Our Mission

Helping you and your friends fall in love with Jesus.

We will have approachable and relevant teachings from the Bible that you can apply to your life today.

We will bend-over backwards for guests. They are not a nuisance. Jesus is the main point, and we will make reaching those far from God the focus of our mission.

This will be a safe place for people to explore Christianity. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to have any of the answers. You won’t be singled out for being new. Someone exploring faith is not looked down upon for being late to the game. Rather, this person will be celebrated.

We will create environments that are disarming to new people. There will be refreshments. There will be smiling and inviting faces. Honesty, not superficiality, will be encouraged. Our environments will scream, “We’re glad you’re here;” not, “You must conform, then you’ll be accepted.”

People are invited to wear clothes they feel comfortable in.

We will be intentional at using language that is easily understood. We will make sure that the methods we use to teach are as easy as possible to understand and apply.

We will have contemporary music. When people come, we want them to think, “Wow. This is awesome music. This is the kind of music I would like listening to when I’m in the car.”


We are committed to helping you fall more in love by Jesus, and seeing the relevance of the Gospel to your everyday life.


We are committed to creating environments where we can love God and others, together.


Everything we do, we want to do for the glory of God!

Our Vision

Become an Essential Difference Maker


Our Beliefs

Essential is a Biblically centered and outwardly focused church.

Loving God. Loving People.

Our Leaders

TIm Milner – Lead Pastor


Tim was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Most recently, Tim was the Executive Pastor of Epic Church in San Francisco. Tim and Kristin were part of the team that started Epic Church. Despite being a challenging place to start a church, Epic grew from 0 to 500 in just four years. It was at this time when Tim received the clear and undeniable call to move back to his hometown to start Essential Church.

Previously, Tim attended The University of Alabama where he received his undergrad in Business Management. At this time he accepted the call to full time vocational ministry. Tim attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Chase Allen – Associate Pastor


Chase was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and raised in nearby Lucedale. Chase has served with various ministries, including youth and college. Chase has also coordinated partnerships and led mission teams around the world. Most recently, Chase served on on the administrative staff of Epic Church in San Francisco while attending seminary in the Bay Area. Chase and his wife, Kayela, have two daughters, Eleanor and Amelia.

Chase Morris – Worship Pastor


Chase was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He grew up in the church and has been actively involved in ministry since his adolescence. He attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville and received his B.S. in Accounting. Chase and his wife Anna firmly believe in creating an environment in which musical worship is taught and expressed in a biblical and impactful way.

Haley Carter – Family Minister


Haley was born in Huntsville, AL and has lived in North Alabama all her life. Growing up as the daughter of a Children’s Minister and Teacher, she developed a passion for teaching others about the Lord and his love. Haley graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in Sociology and has served as a Children’s Director since then. She wants kids to see how important they are to the Lord and their ability to reach out and share the gospel with those in their sphere of influence.


Want to worship with us?

Though we may not have met, we already like you. We don't care what you wear, how many piercings or tattoos you have, what candidate you voted for, or if you even know anything about the Bible. We're a church full of people just like you with every kind of story imaginable. We think you're going to love this place and we're saving a seat for you! We can't wait to see you! Sundays 9:30am and 11:00am 1806 University Drive, Huntsville (inside the Spark building, near Red Lobster)