Meet Our Lead Pastor + Music Director

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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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Aleksey Porcelli

Music Director | he/him

I was adopted from Moscow, Russia and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I moved to Nashville in 2018 and currently live in East Nashville with my pup, Thunder! I’m a member of Crossfit E Nashville, love songwriting and am into anything fast (motorcycling, roller coasters, running, etc).

Glendale’s 2021 Leadership Team

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Alan Whitley

Lay 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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Bud Hamblen

Finance | he/him

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Ashley Pyne

Mission + Service | she/her
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Carol Pitman

Prayer + Nurture | she/her
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John Adair

Property + Maintenance | he/him
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Paul Gómez

Staff + Pastor Relations | he/him

Worship + Technology

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David Charlton

Worship + Technology | he/him
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Iz Ortiz

Worship + Technology | she/they

United Methodist Clergy at Glendale

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Rev. Stephanie Dodge

she/her

Ordained Deacon
Tennessee Conference

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

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Rev. Matthew Charlton

he/him

Ordained Elder
Tennessee Conference

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

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Rev. Hong Duk Kim

he/him

Ordained Elder
Tennessee 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 Conference

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

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Rev. K.C. Van Atta-Casebier

she/her

Provisional Deacon
Tennessee Conference

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

Rev. Peter van Eys

he/him

Ordained Elder // Retired
Tennessee 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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The Caccese Family

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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

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Sophie Dukes

she/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 the church a try.  From my warm welcome at the front door, the mid worship sincere greetings, to the foundational gestures of friendship as I departed…I knew I’d found my new home.” – Sophie


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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

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Kellie Hargis

she/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!  I have never attended a church where God’s love is more palpable. What a blessing.”  – Kellie

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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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Alejah Love

she/her

Both Glendale’s inclusive and affirming environment and attitude felt like I was being called home into a space where I was loved wholeheartedly. I don’t think I found Glendale. I think Glendale found me.” – Alejah



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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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Blake O’Donnell

she/her

“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

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James Poland

he/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

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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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