Staff Bios 

Sam Belisle ~ Senior PastorSam Belisle ~ Senior Pastor
Pastor Sam has committed his life to serving, helping, and ministering to others.  He has been the Senior Pastor at Celebration since 1995.  Pastor Sam began his work in Youth ministry, and has been serving in full-time ministry since 1976.  Pastor Sam is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, Cleveland, TN.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Lee University and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from the Master’s Graduate School of Divinity, an affiliate of Trinity University.  He is the father of two young adult children, Josh and Jennifer.  Pastor Sam’s greatest desire is to win the lost to Christ and encourage people to grow in their relationship with God.

Interesting facts about Pastor Sam:

  • He is a native of Florida and likes having fun in the sun with the sand under his feet.
  • His favorite food is Mexican which he eats every Wednesday and every other chance he can.
  • He enjoys playing softball and traveling with Susan.


Susan Belisle ~ Discipleship PastorSusan Belisle ~ Discipleship Pastor
Susan has served as the Discipleship Pastor at Celebration since 2004.  She also leads Women’s Ministries and supports our church in various administrative capacities.  Susan grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN where she received a Bachelor’s degree.  She later earned a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University.  Her professional work experience includes management, human resources, and training & development.  Susan’s passion is to help people identify their spiritual gifts, discover their life purpose, and achieve their God-given potential. 


Interesting facts about Susan:

  • She likes sharing through speaking, teaching, and writing and hopes to publish a book some day.
  • She has been singing and involved in church music since she was a child.
  • She enjoys traveling with her husband, Sam.  Her favorite vacation was a trip to Israel. 


Terry W. Kemp ~ Sr. Children’s PastorTerry W. Kemp ~ Children’s Pastor
Terry has served as the Children’s Pastor at Celebration since 1998. He has been actively involved in Children’s Ministry for more than thirty years.  His experience includes directing Children’s Worship Services, conducting Vacation Bible Schools, organizing Community Outreach Events, conducting Ministry Training Courses, and volunteering as a Summer Camp Counselor.  Terry is a 1987 Graduate of Virginia Tech University, majoring in Architecture with a minor in History. He is a credentialed minister in the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. Terry is married to Tammy who is the Coordinator of the Children’s Music Ministry.  Tammy and Terry have two beautiful children, Zachary and Hannah.

Interesting facts about Terry:

  • He is a Professional Clown and Founder of ‘The Sonshine Company’ Children’s Ministry Team.
  • He was awarded the “Shepherd’s Cup” Award in 2005 for excellence and lifetime achievement award in Children’s Ministry. 
  • He enjoys coaching youth Basketball and Soccer.      


Cory Barnes ~ Worship & Arts PastorCory Barnes ~ Worship and Arts Pastor
Cory joined our ministry team in 2013.  Cory began his ministry as the Praise and Worship Leader for his Youth Group in 2003 and has been involved in ministry ever since.  He received an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from King's College in Charlotte, NC and  plans to pursue a degree in Music and Music Education. Cory is a credentialed minister in the Church of God, Cleveland, TN.  He is the father of a handsome young man, Elighja, a beautiful daughter, Kenleigh, and is happily married to Rebekah who is a very integral part of his ministry.  Cory has a sincere heart for worship and ushering people into the presence of God.

Interesting facts about Cory:

  • He enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
  • He plays several instruments including piano, drums and guitar to name a few.
  • His favorite foods are "Ice Cream" and Cheeseburgers.      


Betty Davis ~ Missions and Outreach PastorJamie Petrone ~ Jr. Children's Director
Jamie joined our ministry team in June 2013. She oversees our Nursery, Pre-School, K & 1 children's ministries and our Wednesday night TeamKID program. Jamie is also the Program Director for our Celebrate KIDS! After School Enrichment Program. Jamie is a certified PK-6 teacher and taught in the public school system for nine years and at a private pre-school for two years. Additionally, Jamie has over eleven years of experience serving in various children's ministries. Jamie earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hollins University. Jamie's husband Philip, son Jordan, and daughter Lauren all serve in our Jr. Children's Ministries. Jamie's passion is to love, develop, and nurture children in their relationship with Christ.

Interesting facts about Jamie:

  • She is a true Southern girl who was born and raised in a small delta town in Mississippi.
  • She enjoys fresh seafood and her favorite place to eat is Stephen's Restaurant in Roanoke.
  • She was chosen "Teacher of the Year" in 2010 at the elementary school where she taught.

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