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

Damien Charley Family Discipleship Minister
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Damien Charley

Family Discipleship Minister

I have oversight of the Children’s Ministry and personally work with the Jr & Sr High ministries. Along with those roles, I’m a part of our executive steering team that helps with the direction of the day to day operations of the church.

Hometown: Brighton, Alabama (a suburb of Birmingham)

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? The emphasis on Intentional Relational Discipling as a church, along with the opportunity to work with Bobby and the staff of HCC.

A few of my favorite things are: Golf, football, sushi, working out and nature walks/hikes

If I’m not working I like to: Spend time w/ Christina, our children, and take care of my “honey do” list. Outside of that, I’ll get out and play a round of golf if time permits.

One of my biggest pet peeves is: Nashville traffic!

Favorite worship song: Rise Up Men of God

Michelle Eagle Discipleship and Planning Minister
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Michelle Eagle

Discipleship and Planning 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!

Julie Bryant Children's Minister
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Julie Bryant

Children’s Ministers

I help kids trust and follow Jesus. I help parents disciple their kids. I help volunteers find ways to pour into and serve the families at our church. I work with some wonderful people who love Jesus and our church family. It’s pretty great!

How I came to Harpeth: My husband and I moved back to Tennessee from Boston in 2012 and bought our first home down the road from Harpeth. We were looking for a church home where we wouldn’t be just another face in the crowd, where we could put down roots and be a part of the community. Harpeth just really stood out to us as a church where we felt welcome and where we heard the truth and love of Christ preached and lived out.

Hometown
: Murray, KY

Some of my favorite things… coffee, churros with ice cream, hiking, reading, pajamas, eating outside, game nights with my family

If I am not working, I like to… spend time with my family! And be outside as much as possible.

Favorite fast food: Arby’s

Favorite worship song: This changes frequently. Currently, Known by Tauren Wells.

One of my biggest pet peeves: When people clap at the end of movies! Seriously, who are you applauding? Unless one of the filmmakers or actors is present in the theater, it makes no sense. Come on, guys.

Dave Stovall Musical Director
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Dave Stovall

Musical Director

Original hometown: Red Bay, AL

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 (part-time)

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

Roslyn Moran Student Ministry Associate Minister (part-time)
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Roslyn Moran

Student Ministry Associate Minister (part-time)

I lead the girls in Jr High and Sr High to Trust and Follow Jesus. I help to build up other women leaders in the ministry to make biblical disciples of the youth girls.

Hometown: Born in San Antonio, TX,  but raised in the Nashville area

Why do you enjoy Harpeth? I enjoy so many things about Harpeth-  the leadership and real relationships, the truth of the bible preached, and the multiple opportunities for spiritual growth

A few of my favorite things are: game nights with friends and family, Jenny’s ice cream, late nights with my Husband, snow days, walks in the park with my Husband and our Great Dane!

If I’m not working I like to: spend quality time with my husband, clean my house, listen to my audio bible, and spend time in the gym

One of my biggest pet peeves is: Disorganization

I love…: My Husband, Spiritual Growth, A Clean House, My Church Family!

Favorite worship song: From the Inside Out

Brianne Shivers Children's Ministry Assistant (part-time)
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Brianne Shivers

Children’s Ministry Assistant (part-time)

I provide administrative support in the Children’s Ministry to ensure Sunday’s run smoothly during check-in and each of the classes. Also, I assist the Children’s Minister however I am needed.Hometown: Sterling, COWhat brought you to Harpeth? Harpeth had all three of the things we wanted in a new church: Celebrate Recovery, home groups and women’s groups.A few of my favorite things are… Spending time with my husband and kids on our back deck.If I’m not working I like to…. Sit on my back deck and spend time alone.One of my biggest pet peeves is: The expectation that everyone should think, act and believe like other people.Favorite fast food: Mexican!!Favorite worship song: From the Inside Out and Great Are You Lord


Amber Williamson Bookkeeper (part-time)
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Amber Williamson

Bookkeeper (part-time)

I handle the day to day bookkeeping and financial matters of the church.

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Why do you enjoy Harpeth?. Biblical teaching that doesn’t skip the hard/not-so-fun parts of Scripture.  HCC wants to help people grow in their walk with Christ rather than remaining stagnant.  The people are genuine and not afraid or ashamed to share their struggles.

A few of my favorite things are: the smell of honeysuckle, being in the country, enjoying nature

If I’m not working I like to: hang out with family and friends, exercise, read

One of my biggest pet peeves is: the sound of Styrofoam rubbing together

Favorite worship song: Forever, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

I love: my family, good food, babies

Chris Wilson Worship Arts Associate Minister (part-time)
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Chris Wilson

Worship Arts Associate Minister (part-time)

My role at Harpeth Christian Church includes helping equip the band with Planning Center materials, working with the Worship Arts team to grow as a team and recruit new people. I also work with the youth group, leading worship and occasionally teaching.

Original hometown: Mannassas VA!

What brought you to Harpeth? God’s leading to do an internship and learn 🙂

A few of my favorite things are… Spending time with my wife Mariah, watching movies, exercising

If I’m not working I like to… Work on projects, cars, musical instruments, etc. Spend time with God and family.

Favorite restaurant: Ninja Mongolian grill in Columbia TN.

One of my biggest pet peeves is… Traffic.

Favorite worship song? Too many to choose..  Resurrecting is one of them!

I love… Spending time with my wife, playing music, church fellowship and community.

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

Tony & Kathy Dupree Tony Dupree, Elder
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Tony & Kathy Dupree

Tony Dupree, Elder

Hometown:  Berkley, MI

Why do you enjoy Harpeth?  The emphasis on discipleship and the great people!

A few of my favorite things are: teaching Scripture, piano, golf, personal Bible study, reading

If I’m not working I like to: do my favorite things above!

One of my biggest pet peeves is: The seemingly never-ending road work and construction in Franklin.

Favorite worship song: In Christ Alone

I love: The Lord and His Word, my wife and family, and Harpeth!

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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Ed & Barb Kaeser

Ed Kaeser, 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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Geary & Anne Tanner

Geary Tanner, Elder

Hometown: Franklin, TN

Married to/how long: Barbara Kaeser/45 years

Kids/ages: Carson/37, Carter/33, Caroline/31

Grandkids/ages: Hayden/4, Carson/3, Reed/1, Alden/1

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.