Brad and Tammy Bryant began attending RIO in 2000. In 2003, Senior Pastor Ronnie Hepperly asked Brad to become the Associate Pastor for RIO. In November of 2005, Pastor Hepperly then asked Brad and Tammy to embark on their biggest challenge yet and plant a church in Blount County to help accommodate the quickly growing congregations of RIO. In January of 2006, Pastor Brad & Tammy and 40 members of RIO Central joined them at Heritage High School and began a great ministry which would be named RIO 180. After about a year there they moved to the property where the church is now on Montvale Station. The Bryant’s live in Friendsville and have 2 children; daughter Kelcey and son Jordan. They now have a grandson, Bryant Bumbalough, from their daughter Kelcey and son-in-law Ryan Bumbalough.