Meet Our Team at Glendale UMC – Nashville

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Rev. Stephanie Dodge

Lead Pastor | she/her

I am a 2012 Graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary.  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.

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Giulio Garner

Music Director + Staff Pianist | he/him

Giulio is a musician from Honduras who has been living and studying in the United States for 10 years now. He is currently doing his graduate studies at Austin Peay in Choral Conducting. Giulio has been involved in music with the Mennonite Church in the past and believes in the “small-church” format and embraces the idea of a tight community within the organization. When he is not playing the piano or conducting, Giulio loves to play tennis and boardgames.

Glendale’s 2022 Lay Leaders + Leadership Team

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Katherine Buford

Lay Leader: Connection | she/her
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Doug Crews

Lay Leader: Discipleship | he/him

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Alan Whitley

Leadership Team Leader | he/him
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Caddie Woodroof

Children's Education | she/her
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Steven Adair

Communications + Worship | he/him
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James Poland

Connection + Outreach | he/him

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Kim Joyce

Finance | she/her
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Dusty Grimes

Mission + Service | he/him
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Carol Pitman

Prayer + Nurture | she/her
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Paul Citro

Property + Maintenance | he/him
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Kellie Hargis

Staff + Pastor Relations | she/her
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Bud Hamblen

Treasurer | he/him
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Lydia Henry

Young Adults | she/her

Online Worship

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David Charlton

Livestreaming | he/him
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Paul Gómez

Online Engagement | he/him

United Methodist Clergy at Glendale

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Rev. Stephanie Dodge

she/her

Ordained Deacon
Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference

Current Appointment:
Lead Pastor, Glendale UMC, Nashville, TN

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Rev. Matthew Charlton

he/him

Ordained Elder
Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference

Current Appointment:
Development Officer,
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary,
Evanston, Illinois

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Rev. Hong Duk Kim

he/him

Ordained Elder
Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference

Current Appointment:
United Methodist World Mission Office,
Seoul, Korea

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Rev. Larry Hollon

he/him

Ordained Elder // Retired
Great Plains Conference

Most Recent Appointment:
General Secretary, United Methodist Communications, Nashville, TN


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Rev. Cherie Parker

she/her

Ordained Elder // Retired
Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference

Most Recent Appointment:
Senior Pastor, Hillcrest UMC, Nashville, TN

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Rev. K.C. Van Atta-Casebier

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Provisional Deacon
Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference

Current Appointment:
Associate Pastor, Director of Family Ministries, Foundry UMC, Washington, D.C.

Rev. Peter van Eys

he/him

Ordained Elder // Retired
Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference

Most Recent Appointment:
Senior Pastor, Crievewood + Glendale UMCs, Nashville, TN


Some of the People You’ll See…

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Mary Kate Allen

she/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

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Ryan + Courtney Bell

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“We 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

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Sophie Dukes

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“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

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Dusty Grimes + Chris Brazell

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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


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The Haynes Family

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“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

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Larry + Sharon Hollon

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“Hospitality, welcoming, authentic community, liturgical integrity, thick relationships, calls to serve are all part of the blessing of this inclusive and loving community. We gave considerable thought to why we would join the Glendale community. We both agree that the church offers an invitation to community that feels genuine and authentic.”
– Larry + Sharon

 

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Cat Huntsman

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“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

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John Lee

he/him

I have found a spiritual home that I was missing and wasn’t sure I would ever find; a caring, nurturing environment; and a reestablishment of my Christian faith. Glendale is a vibrant environment that works hard to live up to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and it is a joy to have found it.” – John


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The Murdock Family

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“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.”
– The Murdock Family

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Claire Patton

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“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

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Aziza Rose

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“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

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The Woodroof Family

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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


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