Bishop Tom Stinnett Jr. was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 20, 1953. He is the Senior Pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ at Maryville, Tennessee. He also founded the church on September 8, 1994. Bishop Stinnett is also a member of the Executive Bishops Council of The Churches of Jesus Christ International and is the Editor of their quarterly True Light Messenger newsletter. He has an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Northwest Florida College. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Master Technician in 1992. He has served as Youth Leader, Assistant Pastor and Pastor respectively in churches in Niceville, Chrestview and Valparaiso, Florida as well as Florala, Alabama. He and his First Lady, Deborah Stinnett were married on October 9, 1971 and have three children, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.