We Are About Relationships
Rev. Tom Laney, Interim Lead Pastor
Tom is the co-chair for the Turner Center for Leadership, which supports the Bishop in equipping and connecting clergy and lay leadership for the transformation of the church. Tom spent 23 years pastoring local churches of all sizes. His most recent pastorate was as Senior Pastor of West End UMC in Nashville, where he served for 8 years. Since leaving the local church, Tom has received facilitator training the Healthy Congregations Initiative, the Spiritual Leadership Incorporated model of team building, and has been a member of the Systems-Centered Training Institute. Tom is serving as our interim lead pastor through June.
Rev. Matt Kelley, Associate Pastor
Matt is thrilled to be returning home to Christ UMC, where he was formed in faith and sent off into ordained ministry. You reap what you sow, right?
Matt joined the staff in June of 2015 after serving several different churches in the Tennessee Conference, and was ordained as an Elder in 2012. Matt holds a BA from Butler University, an MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology. At Christ, he works with Missions, Evangelism, Young Adults, and lots of other things they don’t teach you about in seminary. Outside of church, Matt enjoys playing guitar, hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their kids; Kate, Claire, and Jonah.
Rev. Mark Price, Pastor of Congregational Life
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. 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.
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).
Katie Rhodes, Associate Youth Minister
Katie Rhodes has stepped up as the new Associate Youth Minister. She and her family have also been members at Christ UMC for many years, and Katie and her husband Josh have both dedicated a lot of love and time to our youth ministry.
Aimee Cox, Director of Children’s Ministry
Aimee Cox graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2005 with a degree in Health Care Administration and Management. While in college, she was the Director of an after school program and was a part time Parish Nurse at a local church. She relocated to Franklin in 2006 when her husband, Matt Cox to a new job, and she began working as a Center Director for a local childcare center. Once they started their family, she decided to take some time to be home with their three girls, Mattilda, Alice, and Emmylou. Since joining Christ UMC, she has been involved in Children’s Ministry by serving on the Children’s Ministry Team. Aimee has a passion for working with children and is very thankful for the opportunity to help them develop a love for Christ, others, and our church. Her free time is spent driving her girls to dance and hockey practice, loving on her family, and reading as much as she possibly can.
Michael Deweese, Business Administrator
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.
Randall Mills, Building Superintendent
Randall joined the staff on May 1 as the new Building Superintendent. Randall has been a member of our congregation for many years. He is a native Tennessean and has quite a faith story to share. He is knowledgeable and dedicated, and it really feels like a “God thing” that he was available when this position opened up.
Litt Upshur, Assistant Building Superintendent
Litt has been a member of the staff for a couple of years now, and has been a regular member of Christ UMC since 2008. Originally from Mississippi, Litt now lives with his long-time wife in Nolensville. They have a grown daughter who also attends our church.
Jon Calvin, Music Associate
Jon Calvin and his wife Becky have been members of Christ UMC for over 20 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.
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.
Bill Griese, Communications Coordinator
Bill is Christ UMC’s communications person. He handles bulletins, posters, newsletters, promos, and many other things… including the website. You’ll also find him answering the phone a bunch. He and his wife Kim have been Christ UMC members for 5 years now. They live in Franklin with their two children, Liam and Katie.