Helping you and your friends fall in love with Jesus.
We will have approachable and relevant teachings from the Bible that you can apply to your life today.
We will bend-over backwards for guests. They are not a nuisance. Jesus is the main point, and we will make reaching those far from God the focus of our mission.
This will be a safe place for people to explore Christianity. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to have any of the answers. You won’t be singled out for being new. Someone exploring faith is not looked down upon for being late to the game. Rather, this person will be celebrated.
We will create environments that are disarming to new people. There will be refreshments. There will be smiling and inviting faces. Honesty, not superficiality, will be encouraged. Our environments will scream, “We’re glad you’re here;” not, “You must conform, then you’ll be accepted.”
People are invited to wear clothes they feel comfortable in.
We will be intentional at using language that is easily understood. We will make sure that the methods we use to teach are as easy as possible to understand and apply.
We will have contemporary music. When people come, we want them to think, “Wow. This is awesome music. This is the kind of music I would like listening to when I’m in the car.”
We are committed to helping you fall more in love by Jesus, and seeing the relevance of the Gospel to your everyday life.
We are committed to creating environments where we can love God and others, together.
Everything we do, we want to do for the glory of God!
Where Essential Is Headed Long Term
JOIN US FOR THIS AMAZING JOURNEY
Essential is a Biblically centered and outwardly focused church.
Loving God. Loving People.
TIm Milner – Lead Pastor
Tim was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Most recently, Tim was the Executive Pastor of Epic Church in San Francisco. Tim and Kristin were part of the team that started Epic Church. Despite being a challenging place to start a church, Epic grew from 0 to 500 in just four years. It was at this time when Tim received the clear and undeniable call to move back to his hometown to start Essential Church.
Previously, Tim attended The University of Alabama where he received his undergrad in Business Management. At this time he accepted the call to full time vocational ministry. Tim attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Chase Allen –
Chase was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and raised in nearby Lucedale. Chase has served with various ministries, including youth and college. Chase has also coordinated partnerships and led mission teams around the world. Most recently, Chase served on on the administrative staff of Epic Church in San Francisco while attending seminary in the Bay Area. Chase and his wife, Kayela, have two daughters, Eleanor and Amelia.
Chase Morris – Worship Pastor
Chase was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He is currently attending The University of Alabama in Huntsville to complete his bachelors in Accounting. Chase grew up in the church, and has been actively involved in ministry since his adolescence. He has led worship at several different churches in the Huntsville area and has felt a strong calling to ministry from a young age. One of his core desires is to create an environment where worship is taught and expressed in a biblical and impactful way.
Haley Carter – Family Minister
Haley was born in Huntsville, AL and has lived in North Alabama all her life. Growing up as the daughter of a Children’s Minister and Teacher, she developed a passion for teaching others about the Lord and his love. Haley graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in Sociology and has served as a Children’s Director since then. She wants kids to see how important they are to the Lord and their ability to reach out and share the gospel with those in their sphere of influence.
Debra Graybeal – Administration & Communication
Debra was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in nearby Etowah County. In 2012, Debra and her husband, Seth, moved to Huntsville for Seth’s job and they love living in the Rocket City! Debra and Seth have been married since 2004 and have one canine child, Cesar, their spoiled-rotten Chihuahua! Debra enjoys leading the Social Media Team, while also serving in several additional roles as a volunteer member of the Essential staff. She wants everyone at Essential to be well-informed and comfortable communicating with the staff and each other.
Want to worship with us?
Sundays 9:30 and 11am
1806 University Drive, Huntsville (downtown area, inside the Spark building, near Red Lobster)