Staff and Leadership

Lead Pastors


Pastor Joel Arwood is the Lead Pastor of Purpose Church

Joel Arwood

Lead Pastor


Pastor Joel Arwood is a distinct voice in the kingdom of God.  He is a trailblazer, leader, and the lead pastor and founder of Purpose Church. Pastor Joel grew up in the mountains of East TN. He recognized the call of God on his life from a very young age. Growing up with a learning disability that made it very difficult for him to read, Pastor Joel had many setbacks but had a strong will to fulfill his purpose for God. He was saved at age 8 and baptized in the Holy Ghost at age 15.


Before starting Purpose Church, he served as a Tennessee State Evangelist for the Church of God. He also served as the Chairman of the Tennessee Church of God Evangelism & Home Missions Board. Pastor Joel currently serves on the Tennessee Church of God State Council and serves as a mentor and coach to church planters and pastors. Many pastors recognize the gift Pastor Joel has in communicating the message of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Pastor Joel is honored to be an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God, Cleveland, TN.


Pastor Joel is married to his true love Theresa and they have four children together.


Pastor Theresa is a beautiful woman of God. She was born and raised near Columbia, SC. Pastor Theresa was saved and at age 20 the night she met Pastor Joel.  Just a few short weeks later she was baptized in with the Holy Ghost during prayer as she intensely sought God for His will for her life.  Just like her husband, she is a powerful voice in declaring the Word of God.  She is Co-Pastor and Worship Pastor at Purpose Church.  She is also the founder of W.O.W. Women of Worship Israel Tour. Pastor Theresa also serves on the Tennessee Church of God Women’s Ministries Board and is the liaison from the Women’s Ministries Board to the Tennessee Pastor’s Wives Retreat Board. Pastor Theresa is an Ordained Minister with the Church of God Cleveland, TN.


Pastor Theresa is happily married to Pastor Joel and they have four children together.


Theresa Arwood is the Co-Pastor and Worship Pastor at Purpose Church

Theresa Arwood

Co-Pastor and Worship Pastor

Support Pastors and Administration

Elementary Age Pastor

Elementary Age Pastor

Shannon Johnson


Shannon serves as the Elementary Age Pastor at Purpose Church. Her husband, Levi is in charge of security and safety.  They have a passion for God and love serving people! Levi & Shannon have 4 boys and a girl!  To get to know them better look them up on Facebook.