Jason Payne

Lead pastor

Jason and his family moved to Elizabethton in April 2019.  He has over ten years of ministry experience and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Moody Theological Seminary (Chicago).  Jason and his wife, Corey, have three kids.  He loves playing video games with the kids, rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats, and spending time outdoors.


Derek Woodward

Associate & Youth Pastor

Derek came to East River Park in October 2008.  He has over 15 years of youth ministry experience.  Derek has a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Christian University (2006) and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville).  He is married to his lovely wife Nataly and together they have two sons.  Derek enjoys coffee, reading, and family time. 

Email:  Derek@eastriverpark.church

Bo McGee

Worship Director

Bo and his family joined East River Park in 2009.  He has a tremendous passion for worship and loves leading our congregation in praise.  Bo is married to his wife Kylie and together they have three daughters.  Bo likes to cheer for his daughters on the basketball court, play guitar, and spend time with friends.

Email:  Bo@eastriverpark.church   

Kirk Wright

Children's Director

Kirk is a full-time student at Milligan and is working hard to earn a ministry degree.  He is from Elizabethton and graduated from our own youth ministry a few years ago.  Kirk loves people and is passionate about helping people, especially kids, grow in their faith.  In his free time Kirk likes to hang out with friends, play video games, and spend time with his fiance Kendra.

Email:  Coming Soon

Mary Anne Key

Office Secretary

Mary Ann joined our team in February 2019.  She studied at Johnson University and holds a Bachelors in Bible and Elementary Education.  Mary Ann is married to her husband Greg Key (minister at Westside Christian) and together they have two grown children. Mary Ann enjoys reading, baking and decorating cakes, and spending time with family.