Our Mission


Our purpose is to glorify God as we go with Him into the world leading people to know, love, & serve Jesus Christ.  


God has called us to be a Great Commission Church, which means we are focused on being a healthy church that functions as the body of Christ in five key areas: evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, worship, & ministry. Included in this focus is the desire to be a regional church that reaches those in our community & surrounding areas from Sweetwater to Cleveland with the gospel of Jesus Christ. To be a global impact church that reaches around the world with special attention given to unreached people groups. And further, to be a model church to other churches. 


Small Group Bible Study: Sunday School & LIFEgroups
Worship: God Centered/Celebrative
Missions: Personalized/Short-term projects/Pledged Giving 


  • Become an equipping center where every member can be discipled & developed to his or her full potential for ministry.
  • Move under God’s initiation & enabling.
  • Use a balance of traditional & innovative ministries.
  • Offer ministry for every age & multiple needs.
  • Use Small Groups as our foundational organization for ministry.
  • Plan worship to be God centered & celebrative.
  • Personalize missions involvement.






DOUG METZGER, Interim Pastor  

Doug has served as a Pastor in PA, NJ, GA and CA during his 40 years of ministry. He also served at the North  American Mission Board in Alpharetta, GA. He has been interim pastor at a number of churches and began the interim  here at CBC on January 3. He and his wife Leslie have 3 children and 8 grandchildren   and reside in Canton GA.  He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.







 PAUL GENTRY,  Office Admisitrator/Worship Director


    Paul Gentry joined the team as our new Office Administrator in September 2011. He, Tammy, and Kevin are faithful members of Clearwater and serve in many capacities. Paul leads the daily office operations at Clearwater. He also serves in Worship, Media, and other areas. 





Rebecca Hutsell, Financial Secretary

Rebecca Hutsell is married to Allan and they have two children Chase & Emma. They are also faithful members of Clearwater and serve in several ministry areas. Rebecca takes care of our finances. She is an incredibly valuable resource to our team.


SHERRY FOX, Custodian

    Sherry Fox joined our staff in October 2012. She is married to Scott and they both serve in many capacities here at Clearwater. They have three children named Brittany, Ariel, and Mitchell. We are delighted to have Sherry on our team.

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Clearwater Baptist Church

964 County Road 180

Athens, TN 37303

ph. 423.744.7147

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