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Quiet Waters Ministry Founders - Bruce & Paula Cote

About Us

In late 2019, sensing God’s urging to move on from their present church pastoral ministry, Bruce and Paula purchased a fishing lodge, Tailwaters Lodge, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee comprising 14 acres and 540’ of river frontage on the pristine South Holston River in Bristol, TN.  The South Holston River is known for trout fishing and their property abuts the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) public lands offering miles of walking trails, undeveloped woods, and within one-mile of the sprawling South Holston Lake.  It is an ideal location for Quiet Waters Ministry.

Our Heart’s Desire

Quiet Waters Ministry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry established to help people restore their lives, build on their relationship with God, and enjoy His presence.  Bruce and Paula established this ministry in January 2020 following the loss of their daughter Jessica in 2018 at the age of 31.  Bruce is an ordained Anglican Priest who has served in both non-denominational and denominational churches.  He received his Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1995 and has worked in the Corporate world with General Electric and M&T Bank, as well as running his own financial planning business as a Certified Financial Planner(TM) professional.  Paula has been a teacher for most of her life working with special education children in the public schools setting.  Together, they hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (2,184 miles) in 2012.  It took them five months and they raised $70K for Urban Impact in Pittsburgh, a ministry that reaches disadvantaged youth in the inner city. Their hiking experience was transformational for them, God met them on the trail and ministered to them in ways they did not expect.  Combined with the loss of their daughter, they now have a passion to help others experience restoration and healing through the outdoors. 

Our Board Members

Dr. Andy Lamb

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Lamb is a board- certified Internal Medicine physician. He retired from medicine in April 20021.A 1977 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he served 3 years on active duty in Germany before attending the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine on an Army Health Professions Scholarship. He graduated in 1984 and subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1987 at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. He then served five years as an internist at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky where he was also the Chief of Internal Medicine. In 1990, he deployed to Saudi Arabia as Chief of Medicine for the 86th Evacuation Hospital in support of the 101st Air Assault Division during Operation Desert Storm for which, he was awarded the Bronze Star. 

In 1992, he left the Army and joined Kernodle Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic in Burlington, NC where he remained for 22 years. His life has been one of leadership and service. He has held numerous leadership positions to include President of Kernodle Clinic, Chief of Medicine, Alamance Regional Medical Center, and Chief of Staff, Alamance Regional Medical Center. In 2014 he was selected as the first Vice President of Medical Affairs with Cone Health – ARMC, a senior executive physician leadership position. He serves as the Medical Director of the Elon University Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Finally, Dr. Lamb is a team leader for faith-based medical missions throughout the world. Thus far he has led 45 missions since 2000. His passion is investing in, teaching, encouraging, and mentoring others.

He has been married to his wife Cathy for 45 years and has has 3 sons, Chris 40, Vaughan 37, and David 30. He is an avid fly fisherman and ties his own flies and makes fly rods. He enjoys backpacking and camping (combined with fly fishing!) as well as sports (he played baseball at West Point and coached youth baseball and basketball for nearly 20 years), reading, writing, and a good red wine!

Coach Keith Kephart

Born July 7, 1944, semi retired from an athletic career that spanned over thirty years. Being able to live my childhood dream, that being a coach, having worked at Iowa State University, University of Kansas, University of South Carolina and Texas A&M. While at the University of Kansas, was named National Strength Coach of the year. As Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of South Carolina, we began the South Carolina High School Strength Coaches Association; was named to the South Carolina High School Strength Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016. I continue to work when and where it’s available. I’m also a certified “Christian Life Coach”. My Masters degree is in Counseling and Psychology.

Married to my college sweetheart, Sue for fifty five years, living in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Our family has been blessed to have three daughters, each married, six grandchildren. I love to read, particularly authors that can enrich my walk with the Lord. Teaching, coaching, assisting others to reach various earthly as well as heavenly goals remains my passion for this present journey.

Dr. Ed Shelley

Ed is a retired Radiologist who practiced in South Carolina for 35 years. He was President of Carolina Radiology, served as President of the South Carolina Radiological Society and is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. He was Chief of Staff at Grand Strand Regional Hospital. Ed has been on the Board of Directors of South State Bank, First Federal Bank and Peoples Federal Bank.As well, he is on the Board of Directors of JM Smith Corporation He is currently Chairman of the Medical University of South Carolina Alumnae Association. Also, he serves as Chairman of 836 Ministries and Coastal Recovery Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. and was past Chairman of The Shepard’s Table in Conway, SC.He is on the Executive Committee of Garden City Chapel which is a Christian retreat that serves church youth groups and foster children’s homes from all over the country. Ed and his wife Betty have been married 50 years and they have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters. He is a member of The Abbey in Pawleys Island SC and is active in ministries associated with his church. His hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, golf, boating and working on his family’s farm. He also enjoys people and his relationships with friends are very dear to his heart.

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371 TVA Rd, Bristol, TN, United States, 37620



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