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Why are we here?

We are here to grow together as a community that authentically seeks a faith rooted in Jesus of Nazareth. We are Christians, and we are believers. But we are also searchers and seekers who continue to ask questions about who we are, who God is or isn’t, and what our calling is as a people of faith.
Throughout our 160 year history, our community has continually embraced social progress, forward-thinking beliefs about God, Jesus, and the world, and also been convicted of equality for all people, regardless of identity, race, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.

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Meet our team

tracy bell
Tracy Bell

Tracy is a Medical Aesthetician and Massage Therapist. She loves spending time with her 2 children and her family.

Tracy is joining the team as Woodland’s Facilities Partner and hopes to help build a strong bond between the church and the community.

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kendra ketter chavis
Kendra Ketter Chavis

Kendra Ketter Chavis is an ordained minister, speaker and writer. She completed her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. She served as Director of Operations and an Associate Minister at Change Church in Ewing, NJ. Kendra recently concluded pulpit and pastoral care leadership at Memorial West United Presbyterian Church in Newark, NJ. Kendra serves in various capacities within the Woodland hub, including ministry operations procedures, discipleship and hospitality.

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travis chavis
Travis Chavis

Travis is a human resources and operations business professional. His passion is people and helping them understand how to maximize their potential in the workplace. Travis brings with him 12 years of experience leading human resource and operational processes within some of the most recognizable brands in the world. In addition to consulting, his think-piece articles can be found focused on business trends and millennials in the workplace.

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jenny cook
Jenny Cook

A Nashville native, Jenny graduated in 2014 from Furman University with a degree in graphic design. She spent the past two years working in the nonprofit sector and has interned for various youth ministries in the past.

Jenny loves drinking copious amounts of coffee, yoga and mediation, community, and spending time with her one-year-old nephew, Aidan.

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meredith cox
Meredith Cox

Meredith hails from the Atlanta area originally but most recently has come by way of New Jersey where they received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary. Previous to seminary, Meredith served as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in San Antonio, Texas and is still deeply tied to the YAV Program as a regular worship leader for their retreats. Meredith enjoys good food, making music, and spending time outdoors.

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michael cuppett
Michael Cuppett

Michael is a native of St. Louis, MO, and holds a Bachelor of Music with degrees in Music Composition, Music Theory, and Piano Pedagogy from Belmont University. Michael is currently a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Michael manages Woodland's digital communications, and can be found online at michaelcuppett.com and cuppett.media.

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mark devries
Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 28 years and has served alongside the Woodland family for more than a year now. He is the founder of Ministry Architects and Justice Industries and the co-founder of the Center for Youth Ministry Training and Ministry Incubators. Mark is the author of 12 books, including recently released Reimagining Young Adult Ministry. Mark and his wife Susan live in Nashville and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

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emily martin
Emily Martin

Born and raised in Nashville, Emily graduated from Furman University where she earned a degree in Sociology & Studio Art, served as a mentor for middle school girls, and spent summers working with the youth group at First Presbyterian Church and Daystar Counseling Ministries. For the last year, she has been working as an executive recruiter with Elevation Search Solutions helping emerging market companies build out their teams. When Emily isn't adventuring around Nashville, you can find her painting, running, or sipping coffee.

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jeff moles
Jeff Moles

Jeff is an experienced church musician who has served congregations in Indiana and Tennessee, most recently as music director of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Nashville. A ruling elder in the PC(USA), Jeff has served the church in a variety of roles at its local and national levels. Since coming to Nashville in 2006 as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer, Jeff has been part of the staff team at Room In The Inn, where he now leads its Winter Shelter program, supporting 200 area congregations that open their doors to their homeless neighbors.

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