our minister

Kirkland wheeler

I am Kirkland Wheeler and I am the full-time minister at Kingston Church of Christ. I grew up in Murfreesboro, Tn where I graduated from Blackman High School (2008) before pursuing a collegiate baseball career at Freed-Hardeman University. After college (2012), I spent seven years working for Nissan of North America’s manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tn. In 2017, I enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard as an Air Traffic Controller. After returning home from basic training, I began my theological studies. I graduated from Amridge University with a Bible/Ministry degree in 2021 and began my Masters of Divinity at Oklahoma Christian University in the Summer of 2021.  I deployed to the Horn of Africa with the 1-107th AOB from August 2021 – June 2022. In August of 2022, I became a Chaplain for the 1-230th AHB which is where I currently serve. Before accepting the Kingston position, I was the Bible teacher and Athletic Director at Knoxville Christian School.


I have been married to my wife, Valerie Wheeler, since September 2015. Together we have two boys, Oakley (5 years old) and Rhett (4 years old). Valerie is from Inez, Ky and we met at Freed-Hardeman. Together we are an active family whether that is on a ball field, in the gym, or out in the backyard. If I am on vacation, then chances are, you can find me somewhere in the mountains or wherever the Army sends me. My one goal is to serve each of the members of the Kingston congregation in any way that I can while also motivating us all to be the light in the Kingston community.