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Our Leadership

Ray Ortlund

Lead Pastor

Ray graduated from Wheaton College as a Bachelor of Arts, from Dallas Theological Seminary as a Master of Theology, from The University of California at Berkeley as a Master of Arts, and from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, as a Doctor of ...

T.J. Tims

Associate Pastor

TJ earned his B.A. from Southeastern Bible College in 2008, M.A. from King’s College London in 2010, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. TJ and Jessica have two daughters, Charlotte and Maggie, and love all things ...


Scott Thomas

Executive Pastor

Scott brings years of executive level leadership to Immanuel. He served as President of Acts 29 for six years and as Church Planting Director of C2C Network. He has served as a pastor since 1982, including 17 years as a Lead Pastor. He is the ...

Tom cox

Elder

Tom grew up in Annapolis, MD.  At 14, he came to know the Lord at a church retreat after hearing a speaker recite James 2:19.  After graduating from North Carolina, he served as a youth minister back in his home church.  He then attended Trinity ...


Bob Pedde

Elder

Bob Pedde was born in Michigan and moved to Tennessee shortly after graduating from Michigan State University. He was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age. Bob met his wife Linda at the ...

David Holst

Elder

God has blessed David in many ways! He grew up in a Christian home and with a caring church family and always knew that Jesus loved him. At the age of 10 he asked Jesus to be his Savior. In his walk with God, the Lord has provided a wonderful ...

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Tony Maples

Elder

Tony grew up and spent most of his life in Mansfield, OH. He became a Christian in his mid 20's and has been walking with The Lord since then. He attended The Ohio State University and has been a lifelong fan of the Buckeyes. Tony works for Morin ...

Jon Wood

Elder

Jon was licensed and ordained to the gospel ministry in 2006 by his home church of First Baptist Orlando, FL. In 2008 he completed his M.Div with Biblical languages and a concentration in Philosophy of Religion at Southwestern Baptist Theological ...


David Tolbert

Elder

David Tolbert, Jr. is a native of Lawrence County, Alabama. In 1956, he entered Alabama State College and was involved in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and non-violent protest, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1960, he graduated magna cum laude ...

Jim Daugherty

Elder

Jim Daugherty is a native Nashvillian and graduated from Overton High School in 1970. He received an M.S. in computer science at Vanderbilt University and works at Vanderbilt Medical Center as a database administrator. Jim enjoys music, running, ...


Emily Stem

Lead Deacon

Emily grew up in the small town of Lawrenceburg, TN just south of Nashville.  Emily came to know the Lord at the age of 6 and doesn't remember a time when she didn't love the Lord. She attended Tennessee Tech University receiving a bachelor's ...

Matt Bader

Deacon

Matt is from San Angelo, Texas.  He met his wife, Megan, a Tennessee native, at Texas Tech University. They moved to Nashville in 2011 and have been at Immanuel since. They both work as financial planners and have one daughter, Emilie Grace. Matt ...


Ben Chapman

Deacon

Ben was raised in the small town of Blairsville, Georgia. Brought up in church, he professed Jesus at a young age. But as life took him to many places and in many directions, he was quickly steeped in addictions and worldly lusts. Some years ago, ...

Amy Cox

Deacon

Amy was born in Louisville, but lived in various southern states before landing in Nashville in 1998.  She grew up heavily involved in church and cannot recall a time when she did not love the Lord deeply.  After graduating from Alabama, Amy ...


Ryan Crownover

Deacon

Ryan was born in the North Dallas area of Texas. Going to church for most of his life, he accepted Christ in the 8th grade. In his last semester of high school Ryan began dating his phenomenal wife, Lauren, and they continued dating throughout ...

Ashley Ginzburg

Deacon

Ashley was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in the surrounding area. She attended Texas A&M University where she met her husband, Dmitry. She has a bachelor's and master’s degree in engineering and worked for Lockheed Martin before having two ...


Stephen Maples

Deacon

Stephen was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio in an unapologetically Christian home. He came to know the Lord at age five, and Christ has held him fast ever since. Stephen was married in 2012 and immediately moved to Nashville, and he and his ...

Taylor McRae

Deacon

Taylor grew up in Southern California before moving to TN with his family in late 2001. He grew up in a christian home and can't remember a time when Christ wasn't evident in his life. He began attending Immanuel in 2015 and fell in love with the ...


Cody Norris

Deacon

Cody grew up on a lake in Georgia, moved to the cornfields of Ohio, and came to Nashville in 2008.  He and his wife, Sarah, met at summer camp and got married eight years later.  They have two children, Leo and Shiloh.  Cody studied music ...

Brien Pafford

Deacon

Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Brien has lived in Nashville for seven years. He received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Music Business from Belmont University in 2014. After working in various recording studios and ...


Mason Prophater

Deacon

Mason was born in Cincinnati, OH and raised in Louisville, KY moved to Nashville on October 6, 2012 after his wife, Nichole and he married. They have a beautiful baby girl named Skylar Grace, whom they adore and a sweet and loving dog named ...

Angie Thomas

Deacon

Angie was born and raised in Nashville. She attended Lipscomb University before marrying David, her husband of 32 years. They have three children, Bradley, Michael, and Lily, who all live in the Nashville area. Angie has a heart for international ...


David Thomas

Deacon

David Thomas was born and raised in Nashville, TN. In 1984, he married his high school sweetheart, Angie, and they now have three children, Bradley, Michael, and Lily. David studied graphic design at David Lipscomb College before working with ...

Wes Williams

Deacon

Wes grew up in North Alabama but moved to Nashville, Tennessee before his Freshman year of High School. He attended Christ Presbyterian Academy and graduated in 2003. Wes went on to Baylor University on a golf scholarship where he got involved ...