Lead Pastor

Hi, there. My name is Heath and I'm the lead pastor here at Pinnacle. I have the greatest occupation in the world as Pastor of such a great church. Before entering the ministry I served ten years in the U.S. Military as a Marine. After service in the Marines I braved public education and taught at Canton Middle School. I'm also a graduate of NC State University (B.A. History), have studied at Gordon-Conwell Seminary and have earned an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University.

My hobbies include hiking, kayaking and reading good books. My passion is leading people to become all that God intends for them to be. I am happily married to Shonda, my high school sweetheart and the most creative person I know. 

Make sure to come say hi to me one Sunday! 


connections  PASTOR

Hey Everyone! My name is Caleb Simmons and I have the amazing privilege to work as the Connections Pastor here at Pinnacle Church. I have a passion for discipling people in their walk with Jesus.  I love building teams of people and working with volunteers to see our mission here at Pinnacle get accomplished.  I graduated from Clemson University in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education.  

I am married to my best friend Sally and we have two little boys: Reid and James. If I'm not spending time with my family I'm probably on the river fly fishing or enjoying some sporting event, especially if Clemson is playing. 




Communications  DIRECTOR

Hi I'mErica Stamey our creative director. I've been serving vocationally in ministry for five years.  After working at a bank which I thought would be my dream job I felt God calling me to Pinnacle. I served in our kids ministry for years until I started using my creative talents to serve in that capacity.   It's been so exciting to see how God has moved in our church and our community and I can't wait to see what He continues to do.

 I'm married to my best friend Walker Stamey.  I love all things geeky but especially Star Wars. In my free time, I love to read, play D&D and go hiking. If you see me at church please feel free to say hi. 

walker stamey


 Next-Gen Pastor 

Hello random person on the interweb! Thank you for checking out our website. I am the Next Gen Director at Pinnacle Church meaning I have the awesome privilege of interacting with the volunteers and children that make up PCKidz and Pinnacle Students. I was born and raised here in Haywood County and I only left for College. I attended UNC of Charlotte where I obtained my History degree. I planned to be a Teacher at public schools but God changed that path for me. I'm married to my absolute best friend and amazing communications director Erica (She is literally the best). Some of my favorite things are Star Wars, Dragon Ball, and reading a good book on a rainy day (that’s the softer side of me).

If you have any questions about PCKidz or Pinnacle Students send me an email at ! Can’t wait to see you at Pinnacle, when you see me be sure to stop and say Hello!

Tommy Payne

Worship pastor 

I’m a family man.  My wife, my kids and I have the same goal - love people to Jesus through our lives and my music!  I’m a worship leader here at Pinnacle and I'm not afraid to make it loud.  I also sing and serve at prisons, detention centers and halfway houses. I would love to say hey so if you see me at church please come say hello.