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. Since Glendale’s founding, we have considered our placement in a neighborhood setting to be an important part of our ministry.
At Glendale, we are a very open and loving community. This provides genuine opportunities to enter into meaningful relationships and to offer and receive support. Glendale strives to be a true Christ-like community, where everyone is welcome to the table and has the opportunity to share their experiences, both joys and hardships.
Rev. Peter van Eys, Rev. Stephanie Dodge, Brandon Baxter & Chelsey Hedglin became our pastors in July 2016. We continue to enter into ministries to serve our community and seek to live out the call of God in a variety of ways. We open our doors to the community in a variety of ways: our annual Easter egg hunt, events & fundraisers for our Pencil Partner schools: Glendale Elementary and J.T. Moore Middle and Room In The Inn to name a few.
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 come together for worship every Sunday at 11am with small groups for all ages at 10am. We invite you to be with us in worship on Sunday or any other event at Glendale.
Glendale welcomes visitors each week. We believe God in Christ uses worship to change lives. Be on the journey with us each Sunday @ 11am – a service with a message of hope and love, upbeat music and a great mix of people – old and young, raised in the church, new to the church, Catholics 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. Peter van EysSenior Pastor
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.).
Rev. Stephanie DodgeAssociate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults
I am an ordained deacon in the UMC. I grew up on a dairy farm in SE Minnesota and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in 2006 with a B.A. in biology. In 2007 I moved to TN to study at the Center for Youth Ministry Training and went on to earn an M.A. in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2012.
Brandon BaxterLead Preaching Pastor
I am a Nashville-area native and lifelong United Methodist. My home church is Calvary United Methodist Church in Green Hills. I graduated from Milllsaps College in 2001 with a degree in Music (Vocal Performance) and additional training in Education. Following graduation, I returned to the Nashville area where I trained teenagers involved in community education.
Chelsey HedglinVanderbilt Turner Scholar
I grew up in Oxford, MS and was raised in Oxford-University United Methodist Church, where my journey in exploring my call to ministry began. I graduated from United Methodist affiliated Millsaps College in Jackson, MS in 2013 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and minors in Peace & Justice Studies and Faith & Work. Upon graduation, I decided to stay at my alma mater for one more year and work as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
Dr. Laura KreiselmaierPianist
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 interim pianist.
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
Burton & Julie F.
“We started attending Glendale UMC in late 2012 at the urging of our son and after the church held a beautiful celebration of remembrance service for our daughter, Kimberly. The people were especially nice and helpful. We have continued to attend Glendale ever since.”
– Burton & Julie
“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
Krassi & Family
“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 have been looking for my home church for a good while. I was intrigued by the sayings on the church sign whenever I passed by Glendale. I felt that Glendale would be the kind
of church I was looking for and indeed it has become the place where I belong.” – Ciciley
“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 & Sydney
“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