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. Bring your questions + doubts with you. And really, it is safe to assume that there are others already within our community who have some of those same questions + doubts that you do. You’ll find a safe space to explore those alongside us. Come just as you are to Glendale – no exceptions and no exclusions.
Some of the People You’ll See…
Cat Huntsmanshe/they"When I moved to Nashville 10 years ago, I struggled to find a church that supported my beliefs and open attitude. Glendale had been on my radar due to the messages of love and justice on the outdoor sign over the years. I knew from my first worship service that this place was going to be my spiritual home" - Cat
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
Aziza Roseshe/her"Before finding Glendale, I stopped going to church and started doubting my faith, leaving Christianity altogether. I found Glendale at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement and started worshiping online and then in person. This is the first church that I truly feel welcome and at home." - Aziza
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
Claire Pattonshe/her"It was important to me to find a church that was affirming and doing the work of being anti-racist. I wanted to be apart of a church where injustice in our world was spoken about and acted upon. After attending my first service, I know I had found my new church family. I am incredibly grateful for this safe space where I know that any and all are welcome." - Claire
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