Mel Patterson

Worship Arts Pastor • mpatterson@clarksvillefirst.com

Mel arrived in June 2015. His goal is to always be “influencing others to follow Christ through authentic worship." He has been blessed to lead worship around the world and so very thankful that God allowed him the opportunity to land at Community of Hope. Mel married his best friend, Sandy, and they have two miraculous sons; Dallas and Gavin. He is passionate about sports, music, and spending time with his family.

Lead Pastor

Senior Pastor

Currently we are prayerfully considering the next leader God will be sending to us. We ask that during this season you partner with us in prayer as we earnestly seek God's will for our church.


Ed Yeager

Children's Pastor • eyeager@clarksvillefirst.com

Ed has been a children's pastor for almost 18 years, and has been serving here since 2010. Ed collects Pez and ugly Hawaiian shirts. He enjoys geocaching, fishing, canoeing, camping, and being outdoors (when it isn't too hot or too cold). He is also fascinated with all things tech and even though no one who knows him would believe it, owns an apiary.

Jeremy Duranceau

Youth Pastor • jduranceau@clarksvillefirst.com

Our family was blessed to be called to First Church in September of 2014. We Love God! Love People! Love the church! Love fun!


Leighanne guthrie

Church Administrator • lguthrie@clarksvillefirst.com

Leighanne has served at First Church since 2005. Her ministry supports the staff, keeps them organized (which is a much more difficult job than anyone would realize) and assures that all ministries run smoothly.

Jon Vaughn

Director of Radical Mission • jvaughn@clarksvillefirst.com

Jon was born and raised in Clarksville. He wants to change to face of Clarksville by showing Jesus's love and compassion to all.


Donna Killebrew

Administrative Assistant • dkillebrew@clarksvillefirst.com

Donna has served as Administrative Assistant for over 20 years. Donna is married to husband, Danny, for 43 years and they have one son and two grandsons. Donna grew up in First Church and is involved in the Hope Riders Biker Church. Donna’s ministry is in support to the staff and church community. Her desire is to reflect Jesus’ love to those who come in the office or while out riding her bike.

Ron Bailey

Biker Church Pastor • rbailey@clarksvillefirst.com

Pastor Ron Bailey was called to the ministry in 2002. Seven years later, Ron stepped out in faith to create a unique worship space for bikers in our community. This was the beginning of the Hope Riders Biker Church, which Pastor Ron has been leading ever since.


Any of the staff can be reached by calling the church @ 931.648.0110.