Dennis Coughlin (2020)
Grow Team chair

I’m married to Lynne and we have two sons, Spencer and Kevin, who reside in the Knoxville area. I’ve primarily worked in the manufacture of nuclear reactors and optical fiber; however, my current job is consulting for the chemical process industry. Over time, my job titles have included laborer; cook; research engineer; manager of engineering, purchasing and Human Resources; CEO; director of manufacturing; coach; and my favorite, high school science teacher. Lynne and I have had the privilege of teaching elementary Sunday school and serving in Vacation Bible School at Decatur First for 15 years. I’ve also been a volunteer mentor to Eagle Scouts and college students, baseball coach, trustee of a museum of science and technology, chamber of commerce executive board member and diversity council member. My primary focus areas for the Grow Team are intergenerational ministries and spiritual growth of children and youth. I’m filled with excitement and optimism for Decatur First's Future Story! I can be reached at