Rev. Carol Cavin-Dillon, Lead Pastor
Welcome Video from Carol
Carol receives grant in 2012 National Clergy Renewal Program
Carol Cavin-Dillon was appointed as an Associate Pastor at Christ UMC in 2003 and became the Lead Pastor in 2009. Carol grew up in Nashville and in The United Methodist Church. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University, where she first heard God’s call into pastoral ministry. In 1993 she enrolled at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and graduated in 1996 with a master of divinity degree. She was ordained an elder in the UMC in 1998. Carol is married to David and they have two children, Tate and Martha.
Rev. John Hill, Associate Pastor
John Hill was appointed as Associate Pastor at Christ UMC in 2010 and previously served churches in Sumner County, Louisville and Atlanta. John grew up as a United Methodist in Ashland, Kentucky. He received a bachelor of arts degree in Religion from the University of Richmond in 2002 and a master of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2005. He was commissioned for pastoral ministry in 2006 and fully ordained an Elder in 2009. His responsibilities include evangelism, outreach, young adults and various other pastoral duties. John is married to Nancy Speas Hill, our Children’s Minister, and they have two children, Becca and James, and two dogs named Sasha and Buster.
Rev. Mark Price, Minister of Spiritual Formation and Facilities Manager
As a Christian educator and pastor, Rev. Mark Price has spent most of the last 25 years teaching and studying the Bible within the context of congregational ministry. He received a bachelor of arts degree in English from UNC-Greensboro and a master of divinity from Southern Seminary. He has served various sized churches in Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, and most recently here in Tennessee. Presently Mark is serving Christ UMC as Minister for Spiritual Formation and Facilities Manager. From 1999-2009, Mark worked for the United Methodist Publishing House as part of the editorial team responsible for the DISCIPLE Bible study program. All of Mark’s work and ministry is shaped and supported by his family–his wife, Marne’, and his two children, Kathryn and Chris (attends college at the University of Tennessee). In addition to his work on staff, Mark is a moonlighting calligrapher, an occasional pirate for hire, and Franklin’s town Scrooge. He loves a roaring fire, a robust cup of coffee, a good book, scary movies, classical music, racquetball, college basketball, and breakfast anytime at the Waffle House.
Rev. Paul Bonner, Youth Minister
Paul loves the LORD, his family, and working with teenagers. Paul has a passion to help young people grow in their faith and discover God’s will for their lives. As Youth Minister at Christ United Methodist Church, he ministers to 7th- 12th graders and their families by deepening their relationship with God through creative programming, studying the Bible and connecting them in service to God in the world. He follows a calling to connect the church and the world, so mission and outreach are a big part of Paul’s passion for young people and the entire church. No, he doesn’t preach, except with his life. Paul says his passion is to help teens grow in their faith and experience God in deeper ways. “My heart is for those on the outside or the margins of a group.”
Paul joined the Christ UMC staff in July 2004 after serving as a youth minister for four years at Brentwood United Methodist Church. Before discerning his call into ordained ministry, Paul earned a bachelor degree in business management from Middle Tennessee State University. In May 2004, he finished his master of theological studies degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Paul was commissioned as a probationary deacon in 2004 and ordained in 2007.
Paul was fortunate to meet his wife Amy on a retreat for those interested in ministry. They married in February 2002 and welcomed their first child, Isaac Edward Bonner, on December 2, 2007. If he’s not spending time with his wife, Amy and their son, Isaac, he can be found here at church (or at a local disc [Frisbee] golf course). Paul also enjoys music and playing percussion, racquetball, landscaping, finding new ways to shave time off his household chores, and saving money (because he’s super cheap).
Rev. Nancy Speas Hill, Children’s Minister
Nancy became the Children’s Minister at Christ UMC in 2011 and previously served churches in Sumner County, Louisville and Atlanta. Nancy’s family lived in North Carolina and New Hampshire when she was young, but she considers Brentwood her hometown after her family settled there while she was in elementary school. She received a bachelor of arts degree in Religion from the Belmont University in 2002 and a master of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2006. She was ordained a deacon in The United Methodist Church in 2012. Nancy is married to John Hill, our Associate Pastor, and they have a two children, Becca and James, and two dogs, Sasha and Buster.
Rev. Anne Hook, Minister of Music and Worship
Anne has been Minister of Music for Christ United Methodist Church since early 2000. Her main ministry focus is to create worship experiences in which people experience the Living Christ in powerful ways and to lead music ministry programs that nurture and send people out into the world to be disciples for Christ.
