Leadership

Harpeth Leadership

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the obligation to seek and appoint godly male pastors/elders, who lead the local church, relying on God’s wisdom and daily guidance.

At every level, we make decisions by seeking guidance and wisdom from Jesus, who ultimately directs our vision “to help people trust and follow him.” Jesus is our Supreme Authority. Under his leadership, we serve his church together.

Staff

Our staff runs the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church.

Dr. Bobby Harrington Lead Pastor
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Dr. Bobby Harrington

Lead Pastor

I have the joy of serving as the point leader for the elders and the staff.  I also have been empowered to spend 25% of my time helping churches and leaders around the nation to make the shift back to discipleship.

Hometown: Calgary, Canada

Married to: Cindy

Kids:  Ashley & Chad

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Our commitments to discipleship and balancing grace and truth

A few of my favorite things are: Teaching the Bible, engaging in conversations with people who do not know or follow Jesus, and raising up young leaders

If I’m not working I like to: Go to the movies, watching hockey, read international news and travel to Israel.

One of my biggest pet peeves is: the way TV portrays men

Favorite worship song: 10,000 Reasons

I love: My wife and my family

Doug Robertson Executive Minister
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Doug Robertson

Executive Minister

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? It is a pleasure to be a part of our genuine, caring community that is committed to loving one another.

A few of my favorite things are: Date night with my wife, getting my whole family together, my church, grilling tasty meat (ribs, pork butt, brisket, hamburgers and steak), ice cream and cheering on the VOLS!

If I’m not working I like to: Spend quality time with my family,  I swim at least three times a week and sometimes compete.  Ive always loved watching my children compete in sports, all four of them.  Now I’m down to my youngest still competing, Lilly swims and I love to watch her! Watch football!

One of my biggest pet peeves is: Tailgaters (people that drive too close to my bumper).  If you tailgate me, I’ll slow down.  If you continue to tailgate me I’ll go slower, and slower, and slower…..  My version of road rage!

Favorite worship song – Revelation Song by Phillips, Craig and Dean

I love…Jesus (of course, duh!) and my family

Geary Tanner Business Administrator
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Geary Tanner

Business Administrator

I have 2 areas of responsibility at HCC; Business administration for the church locally (working with our wonderful staff) and Operations for our national ministry Discipleship.org.  These two keep me pretty busy.

Hometown: Semmes, Alabama (what they call the deep south)

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Relationships with imperfect people like me who are serious about trusting and following Jesus

A few of my favorite things are:  Motorcycle riding on winding country roads; relational experiences with friends and family; “me” time;  quality time with Anne

If I’m not working I like to:  Rest

One of my biggest pet peeves is: People who attack me if I don’t agree with them

I love…:  being around the church and doing my part

Favorite worship song: Just As I Am

J.P. Robinson Disciple Making Minister
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J.P. Robinson
Disciple Making Minister

Hometown: Scunthorpe, England.  I moved from there when I was 3 years old (my dad’s job had us moving every 3-5 years.  My mom and dad both grew up in Alabama and I always tell people who ask where I’m from that I’ve live all over, but my roots are southern to the core.

What brought you to Harpeth and when?: I was invited by a close friend in 1999.

A few of my favorite things are: listening to someone’s life story, helping people understand who they really are in Christ, playing guitar, snowboarding, sushi, laughing with my wife and kids.

If I’m not working I like to: Play music with my friends and watch documentaries.

One of my biggest pet peeves is: The sound of an empty plastic water bottle being slowly twisted.

Favorite worship song: Favorite hymn is “It Is Well With My Soul”- favorite worship song right now is “Defender” by Francesca B.

I love…: Seeing people set free from the lies they’ve believed about themselves.

Favorite American Food? Surf & Turf (filet mignon and Maine lobster).

Jay Austin Family Discipleship Minister
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Jay Austin

Family Discipleship Minister

It is an honor to serve on the staff of Harpeth Christian Church in the area of Family Discipleship. I love seeing kids trust and follow Jesus, and parents guiding their children in the truths of God!

