Dr. Alan T. Smith
Administrative Pastor

Dr. Smith is the founding Pastor of Grace Covenant Baptist Church and Academy, serving since January 1993. He is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the son of a Baptist minister. Dr. Smith holds the Doctorate in Christian Counseling Psychology and Master of Arts in Ministry degrees. He completed his undergraduate studies at Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, Tennessee. Dr. Smith is married to the former Deborah R. Stroud, Early Childhood Education Administrator of Grace Covenant Baptist Academy.

Deborah R. Smith
Early Childhood Education Administrator/Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Smith has extensive teaching and administrative experience in early childhood education. She was previously employed with Knox County Head Start and was owner and operator of Noah's Ark Christian Child Care Center. Mrs. Smith oversees all aspects of Grace Covenant Baptist Academy's early childhood education program and is responsible for Grace Covenant Baptist Academy's teacher development and curriculum. She holds the Child Development Associate Credential for early childhood education. She is married to Rev. Dr. Alan Smith, Founding Pastor of Grace Covenant Baptist Church.


Jamie C. Carter
Elementary / After School Teacher

Mrs. Carter holds a Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration on Excellence in Teaching from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. She is a Knoxville native and a graduate of Karns High School. Mrs. Carter and her family are active members of the Seymour Church of God where she serves as Children's Worship Pastor. Prior to teaching at GCBA, Mrs. Carter was employed by Knox County Schools as a kindergarten interventionist in providing extra reading support to at-risk children who fall into the 11th—25th percentile in reading. The instruction for these students was fast-paced, repetitious and supportive.


Katlyn A. Hartline
Preschool Teacher

Miss Hartline is the Lead Teacher in our older preschool classroom.  She is very familiar with Grace Covenant Baptist Academy as she, herself, was a student in our After School program.  Katlyn is a graduate of Hardin Valley Academy.  Each and every day, Miss Katlyn brings energy and excitement to the classroom. You will find her interacting with the students on their level throughout the day, leading daily activities such as crafts, music, and recreational play. Additionally, she teaches the children the weekly theme, letter, and Bible story.

Lindsey N. Smith
Preschool Lead Teacher

Miss Lindsey, as she is affectionately known, has been teaching our Preschool children since January 2005. Before coming to Grace Covenant Baptist Academy, she served as a Preschool teacher for Noah's Ark Learning Center of Knoxville. Her many years of Preschool teaching experience brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. Her giving spirit and love for children makes her a perfect addition to any Preschool classroom. Miss Lindsey attended Karns High School where she served in the classroom assisting children with special needs. Her numerous classroom duties include guiding daily activities such as crafts, music, and recreational play. Additionally, she teaches the children the weekly theme, letter, and Bible story.


Ashlin B. Wasmundt
Preschool Lead Teacher

Mrs. Wasmundt has been employed by Grace Covenant Baptist Academy since September 2019. She is a graduate of Hardin Valley Academy. She has a passion for children and a personality that is contagious. She is active in her church's music ministry where she serves as a member of the Praise Team. Mrs. Bri is the epitome of a perfect Christian preschool lead teacher. Parents whose children have been under her care and supervision have fond memories and a heart of gratitude for the exceptional and loving care their child has received.