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Randall Morton
Staff Elder

Randall joined the staff of Calvary in June of 2010 for a second time. He served as youth minister at Calvary from 1997 to 2000. Prior to joining the staff at Calvary, Randall served with GO InterNational in Wilmore, Kentucky from 2007 to 2010. He served as pastor/teacher of Paris Mountain Community church in Greenville, South Carolina from 2000 to 2007. Randall and his wife Robin served the Lord in Lugo, Spain as missionaries for ten years from 1987 to 1997. He has had the privilege to preach and teach God’s Word in Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Columbia, Peru, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia.  Randall is a graduate of a Bible Institute in Greenville, South Carolina that focuses on discipleship and missions training.

Randall and Robin have two grown children, Emily and Caleb.

"Our goal should be, in all that we do, is to send out truth and to establish biblical churches.

Worship is the end – the worship of God in Jesus Christ. To establish on this earth groups of people, the church, that truly know Him, that are growing in the grace and knowledge of who He is in order to worship and glorify Him on this earth. 

Email: groundedinthegospel@gmail.com


​Brad Stout
Staff Elder

Brad and Diane Stout joined the ministry team at Calvary in October of 2013. Brad was born in Santa Monica, California in 1962 and grew up in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Brad writes, "I began reading the Bible for the first time the night before Easter in 1980, and came into relationship with Jesus later that summer… and His love totally changed my life. My wife Diane and I have been married for 31 years, and we’ve lived in Bristol, TN for nearly 23 years."

Brad and Diane have four grown children.  

Before joining the team at Calvary, Brad worked in the insurance industry handling claims for over 23 years.

Brad states, "Diane and I have had many great adventures with Jesus including being part of several excellent churches , doing a three month ministry time in Israel, and pastoring a local church for four years. "

Brad and Diane like to walk and kayak and ski together, and he enjoys running, surfing, and skateboarding. 

He writes: "We are very excited and humbled with the opportunity to join with Calvary to encourage the saints to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe this is of the LORD, and that He is calling us to labor with all of you in His harvest field in Bristol and beyond.  May Jesus do exceedingly, abundantly above what we could ask or think, for His glory and honor."


David O. Trotter
Lay Elder

David has served in various pastoral and missionary roles since his salvation in 1976. He has served as a pastor in Texas and Tennessee and he and his wife Joan served as missionaries in the Philippines and Hungary. David has ministered in many countries in Asia and Europe. David is also a senior consultant with an international technology firm, and has degrees in computer science, information technology, with a PhD in Christian education.


Email: david.o.trotter@gmail.com


Wayne Sheridan
Lay Elder

Wayne Sheridan is a writer/speaker who sees life as a God given trail that challenges the sincere Christian to walk in Biblical truth. He draws from his years of experience as a Christian in the military, hospital administration, small business ownership, homeless shelter ministry, service and leadership in the church, and growth as a husband and father. Wayne Sheridan writes and speaks to challenge Christians to be sincere, even radical, in walking in the power of the Holy Spirit on their trails of life in a way that is characterized with integrity, love of God and others, love of God’s Word and with wisdom, commitment and courage that the world considers unusual even radical.  Wayne and his wife Alice have been at Calvary for 24 years.  Wayne has served as an elder for 8 years. 


Eddie Whitson
Lay Elder

Eddie has lived in the Tri-Cities area all of his life.  He has been married for 44 years to his wife, Terry and they have two grown sons and one granddaughter.  He worked as a truck driver for over 35 years and took early retirement to care for his ailing mother and later Terry’s mother.  Eddie came to know the Lord in 1977 and became a member of Calvary where he teaches children’s Sunday School.  He is also a childrens’ leader in Bible Study Fellowship (a region wide non-denominational men’s Bible Study) and serves in the jail ministry at the Virginia Highlands Juvenile Detention Center leading Bible Study.  Eddie became an Elder at Calvary in 2014 and is both humbled and privileged  to serve our Body.

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