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.

Tim is married to the Kristin and they have three daughters: Sophia, Selah, and Zoe.




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.


Paula Tisch — Administrative Coordinator


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Susan Decarlo — Kid’s Minister

Susan was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her husband is Lewis and they have two (now adult) children. Susan holds a B.A in English/Secondary Education, and a M.A. in English and a Ph.D. A.B.D. in Composition Studies/Rhetoric. (She's real smart. -Tim) Susan’s passion for knowing God and serving Him has led her to serve in various capacities including Children's Ministry, Women’s Ministries, high school girls, and leader of women’s Bible study groups. She has participated in international mission work in the Dominican Republic and Northern India. Her goal at Essential is to provide pathways for both children and adults to know God and to find joy in their relational journey with Him.