Our Team


Meet the Staff

Get to know our Pastors & Staff


Pastor James Biddle

Lead Pastor

Pastor James Biddle is the Lead Pastor at Emmanuel Assembly. He and his wife Tarah joined the Emmanuel team in early 2012. They are starting their twelfth year together in ministry. During the past fifteen years he has served as youth pastor, worship pastor, associate and lead pastor. One of their greatest desires is to encourage church health and development in our area and internationally. He also has a great desire for the discipleship of new and established believers. He graduated from World Changers Bible Institute under Frease Ministries. He also studies through the Assemblies of God Global University. His wife and ministry partner, Tarah, studied at the University of Tennessee. Accepting the call into ministry and preaching at the age of 15, Pastor James has spent much of his life learning the gospel and reaching those around him with compassion. They have four beautiful children Ava, Noah, Lillian, & Tate. The Biddles are building their family around the Lord Jesus as they minister with joy and compassion! ​


Pastor Michael Clark

Associate Pastor

Michael Clark is the Associate Pastor at Emmanuel Assembly. He and his wife Candi have been married since May of 2006 and have one daughter, Elianna (Ellie), and one son, Judah. Michael graduated from FIRE School of Ministry in 2002, and then interned at the Los Angeles Dream Center. Michael graduated from Johnson University in 2006, with a double major in History and Bible. In 2009, Michael completed his Master of Arts in Missiology at Regent University. Michael and Candi also serve as Public Relations & Youth Coordinators for Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach (www.kicko.org). They are committed to seeing community transformation!


Pastor Rick Mills

Discipleship & Strategies Pastor

Rick Mills serves as our Discipleship & Strategies Pastor at Emmanuel Assembly. He and his wife Susan have five children and a growing number of grandchildren. Rick is the author of The Big Turn Over—The Revolutionary Plan of Student-Led Youth Ministry™ and several other leadership books.With his degree in Marketing & Advertising Rick and not only uses his talents at Emmanuel but has also spent several years working with Dr. James Dobson, Acquire the Fire Youth Conferences, Andrew Wommack, and other churches around the country. Even though we keep Rick pretty busy, he still travels across the globe equipping church leaders and students to become more effective leaders for the Kingdom.


Mary Faulkner

Administrative Assistant

Mary Faulkner is the Administrative Assistant at Emmanuel Assembly. She and her husband, David have been married 31 years and have 4 children: Brittanie (Aaron), Nathan (Emma), Victoria, and Audrianna (Audrey), as well as their crowning glory of 2 grandchildren, Rebekah and Quentin. Mary graduated from UT with a B.S. in Food Technology and Science. After working a short time in the food industry, Mary chose to be a stay-at-home mom and has home schooled her children with only 1 now remaining to graduate. Her study of food and her interests in health and nutrition have led her to be involved in the hospitality ministry at Emmanuel. She also serves part-time as a catering assistant for a friend. Mary enjoys hiking, camping, and taking care of her small ‘backyard farm’ of 3 horses, 6 chickens, an Aussie and a cat. She stands firm on 1 Corinthians 15:10, "By the remarkable grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect."


From Administrator to Hospitality and from A/V to Usher it takes a great deal of wonderful individuals to serve at Emmanuel. We couldn't do it without their faithful service.

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