Our Beliefs

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.

 You Are Loved by God at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN UMC

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 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.

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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.

Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

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

Meet Glendale’s 2019 Leadership Team

Alan Whitley Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Alan Whitley

Lay Leader
Caddie Woodroof Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN UMC

Caddie Woodroof

Children's Education

Steven Adair

Communications + Worship

Bud Hamblen



James Poland

Mission + Service

Carol Pitman

Prayer + Nurture

John Adair

Property + Maintenance
Paul Gomez - Glendale UMC Nashville TN

Paul Gómez

Staff + Pastor Relations

Some of the Faces You’ll See…

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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


Tom Fielder

“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.”
– Tom


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

Kellie Hargis Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN UMC

Kellie Hargis

“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

Chris and Jennifer Murdock Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN UMC

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

Blake O'Donnell Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN UMC

Blake O’Donnell

“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


James Poland

“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 and Sydney Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

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

Alan Whitley Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Alan Whitley

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
– Alan

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