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Married to: Melissa Austin

Kids: Isaiah and Josh

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Harpeth is a great community of faith that keeps the Word of God at the center of everything that happens. I also love our focus on Family Discipleship.

A few of my favorite things are: Being in the ocean, having dinner with my wife, cars, and spending time with parents seeking to disciple their children.

Favorite food: Mexican

If I’m not working, I like to: Read and learn about history and archeology, build stuff, and spend time with my wife and boys doing anything they want to do!

One of my biggest pet peeves is: My dog snoring.

Favorite worship song: How Great Thou Art

I love…: moving water (rivers and oceans) and my wife!

Michelle Eagle Discipleship and Women's Minister
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Michelle Eagle

Discipleship and Women’s Minister

I coordinate & help train the home groups, as well helping women at Harpeth get into discipling relationships. I also have the privilege of working with other ministries like Celebrate Recovery and our marriage ministry.

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? I love the community and the authenticity

A few of my favorite things are: anything chocolate (except chocolate covered mushrooms-see below!)

If I’m not working I like to: to read and hang out with my family

One of my biggest pet peeves is: Mushrooms and the slimy red things that all frozen dinners have in them

Favorite worship song: Hosanna

I love: Jesus and his power to redeem all my yuck!

Dave Stovall Worship Minister
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Dave Stovall

Worship Minister

What brought you to Harpeth? My wife, Summer, and I fell in love with Harpeth because of the relationships we had built so quickly. I obviously wanted to find a church where I could lead worship, but we were looking for a specific kind of church. We needed a place that was looking for people like us to serve. We needed a church where it was easy to get connected. We also wanted a place where we could grow and raise our family. Harpeth fit all of those needs for us and then some!

A few of my favorite things are…. I love when the music drops out during a worship service and you can hear all God’s people lifting their voices to Him. That’s a powerful thing. Our small groups are amazing. They’ve been a great place for us to get real about what we think about certain things and ask hard questions. I also love the children’s ministry for my son; he has a blast every Sunday. My most favorite thing would probably be our events. Whether it’s a movie night or a holiday celebration, I love that Harpeth comes together to spend time as a family for the purpose of bringing more guests into our community.

If I’m not working I like to… Write and produce music, go on walks with my family, and play either tennis or disc golf.

One of my biggest pet peeves is… I hate it…. when someone grabs food from my plate without asking… hahaha.

Favorite worship song? God With Us by All Sons and Daughters. LOVE that song.

 

 

Nicki Yorke Connection & Communication Manager
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Nicki Yorke

Connection & Communication Manager

Hometown: Brentwood, TN

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Wow…I love Harpeth for so many reasons.  Bible-based teaching – there is a balance between truth & grace. Homegroups are important to our family – we have made lifetime friends that help us in our walk with Jesus.

A few of my favorite things are: snuggling with my kids, McDonald’s coffee, Runts, game & movie night in the bonus room, my birthday, time at home, finding a good deal

If I’m not working I like to: spend time with family, go camping in the Citation, watch my kids in sports, couponing

One of my biggest pet peeves is: inside out jeans in the dirty laundry

Favorite worship song: My Worship, Amazing Grace, Shout to the Lord

I love: date nights with Chris, our close knit family, my home group peeps, my dog Bella, Saturdays when there is nothing on the calendar!


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Kelli Hacker Office Administrator
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Kelli Hacker

Office Administrator

I handle day to day responsibilities in the church office.  I support the ministry teams, assist in event planning, and other assigned duties :-).  I love working with this team!

How I came to Harpeth: My husband visited with our son, our son had friends that go here and then we came for Joe Beam’s marriage class and loved the people and stayed.

Hometown:  Fort Wayne, Indiana

Some of my favorite things…flowers, pictures of flower, clouds, sunsets,  Mexican food and my sons  deep dish Chicago style pizza!

If I am not working I like to… hike, spend time hanging out with people, especially grandkids! (quality time is my love language!) I love to read biographies, cook, bake, clean (wow, I am boring!).

