Leadership Team:


Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.


Thomas FamilyRev. Dave Thomas, Senior Pastor

Dave has served at Buffat Heights over 10 years. He and his wife, Carrie have six children. Dave has been in ministry for more than 20 years. He has a passion for discipling believers to a growing maturity in Christ. Dave is involved with prison ministry and Call2Ministry which helps students and adults discern the call to vocational ministry. He also sits on the board of A Certain Sound.
Dustin Vaughn, Worship Pastor
Dustin joined the staff at Buffat Heights in May 2017. Dustin has a Bachelor of Arts from Milligan College. He has worked in various areas of worship ministry since 2012. Dustin lives in Knoxville with his wife Natalie. He enjoys music, playing and watching sports, and outdoor activities.



Jake Honeycutt, Student Pastor

Jake came on board in September 2017. Jake graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016 where he studied Church Ministries and in 2014 he also graduated from Johnson University. He has been married to his wife Lauren since 2013 and has a beautiful baby boy named Hudson.


Maynard & CarolynRev. Maynard Tribble, Senior Adult Pastor

Maynard has been with Buffat Heights for over 15 years.  Maynard has a vast experience in Christian education from years of serving Southern Baptist churches.  Maynard also leads a Wednesday morning Bible study for seniors. 




Melanie Norman, Children’s Ministry Director
Melanie became our Children’s Ministry Director in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Ministry, Johnson University, Knoxville and has worked in children’s ministry for nearly 20 years. She is also a Deputy Clerk for Knox County Clerk’s office. Her and her husband Rick have been a great addition to the Buffat Heights family.
Lori Davidson, Office Manager

Lori has been on staff at Buffat Heights since 2006.  She provides vital assistance to all of the church staff as well as the church as a whole.  Lori and Dennis live in West Knoxville and have 4 grown children.  Their ministry passions include prayer and support ministries and serving in International Missions.


Darla & BenzDarla Bailey, Administrative Assistant

Darla joined the staff at Buffat Heights in August 2014. She has several years experience in office administration and served nearly 10 years as Administrative Assistant at Thorn Grove Baptist Church in Strawberry Plains. Darla and her husband Benny live in East Knoxville and have two Jack Russells: BeBe & Tank.