Rev. Peter van Eys, Senior Pastor
I was born in Nashville and raised in Green Hills. 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.).
I am married to Patti, a Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D.), specializing in the care and advocacy of children and adolescents with maltreatment histories. We have two young adult sons, David and Dane, who both live in Nashville. David is in the field of Transportation Logistics and Dane was recently appointed to serve Pegram United Methodist Church in Pegram, TN.
I enjoy being with family, travel, hiking, and watching soccer. I am looking forward to a World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands…maybe 2018? I consider it a privilege to be a pastor and desire that all might know God’s love and grace.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Stephanie Dodge,
Associate Pastor of Youth & 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.
In my free time I enjoy running, riding my bike, playing flag football and competing in triathlon.
Email me at email@example.com
Dr. Laura Rosser Kreiselmaier, 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 pianist.
Laura holds a PhD in Religion, Psychology, & Culture from Vanderbilt as well as a two-year certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She is fascinated by personality theory and enjoys working with individuals, couples, and groups from a wide variety of backgrounds. She is under supervision for licensure in Clinical Pastoral Therapy and serves as the President of the TN Association of Pastoral Therapists.
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