Bro. Wayne Fortner grew up in Bristol, Tennessee. As a child he attended Bethel View Baptist Church and accepted Christ as his personal savior there in August, 1974. He remained a member there until answering the call to the ministry in June, 1981 at the age of 21.
Bro. Wayne attended Sullivan Central High School and later Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. He has served several churches over the past 33 years, and felt lead to Temple Baptist Church in October 2011. He is married to Karen Gilbert Fortner. They have two sons and three grandsons.
When he isn’t leading a worship service in song, he might be found riding his bicycle, at a movie with Karen, or at the Community Theater.