The Senior Staff members at the Mission Chattanooga can broadly be theologically described as adhering to a generous orthodoxy. They believe that the Holy Spirit moves today just as He did in the Bible, and they seek to model Christ both in word and deed. This places us well within the Anglican theological landscape, close to mid-center. The Mission Chattanooga has a large and diverse staff including:
Father Chris Sorensen is the Abbot of the Mission Chattanooga, a Mission Abbey of the Anglican Communion. Before launching Mission Chatt, Chris served as the Senior Associate Pastor of Stanwich Church, in Greenwich, CT, for seven years. While in seminary (M.Div – Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY), Chris served as the Young Life Area Director in Darien, CT. Under his leadership, Darien Young Life became the largest Young Life ministry in New England, with more than 60% of the public high school participating. In addition to his church ministry work, Chris has guest lectured on topics such as homiletics, North American missions, and worship as an adjunct/guest professor at ATS and conferences across the United States. Chris is a worship singer/songwriter, as well as the lead-singer/guitarist for national recording artist Evensong Rising. Chris has been married to his wife Angie for 17 years, and they have two sons, Elijah (7) and Wilson (14).
Paul Downer is the Lead Pastor of the City Center Chapel at the Mission Chattanooga. He also oversees helping newcomers and established parishioners plug into opportunities for spiritual growth, community, service and leadership development. Paul earned a B.A. in Bible and a B.S. in Business from Bryan College and is currently pursuing a Masters of Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Paul also speaks at conferences and retreats where he serves as a representative of the Mission Chattanooga and the ministry model that God has been cultivating in this exciting worshiping community. In addition to his role at the Mission, Paul enjoys fitness, camping, reading, hanging out with friends around a good bonfire and tackling home renovation projects that somehow always take twice as long as he expects!
Ben Ferguson is the Lead Pastor of the Highland Chapel. Ben was born in Longview TX, but has lived all over the world including Hong Kong, Canada and Switzerland. He has B.A. from Moody Bible Institute in Biblical Languages and received his Masters of Divinity from Regent College- Vancouver in 2009. He is married to Mary Ferguson and together they have a beautiful daughter named Amelie.
Al Allison is the Lead Pastor of our Red Bank Chapel plant. Al partners with Chris in giving pastoral oversight to our staff, as well as being a part of helping us grow in our call to shepherd well. He personally pastors individuals in our midst as well as working in tandem with other pastoral staff. Al was born and raised in Central Texas, but has lived in Chattanooga for the past 13+ years. He has a B.S. in Education from Baylor University and a M.A. in Christian Studies from Bryan College. He and his wife Heather have two great kids, Katie (15) and Caleb (11).
A native of Yonkers, New York, Jason started his journey with music at a very young age with instruments including drums, guitar, bass, and piano (among others). By the age of 15, Jason made his first television performance on Mike’s World w/Mike Phillips, followed in the coming years by other TV appearances including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Saturday Night Live, Ellen Degeneres while touring with recording artists including Ludacris, Atlantic Star, Rob Murat, Shaggy, Michael Paul, Lenny Leblanc, Bobby Valentino, T-Pain, and many others. Jason currently tours around the globe with Christian recording artist Don Moen. He enjoys mentoring, playing music, and playing basketball.
Brian Hazelet is a Priest serving on the Highland Chapel team. Brian moved to Chattanooga in the summer of 2010 and became the second clergy person at the Mission. As the priest who developed Mission Pathways, Brian helped newcomers take root within our community. In the future, Brian feels led to plant a chapel within the Mission Chattanooga ecosystem. In addition to ministry, Brian is an avid whitewater kayaker and motorcyclist.
Matt is the Director of The Camp House, and also one of our deacons. After graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in History in 2007, he and his wife, Amber, moved to Florida to work in Outreach Ministry for Crosspoint Church in Spring Hill. Matt has worked in the coffee industry for three years after interning at Q Café in Seattle, Washington in 2009. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Mission in the Americas and has a passion for Missional Theology and exploring the threshold between faith and culture. Matt has been married to his wife Amber for 8 years, and they have a son, Theodore, and daughter, Annabelle. In his spare time Matt loves to take his family out on a hike, read, and watch European Football.
Mary is the Mission’s Pastor of Liturgy and the Arts. She has been in some form of ministry, whether in worship, teaching or preaching, for the last 10 years and especially enjoys those aspects of her job that include hospitality and community; liturgy and the church calendar; beauty and the arts. She received her B.A. in English and Christianity from Houston Baptist University and her M.C.S. in Christianity and the Arts from Regent College in Vancouver, BC where she also received The Luci Shaw Prize in Creative Writing for her poetry thesis, Philoxenia. Mary has also been published in quite a few journals. She currently enjoys living out her three vocations of writing, ministering, and mothering her daughter, Amelie Joy.
Angie is our Parish Chaplain here at the Mission. A graduate of Montreat College (B.A. in English Communications) with post-graduate training as a graduate of the Chattanooga Association for Clinical Pastoral Care (CACPC), Angie has been ministering in both para-church and parish ministries for over 15 years. In addition to care-giving, Angie has spent time working for Young Life as well as Stanwich Congregational Church in the area of Youth Ministry. At the Mission, she oversees hospital visitation and engages people with Pastoral care.
Dale Hall has been a pastor serving Chattanooga for over 14 years. Prior to that he served runaways, the homeless, and those in crisis or need as a social worker. He is a shepherd and a pastor in the classic sense of the word. Dale holds a B.S. degree from Shorter University, is a Secular Franciscan Friar, and currently operates as spiritual director promoting spiritual care, classical disciplines and formational discipleship at the Southside. Chapel. Dale enjoys church history, conference speaking and encouraging church planters. He and his wife, Kim, have been married for over 25 years. They have two adult sons: Zachariah, and Jonathan, as well as one daughter-in-law, Jennifer.
Will Joseph is an Assistant Pastor at the Red Bank Chapel. A graduate of the University of Alabama and Reformed Theological Seminary, Will has worked in various capacities with McAlister’s Deli, Burger King, and Redeemer City to City. In 2012, he cofounded Wee Care Diaper Service and is now consulting with International Xchange Organization, Launch Chattanooga, and CoStarters. He is intentionally bi-vocational and, thus, slightly crazy. He has been married to his wife Kayb for 5 years and together they have two children.