About Us

Gathering to worship, serve and grow by following Jesus in an uncertain world.

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Life to the Fullest

Our Hope for You

West End Community Church is a place you can experience God’s love and worship freely; a space to gather in true community and grow in spiritual strength; where personal transformation by the grace of Jesus is a common pursuit.

Our Hope for Our City

We strive to love our neighbors and care for their physical, spiritual and emotional needs by living out what Jesus taught. We desire to see the neighborhoods of Nashville defined by the love and teachings of Jesus.

Transformed by Grace

Some Things We Think Are Important

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Worship

We gather together on Sundays to glorify God and celebrate what he has done and is doing in our lives. We bring our joy and pain to him in whatever our circumstances.

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Gather

We welcome all people and create opportunities for each of us to be known and know others, and to offer care in the challenges of life.

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Serve

We seek to love our neighbors, share the gospel and alleviate material, spiritual and relational brokenness in all that we do, knowing that the blessing goes both ways.

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Grow

We strive to help people understand the timelessness of Scripture so they become more like Jesus and see lives changed in the city and world.

Executive Team

Carter Crenshaw
Carter Crenshaw

Senior Pastor

Chuck Merritt
Chuck Merritt

Executive Director

Scotty Smith
Scotty Smith

Teacher in Residence

David Bartek
David Bartek

Sr. High Boys Director

Mary Berndt
Mary Berndt

Director of Children's Ministry

John Bourgeois
John Bourgeois

Pastor of Teaching

Katie Boyer
Katie Boyer

Special Needs Coordinator

Diane Bradshaw
Diane Bradshaw

Director of Care & Assistant to Senior Pastor

Al Brady
Al Brady

UpRise Admissions & Recruiting Director

Lila Buchanan
Lila Buchanan

Sr. High Girls Intern

Jeff Darnell
Jeff Darnell

UpRise Training Camp Director

Greg Davis
Greg Davis

Pastor of Care

Judy Dorris
Judy Dorris

Director of Children's Ministry

Katelyn Doucoumes
Katelyn Doucoumes

Weekday Childcare Assistant Director

Rachel Edmiston
Rachel Edmiston

Ministry Support Specialist

Jack Foster
Jack Foster

Chaplain/Asst. Pastor

Bobby Freeman
Bobby Freeman

Director of Youth and Emerging Generations

Marie Fuzzell
Marie Fuzzell

Communications

Leah Gaffney
Leah Gaffney

Director of Youth

Libby Glisson
Libby Glisson

Community Group Coordinator

Emily Gordon
Emily Gordon

Director of Mother's Day Out/Event Childcare

Patricia Hammock
Patricia Hammock

UpRise Career Services Director

Courtney Hyder
Courtney Hyder

UpRise Advancement Director

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly

Director of Operations

Darah Kerpka
Darah Kerpka

Nursery Coordinator

Chan Kilgore
Chan Kilgore

Pastor of Discipleship

Chrissy Locke
Chrissy Locke

Sunday A.M. Preschool Coordinator

Daniel Meek
Daniel Meek

Young Adults Assistant Director

Lauri Mehaffey
Lauri Mehaffey

Accounting and HR Manager

Jasmine Minor
Jasmine Minor

UpRise Operations Assistant

Steve NeSmith
Steve NeSmith

Director of Communications

Jordan Nixon
Jordan Nixon

Membership and Engagement Coordinator

Sabrina Orr
Sabrina Orr

Transformation Station Coordinator

Carole Peterson
Carole Peterson

UpRise Nashville Executive Director

Kayla Powell
Kayla Powell

Young Adults Coordinator

Robert Price
Robert Price

Technical Director

Stephen Simmons
Stephen Simmons

Director of Men's Ministry

Laura Stacy
Laura Stacy

Director of Membership and Engagement & Care Team

Brett Taylor
Brett Taylor

Director of Worship Arts

Betsy Thomas
Betsy Thomas

Director of Women's Ministry

Guin Tyus
Guin Tyus

UpRise Career Services Director

Anne Lacy Wallace
Anne Lacy Wallace

Women's Ministry Assistant

Nathan Warnock
Nathan Warnock

Director of Facilities

Lisa Watts
Lisa Watts

Children's Ministry Assistant

Lauren Webb
Lauren Webb

Media Production

Elders and Advisors

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson

Elder

Trace Blankenship
Trace Blankenship

Elder

Andy Bradshaw
Andy Bradshaw

Elder

Scott Brown
Scott Brown

Elder

Reagan Brown
Reagan Brown

Elder

Carter Crenshaw
Carter Crenshaw

Teaching Elder

Greg Davis
Greg Davis

Teaching Elder

Josh Eaves
Josh Eaves

Elder

Jack Foster
Jack Foster

Teaching Elder

Ed Freeman
Ed Freeman

Elder

Libby Glisson
Libby Glisson

Advisor

Matt Harms
Matt Harms

Elder

Robert Kamau
Robert Kamau

Elder

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly

Elder

Donald May
Donald May

Elder

Paul McMullan
Paul McMullan

Elder

John Melton
John Melton

Elder

Chuck Merritt
Chuck Merritt

Elder

John Peterson
John Peterson

Elder

Jerry Pfister
Jerry Pfister

Elder

Danny Price
Danny Price

Elder

Dave Schroeder
Dave Schroeder

Elder

Scott Sims
Scott Sims

Elder

Rhonda Sims
Rhonda Sims

Advisor

Brent Thompson
Brent Thompson

Elder

Terry Thornton
Terry Thornton

Elder

Broc Borntrager
Broc Borntrager

Deacon

Jeff Gaw
Jeff Gaw

Deacon

Blake Howard
Blake Howard

Deacon

Carl Johnson
Carl Johnson

Deacon

Matthew Kitchin
Matthew Kitchin

Deacon

Jim Knestrick
Jim Knestrick

Deacon

Sam Logan
Sam Logan

Deacon

Scott Sagen
Scott Sagen

Deacon

David Sylvester
David Sylvester

Deacon

Chris Woodruff
Chris Woodruff

Deacon

Hunter Yarbrough
Hunter Yarbrough

Deacon

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