Pastoral Team & Support Staff

Ernie & Angeleea Varner 

Senior Pastor

Dr. Varner has been leading Sixth Avenue for more than 19 years.  He has served as evangelist, pastor and administration. 

Pastor is a theologian, pulpiteer and pastor, husband, father and grandfather.  

Ministry is his passion; family and golf are his favorite past times.

Mike & Teresa Waters

Children's Pastors

Pastor Mike is a Marine Corp veteran, gifted communicator and has a passion for children and families to learn of Jesus.


He is a multi-talented illusionist, puppetteer, singer, but his favorite roles are husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Brien & Shannon Sturgill

Music Pastor

Brien is a gifted musician, singer and songwriter.  

Worship through music has been his passion since childhood. 


He and Shannon also lead the college/Young Adult ministry. 

They have 5 children and love ministry.


Rueben & Nora Barboza

Spanish Pastor - El Faro

As Senior Pastors of El Faro, our Spanish ministry, the Barbozas lead a great congregation in word, worship and works.  They are both credentialed ministers, dynamic in preaching, teaching and leading in worship. 

They have 2 children.

Will & Amanda Key

Youth Pastor

Will is a gifted communicator and passionate about ministry.  They have been a part of the pastoral team for three years and have three children. 

They lead our FUSION youth ministries.

They also have 3 children.

Suzanne Sullivan 


Mary Sue has served as secretary for three years and possesses a skill set that makes her a vital part of the ministry team. Organization and administration are some of her strongest skills, as well as working with others.

Hannah Sturgill

Media Coordinator

Hannah has worked for TBN and currently serves as Media Coordiantor for Sixth Avenue. We are grateful to have her talents assisting our team.  

She is a recent graduate of Lee University, with her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education.

Contact Us

Sixth Avenue Church of God

700 N A Street

Lenoir City, TN 37771


Phone: 865.986.6000


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Service Times


 Early Service  (Sanctuary)                9 am


 MPACTKidz Breakfast Club@GYM  9 am


 Sunday School Classes                  10 am


 Second Morning Worship               11 am     


MPACTKIDZ Worship                       11 am


 Nursery/Toddler Nurser    10 am & 11 am


 Evening Worship                               6 pm




  Adult Class -Sanctuary                     7pm


 Contemporary Adult Class               7pm

          Gym 207


  Transit Young Adult                          7pm


     Fusion Youth Group

      Doors Open                                    6 pm

      Worship/Church                              7 pm


 MPACTKidz (ages 4-12)                     6 pm

  Family Life Center/Gym Time

  Worship                                               7 pm



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