Favorite Fast Food: McDonald’s fries with tarter sauce or to buy one of their McDoubles and one McChicken and put them together as one sandwich and put extra mayo on it.

Favorite worship song: Do I have to pick?!?

One of my biggest pet peeves: Someone driving on the highway, well over the speed LIMIT – and they use their turn signal to switch lanes

Kim Ford Worship Arts Coordinator (part-time)
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Kim Ford

Worship Arts Coordinator

My job is to communicate and coordinate details that involve the worship arts teams, and coordinate details and planning for Sunday Services.

Original hometown: Tacoma, Washington

My family is: Husband Michael, daughter Ava and son Davis

What brought you to Harpeth? Invited by new friends when I moved to the area 16 years ago, and the same week got a flyer in the mail from Harpeth.

A few of my favorite things are…family, friends, Fall, song writing, reading, learning, laughing and iced coffee.

If I’m not working I like to…A mother’s work is never done…

Favorite Fast Food…I would go to Starbucks for food just so I could get coffee

One of my biggest pet peeves is… Hearing people chew their food or chomp their gum.

-Favorite worship song? Right now it is “The Lord Our God”-(Jason Ingram/Kristian Stanfill)

Jeff Hinkle Technical Director (part-time)
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Jeff Hinkle

Technical Director

To ensure that the technical aspects of the Sunday Morning Services and special events at Harpeth are enhanced by our technical resources. Most importantly, to develop a community within the Tech Ministry to foster disciple making.

Hometown: Genoa, IL

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Harpeth is a church of authentic and friendly people, working out their hurts, habits and hangups through the Grace and Truth found in scripture. Harpeth is a disciple making church that seeks to make authentic followers of Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on Home Groups.

A few of my favorite things are:  I enjoy watching shows with my wife, hanging out with family and friends

If I’m not working I like to:  Anything outdoors with my friends and family . . . Camping, long hikes, fishing and canoeing! Both Disc golf and ball golf . . . And sitting on a warm sunny beach, with my feet in the water and listening to the waves on the shore!

One of my biggest pet peeves is:  Being Late to anything

I love…: Seeing my wife smile (especially at Disney World), watching my son excel at Taekwondo, seeing my daughter’s creativity come to life through her fashion design and hearing my grandson’s innocent uncontrollable laughter

Favorite worship song: This is Amazing Grace

Patti Bonham Bookkeeper (part-time)
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Patti Bonham

Bookkeeper

In my role as bookkeeper, I keep the financial records for HCC, and provide support to the finance team, elders, and staff.

What brought me to Harpeth: After 13 years at our previous church, my husband Jeff and I felt God’s prompting to look for another church. We thought we would have to visit several churches, but after our first visit at HCC, we found our new home.

Hometown: Summerton, South Carolina

A few of my favorite things: Edisto Island, biking at the beach, historical fiction, walking, dinner with family and friends

If I’m not working, I like to: read a book, have lunch with a friend, watch a good movie, hang out with my daughters

One of my biggest pet peeves: Constant complaining

Favorite worship song: It is Well with my Soul, especially when Guy Penrod and David Phelps sing it

I love…my husband and our 3 children

Favorite restaurant: Nachos

Shannon Carpino, M.Ed. Director of Renew Christian Academy
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Shannon Carpino
Director of Renew Christian Academy

I oversee the day to day operations of the home school tutorial, Renew Christian Academy.

Why do you enjoy Harpeth: Plain and simple: Harpeth is a solid church built on biblical foundations. I love the consistent teaching here that is anchored in the Word and challenges us to be more like Christ. Plus, this is such a sweet community of people who love, support and pray for one another. We celebrate our successes together and we walk with one another in our challenges.

A few of my favorite things are: Writing. I love the written word as a form of expression. I also love spending time with my most awesome husband and three kiddos. I am a Jelly Belly addict…the sour kind. And, I love a good belly laugh that brings tears to my eyes.

If I’m not working I like to: spend time with my family or friends playing games (or winning games…not competitive at all! haha: ). Quiddler is one of my favorites! Plus, I really enjoy being outside (as long as it’s sunny and over 60 degrees)!

