Learn about our Leadership


Matt Ballard


people investor, straight talker, gospel everything, philosophical redneck, king of one liners, conversationalist, wise, accident prone while in the state of Georgia, Bono’s biggest fan, fact freak

Matt and his family moved to Nolensville in July, 2010 to partner with a small group of visionaries and plant Southpointe Community Church.  He previously served on the staff of Perimeter Church in Atlanta as a preaching pastor and lead their ministry to singles and families in the 22-40 age range.  Before that he was on the staff of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Ga. as the pastor to Single Adults.

Matt and his wife Chrissy have three daughters: Madeline, Mary-Alex, and Anabelle.  When Matt isn’t pastoring he enjoys working out, reading about 20th century military history, shooting guns, and driving cars.

Derek West


generous, jack of all trades, intentional, a walking broadway musical, hard worker, lulu man, loyal, consistently creative, honest communicator, indefectible gongoozler (we don’t know what this means either)

Derek grew up in Rockville, MD, near Washington D.C. and started the move South and West to go to college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. After college he moved to Nashville to work in the music industry, working the majority of his time with INO Records. He left there to open a studio which he still manages called FlyByWest Music doing a variety of production related work for labels and publishers in town. He and his wife Brooke have two kids: their boisterous daughter Riley and her full out younger brother Paxton.  Derek loves worship music and has a passion to see a community that knows what it means to worship God in freedom that is grounded in the Truth of the gospel.  He has learned first hand that this life is a team sport and that community is essential to the gospel working itself out in our lives.  Derek is grateful to be a part of what God is doing here at Southpointe.

Darrell Jones


Tender-hearted softy masquerading as a redneck, WWE junkie, Ron-Swanson idolater, lover of the church, un-vegetarian

Darrell began at Southpointe in Jan 2014, A Native born Virginian, Darrell received a B.A. in History from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN and his Mdiv from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. When not teaching or hanging out with the students of SPCC, Darrell enjoys lifting weights, meat, sweet tea, fishing, baseball and Professional Wrestling.

Brooklynn Grimes


Brooklynn and her husband Chris have been married for 10 years and settled in Tennessee after spending the first half of their marriage exploring the Pacific Northwest. When their first daughter came along they ventured to Nashville and found that this city and Southpointe Church quickly stole their hearts. They have two amazing daughters, Esther and Emmaline. Brooklynn has a BA in Studio Art and completed the Biblical Studies program at the Torchbearer Bible School in Europe. She has several years teaching experience in art and outdoor classrooms. She loves the mountains, traveling, making art, spicy food and having a house full of friends. SPKids has become part of the way Brooklynn lives out her passion to equip children and families to cultivate deep roots in the Gospel of Christ.

Kim King


mrs. engineer, compassionate, bold introvert, closet tennis pro, integrous, big-idea launcher, cliff-jumper, organization queen

Kim grew up in Triune, about 5 miles south of Nolensville. She met her husband Tyler in civil engineering classes at Tennessee Tech University. They spent 4 years working, snow skiing, playing softball, tennis, and renovating houses before having their daughters Emily and Morgan. Kim and Tyler transitioned from Christ Community to Southpointe in 2012 and have been overwhelmed by the path God has shown them and the community which they have encountered here.

Erin Miller


creative West Coast introvert, with more power tools than you, printer-like hand-writing, pinterest in a person, leader of girls, mini-van without the kids

Erin and her husband, David, moved to Nashville in the summer of 2013 from Southern California; finding Southpointe the following summer. Erin was a Christian Ministries major at Biola University, with an emphasis in youth ministry. Both she and David have loved getting to work with youth, both before and while attending Southpointe.

When Erin is not working to keep the extroverted idea generating staff organized, she enjoys camping and hiking with David, hanging out with her middle school students, pinteresting, and doing anything creative, especially woodworking.