A Christ-centered, Bible-based, and Family-oriented church committed to God, each other, and our community.

Tim Alsup

I began serving as Great Oaks’ Preaching Minister in October, 2005, and we have loved Great Oaks and the Memphis community!  I believe strongly in the transforming power of God and His word, and I love the process of God’s people (me included) growing to be both more faithful and more missional.  Outside of ministry, my hobbies include reading, sports, and enjoying life with my family.  I also enjoy writing: I occasionally post articles on a blog, and I have written two books: Baptism 101, and The Church of Christ: Pursuing God’s Goals for His Church in a Divided Religious World.

FAMILY – I was born in Memphis, but I grew up in Murfreesboro, TN.  I met my wife, Arinne, at West Kentucky Youth Camp (in Marion, KY) in the summer of 2000.  We went to school together at Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, TN), and we were married in Arinne’s hometown of Benton, KY in December 2002.  We have 2 boys and 1 girl: Riley (born in 2008), Eian (2011), and Reese (2014).

EDUCATION – I graduated with undergraduate degrees in Bible and Mathematics from Freed-Hardeman University (2002), and I later completed a Master’s Degree in New Testament from Freed-Hardeman (2005) and a Master of Divinity degree from Harding School of Theology (2015). I also received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Harding School of Theology (2023), writing my dissertation on equipping Christians for evangelism in our increasingly “post-Christian” culture.

MINISTRY – During my Freed-Hardeman undergraduate years, I preached on weekends for the Eddyville (KY) Church of Christ, where I later served as the full-time preacher from 2003-2005 before coming to Great Oaks.  Prior to beginning my full-time work at Eddyville, I served a short time as an Associate Minister with the Como (MS) Church of Christ.  I began serving as Great Oaks’ Preaching Minister in October 2005.