We are one of the 32,148 United Methodist churches around the world – a diverse church where the table is large enough for ALL people to bring their beliefs, doubts and questions. Following the roots of Methodism, Glendale is devoted to putting faith and love into action and our primary mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
At Glendale, we believe every person is of sacred worth and created in God’s image. We believe that Jesus is our Savior and that he has taught us how to receive and share love, grace, and mercy.
We believe the Spirit calls us to live according to the example of Christ. We therefore commit to cultivate inclusive love and intentional hospitality with all people, and welcome and affirm persons of every race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, faith story, education, physical or mental ability, economic status, or political perspective.
We consider our diversity to be a gift from God that strengthens us to worship, learn, and serve in Christ’s name.
Our Welcome Statement
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 who you love or how you identify – all of who you are is welcomed into this community of faith by a God who loves you and knows you by name.
Our church is an official Metro Nashville Police Department Safe Place. If you, or someone you know, needs to report a crime based on hate or bias, you can safely do that here at Glendale.
About Glendale UMC – Nashville
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, this congregation became Glendale United Methodist Church.
By a unanimous congregational vote on August 11, 2019, we became an official Reconciling Congregation – an intentional step in continuing our church’s mission to share God’s love and grace to all people with no exceptions and no exclusions.
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 new life and a renewed energy 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 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 – gathering space for our community, Pencil Partner schools Glendale Elementary and J.T. Moore Middle and our homeless ministry, Room In The Inn – just 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 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.
Our Pastors + Staff
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 2019 Leadership Team
Alan WhitleyLay Leader
Caddie WoodroofChildren's Education
Steven AdairCommunications + Worship
James PolandMission + Service
Carol PitmanPrayer + Nurture
John AdairProperty + Maintenance
Paul GómezStaff + Pastor Relations
Some of the Faces You’ll See…
The Caccese Family
“Our family came across Glendale while searching for a church that is welcoming to everyone. We planned on attending our first service with every intention of visiting another church the following weekend. But, from the moment we walked through Glendale’s front doors, we knew we were home.” – The Caccese Family
“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.”
The Fukuda 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 Mira Garbett
“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! I have never attended a church where God’s love is more palpable. What a blessing.” – Kellie
The Murdock Family
“Within the first few minutes of our first worship service at Glendale UMC, we knew we’d found, not just a church, but a community full of love. From the welcome message of inclusion, we knew we’d found a home and a place for our daughter to learn about and love Christ.” – Chris, Jenn & Ella Murdock
“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
“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 3 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”