our staff

If you have any questions about our church, please reach out to our staff. They would be more than happy to help! 

  • Pastor - Chris Shumate

    Chris has served as pastor at Oak Street since 2016. He and his wife, Michelle, are both originally from Greeneville, TN. They have been married since 2008 and have three children, Avery, Nolan, and Hayden. Chris is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and a two-time graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv & DMin).

    Hobbies: Reading (theology mostly), playing guitar, watching basketball & football, spending time with family

    Favorite Books: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Knowing God by J.I. Packer, The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

    Favorite Movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    Email: oakstreetpastor@gmail.com

  • Associate Pastor of Music & Worship - Sam Wagner

    Sam and Kelly returned to upper East TN upon retiring from 36 years of full-time music ministry. They have 3 grown children (Sam Jr., Rebekah, and Rachel) and 5 grand dogs. Sam is a graduate of Battle High School in Bristol, ETSU (where he met Kelly) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Their rescue dog, Annie, keeps them entertained and laughing. 

    Hobbies: golf, hiking, car restoration, water sports, and playing several musical instruments

    Favorite Books: Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace by Paul B. Clark, Jr., The Mind of Christ by T.W. Hunt, Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life by Charles R. Swindoll, and Next Door Savior by Max Lucado

    Favorite Movie: The Pirates of the Caribbean

    Email: oakstreetworship@gmail.com

  • Youth Director - Aaron Bunton

    Aaron was born and raised in Elizabethton and graduated from Science Hill High School. He spent several years working as a youth ministry intern in Huntington, West Virginia, where he met his wife Emily. Aaron and Emily have a young son named Ray who keeps them on their toes at all times. They joined Oak Street in July of 2018 and haven't looked back!

    Hobbies: Gaming, sports, watching Football (GO PANTHERS)

    Favorite Books: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, Prey by Michael Crichton, The Beast From the East by R.L. Stine, Who Moved My Pulpit? by Thom S. Rainer

    Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Email: oakstreetstudents@gmail.com

  • secretary - Trena green

    Trena is originally from Elizabethton and is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. She and her husband, Mike, have been married for 30 years. Trena has been a church secretary for 26 years, having served at Oak Street for the last 20 years.

    Hobbies: Spending time with her hubby, bird, and dog

    Favorite Books: Anything in the contemporary Christian romance genre

    Favorite Movie: Top Gun

    Email: oakstreetsecretary@gmail.com