Tim was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He loves this place. 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 did very well (and still is!). 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 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.


Wade Shaw – worship PASTOR


Wade was born in Colorado and has been serving in music ministry since he was 13. After graduating from the Newlife School of Worship in 2010, he helped build a church that grew to 2500 attendees in Colorado Springs. He’s very involved with song writing, mentoring, community building, and men’s work. He’s heavily involved with the Crucible Project, a men’s weekend, and is working to be certified in Shadow Work, a tool for spiritual growth.

Kelsey was born in Indiana and moved to Colorado at 12. She’s a photographer, barista, artist, dancer, and "really just the best" according to Wade. She’s been involved in kids ministry, church communications, and church production. She loves antiquing, spending time with her husband and dogs, and lots of coffee.

They have two dogs, River Ann Shaw, and Scout Jean Louise FinchShaw, and are expecting their first human baby, Junia Ragon late December. They are friendly as heck and love having people over for dinner.


Paula Tisch — Administrative Coordinator


More awesome details about Paula are on the way!


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.