Glendale Methodist Church was founded in 1945 in the growing Glendale neighborhood of south Nashville. In 1968, with the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, the congregation became Glendale United Methodist Church.
Read aloud in every worship service, we put these words into action as we seek to not only be a place of acceptance and affirmation for all of God’s children, but to also share the message out into the world of God’s undeniable and unconditional love for each and every person.
We at Glendale UMC want you to know that no matter:
Where you’ve come from or where you are going; what you believe or what you may doubt; what you are feeling or just not feeling; what you have or don’t have; and no matter whom you love – all of who you are is welcomed into this community of faith by a God who loves you and knows you by name.
Rev. Steph Dodge & Rev. Peter van Eys became our pastors in July 2016. Throughout the last two years, this place we call Glendale has experienced a rebirth with many new people finding Glendale to call their church home. We have a question for you: What passions do you have? We are always looking to add new mission and ministry opportunities to make a real difference in our community and the world. We are blessed to be able to open our doors to the community in a variety of ways: events & fundraisers for our Pencil Partner schools: Glendale Elementary and J.T. Moore Middle and our homeless ministry, Room In The Inn – just to name a couple.
Our church campus includes a Retreat & Hospitality House where church groups, travelers, or people simply seeking a quiet retreat can come to deepen their relationship with God. We share our upstairs space with ministry partners who offer spiritual direction and counseling. Right beside the sanctuary, a labyrinth sits where all are welcome to take some time to slow down and enter into a time of walking prayer and on the front lawn, our new “Nathan’s Playground” is open to the community that provides a safe and fun space for our neighborhood children.
We gather for worship every Sunday at 10am with small groups for all ages at 9am. Come check out Glendale – we’re all on this journey of life together.
Glendale welcomes visitors each week in worship @ 10am. You will experience a service with a message of hope and love, upbeat music and people with diverse faith journeys – old and young, raised in the church, new to church, from other denominations and faith traditions to those who question it all – you name it. All are welcome at Glendale. Check out what’s happening this Sunday here».
Glendale invites all persons to take time to listen for God through the experience of a labyrinth walk. Designed to be a symbolic journey into the center and out again into the world. Learn more about Glendale’s labyrinth here».
Rev. Stephanie DodgeLead Pastor
I am a 2012 Graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary. I entered into ministry because I believe that everyone should be a part of the loving, supportive community that Christ offers each of us. In my free time I enjoy riding my bikes, working out, reading, and watching movies.
Rev. Peter van EysPastor
I was born in Nashville and raised in Green Hills, and at my home church, Belmont UMC. I entered the ministry in 1979 and have served churches across the Tennessee Conference and in the West Ohio Conference. I hold two degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.A. and M.Div.) and one from Boston University School of Theology (D.Min.).
Dr. Laura KreiselmaierStaff Pianist
Dr. Laura Rosser Kreiselmaier is a holistic therapist, musician, and teacher. A church pianist since age 14 and a member of Glendale since Dec. 2013, she has volunteered since last summer as our Community Partners Liaison and is delighted to serve now as Glendale’s Staff Pianist.
Meet Glendale’s 2018 Leadership Team
John AdairProperty Team
Carol PitmanCare Team
Bud HamblenFinance Team
Alan WhitleyEducation Team
James PolandMissions Team
Luke EwingStaff/Pastor Relations Team
Steven AdairWorship Team
Some of the Faces You’ll See…
“I grew up in Nashville and have always called Glendale home. Glendale UMC is a place for all people to come and grow together in a common love for God and for one another.” – Steven
“Glendale UMC is a gem nestled in the city of Oak Hill. Having attended larger churches, I appreciate the intimacy and tightly-knit community Glendale provides. I immediately felt welcome, valued, and continue to be greeted with open arms.”
Jason, Neva & Family
“Glendale UMC reached out to my family in a time of need before I ever became a member. It is a lovely church that makes such an impact in the community and in my life.” – Neva
“I am a native of Bulgaria. Left all of my blood relatives there, but found a new spiritual family at Glendale. Glendale UMC is a place where even the black sheep feel welcomed and valuable.” – Krassi
“I was seeking a place where I could feel authentically welcomed just as I am, a place where I could feel God’s peace and comfort, a place to refuel each week without pressure or intimidation. What I found was so much more! Glendale UMC is an amazing community where God’s goodness and grace are truly demonstrated through the kindness of the congregants. I have never attended a church where God’s love is more palpable. What a blessing.” – Kellie
“I started coming to Glendale after my friend brought me there one Sunday. I felt the immediate presence of love and acceptance and ever since then Glendale has become like home. The people of Glendale UMC are a daily reminder to me that there is good in the world. I have never been excited to go to church before but now I wouldn’t have it any other way.” – Blake
“From the very first time I attended Glendale, I was embraced and loved upon. I had been looking for a church home for a while and Glendale became my home. I joined a few months ago and now Glendale is not the church, it’s my church.” – Carol
“I was invited to visit Glendale UMC many times before I finally accepted, and it was love at first sight. The combination of the warm, welcoming members and their commitment to serving the community demonstrated God’s love for us all. I have been coming back ever since.” – James
Josh S. & Sydney W.
“We started coming to Glendale the fall of our freshman year at Belmont and fell in love with the close, tight-knit community. Glendale has become our new home!”
– Josh & Sydney
“I first came to Glendale nearly 2 years ago after looking for a church to call home. I walked in and I immediately felt loved, accepted & I felt the presence of God. Glendale has given me a wonderful community & a stronger relationship with myself & with God”