Class of 2023-2026 Elected Officers

 Asterisk indicates previous service in the role at NSF.


Steve Champion*

Steve and his wife, Vickie, have been members of NSF for about 15 years. They have four adult children, two of which live here and are members at NSF. They are very happy to report that they have 11 grandchildren from ages 0-18 years. Steve has actively served as an elder previously, and has been blessed to play guitar on the worship team.

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Garth McPherson*

Garth and his wife, Joyce, have raised nine children who grew up in the church. Garth served on the Steering Committee that started NSF and has been an elder since the church began. He is a radiologist in town and spends his free time gardening and visiting his grandchildren.

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Don Oakes*

Don has been married to his wife, Lindy, for 40 years. They have 2 grown children, Brian and Elizabeth, and one grandchild, Ember (11 mo). They have been members of NSF since it began, and Don has previously been a deacon and elder. He has been in the banking and then mortgage world his entire career.

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Ryan Lieffers*

Ryan has been married to his wife, Lauren, for 12 years and they have two children, Eli (8) and Sydney (1). Ryan and Lauren moved to Chattanooga for rock climbing and access to all the lakes, rivers, and mountains. Ryan is a project manager at Southern Champion Tray and has previously served as a deacon here at NSF.

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Thomas Sanders*

Since joining NSF in 2014 with his wife, Jenn, Thomas has been part of a St. Elmo small group, helped facilitate Men’s Hangouts, and previously served as a deacon. When not working at Unum, he enjoys chasing his daughter, Maggie (2), around the neighborhood and talking Jenn into riding bikes downtown. Jenn is also the Assistant Director of Children's Ministry at NSF.

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Paul Stuart

Paul grew up in greater Nashville and moved to Chattanooga to attend UTC in 2012. He has been married to his wife, Erika, since 2017 and together they have a baby girl, Caroline (10mo). They joined NSF in 2017, and Paul volunteered with the middle school youth from 2020-2021. Paul has worked as a CPA with Mauldin & Jenkins since 2017.

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Ben Walter

Ben is a Chattanooga native and he and his wife, Nicole, joined NSF in 2019. They have 2 boys, Theo (2) and Jacob (18mo). They enjoy helping with the Kindergarten Sunday School class together. He works at Southern Champion Tray in Operations. Their family loves going to the pool or being on the river with a fishing rod in hand!