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Jan Phelps

Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, TNJan Phelps grew up in Covington, Tennessee. Her father served as the Minister of Music at a United Methodist Church there for over fifty years. Both of Jan’s parents instilled a strong faith in her and her brother Keith with bible study, prayers and involvement in their church and with their church family. So from an early age, faith has been at the center of Jan’s life with activities like choir, Sunday School, bible study, UMYF and she even attended a United Methodist college, Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee.

After finishing law school, Jan was starting her career and her family and chose to make her home in Middle Tennessee. When she moved to Franklin in 1987, Christ UMC was beginning in a tent on the current church property. After visiting other churches, Jan’s little family visited Christ UMC and decided that was where they felt welcomed, nurtured and needed. Jan still feels it was one of the best decisions of her life – a church family supporting her through difficult times and providing the foundation for her continued spiritual journey.

Jan’s children, Keller and Meredith, both grew up with the Christ United Methodist family being a big part of their own family. And they were both active in children and youth ministries. Now, Keller is in his mid twenties and lives and works in San Francisco and Meredith is a student at Boston University, but when they visit mom, they visit their church family too!

Jan has taught and continues to lead and be involved with Adult Sunday School, Companions in Christ groups, church choir, Spiritual Formation Committee, Compassion International and co-leads the annual Spiritual Gifts Retreat. She has found much joy in being part of small group and spiritual formation studies. Jan’s faith has sustained her in amazing ways – in difficult times too, including divorce, breast cancer and the death of her mother. But through it all, Jan has learned that we are all beloved children of God, worthy of respect and love. She trusts in God’s faithfulness through everything life brings.

What makes Christ UMC unique?
The people and their commitment to authentic and accepting relationships, to outreach and to spiritual formation make Christ UMC unique.

What does “We Are About Relationships” mean to you?
“We Are About Relationships” means that what is important to us is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. It means that our relationships with God and our relationships with each other are authentic, accepting, respectful and loving. And it means that we put God and each other before things like numbers, money, status and being right.