Pastors & Staff

TriStar Church is elder-led, meaning we follow a leadership model prescribed for our benefit by Scripture. The elder-led approach provides us with sound guidance from biblically-qualified men. All of our elders meet the stated qualifications for this office as laid out in 1 Timothy 3 & Titus 1.

The primary responsibility of an elder is to spiritually shepherd the church (1 Timothy 3:5). Which involves several specific duties. As spiritual overseers of the flock, elders are to determine church policy (Acts 15:22); oversee the church (Acts 20:28); ordain others (1 Timothy 4:4); rule, teach, and preach (1 Timothy 5:17; cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 3:2); exhort and refute (Titus 1:9); and act as shepherds, setting an example for all (1 Peter 5:1-3).

Our Elders meet regularly to pray and provide spiritual oversight on matters concerning the church. Elders are volunteers: the only paid staff elder is the Lead Pastor. Prayer is a critical and necessary part of our spiritual well-being. Vision, direction, courage, and focus all derive from our connection and devotion to Jesus.

Would you take a few minutes during your week to pray for our Elders by name? It is one of the most important ways we can encourage and support their leadership and love for our body.

Matt Grimes

Lead Pastor - Vision & Teaching

Tanner Thornton

Worship Pastor & Missional Community Pastor

Sarah Stricklin

Coordinator of Administration and Assimilation

Brandon Smith

Production Director

Kayla Oliphant

Kid's Pastor


Matt Grimes

Lead Pastor - Vision & Teaching

Kyle Landis


Rick Dunn