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.

Jeff McCord


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


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.

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.

Katie Lown


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.

Trish Page


dependable, camera shy, dry wit, chief organizer, get “er” done girl, no nonsense, eagles freak, system builder, reliable as the sunrise

Hadley Elkin


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