One of my biggest pet peeves is: Doing things for others that they should do for themselves. For example, throwing away empty food boxes out of the pantry or picking up clothes off the floor when the dirty laundry basket is right there!

I love…: a really good thunderstorm at night when I don’t have to be anywhere. And elastic. I love elastic for obvious reasons!

Favorite worship song: Great Is Thy Faithfulness. It’s more like a hymn. I’m old school.

Favorite season: Summer, summer, summer! Less laundry, more family time, and I don’t have to wear shoes!

Collin Mathies Student Minister
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Collin Mathies
Student Minister

I have the joy and privilege of leading and overseeing the Youth Ministry here at Harpeth alongside my wife, Miranda! Outside of keeping the kids humble by beating them in our ice-breaker games every week, I walk with them through Scripture and journey alongside them in their lives to help them grow as a faithful disciple of Jesus.
Hometown: Ohatchee, Alabama
Married to: Miranda Mathies
Kids: Shiloh
Why do you enjoy Harpeth: I enjoy Harpeth because all of my closest relationships in life have come from Harpeth because it’s a community of disciples who love each other insanely well and who know how to celebrate life together.
A few of my favorite things are: Boardgames, coffee, and getting Hattie Janes ice cream with my wife!
Favorite food: Zuppa Toscano soup from Olive Garden.
If I’m not working I like to: Spend time with my people.
One of my biggest pet peeves is: When someone blatantly interrupts someone else in a conversation to share what they want to say.
Favorite worship song: A Man Named Job by Ryan Proudfoot
I love…:  Jesus is a given. But also, my wife and daughter, the home that we’ve created together, and the community of people that we have in our lives.
Miranda Mathies Girl's Student Minister (part-time)
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Miranda Mathies
Student Minister (girls, part-time)

I have the privilege of serving alongside my husband in the student ministry. I get to teach and invest in the lives of the junior and senior high girls.

Hometown: Franklin, TN

Married to: Collin Mathies

Kids:  Shiloh

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? The Biblical teaching and wonderful community

A few of my favorite things are: old movie musicals, Chinese food, and Disney World

Favorite food: Mac and cheese

If I’m not working I like to: play board games, read, bake, and watch movies with my husband, Collin

One of my biggest pet peeves is: incorrect use of apostrophes

Favorite worship song: Resurrecting (especially the acoustic version)by Elevation Worship

I love…: spending time with my loved ones

Kelli Miller Children’s Ministry Administrator (part-time)
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Kelli Miller
Children’s Ministry Administrator

Each week, I make sure our classes have everything they need to operate on Sundays for Discipleship Kids! I communicate with LOTS of people on a weekly basis; getting to know others better and meeting new people at Harpeth is one of my favorite parts of my job! If you are checking your kids in during our family service hour, I will likely be there to greet you! I also help with behind-the-scenes on Sunday mornings. There’s never a dull moment!

Hometown: Camarillo, CA

Married to: Travis

Kids: Mac & Jane

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? The solid Biblical teaching and relationships we are making. I also love the staff 🙂

A few of my favorite things are: Plants, sparkling water with pebble ice, healthy food, singing in the shower

Favorite food: Potatoes almost every way 

If I’m not working I like to: Hike to waterfalls and explore the outdoors, get my hands dirty in the garden, watch Jeopardy with the family, cook (while Travis grills) a meal for loved ones!

One of my biggest pet peeves is: Chewing sounds

Favorite worship song: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

I love…: Jesus, Family, Friends, Food, Nature

Megan LeGrand Children’s Curriculum Coordinator (part-time)

Elders

Our body of Elders guide and oversee the church.  We are blessed to have them serve our congregation.

 

David & Susan Sanders David Sanders, Chairman of Elders
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David & Susan Sanders

David Sanders, Chairman of Elders

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Married to: Susan

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Harpeth holds to biblical truths when it is difficult and loves people with grace when most needed.

