Project Thrive Churches

participating churches

Participating Project Thrive congregations are in the core of Nashville. They differ in denominations, sizes, histories, races, or languages spoken. Some of the participating congregations have interim pastors or actively searching for pastors. Participating Project Thrive churches are considered the first learning cohort for the years of 2020-2025.

Brook Hollow Baptist Church

Founded in 1954, a community of believers united for the common purpose of loving God, others, and themselves unconditionally.  

Pastor Tom Gholson

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Church of the Messiah

Founded in 1959, the church is a word-based ministry spreading the good news of the Kingdom of God and equipping believers to live in it.

Pastor Bryan Williams, Sr.

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Crievewood Baptist Church

A church committed to the gospel ministry and fulfilling their mission of Christ, Communion, Community, Commitment and Caring.

Pastor Ray Miller

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Crievewood United Methodist Church

A community called to embrace the means of grace that deepen their relationship with God and one another; called to serve as a means of grace in the neighborhood and beyond.

Pastor John Hill

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Dalewood Baptist Church

Located in East Nashville, they are a community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, desiring to glorify him in their neighborhood and among the nations.


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Downtown Presbyterian Church

Gathering in the heart of Nashville, the church is a community of disciples of Jesus Christ seeking the welfare of the city as they seek the kingdom of God.

Pastor Zach Sasser

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Eastminster Presbyterian

Founded in 1872, a bilingual, multi-cultural community re-articulating the faith in relation to the issues and challenges of each new historical era. They meet in Woodland Presbyterian’s building due to their building experiencing a fire.

Represented by Mark DeVries

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Faith United Missionary Baptist Church

Founded in 1974, FUMBC is located in North Nashville existing to love the Lord with all our heart and people in all we do.

Pastor Roosevelt Walker, Jr.

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First Evangelical Lutheran Church

A faith community empowered by God’s grace to live in and act through Christ, sharing love through worship, service, ministry, and fellowship.

Pastor Travis Meier 

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Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church

Established in 1876 in the heart of historic North Nashville, the church is dedicated to making disciples for Christ, to know Him, share Him, and be a witness for Him in and beyond their community.

Pastor Paula Smith

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Memorial Lutheran Church

Located in East Nashville, their calling is to be active participants in creating God’s kingdom on earth.


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New Season Baptist Church

Their mission is to love God through worship, His family through fellowship; His community through service, and His world through the transformational message of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Dwayne Lewis

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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Found in 1898, the church seeks to reflect the kingdom of God by worshipping and loving God, sharing the gospel and studying scripture, loving one another and joining with the community to bring God’s transforming love to all.

Pastor Leonard Jordan 

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St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

The church participates in the work of God, acts of charity and social justice, spreading the Good News of Christ to others, learning about God and His love, and giving talents to the greater purpose of God’s work.

Rector Caroline Osborne 

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Trinity Presbyterian Church

Founded in 1942, the church opens wide the door and makes a place, and in the name of Jesus Christ, says ‘Welcome.’

Pastor Sally Hughes

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West End United Methodist Church

The church was founded in 1869. They are now called by God to be and become the loving light of Christ: connecting and transforming.

Pastor Carol Cavin-Dillon

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Woodland Presbyterian Church

Existing for 160 years, the church in East Nashville supports one another through life’s ups and downs, encouraging one another in the pursuit of love, justice, and peace along the way.


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Locating Project Thrive Churches

Project Thrive Churches are in the core of Nashville. The map displays where the 18 churches are located.