Our Story

How it all started...

Before there was a building, there was a family...

In 1980 something .... The Goins family consisted of Kenneth and Connie Goins along with their four sons Chris, Kelly, Stephen, and Kasey. They were residents of a small town in East Tennessee known as Graysville.

They were heavily involved in church; in fact church became their whole life. Ken and Connie would serve in many different areas of the local church, mainly as youth pastors and part of the music ministry. They would do that for many years at Sale Creek Church of God and then at Graysville Church of God.

In addition to being faithful members of their church, they were a musical family that began to travel and evangelize out of those churches. They formed a group known as Ken Goins and the Spiritual Explosions.

Ken and Connie were happy doing just that. They loved taking their family and others
around to sing, preach and hold revivals.

Then there was the call ...

The Goins family was living the dream. They were content evangelizing and ministering through music, but God began to stir something inside Ken and he began to feel a call to do something he’d never thought about, much less done before...

Plant a church...become a pastor...

Connie would tell the story about them coming up to the area of Ten Mile, Tennessee looking for a building to start this church. She remembered them going to the one that has
since burned down and it was right across from a place called, “Pleasure Island.”
She said there were kids just hanging out. They sold beer and it was just a rowdy place and she said Ken saw that and said, “This is where God wants us to be.”
Chris, the oldest of their four sons, tells the story of coming up here and walking that property with Ken. There were beer cans everywhere and it was mess and he said to his dad,

“Are you sure God wants you to plant a church here?”

While other people were running from these people – Ken felt a call to these people.

Ken and Connie held a revival in that tiny building and then laid out a fleece before God saying, God, if you will just send us 11 people from this area, we will know this is where you want us to be.

The first Sunday of WBCC was on Easter Sunday of 1983 and God more than covered that fleece.

The Vision Outgrew The Building....

That was March of 83. The church was growing, and Ken began looking for land to build on. God reconnected him with a friend from his high school years that had a piece of land that was not for sale, but he was willing to have a conversation.

Within a couple of weeks, they purchased that piece of land, which is the property we are on today. Pastor Kelly recalls, "We began clearing this land and I remember many of dad's brothers coming to help cut the pulp wood and load it on trucks to clear this land."

By November of 1983 – The church had their very first service in the building now known as Watts Bar Community Church.

March 0f 1983

This is a picture of the first location of WBCC. It has since burned down. All that remains of this location is a vacant lot.

Breaking Ground

Church members and family members laying the foundation for WBCC.

November Of 1983

The first service in the sanctuary we know today was held in November of 1983.

The Early Years ...

25 Years...

For 25 years Pastor Ken and Connie Goins served side by side. Ken Preached the word while Connie hammered away at the piano.

Throughout their long ministry as pastors , Watts Bar Community Church became a launchpad for countless evangelists, pastors, and worship leaders all over the country who are still in ministry today.

God was on the move. God took two ordinary people that simply surrendered their will, their dreams, their plans for His plan and used them to reach people that nobody else wanted. Over 25 years, they endured hurt, betrayal, and pain from people they loved and poured into – but they just kept loving them. They were on a mission.

They loved God, they loved people, and they served others.

A Legacy Left Behind...

In February of 2008 Pastor Ken was diagnosed with brain cancer. He continued to serve this church and community until he took his last breath.

On August 28th of that same year, Watts Bar Church lost one of
its founding pastors and this community lost a great man. Pastors Ken and Connie pioneered and pastored the Watts Bar Church of God together for more than 25 years.

Pastor Ken went home to be with Lord but left behind a legacy that reached further than he ever could have imagined.
This was the last baby dedication Pastor Ken was a part of.  The baby he is holding would later become his granddaughter, Khloe Yates.

Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory."

1 Corinthians 15:54

A New Role For A Familiar Leader ...

Upon Pastor Ken's passing, Pastor Connie assumed the role of Lead Pastor. She was an Ordained Minister in the Church of God. She was an anointed speaker and prayed harder than anyone! When you walked in the doors she would hug your neck and welcome you into the family.

Shortly after she stepped into her new role, Pastor Connie suffered a stroke that left her blind but that didnt stop her. She continued to serve as Lead Pastor of Watts Bar Church  from 2008 until June 10, 2012 when she was deemed Pastor Emeritus  by Bishop Donald Walker. On that date, her son, Kelly Goins, became the Lead Pastor.

Expanding the vision...

A Familiar Call ....

Kelly Goins, Ken and Connie's second oldest son, was living in Atlanta, Georgia when he received the call. However, the call wasn't the one you'd expect or anyone would expect for that matter. Kelly and his wife Denise spent 30+ years serving in worship ministry in Cleveland Tennessee, Watts Bar Community Church, and Lexington Kentucky when they finally landed at their home in Atlanta Georgia. They were serving as Worship Pastors at Life Church International with Pastors Victor and Jamie Massey.

