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Amy Saffell

Amy Saffell has been a member of Christ United Methodist Church since 2006. Originally from Roswell, Georgia, Amy came to love the Nashville area after doing a college internship on Music Row. She clearly loves the music industry, because her career path has taken her to the Sales and Marketing department of EMI Christian Music Group. And her love of music extends to her free time, as Amy enjoys attending concerts and spending time with friends.

Amy grew up in the Methodist tradition. While she was involved in music programs, she didn’t attend church regularly until she was in college. There she became friends with a student she met through the Wesley Foundation and together they began attending a church they both loved. Amy says the thing they loved about the smaller church was the great focus on building relationships. Later, when she moved to Nashville, she found a similar church home at Christ UMC.

What ministries have you been involved in at Christ UMC?
From the Strawberry Festival to the Hearts and Hands Day of Service to Room in the Inn to Graceworks, I’ve loved being involved in our ministry opportunities at the church. However, my favorite and most long-term ministry that I’ve been involved with is our youth group. For the past several years, I was a leader in junior high, but I’ve recently moved up to co-leading a small group of 9th grade girls. I love being able to foster an open environment where our youth can grow in their faith and in their own sense of who they are as a person in a world that so often tried to mold them into someone they aren’t. I’ve gotten a lot more out of it than I think I’ve given. Being a part of the youth group has challenged me to grow in my own faith in new ways and to look at the world around me a little differently. And of course there are the games! What adult doesn’t want an excuse to act silly sometimes?

What makes Christ UMC unique?
I love Christ UMC because I’ve felt and seen that everyone is welcomed and valued. No matter what your circumstance in life is or how different you may think you are, you are welcome here and I haven’t always felt that same sense of openness at other churches. People see the value that you bring to the life of the church.

What does “We Are About Relationships” mean to you?
To me, it means that not only should we strive to grow in our relationship with God, but also we should be in community with one another. Our faith is strengthened and shaped by those around us.