Dr. Steven Sallee of Cokesbury United Methodist Church in West Knoxville, formerly of Christ United Methodist in East Brainerd, died today.
He was considered the evangelistic leader among United Methodist pastors in East Tennessee and had grown Cokesbury into a large church. He had previously done the same for Christ United Methodist Church in Chattanooga.
He came to Cokesbury in 1996 after helping form Christ from two churches in the 1980s.
Dr. Sallee had been battling pneumonia.
A Celebration of Life service was being planned.