Just like his father, Kelly was happy. He was more than content in music ministry. He had no desire to become a Lead Pastor. Then God began to call Kelly home to pastor..... Sound familiar?

An Answered call...

Kelly and his wife Denise wrestled with the idea of uprooting their family, leaving the comfort of doing something they love to do, and coming home to pastor.  However, God had other plans. He began to shift some things and confirm some things. Eventually it was evident that God was calling and they BOTH knew it.

In 2012 they answered God's call.

Back In The Day ...

Youth ski trip in 2014 with Youth Pastors Jeff and Wendy Daggett. Several of those kids still serve at WBCC. Three of them are  WBCC pastors now.

Centuries 101

The first Easter production (Centuries - The Rock Opera) was held on Easter of 2015. Pastor Kelly played the role of Jesus.

Christmas Giveback

2014 marked the first time we held a Christmas Giveback. We have been able to help countless struggling families over the years get Christmas gifts for their children.

Same Vision, Different Look ....

On June 10th, 2012 Pastor Kelly was inaugurated as Lead Pastor of Watts Bar Community Church by Bishop Donald Walker.  Since 2012, the church has continued to grow and expand. It may not look the same way it did in the 90's but make no mistake. It's still the same vision and still the same mission. God has continued to move in such a mighty way at WBCC. We continue to see salvations. We continue to see miracles. We continue to see families reunited. We continue to see addicts set free. We continue to be a home for outcasts and outsiders.

The Times Have Changed But The Heart Has Not.

Early 1990's

Early 2010's

Present Day

A Chosen Legacy...

When Pastors Kelly and Denise took over as lead pastors in 2012, Pastor Connie remained very active in the church and was beloved by all who came through our doors.

Pastor Connie began serving as Pastoral Care Pastor of Watts Bar Church in addition to being Coordinator for Chosen Ladies Conference, which she founded in 2002. She continued to serve and be an inspiration and blessing to others until she went to be with the Lord in September 2019.  

There is no doubt that her legacy had a lasting effect on every person she came in contact with throughout her many blessed years on this earth.

"But you are a CHOSEN Race, a ROYAL priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light"

1 Peter 2:9

A Great Problem To Have ...

There have been multiple upgrades to the physical building over the years.  We found ourselves facing the issue of not being able to fit everyone in the doors. WBCC then went to two morning services on Sunday to accommodate more people.  As of today, we find ourselves facing the same issue again. We can't fit everyone in the doors even with two services. WBCC has been unable to hold any homecoming meals or churchwide functions on campus since 2022 simply because we can not fit our congregation in the building we currently have. 

Where we are headed...

We closed out 2023 with 40 years as a church.

That's 40 years of the gospel.
40 years of worship.
40 years of salvations.
40 years of miracles.
40 years of lost being found.
40 years of addicts being set free.
40 years of lives being changed.
40 years of ministry.
40 years of legacy.
As incredible as that is, we are just getting started!
We have taken on the words of the prophet Haggai in Haggai 2:9 – we believe it’s a word from God for us.

“This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious
beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand
out wholeness and holiness, declares the God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”

Haggai 2:9b

 Our 41

In 2024 celebrated 41 years.

 What’s significant about 41 years? We just closed out year 40.

The number 41 represents hope. A new day. A new season...

- Moses – after Moses killed an Egyptian, he went on the run in the desert
for 40 years. Year 41 – God called Moses to deliver His people.

- After that, the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.
41 came and a new generation seized the promise land.

- Noah built the ark. It rained for 40 days/nights. Day 41 came, and the
rain stopped.

- After Elijah told God he wanted to die. The angel shows up feed him and
tells him to go to the mountain of God. He traveled for 40 days and went
to sleep. Day 41 came and God spoke directly to him.

- Goliath bullied and defied God and his people for 40 days. Day 41 came,
and David cut the head off Goliath.

- 40 days God had Jonah delivering His message of doom and destruction to
the city of Nineveh because of their wickedness. Day 41 came, Nineveh
repented and God extended His mercy.

- Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days. Tempted by the devil. Day 41
came, the Devil left, the angels came and Jesus’s ministry was officially

We believe – 2024 is our year 41. This is the start of a new season for Watts Bar Community Church. This is the promise that if we don’t quit, if we will stay on the wall doing the work God has called us to do – the rain will stop. The giant will fall,
and we will enter our promised land.

The Vision Has Outgrown The Building.

Sound familiar?

In 2024 we have launched our "Raising The Bar" building campaign.  God is moving, and we are growing. We know that in order to do what God has called us to do on a much larger scale that we have must have the facilities to accommodate the vision.

You have an opportunity to partner with God and expand the vision.

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