Rev. Stephanie Dodge, Lead Pastor
I am a 2012 Graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary. 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 before going on to seminary. I was ordained a deacon by the TN Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2016. 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.
I would love to grab coffee with you so I can get to know you!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Peter van Eys, 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 2019? I consider it a privilege to be a pastor and desire that all might know God’s love and grace.
Email me at email@example.com
Dr. Laura Rosser Kreiselmaier, Pianist
I am a holistic therapist, musician, and teacher. A church pianist since age 14 and a member of Glendale since Dec. 2013, I have volunteered since last summer as our Community Partners Liaison and delighted to serve now as Glendale’s pianist.
I hold a PhD in Religion, Psychology, & Culture from Vanderbilt as well as a two-year certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I am fascinated by personality theory and enjoy working with individuals, couples, and groups from a wide variety of backgrounds. I am under supervision for licensure in Clinical Pastoral Therapy and serve as the President of the TN Association of Pastoral Therapists.
To learn more about my therapy practice, please visit my website at www.KreiselmaierTherapy.com. To inquire about piano lessons, get in touch by email!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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”