Our Team

Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis

Children's Pastor

Andy is married to Brooke and has a daughter, Jailey. He can’t get enough of the Vols or anything that involves sugar. Standard East Tennessean. White socks are on his “no-way” list, but you can find him reading and dabbling in woodworking in his spare time. He loves Jesus and he loves making Jesus accessible to children. So, we love him. It’s just that simple.
Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan

Children's Director

You could say team work makes the dream work when it comes to Emily and her husband, John. With their little girl, Addison, and little boy Colton – this family lives and breathes working hard and having fun while they’re at it. You can find the whole family taking part in Kid Heights weekly…and/or watching football/playing fantasy football. Throw in their golden doodle, Bella, and you have a party. Emily knows the hectic schedules of families and considers what that means when it comes to detailing out our Sunday experiences and events. An ability to think through the big picture, and then make it happen, make her the oil to our Kid Heights machine.

Contact Emily at emily.morgan@sevierheights.org.

Donna Rhodes

Donna Rhodes

Preschool Director

Donna is married to Todd and they have two kids, Lona and Nathan.  They enjoy spending time out on their boat fishing and sometimes just staying home swimming.  Donna has a passion for partnering with parents to create a foundation rooted in Jesus for their little ones.   She is committed to helping create an environment that prompts children to love Jesus and the local church.

Contact Donna at donnarhodes@sevierheights.org.

Jennifer Nichols

Jennifer Nichols

Preschool Coordinator

Jennifer and her husband, Bruce, have been attending Sevier Heights since 2004 and have three children, Taylor, Cade and Luke. When she’s not spending time with her family, you can find her cooking, baking, walking, riding bikes or searching Pinterest for some inspiration.

Contact Jennifer at jennifer.nichols@sevierheights.org.

Amanda Browning

Amanda Browning

Children's Assistant

Amanda Browning is originally from Memphis, TN, but moved on over to the better side of the state two years ago. As a graduate of Union University, Amanda now wields a degree in Family Studies and has interned at two different non-profit organizations.

Contact Amanda at amanda.browning@sevierheights.org.

Laura Taliaferro

Laura Taliaferro

Children's Choir Director

Laura Taliaferro (don’t even try to pronounce it) is passionate about teaching kids music and about worshipping Jesus. So, it only makes sense for her to be our Children’s Choir Director. When she’s not putting her season pass to Dollywood to use, you can find her reading, cooking or squeezing in some time with friends. Laura can be found most frequently at Chuy’s or Salsaritas. It’s all about that chips and salsa.

Contact Laura at laura.taliaferro@sevierheights.org.