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Katie Rhodes

Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, TNKatie Rhodes is a dedicated wife and mother. She loves music and spending time outside with her daughter Susie, a toddler on the go. Katie and her husband Josh made Christ UMC their church home in 2006. A career move took them away in 2007 and then returned in 2010 to rejoin the congregation. Originally from Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, Katie practically grew up inside the church. Her mother worked for their church for 30 years as an organist, music director and preschool director, so Katie spent many days every week worshipping, studying, and playing at church.

Tell us about your faith journey
Throughout the years, I was very involved in a number of activities and ministries at Immanuel UMC. I participated in children’s and adult choirs and hand bells, youth puppet ministry, Kids of the King (youth group for elementary kids), and junior and senior high youth groups. Every summer from third grade through my junior year of high school, I attended Aldersgate Camp in Ravenna. I don’t remember a day when I didn’t love Jesus, but it wasn’t until one night at Aldersgate that I realized that wasn’t enough and that night, I invited Jesus into my heart to be Lord over my life.

I had lots of good influences in my life through my church, including my parents who always set good examples and taught me to love Jesus. My mom, especially, showed me how to worship God through music and let him shine through me. She taught me that even though I might provide the music, it was all about God, not me.

My youth leaders, along with countless other volunteers, helped shape me into the person I am today and my friends I grew up with in church still get together at least once a year.

The people at Immanuel UMC were the people who I laughed with, cried with, and opened up to. They held my hands when I said that prayer at Aldersgate that forever changed my life and they held my hand again, as we prayed my mom to Heaven. I am who am I because of them.

What brought you to Christ UMC?
Josh was raised in a Baptist church and I was raised in a United Methodist church. So, when we first moved to Nashville we decided to alternate between denominations to find the best fit for our family. I drove by Christ UMC one day and when we visited, we immediately were drawn to the people and how the sermons related to real life. We joined in 2006 and then moved away for Josh’s job and returned to Nashville in 2010. Even though we lived further away, I visited Christ UMC alone one Sunday while Josh was on a business trip. To my surprise, both Rev. Anne Hook and Rev. Carol Cavin-Dillon recognized me and welcomed me back. Not only were they friendly, but they remembered my name (after 3 years) and even asked me about Josh. It really made me feel special and I knew this was where we were supposed to be!

Are there ministries that you support or volunteer with at our church or locally?
I am a small group leader to junior high girls and part of the Celebration Singers, Crop Circle (scrapbooking group), and am our church’s team captain for the Komen Race for the Cure.

What do you like best about Christ UMC?
When I was a senior in high school, I delivered the sermon as part of Youth Sunday. I chose my favorite scripture from Hebrews 12 that speaks of a cloud of witnesses that cheers us on as we travel life’s path. My cloud of witnesses at my home church, Immanuel UMC, will forever hold a special place in my heart. I wanted to find a new church home that would surround me and my family with a cloud of witnesses. We have found that at Christ UMC. I could spend hours listing the people who have opened their arms to our family, who have made Christ UMC feel like home. They are what I like best about Christ UMC.

 What does “We Are About Relationships” mean to you?
The people at Christ UMC genuinely want a relationship with me, but more than that, they want me to grow in my relationship with my Savior. It is my hope that through our relationships with each other, we grow closer to God.