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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

Pastor T.J. graduated from Southeastern Bible College as a Bachelor of Arts, from King’s College London as a Master of Arts, and is a candidate for PhD at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. T.J. was ordained at the First Baptist Church of ...

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


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 ...

David Holst


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 ...


Matt Bader


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


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, ...

Ryan Crownover


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 ...

Stephen Maples


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


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 ...

Mason Prophater


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 ...

Wes Williams


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 ...

Andrew Christenberry


Andrew was born in Denver, Colorado, but has spent most of his life in Gadsden, Alabama, where the Lord saved him out of his glorious mercies at a young age.  The Lord brought Andrew to Nashville in 2010 when he started attending Belmont University ...

Ashley Edwards


Ashley is a native of Nashville who became a Christian as a teenager. She has sought the Lord in Bible Study since her days at Harpeth Hall and into her years at Vanderbilt University. Married to David, Ashley trained and practiced as a registered ...

Jeff Ross


Jeff continues to be amazed at the way Jesus Christ moves in his life. Born and raised in a large family in Maryville, Tennessee, he heard the gospel clearly presented in 9th grade and accepted Jesus as his savior. His short migration west started ...

Jennifer Owen


Jennifer is originally from West Tennessee, where she was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ at a young age.  Jennifer met her husband, Brett, at Murray State University, they moved to Hendersonville in 2008, and found Immanuel in ...

Justin Bryan


Justin was born in Chicago and spent 5 years in upstate New York before moving to Hendersonville, TN when he was 7.  He was brought up in church and became a Christian at age 8.  In middle school he went on his first mission trip where his eyes ...

Kent Lapp


Kent grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, and moved to Nashville with his family in 2014.  He was saved at a young age and grew up in the Mennonite tradition.  In 2015 the Sovereignty of God in all things settled on him as never before, ...

Trey Suey


Trey is a Nashville native who is being rescued from himself and his false perceptions of God by the sacrificial love of Jesus and the transformative friendship of his Spirit.