Pastor David & Caroline Speas
“Pastor David” has been our pastor since 2012. He is energetic and loves being around people.
Rev. Speas grew up in a godly family, lived most of his life in eastern Kentucky, and heard the truth of the Gospel before he could even walk. He gave his heart to the Lord during his senior year of high school and began attending Kentucky Mountain Bible College the following fall. Following graduation, Pastor David served as an assistant minister in Morehead, KY. And upon marrying his wife, Caroline, assumed the head pastorate at Clinton First Wesleyan. Together, Pastor David and Caroline have two children - Fletcher and Clara.
Pastor Emeritus and wife
Sam, Pauline Condon
Veronne, Vonetta Carter
Pastor Veronne G. Carter
Veroone G. Carter was saved at age 18, “Pastor V” was ultimately led to move to Nashville, TN to pastor and grow the Wesleyan Church there. He has enjoyed a career in HR and Retail Management; but went into vocational Christian ministry in 2012. His heart is for intergenerational and intercultural faith formation and focused discipleship – passing the Christian faith from generation to generation.
He sensed God leading his family to the Knoxville area, and moved to join the pastoral team at First Wesleyan Church Clinton in Dec. 2018.
He continues to have a passion for Christian Education and serve as sa H.S. educator. He also enjoys community involvement and leadership in various capacities.
Pastor V serve as the Director for the KY-TN District Annual Kids Camp. He is happily married to Vonetta Carter and has 8 children from ages 8 through 22.
Kelly Giles started attending with her husband Michael Giles in 2007.
She was saved when she was 13 on a youth outing to a Christian concert in Nashville that she attended with Second Baptist Church, and was baptized in July 2007 by Pastor Ben Peak.
In 2012 their family became fully committed to the church and their oldest son Michael and their daughter Breana were both baptized by Pastor David Speas. She started working for the church in April 2016 as the administrative assistant and her husband is on the board for the church.
Her favorite artist are Lauren Daigle and Francesca Battistelli but she also likes Hollyn and Carrollton.
She likes watching football and hanging out with family and friends.
Ryan White grew up in a Christian home in Eastern Kentucky. He was saved in his early teens. While he was in high school, God called him to go to Kentucky Mountain Bible College. He studied communications and Bible theology. At KMBC he met his wife Yurika Kobayashi. While at KMBC he felt God convicting him to have a passion to love people and preach the gospel.
After graduating from KMBC Ryan lived in his hometown in Ky and worked at a car dealership. He filled in for pastors on Sundays as well as playing gospel bluegrass in churches with his friends. Pastor David Speas contacted him once about possibly coming to Clinton to be involved in the church. For about a year Ryan prayed about coming and finally He and his wife both felt that it was God’s will for them to come; specifically to be involved with the church youth. He teaches the youth Sunday School and Wednesday night class and preaches at church from time to time. He also plays bass in church worship.
Ryan and his wife enjoy camping, hiking and being outdoors. They love coffee and exploring new places. Currently Ryan also works at Fox Toyota in Clinton as a sales consultant.