Reverend Thomas O. Staten, was born June 23, 1951 in Hendersonville, TN. He is the oldest son of Andrew L. Boone and Emma Lee Staten. Rev. Staten attended public schools in Sumner County. He united with the Mount Olivet Baptist church under the leadership of Rev. Amos Jones at the age of 16. After finishing High School, he joined the US Military;. While serving in the Army he completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star medal for meritorious service and was honorably discharged in 1972.
Rev. Staten is happily married to Beverly Rice Staten and they are the proud parents of two children, Juan Lamont and Tamika Nicole, and one granddaughter. Amaryel Mae.
He announced his call to the ministry on the 2nd Sunday in May 2004, under the leadership of Rev George T. Brooks, Jr. He preached his initial sermon on the 4th Sunday in June 2004. Rev Staten is a graduate of Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin TN with an Associate degree, Trevecca University, Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and also a graduate of American Baptist College, Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Theology Degree. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee KS.
He is actively involved in both the religious and secular community. He is currently employed by the Veterans Administration Department in property Management, Nashville, TN.
In November 2009, God placed Rev. Staten as the servant shepherd of the Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Castalian Springs, TN. He is humble and yet proud to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to God's Holy Scriptures. With God's divine guidance, his pastoral goal is to give God the best of his service in teaching, nurturing, preaching and pastoring God's children God's way. Rev Staten's belief is "if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can accomplish anythng with God