What to Expect…
We are inclusive + affirming + reconciling.
We are an official Reconciling Congregation. This means that we are a safe place for all of God’s children to grow deeper (or begin) their faith journey – no matter who you love or how you identify. We are intentional in being in community with our LGBTQ+ siblings through Pride and other community events and actively support the work of Nashville LaunchPad, The Oasis Center and other life changing (+ saving) organizations.What is worship + the community like?
People check out Glendale for the first time every week in worship @ 10am. You will experience a laid back atmosphere, a message of hope + love, upbeat music and people with diverse faith journeys – old and young, raised in the church, new to church, those from other denominations and faith traditions to some who question it all – you name it. All are welcome at Glendale. #YallMeansAllWhat if I'm not a Christian?
Not a problem. We welcome everyone. Our faith is a journey – each person at their own place as we grow in this life together. Come just as you are to Glendale – no exceptions and no exclusions.
Some of the People You’ll See…
Josh Landrithhe/him"As I have rekindled my faith, I didn’t think I could ever be a part of a church again because of the tendency churches have to put hard labels on who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out.’ However, after looking at Glendale's Instagram, I quickly fell in love with this place, mainly due to their mission towards inclusivity, their open spirit, and their passion for justice in our world." - Josh
The Haynes Familyhe/him + she/her"It was important to us that we find a church that acknowledged, supported, and openly accepted all people. I have two mothers and when trying to have our children raised in the church, it was important that they were not being taught that their grandparents were bad people for simply loving each other. When we found Glendale we were ecstatic!" - Jocelyn
Ryan + Courtney Bellhe/him + she/herWe weren’t necessarily looking for a church, but immediately felt at home at Glendale. Through some of the hardest times of our lives, the Glendale community always found a way to support us right when we needed it most. After having complicated relationships with church in the past, we have found a community of faith that we weren’t sure was ever going to be a part of our lives. - Ryan + Courtney
Sophie Dukesshe/her"I was born in Mississippi to a lineage of Southern Baptist Ministers but eventually left the church due to the cruel and vengeful image of God portrayed. Through friendships formed with Glendale members while playing sports in Nashville, I decided to give Glendale a try. From my warm welcome at the front door to the foundational gestures of friendship as I departed...I knew I’d found my new home. A home that, to this day, provides a safe space filled with friendship, love, and community." - Sophie
The Woodroof Familyhe/him, she/her + they/them"As parents, to hear our children say that Glendale is the first church where they truly feel a part of a family - the first place where they have experienced God's love - it's both humbling and joyful. We are so blessed to have found our church home." - The Woodroof Family
James Polandhe/him"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
Dusty Grimes + Chris Brazellhe/him“After being away from the Church for over two decades, we decided a couple of years ago that it was time to reconnect with the Christian community through an inclusive church. Once moving to Nashville, we began attending churches that were part of the Reconciling Ministries Network. At Glendale, the initial welcoming message and sermons that supported equality, social justice, and diversity resonated with us both as well as the overall vision of continued growth of ministry and fellowship. ” - Dusty + Chris
Kellie Hargisshe/her"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! Glendale UMC is an amazing community where God’s goodness and grace are truly demonstrated through the kindness of the congregants. I have never attended a church where God’s love is more palpable. What a blessing." - Kellie
The Murdock Familyhe/him + she/her"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 M.
Mary Kate Allenshe/her"After 14 years out of church, I never knew I'd find the most perfect fit at Glendale. Our church is open, affirming, and we love everyone no matter where they're from and who they love. God works within the walls our church, but also outside in the community as well." - Mary Kate