Staff

Paul Viers

Senior Pastor
Paul and his wife, Marsha, were high school sweethearts. They have been married since 1988. They have two adult sons and two beautiful granddaughters. Paul graduated from Johnson University in 1993. He has served as the Senior Pastor at Woodland Hills since 1999. For fun, Paul loves spending time with his wife on the lake or touring the country on their Harley. They also enjoy live music of any genre, but their favorite is country.

Kenny Schweitzer

Executive Pastor
Kenny and his wife, Emily, were John Battle High School sweethearts. They have been married since 2004, and have a middle school daughter, Claire, and a great dane, Wrigley. Kenny has been part of WHCC since 2001 and previously taught physics at Abingdon High School and worked as Membership Director at the Olde Farm Golf Club before joining the church staff in 2019. Kenny can often be seen with a golf club in hand and loves traveling with his family, having now spent time in 30 states.

Nick Viers

Meadowview Campus Pastor
Nick and his wife, Heather, have been married since 2012. They welcomed their first daughter, Gemma, in 2016 and their second daughter, Stella in 2018. Nick is a 2011 graduate of Johnson University where he earned his degree in Youth Ministry/Preaching. Nick joined the WHCC staff following graduation. Nick enjoys playing basketball, golf and loves being outdoors. He is an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats. Go Big Blue! Nick's favorite pastime is napping.

Roger Phelps

Discipleship Pastor
Roger has been married to his wife, Karen, since 1986. They look forward to spending time with their son and daughter-in-law in Florida. Receiving the call to ministry mid-life, Roger graduated from Johnson University in 1997 and received the American Bible Society award for "Excellence in Bible Studies" in New Testament Greek. Roger has served as the houseparent at a Christian maternity home, youth minister, and preaching pastor prior to taking his role of Discipleship Pastor in 2008. Roger enjoys coffee, music, hiking, and eating (not necessarily in that order).

Taylor Whitson

Worship Pastor
Taylor is from Johnson City, TN and a graduate of Johnson University with majors in Worship Ministry and Preaching and Church Leadership. Before joining Woodland Hills' staff in 2017, Taylor worked as a worship leader at Life Church in Knoxville, a student graphic designer at Johnson, and a white water raft guide on the Ocoee River. Taylor enjoys drinking coffee, reading books written by dead people, and hiking in the Appalachian mountains.

Andrew Widener

Meadowview Worship Leader
Andrew has been married to his wonderful wife, Tara, since 2007. They have three beautiful daughters, Abbey, Lindsey, and Lucy, who keep them busy and make them laugh every day. Andrew is a nurse practitioner working as a hospitalist at Wythe County Community Hospital. He loves all kinds of music, and has led worship in some capacity for the past 14 years. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his girls play sports and going on dates with his wife.

Philip Wines

Abingdon Student Pastor
Philip is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University with a degree in General Ministry. He met his wife, Francesca, in high school and they began dating when Philip moved to Cincinnati for college. As a preacher’s kid growing up in Ohio and Richmond, VA, Philip has always been an active part of the church and spent much of his time there. In his free time, Philip likes to play video games and board games with friends, watch movies, and read and write. He loves superheroes, and his favorite hero is The Flash.

Clay Merriman

Meadowview Student Pastor
Clay is originally from Martinsville, Virginia and has been married to his wife, Ashton, since December of 2018. Clay will graduate from Johnson University in May 2019 with a degree in Youth Ministry/Preaching. After graduation he will begin working on a master’s degree in New Testament. Clay enjoys playing football, ultimate frisbee, working out and anything outdoors.

Jackie Holmes

Children's Minister
Jackie says her husband Ken keeps her grounded and lets her fly at the same time. They have two daughters. Jackie considers cartoons and games "research" and can come up with 10 games using 1 piece of toilet paper. That makes children's ministry her perfect line of work. Jackie enjoys turning her mistakes into hilarious stories and does not like condiments (not even ketchup).

Amy Messick

Preschool Minister
Amy and her husband Kelly have been married since 2003 and have three daughters. She graduated UVA Wise in 1995 with a degree in Psychology. Besides being a stay at home mom, Amy worked as a preschool teacher for more than 15 years before joining the staff of WHCC in June of 2018. She enjoys drinking coffee, watching her girls dance ballet, spending time with her family (especially at the lake), and sharing essential oils with anyone and everyone.

Ben Repass

Senior Adult Pastor
Ben and his wife Brenda have been married for 49 years and have three children and eight grandchildren. Both Ben and Brenda attended Johnson University. Ben retired in 2013 and began working in full-time church ministry; ordained January 2016. Ben served as Elder and Associate Pastor at Mt. Carmel Christian Church, as well as part-time interim pastor at Shakesville Church of Christ in Bristol.

Heather Rhea

Office Manager
Heather lives in Abingdon with her daughter Savannah, where she has lived most of her adult life. She has attended Woodland Hills for 9 years and considers the church her family. Heather is also going to school full time, pursuing a degree in Social Work. She loves to travel and visit family at every possible opportunity, and in her very rare spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, crocheting, and reading.