A few of my favorite things are: Hanging out with my good friends, having a special day with all my family together, ending the day with my wonderful Susan

If I’m not working I like to: exercise, read nonfiction and learning about the mysteries of God and the bible. Col. 1:26-27

One of my biggest pet peeves is: misplacing keys, glasses, iPad, about anything

Favorite worship song: Revelation Song

Bobby & Cindy Harrington Bobby Harrington, Elder
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Bobby & Cindy Harrington

Bobby Harrington, Elder

I have the joy of serving as the point leader for the elders and the staff.  I also have been empowered to spend 25% of my time helping churches and leaders around the nation to make the shift back to discipleship.

Hometown: Calgary, Canada

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Our commitments to discipleship and balancing grace and truth

A few of my favorite things are: Teaching the Bible, engaging in conversations with people who do not know or follow Jesus, and raising up young leaders

If I’m not working I like to: Go to the movies, watching hockey, read international news and travel to Israel

One of my biggest pet peeves is: the way TV portrays men

Favorite worship song: 10,000 Reasons

I love: My wife and my family

Mike & Michelle Eagle Mike Eagle, Elder
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How I came to Harpeth:  I drove by this property when it was a vacant lot and saw a sign that said “HCC meeting at Centennial High School”, so I went there and the rest is history.

Hometown:  Miami, Florida

My family is… This church body.  My wife Michelle married 25 years,  daughter, Courtney – Engineering student at Auburn University,  son  Mason – upcoming UTC college student, Bella labrador reteiver,  Flash and Marcus our casts and Myrtle the turtle.  

Some of my favorite thingsA robust cup of coffee and good conversation,  walks and hikes through God’s creation, Hot spicy food and sea salt chocolate. 

If I am not working I like to… read, listen to music & take a long walk with my dog Bella 

Favorite Fast Food: Chick Fil A or tacos

Favorite worship song:  Any Toby Mac Song (When Love broke Through) 

One of my biggest pet peeves: people who obnoxiously honk their horns due to impatience and tossing trash/cigarettes out the window

Mike & Linda Shake Mike Shake, Elder
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Mike & Linda Shake

Mike Shake, Elder

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

Married to:  Linda

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Love the teaching, the music, the people and the great staff!

A few of my favorite things are: love to travel & see new sights, spending time with my honey, kids & grandkids, going to the movies, snuggling to watch old movies….And raindrops on roses & whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles & warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string…these are a few of my favorite things

If I’m not working I like to: hang out with my sweetie & watch sports

One of my biggest pet peeves is: poor customer service….inconsiderate drivers that hang out in the passing lane & semi-trucks that try to pass going uphill…really?!?! What were they thinking??

Favorite worship song: This is Amazing Grace, Overcomer, anything by TobyMac

I love: Jesus & his sacrifice for me!

Geary & Anne Tanner Geary Tanner, Elder
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Geary & Anne Tanner

Geary Tanner, Elder

Hometown: Semmes, Alabama (what they call the deep south)

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? Relationships with imperfect people like me who are serious about trusting and following Jesus

A few of my favorite things are:  Motorcycle riding on winding country roads; relational experiences with friends and family; “me” time;  quality time with Anne

If I’m not working I like to:  Rest

One of my biggest pet peeves is: People who attack me if I don’t agree with them

I love…:  being around the church and doing my part

Favorite worship song: Just As I Am

Ed & Barb Kaeser Ed Kaeser, Elder
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Ed & Barb Kaeser

Ed Kaeser, Elder

Hometown: Franklin, TN

Married to: Barbara Kaeser

KidsCarson, Carter, Caroline

GrandkidsHayden, Carson, Reed, Alden

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? The Bible is taught and truth is spoken

A few of my favorite things are: my wife, children, their spouses, grandchildren, meals with good friends and the outdoors

If I’m not working I like to: fishing, hunting and helping others with their hurts, habits and hang-ups

One of my biggest pet peeves is: When people complain about something they can do absolutely nothing about.

Favorite worship song: Amazing Grace and This is the day that the Lord has made

I love: Watching others grow in dependence on Christ and the peace and joy they have accordingly. It always encourages me.

 

Chad & Joyce Ellis Chad Ellis
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