KNOXVILLE Dr. G. Steven Sallee, 61, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday afternoon, May 2, 2013, at Parkwest Medical Center after an incredibly hard battle but now he has found peace.Steve was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in Philosophy and Religion; he received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Steve had a life time interest in leading healthy churches and in assisting other pastors with the similar goals. For 10 years Steve was on the National Leadership Team of the Board of Discipleship for the training of New Church Pastors throughout the United States. He co-authored the book "Growing New Churches" which became the manual for New Church Development in the 90s. Steve was the founding pastor of Christ UMC in Chattanooga where he remained for 14 years before coming to Cokesbury UMC in Knoxville.After 16 years of service at Cokesbury, attendance has reached over 3,000 in worship and a membership over 4,500. Cokesbury is now the 13th most attended United Methodist Church out of 38,000 United Methodist Churches in the United States. Cokesbury reaches out to the least, the last, and the lost in the greater Knoxville area in very effective and creative ways. One of his strategies was to combine evangelism and social action. In addition in 1989, Steve did something that was new to the Holston Conference: contemporary-style worship. Steve and Stephen DeFur began the Cokesbury Leadership Academy in 2007. Steve received the 2008 Denman Award for excellence in evangelism at the Holston UMC Annual Conference. Steve was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.He was preceded in death by his mother, Aubyn Sallee Davis and his father, Clarence Sallee.He is survived by his wife, Lynda Sallee; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick Steven and Mandy Sallee; granddaughter, Evelyn Sallee, all of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Jack Sallee, of Cookeville; nephew, Sam Sallee, of Cookeville; niece, Shelley Sallee, of Austin, Texas.A Celebration of Steves Life will be held 4 p.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9908 Kingston Pike and the service will also be simulcast to the Cokesbury Center across the street at 9915 Kingston Pike.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cokesbury UMC Evangelism Fund, 9919 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922.Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Sallee family. www.clickfh.com.