CHBC as Student Pastor, Education Pastor, and now Executive Pastor since 2000. He is married to Shannon, and they have two adult children, Tim and Abigail, who are both married and live in Nashville. Outside of church, Chuck enjoys his San Diego Padres and is a fan of UT Sports, including serving as the Public Address announcer for Tennessee baseball.

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MATT PARADIS

Matt has been serving as our College and Missions Pastor since 2011. He is married to Dana, and they have three children, Brody, Caroline, and Bella. They enjoy Volunteer football, Red Sox Baseball, exploring new cuisines, and anything to do with coffee.

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DAVID COLLINS

David has been on staff at CHBC/Trinity Hills since April 2007. He and his wife Wilma have been married for 51 years and have three adult children and two granddaughters. He enjoys going on trips with his wife, hiking, and visiting new places with beautiful views and waterfalls. He also loves spending time with his family, and one of his favorite titles is “Poppa!”

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SARAH MESSER

Sarah has been a member of CHBC since 2013 and has served on staff since 2018 as our Executive Assistant and Office Manager. She is married to Theo and has three grown kids: Kaitlyn, Emmah, and Logan. She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

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HANS HAUN

A member since 1994, Hans began serving as Director of Biblical Counseling in 2015. He enjoys being outdoors and spends much of his time kayaking, canoeing, camping, and hiking. Hans and his wife Rene enjoy getting out together and driving the countryside, watching UT sports and other favorite shows, but their highlight these days is keeping their grandchildren, who are so precious to their hearts.

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BRENDA ROBERTSON

Brenda has been a member of CHBC for 15 years and just recently became our housekeeper.  In her spare time, she enjoys bike riding with her sweet husband Scott, canning, spending time with her family, and riding roller coasters at Dollywood.

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DANIELLE HAAS

Danielle has been a member of CHBC since 2000. She has served as the Treasurer since 2009 and became part of the staff as the Finance Director in 2019. She is married to Joe and is a proud mom of Anna. Her favorite things include family, friends, reading (especially true crime!), and sewing.

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JOSH WILHOIT

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EMMA PARSON

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