Glendale United Methodist Church - Nashville Staff & Leaders

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    Stephanie Dodge | Lead Pastor
    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! Get in touch at [email protected] or 615.297.6233.

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    Josh & Sydney | Faces you'll see...
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    “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

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    Blake O. | Faces you'll see...
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    “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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    Kellie H. | Faces you'll see...
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    “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

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    Krassi | Faces you'll see...
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    “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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    Alan W. | Faces You'll See...

    “I first came to Glendale nearly 2 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” – Alan

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    Steven A. | Faces you'll see...
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    “I grew up in Nashville and have always called Glendale home. Glendale UMC is a place for all people to come and grow together in a common love for God and for one another.” – Steven

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    Chelsey Hedglin | Associate Pastor
    Associate Pastor

    I grew up in Oxford, MS and was raised in Oxford-University United Methodist Church, where my journey in exploring my call to ministry began. I graduated from United Methodist affiliated Millsaps College in Jackson, MS in 2013 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and minors in Peace & Justice Studies and Faith & Work. Upon graduation, I decided to stay at my alma mater for one more year and work as an AmeriCorps VISTA coordinating student volunteering and community engaged learning through the organization 1Campus 1Community. In 2014, my husband Christopher and I moved to Nashville so I could attend Vanderbilt Divinity School. Currently, I am a 3rd Year M.Div. student and Turner Scholar at VDS. Last year, I was given the opportunity to serve as VDS’ Student Body President. I am a Certified Candidate for ministry in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church pursuing ordination as an Elder. I am married to Christopher, who teaches Advanced Placement United States History at Hume-Fogg High School. My hobbies include playing soccer (with my colleagues at VDS on our intramural soccer team creatively called “The Para-cleats”), photography (though it’s difficult to capture the immeasurable beauty that God has gifted us on this earth, I like to try), art (crafting, painting, collaging, etc. I also like to incorporate art in worship), and travelling (I’ve been to 14 different countries and still don’t feel like I’ve begun to experience the wonder that this world has to offer). I am so excited to be on this journey in ministry with you!

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    The Fukuda Family | Faces you'll see...
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    “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

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    Tom F. | Faces you'll see...
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    “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.” – Tom

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    James P. | Faces you'll see...
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    “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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    Peter van Eys | Pastor
    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 is a 3rd year student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. 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 2018? I consider it a privilege to be a pastor and desire that all might know God’s love and grace. Email me at [email protected]