meet our pastors

Reeves & Jenn wilder

For the past 16 years, we've had the honor to serve as Children’s, Youth, Creative, and Associate pastors. We are grateful for the opportunities God has given us to grow and develop. These experiences have shaped and prepared us to launch and pastor this new church. 


We are imperfect people, on an imperfect journey, while chasing a perfect God. We believe that there is freedom from yesterday, strength for today and a hope for tomorrow. We would love to meet YOU and invite you to join us on this journey!

Hope Valley Church will be launching September 2020.

our family

Reeves, jenn, brayden, braxton & lucy

Jenn and I met in the summer of 2004, and then married in 2007. Since then we've had 3 beautiful children; Brayden (8), Braxton (5) and Lucy (2). We love spending our time together while watching our kids play sports, exploring the mountains of Tennessee, and finding fun and local places to eat. I have a crazy love for quality coffee, while Jenn loves a good trip to Target. One thing that we value above all is family. Creating moments with each other is a BIG DEAL, because those moments last a lifetime. 

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

Romans 15:13 NLT


Reeves Wilder  Jenn Wilder

why a new church in knoxville?


There are at least 850,000 people living in or near the city of Knoxville. Yet there are over 350,000 people who still don’t know Jesus. More than just statistics, these numbers have names; these numbers are our friends, our neighbors, our siblings, our parents, and our family. 


More people are reached through starting new churches than any other way. So we want to build the kind of church that reaches them. We don’t want to wait for them to wander into church, but instead, create the kind of church that we can’t wait to bring them to. We want to start a church that exists to bring hope to the community. 


To help people

KNOW God, 

FIND Freedom, 

DISCOVER their Purpose, and

GO Make a Difference.


Jesus is our message

People are our priority

Faith is our perspective

Passion is our response

Excellence is our standard

Generosity is our privilege

Serving is our calling


Jesus Is Our Message:

Our primary focus is to share the good news of Jesus with people who are far from God and to teach people how to follow Him. The message of Jesus, the Gospel, literally means “good news” and this good news is the central message of our church. Methods will come and go, yet our message will remain the same. Jesus is our message.

Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 1:15-29, Romans 1:16-17


People Are Our Priority:

Our love for God is revealed through our love for people. We believe that people matter to God, so they matter to us. People are our greatest asset. So, we value, celebrate, invest, and encourage them. We love all people regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic background.


We are committed to doing anything short of sin to reach the lost for Jesus. Hope Valley is a reaching church, a rescuing church, and an inviting church. We are a welcoming church and a “do whatever it takes” church because people are our priority.

John 3:16, Luke 15, Luke 19:10


Faith Is Our Perspective:

We carry the perspective of faith. Faith in God who loves us and is working to complete what He started in us. We live faith-filled, believing that God can and will work on our behalf. This perspective gives us the ability to move forward into our future filled with confidence that the best is yet to come.


Passion Is Our Response:

We believe that the only response for all that Jesus has done for us is a life lived with passion. We believe that passion is contagious, and we choose to be passionate in our worship, prayers, serving, giving, and our response through the preaching of God’s Word. We are unapologetic about our passion and seek to respond to what God is doing in us through appropriate and meaningful expressions.

Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37-40

Excellence Is Our Standard:

We believe that excellence honors God, inspires people, and creates comfort. We believe that the most excellent message deserves the most excellent presentation. We believe that excellence is about doing the little things in a big way. God is into the details, so we are into details. We are passionate about creating excellent environments and experiences for people to encounter God. We will always do our very best with what we have. If we are going to do it, we are going to do it to the best of our ability. We hold a high standard of excellence for every area of our church. Excellence is our standard.

Colossians 3:23-24, Daniel 6:3, 1 Kings 10


Generosity Is Our Privilege:

We believe that Christians should be known as the most generous people. We should give cheerfully, regularly, and sacrificially. We believe that we should live with open hands always ready to give and receive. We believe in tithe and offerings motivated by grace, not guilt. Our church is not built on the generosity of a few but on the sacrifice and generosity of many. We’re generous with our time, talents, and treasure. God has given richly towards us; therefore, it’s our privilege to give back to Him. Generosity is our privilege.

Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 11:24-26, 2 Corinthians 8 & 9

Serving Is Our Calling:

We believe that every person has a calling to serve others. Serving others is one of the most fulfilling parts of the Christian life. Serving is not something we do; serving is who we are. We believe that anyone can be great because anyone can serve. At Hope Valley our position is that if you're too big to serve, you're too small to lead. We believe saved people serve people. We are contributors not consumers. Serving is not an option. Serving is our calling.

1 Peter 4:10, Matthew 23:11, Mark 10:35

how can you help?


  • This is a God-sized dream and every God-dream begins with prayer. Join us and our team by praying for Hope Valley Church.

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • God’s dream for this city is only possible with the generosity and sacrifice of people like you. Pray and ask the Lord if He would have you give sacrificially toward launching hope valley Church.

    you can


    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • We are building our teams, preparing to launch in September 2020.  Pray and ask the Lord if He would have you join our launch team to help us see knoxville experience Jesus. We need you.




    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

join the team

Are you interested in joining our Launch Team?

Reeves and Jenn would love to sit down with you personally and share the heart and vision of Hope Valley Church. COFFEE IS ON US!

CLICK HERE: To have coffee with us.

Hang tight while we prepare your form...

This form may capture sensitive data (credit cards, bank accounts…), yet this site isn’t sufficiently secured.

Please contact the site administrator to resolve this issue. He must enable SSL.

This form failed to load. Try reloading this page.

The server may be having issues, or this website’s administrator may have deleted the form.