Our Church Leaders


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Meet our Pastor Rev. Dr. Terry Tieman

Terry Tieman began his career in ministry as a pastor in Michigan and Arkansas. He then served for 13 years as Mission Executive of the Mid-South District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS).

In January 2009, Terry became the Executive Director of Transforming Churches Network (TCN), which helps churches become more effective in reaching their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. TCN’s transformation process – which is based on Biblical principles and was developed through worldwide research on effective mission movements and pilot projects – has successfully changed hundreds of churches from the inside out.

Terry continues to gain front-line experience as Pastor at Grace Celebration Lutheran Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where he began serving August 1. He is also the author of several books, including Hinges: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community, Catching Vision, Skill Builders, and People of Passion.

Terry’s most recent work has led to the development of Seasons of Discovery, a step-wise church transformation process.

Terry and his wife Becky, have three sons and two grandchildren. Becky teaches English Second Language classes at Newberry Elementary in Memphis.


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Meet Our Praise Leader Emma Wilhite

We are excited to announce that Ms. Emma Wilhite is our new Praise Team Leader! Emma has been singing with the Praise Team for a few months now, and they have asked her to be their new leader.

Emma comes with some impressive credentials. She has placed top tier in regional, state, & national vocal & choral competitions. She has worked with internationally recognized conductors & composers and has been classically trained in opera & musical theatre.


In addition, she studied opera performance at The University of Memphis & performed in their two classical choirs, as well as The Memphis Symphony Chorus.

Prior to joining Grace, Emma served at The Life Church in their music ministry, where she was trained as a worship leader. She has a tremendous love for her Savior and wants nothing more than to praise Him and lead others in doing the same!