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Lead Pastor

John and Sheila were born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina.  They met in 1983 and were married in April of 1989.

In 1991 they attended a revival at the Brevard Church of God where the Lord set them on fire.  They became involved in the church and from there embarked on an adventure of a life of ministry that is still going strong today.  

Their first step was teaching and working with the youth.  They joined the choir and praise team and it was there they discovered their love for music.  In 1992 they began a music ministry called Pure Heart that would last for the next 25 years.  As this ministry grew and they began to travel more, so did the invitations for John to preach revivals while Pure Heart provided the music.   

God eventually led them to move to the North Georgia area and in the summer of 2002 they both took positions on staff at Teen Challenge. Pure Heart music ministry slowed down but continued.  During this season John began to dive into in- depth biblical studies and enroll in online classes that he continues today.      

The life journey of ministry for this couple has continued to grow over the years.  In 2010 a new ministry was birthed when they became pastors of The Portal Church Fellowship.    

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Associate Pastor

Benjamin is the Associate Pastor at the Portal. He was born in Virginia and raised in southern Indiana near Louisville, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River. Benjamin has lived in Chattanooga for over 10 years and works at Adult & Teen Challenge Midsouth where he graduated and volunteered. He has been married to his best friend, Cynthia, for just over 2 years and in October 2020, welcomed their first child, baby Roman! Benjamin has a passion to disciple and teach the children of God to always walk in a manner worthy of the calling He placed on their lives.

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Worship Team

The Portal Worship Team loves God and worships Him in spirit and truth. Their heart is for the worship at Portal to be on earth as it is in heaven. They long for the glory of God’s presence to flow in our services and every facet of our lives so that we can become surrendered and available vessels for His Spirit to flow through. Pictured from left are Rebekah Vaughn (guitarist), vocalists Jessica & Stuart Vaughn and Mitchell Thomas.

Each member of the PWT have musical backgrounds from school bands, choirs and praise bands. For many years, Jessica, Stuart & Mitchell traveled with John & Sheila with Pure Heart Music, a 30 year southern gospel group. Pure Heart is occasionally featured at the Portal. The Portal Worship Team is excited to see what God has in store as they enter another year of service to our community.