Meet Our Church Staff

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Keith Johnson, Senior Pastor

Pastor Keith was born in Knoxville, TN on February 24,1959 to Kyle and Bernice Johnson. Keith was one of seven children. He graduated from Central High School in 1977 and was called into ministry during a student led revival in 1978. He received a designated scholarship to attend Liberty University.

During his years at Liberty, he met Nancy Lorenz and they married in 1982. Their first daughter, Megan Rose was born the month after Keith graduated in 1984. They moved back to Knoxville and Keith took his first ministry position at Corryton Baptist Church as their Singles and Outreach Minister. In 1986 Pastor Keith was called to EMBC as Assistant Pastor, working with youth and children. While there, God blessed them with a 2nd daughter, Katie Lynn, who was born in 1988.

Keith was called as pastor to Unity Baptist Church in 1989. While serving as pastor at Unity, God called Keith out of local church ministry to overseas ministry. In 1991, he moved his family to Louisiana to pursue his Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. After receiving his MDiv from New Orleans, Keith and Nancy served with the International Mission Board from 1994-2002. In February of 2003, Keith was called as senior pastor here at East Maryville.

Since coming to EMBC, God has blessed Pastor Keith and his wife Nancy with a son-in-law, who is now serving his country as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Pastor’s daughter, Megan is married to Captain Mike Cassin, and they live in Woodbridge, Virginia. Pastor Keith’s second daughter, Katie, is a first year med student at Quillen Medical School at ETSU. Pastor Keith and his wife Nancy are thrilled to be a part of what God is doing at East Maryville and look forward to God continuing to advance His Kingdom through the many ministries of EMBC.

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David Frahme, Associate Pastor of Administration and Education

Krista Frahme, Preschool and Children's Director

David was born in Louisville, KY on May 6, 1967, to Ed and Judy Frahme. Ed worked for State Farm Insurance Company and Judy was a homemaker and professional educator. David graduated from Russell High School in 1985 and attended Carson-Newman College majoring in Computer Information Systems and Management. While at Carson-Newman, David received an ROTC scholarship graduating in 1989 as a United States Army Officer.

David married Krista Rose from Morristown, TN who also graduated from Carson-Newman with a degree in Child and Youth Psychology. They moved to Augusta, GA where David attended the Signal Corps Officer Basic Course at Ft. Gordon. They then lived in London, England where David served for three years as the Executive Officer of the United Kingdom Signal Company.

In 1992, David left active duty to pursue a career as an information technology professional for the Navix Corporation and Ashland Oil, Inc. in Ashland, KY. However, in 1997, God lead David to serve Him in denominational ministry at LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, TN. David served as a Systems Engineer, Financial Analyst, Church Consultant, and Church Relations Project Manager and was a Deacon at First Baptist Church Smyrna, TN, until God called him to local church ministry in 2003.

David then served as the Interim Director of Financial Administration at Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin, TN and then as Pastor of Discipleship and Evangelism at Lewisport Baptist Church in Lewisport, KY (western KY) before being called to East Maryville Baptist Church in June 2006. David and Krista have two children, Laura and Elizabeth.

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Jason Salyer, Associate Pastor - Students

Jason Salyer was born and raised in Tennessee. He came to know Christ as a teenager and began following God's call in ministry at age 18. He began his preaching ministry at churches throughout the area and served in his first staff position as a Student Pastor in Johnson City, TN while in college.

He obtained his Bachelor's Degree from East Tennessee State University in 2002. He then attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where he received his Master of Divinity in December 2006. While in seminary, Jason served as an interim pastor, student pastor, and speaker to churches in the Kentucky/Indiana area near Louisville.

Jason married his wife Bethany on May 19, 2001 and they have faithfully served together in the ministry. More recently, God has led them to return and serve in Tennessee. They have three children, Kaydin, Chloe, and Isaac.


Contact our Ministerial Staff

Keith Johnson
Senior Pastor

Joshua Duke

Music Pastor

David Frahme
Associate Pastor-
Administration & Education

Jason Salyer
Associate Pastor - Students

Krista Frahme
Preschool & Children's Director

Laken Kimsey
Director of Media & Property

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1150 Brown School Rd.
Maryville, TN 37804
Office:   (865) 982-4960
Fax:  (865) 982-5913


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