Senior Pastor Dr. C.N. Willborn
Dr. C. N. "Nick" Willborn is an ordained minister/teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and was installed as the Senior Pastor-teacher on August 2, 2009. Dr. Willborn had served CPC as Stated Supply Pastor since June 2008. Dr. Willborn is Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology in the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (where he taught full-time 2000-09) and has held pastorates in Tennessee and Alabama. He holds the B.S. from Tennessee Technological University (1984), the M.Div. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (1988), and the Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (2003).
He is a frequent conference speaker and preacher and a regular contributor to Reformed journals and books. Publications include "Adoption: A Historical Perspective with Evangelical Implications," in Sanctification: Growing in Grace (2002); "The Diaconate: God's Office of Temporal Affairs," in Confessing Our Hope (2004); and "The 'Ministerial and Declarative' Powers of the Church and In Thesi Deliverances," in The Confessional Presbyterian (2005); "Gilbert Tennent" in Colonial Presbyterianism (2007); "Biblical Theology in Southern Presbyterianism" in The Hope Fulfilled (2008); "The Deacon: A Divine Right Office with Divine Uses," in The Confessional Presbyterian (2009), "Hodge and Thornwell: 'Princes in Israel'," in The Confessional Presbyterian (2012); "James Henley Thornwell: An American Theologian," in The Confessional Presbyterian (2013); "The Gospel Work of the Diaconate:A Ministry “Proportioned in Number,” in The Confessional Presbyterian (2014); The Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer by the Banner of Truth Trust (2014); "Sanctification and the Law in American Reformed Tradition" in The Confessional Presbyterian (2015); "John Macleod: An American Appreciation" in The Banner of Truth (December 2015).
He is currently co-editor of The Confessional Presbyterian and is completing the first critical biography of the noted 19th century American theologian John L. Girardeau, the famous preacher to slaves. Nick and his wife, Carol, have three children and live in Knox County.
Associate Pastor Sean G. Morris
Rev. Sean Morris is an ordained minister/teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and was installed as the Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Oak Ridge on June 26, 2022.
Born and raised along America’s snowbelt in North Kingsville, Ohio, Sean attended Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, earning his BA in Biblical and Religious Studies. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi in December of 2014. Sean previously served as the Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Roanoke, Virginia from May of 2015-May of 2022.
While in Mississippi, Sean served as stated pulpit supply for Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church in Natchez, Mississippi (the oldest Presbyterian church in that state, dating back to 1807), and as an intern to the Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, serving under both Dr. J. Ligon Duncan and Dr. David Strain. Additionally, he served as an Honors Scholar and Teaching Assistant for the Academic Dean and the Chancellor during his time at RTS. He has also taught at West Africa Reformed Seminary in the Gambia.
In 2019, Pastor Morris completed his MTh (Master of Theology) studies with the University of Glasgow (Scotland), focusing on Scottish Theology and Church History. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Historical Theology from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While in Virginia, Pastor Morris helped found the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education (BRITE), a presbytery-based theological training institution serving students throughout Appalachia and even around the world. Pastor Morris labored there as an instructor and as the Academic Dean.
Beyond theology, writing, and good literature, Sean is passionate about good coffee and the "Three Bs"--Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven. He has written for various academic and popular level periodicals including Reformation21, Humane Pursuits, Ad Fontes, and the Puritan Reformed Journal. Sean and his wife, Sarah, live in Oak Ridge with their two sons, Benjamin and Gabriel; one daughter, Eleanor; and an adorably useless beagle, Max.
Associate Pastor John Blevins III
(Christ Church Presbyterian, Church Plant)
John Blevins III is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church of America. John was ordained and installed, in November 2015, as the Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Since 2021, Pastor Blevins has been serving as the church planting pastor of the daughter church/mission work of Covenant, Christ Church Presbyterian in the Powell area of Knox County.
Pastor Blevins is a 2015 graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and former Ministerial Intern of Fellowship PCA in Greer, South Carolina. The Lord has blessed John with a wonderful wife, Taylor and their three sons, J.C., Benton, and Walker. The Blevins family live in the Karns community. Pastor John's greatest desire is to glorify God in all he does. His prayer is for the Lord to use him as a means to bring the lost to a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to build up God's people. Soli Deo Gloria!