Good to meet you!
Are you are tired of lukewarm Christianity? Are you longing for a church that does more than keep house? Do you want to be challenged spiritually? Would you like your days on earth to count? Do you want a youth minister you can trust with your greatest treasure? Do you dream of a marriage that delights your mate and glorifies your God? Do you want to become your best, most loving, and Christlike self? If so, then Old Hickory is a great place to call home!
I began working with Old Hickory on January 1, 2019. My Dad grew up here, and Hermitage was my childhood home, so I've come full circle. My wife, Lisa, and I married in 1977 in the gardens of Belle Meade Mansion in Nashville. We now have three sons and eight grandchildren that keep our faces smiling and heads spinning. I graduated from Lipscomb in 1980 (BA) and continued my religious studies there (M.A.R., M.Div) before enrolling in Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to specialize in Church Leadership (DMin). My hobby is writing books and articles for The Gospel Advocate. I also conduct leadership workshops for local churches, and I am grateful for elders who support these ministries on behalf of our precious brotherhood. Most of all, though, I am a local preacher loving and serving God's flock that meets at 1001 Hadley Avenue. Lisa and I have fallen in love with our new family at Old Hickory, and I believe you will soon discover what a warm and welcoming congregation this is. Besides that, the community has its own special charm. Let me explain why.
My top ten reasons I love Old Hickory:
10. The peace and quiet of Old Hickory Village.
9. Great parks and trails (we even have a beach!)
8. Being minutes from the river, lake, airport, and superb hospitals (Summit and Skyline).
7. History! A proud, patriotic company town does good and a President's home nearby.
6. Blue Turtle Bay Marina 5 minutes from our back door (try the fish tacos at Sam's).
5. Quaint, colorful, village houses on the historic register.
4. A Nashville branch library sits cozily on the back of our parking lot.
3. The local barber shop (think Floyd's in Mayberry).
2. Our cool coffee shop, Nyumbarista (what Starbucks wished it could be.)
1. The precious people of the OHCOC.
May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you (Jude 2).