Meet the Staff

The Rev. Joe K. Dunagan, D. Min


The Rev. Joe K. Dunagan, D. Min. grew up in south Georgia, is a graduate of Berry College (B.A.), Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M. Div.) and Sewanee: The University of the South (D. Min.).

Mrs. Kristie McElheny

Parish Administrator

Kristie Fayler McElheny is a life-long Bristol resident and graduated from Virginia High School and Virginia Intermont College with a B.A. in Organizational Management. Before coming to Emmanuel in 2009 she worked with non-profit agencies in the Bristol area and has expertise in marketing, administration and public relations. She and her husband Don have eight children, two daughters-in-law, and five granddaughters. Kristie is active with her parish at Saint Anne Catholic Church.

Ms. Adriel Slaughter

Director of Family Ministries

Adriel grew up in Bristol,TN and after a few years away, returned to the area. Adriel has a BA in English with graduate degrees in Liberal Arts and Education and graduate work in Philosophy. Her work at the church includes overseeing our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd ministry and Journey to Adulthood, our youth ministry. Adriel lives in Bristol, TN with her husband Chris, a theatre professor at King University and her daughter Harper and two dogs, Olive and Pepper.

Ms. Stephanie Yoder

Organist/Choir Director

Stephanie has served as Organist/Choir Director at Emmanuel since 2009. She earned a M.M. in organ performance from The University of Akron and a B.A. in music performance from Malone University. Originally from Ohio, she and her husband Christopher moved to Bristol in 2003 to pursue their careers in music. Stephanie is also adjunct faculty, chapel organist, and staff accompanist at King University, and is a freelance accompanist in the Tri-Cities region. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities such as running and hiking, relaxing with a good book, and spending time with her dogs.