Staff

Leigh Bonner – Interim Pastor
Rev. Leigh Bonner is a graduate of Rhodes College and Vanderbilt Divinity School.From 2012-2017, Leigh served as Job Coach and Chaplain for Congregational Relations at Nations Ministry Center, a Presbyterian nonprofit agency serving refugees in Nashville. There, she placed refugee clients in sustainable employment, assisted with social services, led congregations in discussions about refugee issues, and liaised with refugee congregations to train pastors and elders to help their congregants through the integration process. From 2006-2007, Leigh lived in Ghana as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer, teaching at a church school and living with a Ghanaian family in Accra. Prior to moving to Nashville, Leigh managed an inner-city youth program and worked as Alumni Consultant for Facing History and Ourselves in Memphis, where she was born and raised.
 
Leigh speaks French fluently and has visited eight European countries. A lifelong musician, she plays the flute and participates in the Nashville Philharmonic Flute Ensemble. She lives in Nashville with her ginger husband, Adam Graham, and their ginger cat, Milo Atticus Finch. Together, Leigh and Adam enjoy cooking, hiking, and traveling, especially to the National Parks.
Desiree Dyer – Facilities Coordinator

Desiree works hard each week to ensure the church is clean and ready for all who use the facilities. From vacuuming, to dusting, to refilling toilet paper rolls, Desiree stewards our space well so that the church is clean and functional. Desiree also works with El Jardin de los Ninos teaching yoga and owns her own Professional Home Organizing business, Tidy by Desiree.

 

Abby Buter – Children and Youth Coordinator

 
Over the next few months, Abby will work with the leadership of Eastminster and Woodland Presbyterian to create and implement a program Sunday mornings for 2nd through 12th grade students. Abby has her bachelor’s degree in community development and a master’s degree in urban studies, and spent six years working with children and youth at Harvest Hands CDC. When she’s not working with children and youth, Abby is busy working on her business Abby Buter Coaching, reading, cheering on her beloved Michigan State Spartans, or traveling to visit her nieces and nephews (and their parents).

Ministry Architects – Consultants

Ministry Architects (MA) is currently walking alongside Woodland Presbyterian as they transition into a new season of ministry. MA has taken Woodland through an assessment process to discern where they are so they know where to go. They are now leading Woodland at Work sessions to gain insight from the members and stakeholders of the church to help chart the course for Woodland’s future. Ministry Architects is led by Mark DeVries. Lesleigh Carmichael and Monica Lewis are consultants on the project and Abby Buter assists with administrative and operational tasks for MA and the church. Ministry Architects is fanatical about success and is excited about helping Woodland find clear direction and sustained momentum backed up by properly aligned resources.