STAFF & SESSION

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STAFF

Matt Ballard

LEAD PASTOR

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.

Jeff McCord

EXECUTIVE PASTOR

sensei, soft spoken voice of reason, cat wrangler extraordinaire, book collector, wise counselor, enneagram number freak, coach, motivator, fish fanatic.

Jeff and his wife Beth came to Southpointe Community Church in May 2017.

They met while attending the University of Kansas. After college they served for two years with The Navigators at Illinois State University. After their short term with the Navigators they moved to Saint Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary and to pursue a Master in Divinity. While attending Covenant, Jeff directed the National Leadership Foundation campus ministry at Saint Louis University.
Jeff has served churches in Kansas, Illinois, and Tennesse for the the past 15 years in areas of discipleship, assimilation, pastoral counseing and ministry development. They have two children: Nathan and Libby.
As Executive Pastor at Southpointe, Jeff gives administrative leadership to execution of Southpointe’s vision.

Jeff also serves as a Certified Christian Conciliator and a Tennessee Supreme Court Listed Family Meditator.

Darrell Jones

PASTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

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

Darrell has a lovely wife named Makenzie and a grumpy Black Lab named Samson. A Native born Virginian, Darrell received a B.A. in History from Tennessee Tech University and an 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, Atlanta Braves baseball, and Professional Wrestling.

Katie Lown

DIRECTOR SPKIDS

prayer warrior, kitten herder, bible teacher, leader, shepherd, discipler

Katie Lown and her husband Jay have been married for 16 years and moved to Nolensville in 2012. They have three awesome kids, Olivia, Robert, and Thomas. Finding a place like Southpointe Community Church has been a tremendous blessing in their lives. It is such a gift to be a part of a community of believers that makes Jesus Christ the unavoidable issue . Katie is a native to Brentwood, Tennessee and received her BS in Psychology from Samford University and her MA in Higher Education from Boston College. God called Katie into the role of a children’s leader in the Bible Study Fellowship class. Through BSF, God stirred in Katie’s heart a desire to be intentional about teaching and training the next generation to know and love Jesus Christ. Katie loves seeing children engage with the Bible and begin to learn Biblical truth. Katie feels truly honored to serve her church family as the Director of SPKids.

Grayson Baird

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR STUDENT MINISTRIES

inclusive,fun haver, dachshund obsessed, communicator by nature, lover of Jesus and students, trivia enthusiast, bacon admirer, David Bowie fanatic

Grayson grew up in Macon, Ga. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with B.A. in Journalism & PR in 2010. Grayson’s dream job has always been youth ministry and is extremely grateful to be doing what she loves. When she’s not spending time with students and the community of SPCC, she enjoys spending a lot of her time with Posey, the best dachshund in the world, drinking coffee, watching The Amazing Race, kickboxing and listening to sweet 90’s jams. Grayson is excited to join the staff of Southpointe and participate in the Lord’s movement here in Nolensville!

Hadley Elkin

DIRECTOR OF SPKIDS PARENT’S DAY OUT

Hadley is married with two children.  She is originally from Kentucky (Go Big Blue!), but has lived in Tennessee for 17 years and a proud resident of Nolensville since 2013.

Hadley has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology.  Prior to having children, Hadley worked ten years as a healthcare social worker.  She also enjoyed working as a preschool teacher and assistant director at a Christian preschool in Franklin, TN prior to joining the SPKids Parent’s Day Out team.

Hadley is an active member of Franklin Christian Church and serves in the children’s ministry area.  She enjoys reading, eating out, traveling and watching movies.

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Brian Reed

DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP

Brian and his wife Kelli moved to middle TN in 1996. After serving as worship leader for 18 years at his previous church, Brian, Kelli, and son Cianan made the move to Southpointe Community Church in June of 2016. “The three of us were quickly welcomed into serving and becoming invested in the Kingdom work that Southpointe values.”

Along with serving Southpointe Community Church, Brian is an assistant Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop, is an 11th grade English teacher at Stewarts Creek High School, and is Cianan’s Uber driver for his son’s many and varied musical pursuits. In his downtime, Brian loves to read fantasy fiction and history books, play guitar in a country band, fish, hike, and hunt.

Jeff Whitlock

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Jeff and his family have been attending Southpointe since 2015. He has worked in digital marketing and production for over 10 years.

He has held roles in digital strategy, marketing, brand development and product management. He has an enthusiasm for making ideas happen and solving complex problems. He has worked with some of the best brands on the planet including Google, Nike, Volkswagen, Doritos and HBO.

Jeff’s background is rooted in design and approaches every task with a creative lens. He lives in Nashville, TN with his family – wife, two children and dog. If he’s not at his laptop, he’s likely out enjoying a hike.

Caroline Ritter

OFFICE SUPPORT

flower lover, boy mom, leader, organizer, planner, fabric geek

Caroline, her husband, Kevin and their two boys, Miles and Luke, moved to TN in 2013. They live on a quiet, gravel road with dogs June and Scout. While searching for a local church they discovered Southpointe and knew their search was over. They have been members since 2014 and are so thankful to be a part of this close knit community.

Caroline grew up in Florida and moved to Philadelphia to study fashion design at Moore College. She has operated a number of small businesses and most recently ran her own vintage and handmade market, The Sunday Market in Franklin.

SESSION

Deacons:
Joe Nixon
Matt Ciampa
David Miller

Elders:
Tom Bates
Rod Kruse
Drew McMillan
Kevin Underwood
Michael Livingston
Scot Phegley
Ed Hibma
Brad Page
Brian Reed
Todd Douthit

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