Tyler Hudnall Worship Director

Tyler grew up in the Eastern Kanawha Valley, where he attended a small country church. It was there that his love of music began and where he learned about the love of Jesus. Having been involved in ministry since the age of fourteen, he believes it is the presence of Jesus that will bring change to the world, and he loves leading people into His presence. 

Tyler is a former West Virginia History teacher and holds a deep love for this state. He has a passion to see it and its people supernaturally changed by the outpouring of Jesus in the region.

Tyler married his high school sweetheart, Emily in the fall of 2016.


Dawn Lemle
Children’s Director

Dawn Lemle serves as our Children’s Director, from newborn thru 5th grade. She is passionate about serving our families and leading kids to Jesus for life. While her husband, Mitchell, was born and raised a Saint Albans boy, she grew up in the Midwest and moved to West Virginia in 1995. Together with her husband, she has over 20 years experience in ministry and has been at King’s River since 2012. They have three children who are full of energy and always keep life interesting. 

When not at church, you’ll find Dawn where you find all things crafty and creative or volunteering somewhere. She loves traveling, music, reading, learning new things, coaching soccer and teaching kids about gardening. Oh, she may also have a small obsession with all things monkey.

“We don’t get to be the whole song in a kid’s life. We only get to sing one verse.” – Jon Acuff. We want to make it count.


James Branham
Student Director

James and Suzy Branham were born and raised in West Virginia.  After they married in 2006, they moved to Texas for 11 years. During their time in Texas, they were both on staff at a large Non-Denominational church. James served as their Student Pastor and was part of their worship ministry while Suzy served as church secretary for seven years.  During this time, they adopted five children, Sophia, Ryan, Glenda, Gabriel, and Emory.  

Feeling God drawing them back to West Virginia, they moved home in 2018.  God’s plans are amazing and perfect. We are so glad God brought them home to be a part of our family.  James joined our family as our Student Pastor in January of 2019.  James and Suzy like to spend their spare time meeting with new and old friends and building community.


Jennifer & Jay McKay
Life Coordinators

Jay and Jennifer McKay, along with their two children Whitney and Nate, reside in Hurricane. Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Jennifer was brought to West Virginia by her husband Jay who has lived here most of his life. Although Jennifer’s heart is in the South, the direction of the Lord’s calling and leading was very clear. Previously being Pastors for eights years in Hamlin, WV, they felt God calling them to be apart of the work he is doing at King’s River. Being in ministry for over twenty years, their positions have varied from youth pastors to worship leaders, but their main goal has always been to love God & love people. Jay and Jennifer serve King’s River as our Life Coordinators. They have a heart to see everyone feel at home, find their place, and develop relationships with others. They also oversee our Life Groups which provide opportunities to share life together, grow closer to God, and develop genuine relationships.


Susan Smith
Communication & Office Director

Susan joined our team in 2013. She runs our front office and helps us keep things running smooth on a daily basis.  She is the first point of contact for everyone calling or stopping by during the week and is always ready to pray with anyone in need.  She has been involved in various facets of ministry, primarily Prayer, Healing Room, and Tech Ministries.  She has two grown children with children of their own.  She loves music, books and movies and absolutely hates beets.