Anne was formerly director of music resources at the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. She is an ordained deacon in the Memphis Annual Conference with master’s degrees from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University in sacred music and choral conducting. She was one of the contributing editors for the hymnal The Faith We Sing and Worship and Song and is also the author of two books and numerous articles on various aspects of music ministry.
Anne works part-time for Christ United Methodist Church. She is married to Dave Hook. They have two sons, Stephen and Andrew.
Doug Fuqua, Associate Youth Minister
Doug has been involved in the youth ministry at Christ UMC for almost 10 years, serving on staff for the past three years. Doug’s call into youth ministry, coupled with his passion to guide young people into a Christ-centered life, led him on a journey to return to school and earn a bachelor degree in Christian Education at Martin Methodist College. In addition to youth ministry, Doug is also gifted in the kitchen and shares his culinary talent alongside an outstanding group of volunteers at Wednesday Night Together dinners. Doug grew up in Hermitage, Tennessee and currently lives in Franklin with his wife, Jennifer, daughter Morgan and their dog, Sophie.
David Ssebulime, Vanderbilt Turner Fellow
David Ssebulime is a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School and plans to be ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church following graduation. He is a Turner Scholar and is in the midst of a three-year fellowship as an intern at Christ UMC. He teaches a Sunday School class, preaches on occasion, and provides leadership in other ways as he is gaining practical ministry experience while pursuing his theological education. David was born in Uganda and has traveled the world. He is married to Marlene and has a new daughter named Zoe.
Michael Deweese, Finance and Office Manager
Michael joined the Christ UMC staff in 2011. He has a master in business administration with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing. He is a native to Nashville and loves camping, hiking and anything to do with nature. Michael and his wife and their two children have been part of the Christ UMC congregation since 2009 and have lived in Franklin for more than a decade. Michael’s job responsibilities include managing the office, maintaining the financial records for Christ UMC, and working on special projects when needed. He has never met a spreadsheet he did not love.
Robin Kennedy, Administrative Assistant
Robin’s voice greets you during peak phone hours (9:00 am-1:00 pm, M-Thurs). She is the membership secretary, provides administrative support to youth and children’s ministries, serves as office volunteer coordinator, and provides administrative support to church members and committees. Her office hours are 9:00 am-1:00 pm; M-Thur. Robin has a servant’s heart, and a profound knowledge of the internal workings of the Church.
Brad Major, Building Superintendent
Brad Major became our Building Superintendent in 2011. He works hard to keep our facility clean and in good working order and to set up for the various ministries and events that take place at the church.
Jon Calvin, Music Associate
Jon Calvin and his wife Becky have been members of Christ UMC for over 15 years. Jon has been playing piano at the church for most of this time, formally for over 10 years. They have two daughters, Marisa and Kristin, a granddaughter Samantha and a grandson Grady on the way. Jon is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, too many years ago to mention here. He likes to play all kinds of music and tries to sneak in some unusual things once in awhile. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jon and Becky moved to Tennessee in 1995 and love it here. They live in the middle of nowhere in southern Williamson County with lots of trees, but like visiting civilization from time to time.
Janet Hall, Child Care Coordinator
Janet Hall previously served on the Children’s Ministry Team and as Vacation Bible School co-director for several years. Her job as Childcare Coordinator came as another opportunity to serve. As Childcare Coordinator, she interfaces with all adult nursery volunteers and youth workers as well as our CPR/First Aid-Certified Childcare workers. Other duties include scheduling, greeting visitors/new parents, and staffing any childcare requests for church events. Janet has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and enjoyed a long career in the corporate world before having children. She is married to Alan and has 2 boys, Wyatt and Oliver. She also works part-time with Special Needs children at Moore Elementary and enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools and their Scout organizations.
Scott Gerow, Sound Engineer
Relationships Video featuring music from Scott
Scott Gerow is an independent producer, writer, and engineer residing in Nashville, TN. Throughout his music career Scott has studied and lived in a number of places throughout the world. He has studied at and holds degrees from various universities including the University of Miami, the Vienna School of Music (Austria), and Middle Tennessee State University. To date, Scott owns and manages Battery Lane Music – a production company that specializes in artist production and publishing, studio recording, mixing, as well as music for film and television. Scott and his wife Carrie have been members of Christ UMC since 2002. He joined the staff part-time in 2008 after helping to design and build the current sanctuary and sound system. Scott is very blessed to have this unique opportunity to serve God, the church, and the community.