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

Catherine Alexander
Catherine Alexander

Supplies Coordinator

Amanda Andrews Owens
Amanda Andrews Owens

Director of Missional Living (Interim)

David Bartek
David Bartek

Jr. High Director of Boys

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

Katie Danielsen
Katie Danielsen

Administrative Assistant

Jeff Darnell
Jeff Darnell

UpRise Training Camp Director

Greg Davis
Greg Davis

Pastor of Care

Judy Dorris
Judy Dorris

Director of Children's Ministry

Jack Foster
Jack Foster

UpRise Chaplain & Care Team

Joda Foster
Joda Foster

Ministry Assistant

Bobby Freeman
Bobby Freeman

Director of Youth and Emerging Generations

Leah Gaffney
Leah Gaffney

Assistant Director of Youth

Emily Gordon
Emily Gordon

Director of Mother's Day Out/Event Childcare

Courtney Hyder
Courtney Hyder

UpRise Advancement Director

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly

Director of Operations

Darah Kerpka
Darah Kerpka

Nursery Coordinator

Julie Knestrick
Julie Knestrick

Youth Ministry Assistant

Daniel Meek
Daniel Meek

Youth & Young Adults Intern

Jasmine Minor
Jasmine Minor

UpRise Operations Assistant

Amber Morris
Amber Morris

Volunteer Coordinator

Jordan Nixon
Jordan Nixon

Engagement Coordinator

Carole Peterson
Carole Peterson

UpRise Nashville Executive Director

Kayla Powell
Kayla Powell

Young Adults Coordinator

Lauren Rayburn
Lauren Rayburn

Weekday Childcare Assistant Director

Laura Stacy
Laura Stacy

Director of Membership and Engagement & Care Team

Jenny Stoebner
Jenny Stoebner

Membership and Engagement Assistant

Brett Taylor
Brett Taylor

Director of Worship Arts

Betsy Thomas
Betsy Thomas

Director of Women's Ministry

Hunt Tidwell
Hunt Tidwell

Facilities Assistant

Guin Tyus
Guin Tyus

UpRise Career Services Director

Melanie Villas
Melanie Villas

Preschool & Elementary Coordinator

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

Director of Communications

Steve Anderson

Elder

Trace Blankenship

Elder

Andy Bradshaw

Elder

Scott Brown

Elder

Reagan Brown

Elder

Carter Crenshaw

Elder

Bob Dale

Elder

Greg Davis

Elder

Josh Eaves

Elder

Jack Foster

Elder

Ed Freeman

Elder

Libby Glisson

Advisor

Matt Harms

Elder

Robert Kamau

Elder

Patrick Kelly

Elder

Will Lee

Elder

Paul McMullan

Elder

John Melton

Elder

Chuck Merritt

Elder

Brent Milligan

Elder

John Peterson

Elder

Jerry Pfister

Elder

Danny Price

Elder

Scott Sims

Elder

Rhonda Sims

Advisor

Brent Thompson

Elder

Scott Hawes

Deacon

Jordan Kendig

Deacon

Matthew Kitchin

Deacon

Jim Knestrick

Deacon

Sam Logan

Deacon

Jameson Norton

Deacon

Scott Sagen

Deacon

David Sylvester

Deacon

Chris Woodruff

Deacon

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