WHO WE ARE
Andrew & Rachel Templeton
I’m the Lead Pastor at Sweetwater Assembly, which basically means that I reap the rewards of the hard work of the dozens of volunteer leaders and staff who call Sweetwater Assembly home. My “job description” says that I am: The Guardian and Ambassador of the Vision, The Preacher and The Leadership Developer. However, “job description” insinuates work. But, when you’re doing what you love, it’s unfair to call it work!
In August of 2000, I married my college sweetheart, Rachel. Since our wedding day, we have been blessed with three amazing kids and dozens of wonderful memories of life and ministry. Rachel and I are both Lee University graduates (2000). I went on to complete a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry (2009) from Asbury Theological Seminary. I am passionate to see lives transformed through the grace and power of Jesus Christ. His grace really is amazing.
Some of my interests include traveling, scuba diving, sports and just relaxing with my family.
Gina has been an active staff member since 2005, as well as maintaining her own professional cleaning business. Originally from Michigan, Gina and her family moved to East Tennessee eight years ago to be closer to family. Gina is married to Gary, and they have a teenage son, Tanner. When Gina's not cleaning, she enjoys a good book.
Children's Ministry Director
Amanda and Chris Palmer originally hail from Indiana. There she was part of another Assemblies of God church. They joined SFA in 2012 and have quickly become key leaders. Because of her committment and passion for children, she was hired from within to become our Children's Ministry Director.