Woodland Presbyterian is transitioning to a “training hub” model of leadership. This model consists of a staff of part-time students, young adults, seminarians, and other individuals who are developing skills for ministry and nonprofit work.
Every Sunday, you’ll hear a variety of voices. Some will be training hub members, and others will be church elders, pastors throughout the Presbytery, or even lay members of the congregation. Below are our current staff members, consultants, and contract workers.
Director of Music Ministries
Jeff is an experienced church musician who has served congregations in Indiana and Tennessee, most recently as music director of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Nashville. A ruling elder in the PC(USA), Jeff has served the church in a variety of roles at its local and national levels.
Since coming to Nashville in 2006 as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer, Jeff has been part of the staff team at Room In The Inn, where he now leads its Winter Shelter program, supporting 200 area congregations that open their doors to their homeless neighbors.
Administrative Support & Youth Coordinator
Tracy is a Medical Aesthetician and Massage Therapist. She loves spending time with her 2 children and her family.
Tracy is joining the team as Woodland’s Operations Manager and hopes to help build a strong bond between the church and the community. Contact Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Nashville native, Jenny graduated in 2014 from Furman University with a degree in graphic design. She spent the past two years working in the nonprofit sector and has interned for various youth ministries in the past. She loves drinking copious amounts of coffee, yoga and mediation, community, and spending time with her one-year-old nephew, Aidan.
Jenny is joining the team as Woodland’s Children and Youth Coordinator and hopes to bring positive energy and creativity to Woodland while serving alongside us. Contact Jenny at email@example.com
Michael is a native of St. Louis, MO, and a senior at Belmont University. Michael is a triple-major at Belmont, studying Music Composition, Music Theory, and Piano Pedagogy (Teaching). Michael will graduate in the Spring, and plans on attending Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall for his Masters of Divinity. Find Michael online at cuppett.media.
In addition to serving at Woodland, Michael works as a professional pianist and composer in the Nashville area. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org
Zavier is currently a sophomore at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School. He is a proud brother to five other boys in his family and has been a part of Woodland’s community for about eight years. He went through confirmation at Woodland and feels motivated to give back to a community that has poured so much into him over the years!
Contact Zavier at email@example.com
Aaron Palmer is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School where he received his graduate degree in Theological Studies with focuses in pastoral care and political theory. Prior to Vanderbilt Divinity School, Aaron, received his B.S. in Social Justice with an environmental focus from Trevecca Nazarene University. Aaron has spent the last five years in Nashville working around issues of homelessness, poverty alleviation, affordable housing, and public policy.
He has spent the last four years working at Safe Haven Family Shelter as their Housing Director helping families transition from the shelter into permanent housing. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, golf, and playing with his two St. Bernard mixes (Russell and Addie). Aaron prides himself as an avid 60s/70s music junkie. Ask Aaron about anything related to Bob Dylan, theology, affordable housing, and good restaurants. Contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder, Ministry Architects
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. Ministry Architects is led by Mark DeVries. Ministry Architects is excited about helping Woodland find clear direction and sustained momentum backed up by properly aligned resources. To learn more, visit ministryarchitects.com.