For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. -1 Tim. 3:13 (KJV)


Meet Our Deacons


Brian Ceraolo

Brian and his wife, Corrie have three children, Emili, Allie and Tyler. Brian and Corrie placed membership with Soddy church of Christ in 2016. Brian graduated high school at Red Bank High, Attended the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions (Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies), Has a BA degree from the Theological University of America along with a MA and D. Min. He began the Fire service in 1987 at the Red Bank Fire Department where he currently serves as Chaplain. He is The Operations Manager for Erlanger’s Life Force Helicopters. He has served as a Deacon at Soddy since 2017. His areas of involvement at Soddy includes the youth group, teaching Teen and Adult Bible classes, leading singing, technology, Care Team 1 leader, Lads to Leaders Co-Coordinator and fill in Pulpit minister.

Travis Fridell

Travis has been a servant in the Lord’s church for around twenty years. He’s married to his wife, Shari, and has two daughters, Abby and Emma. Travis has lived in the Chattanooga area his whole life and has earned an Associates Degree in Electronics and served a five year Electrical Apprenticeship. He’s now a Supervisor at Chattem. Travis enjoys working with fellow members and the youth group. He often leads singing, prayers, and runs the sound booth in services. He has also participated in mission efforts to foreign fields such as Peru, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Gary Grove

Gary and his wife, Sandra have one daughter – Erica.  Gary and Sandra placed membership with Soddy Church of Christ in 2011.  Gary has served as Deacon since 2015.  Gary graduated high school at Warren County Sr. high, Associate degree from Motlow State Community College, BS degree from University of Tennessee Knoxville, Master degree from Tennessee Technological University.  Gary is a retired Operations Manager with United Technologies Corporation, Carrier HVAC division.



Heath Holland

heathHeath has been a member at Soddy since moving to Chattanooga with his family in 1999. Heath attended college at Freed-Hardeman University where he met his wife, Lisa. Heath and Lisa have three children; Andrew, Caitlin and Caroline. Heath works as a Sr. Business Consultant at TVA. His areas of involvement at Soddy includes the youth group, teaching teen and adult Bible classes, benevolence, and mission efforts in Central America and in the United States. His areas of involvement at Soddy include the youth group, teaching Adult and Teen classes, Pew Packers, Care Team 3 leader, and fill in Pulpit preaching. 


Brett Lawrence


Tom Levi

tom Tom and his wife Barbara have been members of the Soddy church for over 30 years. They have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Tom is a graduate of Soddy Daisy High School and the University of South Carolina. He retired in 1997 from WR Grace Chemical Co, where he was Director of Laboratory/ Health Physics.







Jeff Stracener

jeff Jeff is retired from TVA. He was born in Savannah, TN, attended high school at Harding Academy in Memphis, and graduated from the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL. Jeff and his wife, Vicki, have been members of the Soddy church since 2003, and have 2 children, Jenny and Joey.






Gabby Williamson


Gabby and his wife, Mary Lou, have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. He has been a member of the Soddy church for over 48 years.