Leadership

  • Ron Becton

    Pastor

    One thing I love about First Church is... I especially love the pastor’s wife at First Church! And, I love all of the members of this great household of faith called “First Church”.

    My favorite scripture is . . .Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

    My hometown is . . . Bay City, Texas.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is  . . .  Nashville has a great representation of all four seasons, and great, overall diversity.

    My favorite church event is . . . Annual Men’s Conference.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is . . . Jack’s BBQ.

    Other than basic necessities of life, one thing I couldn’t live without is. . . time spent with my wife and son and daughter-in-law, playing racquetball and chocolate.

  • Cheryl Becton

    Worship Pastor

    One thing I love about First Church is … the warm, family feeling.

    My favorite scripture is … Psalm 37:4-5: “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

    My hometown is … Tulsa, OK.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the natural beauty and that it’s just the right size.

    My favorite First Church event is … the annual Christmas musical.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … BrickTop’s.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … The Bible, my family and coffee.

  • Josh and Rachel Farmer

    Student Ministry

    Josh:

    One thing I love about First Church is … the unity and Vision Student Ministries

    My favorite scripture is …Matthew 22:37-40 :"Jesus said unto him, Thous shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thous shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hand all the law and phophets."

    My hometown is … Nashville, TN

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the people

    My favorite First Church event is … YPG

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Gabby's/Hattie B's

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my family and the Bible

    Rachel:

    One thing I love about First Church is … that everyone is family and the amazing students of VSM.

    My favorite scripture is … Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

    My hometown is … Vidor, TX

    The thing I love most about Nashville is …the food and the beautiful scenery.

    My favorite First Church event is … YPG

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Maggiano's

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my amazing family and God's grace.

  • Bunthean and Jasmine Nhothsiri

    Southeast Asian Pastor

    Tean:

    One thing I love about First Church is … it's the family church.

    My favorite scripture is … Acts 1:8: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

    My hometown is … Battambang, Cambodia.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the weather and hills.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Christmas program.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Chinese King Buffet.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my iPad.

    Jasmine:

    One thing I love about First Church is … its great pastor and pastor's wife; the hospitality of the staff.

    My favorite scripture is … Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

    My hometown is … Laos.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … having a great church to attend.

    My favorite First Church event is … multicultural ministry events.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … Jesus and my family.

  • Larry and Linda Curtis

    Christian Education, Celebrate Recovery, Center House

    Larry:

    One thing I love about First Church is … its Godly leadership.

    My favorite scripture is … Ephesians 6:10-11: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

    My hometown is … Nashville, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the home-town atmosphere.

    My favorite First Church event is … our Missions Conference.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … J Alexander’s.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my First Church family.

    Linda:

    One thing I love about First Church is … the fact that this is home church to me. I love the Word of God that is taught. I love my Pastor and Sis. Becton.

    My favorite scripture is … Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

    My hometown is … Scotts Hill, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the different seasons and its beautiful hills and valleys.

    My favorite First Church event is … women's fellowship time.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Outback.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my church and the Word of God.

  • Lynne Gwin

    Church Office Secretary

    One thing I love about First Church is … the closeness you feel with the people here. They have become an extension of my natural family.

    My favorite scripture is: … Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

    My hometown is … Dyersburg, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the small town feel, but in a large city. Also, the awesome scenery and natural beauty of all four seasons.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Annual Holiday Flea Market.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … The Cheesecake Factory.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my church family (and chocolate!).

  • Kevin McManus

    Media Director

    One thing I love about First Church is … “Happy Hour,” every Sunday at 11 a.m. until … ! No reservation required.

    My favorite scripture is … Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

    My hometown is … Middlebury, VT, although I was raised in Delray Beach, FL.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … it’s a big city with a small town atmosphere.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Youth Praise Gathering (YPG). I love to see young people worship.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … J. Alexander’s.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … Beverly C. McManus.

  • Craig Gwin

    Creative Director

    One thing I love about First Church is … its people. The love and kindness is unmatched.

    My favorite scripture is … Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

    My hometown is … Nashville, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … its great food.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Youth Praise Gathering (YPG).

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Sambuca.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … Apple, Inc.

  • Matt and Barb Bolinger

    Children’s Ministry

    Matt:

    One thing I love about First Church is …the welcoming spirit you receive from the congregation.

    My favorite scripture is …I Timothy 2:8 "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."

    My hometown is … Nashville, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is …small town feel in a big city.

    My favorite First Church event is … Men's Conference.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Jack's BBQ

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … God's grace and mercy, my beautiful wife, and daughter.

    Barb:

    One thing I love about First Church is … The people of First Church are the most loving, caring, and accepting of anyone I have ever known. It has taught and inspired me to be a better person to the people around me.

    My favorite scripture is … Romans 8:31 "...if God be for us, who can be against us?"

    My hometown is … Neoga, IL

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … It's really only cold for about a month, maybe two.

    My favorite First Church event is … Christmas Village

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Demo's

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … the sweet smiles and kisses from my sweet baby girl, Maggie.

  • Stephani Williams

    Nursery Director

    One thing I love about First Church is … its different programs for all ages.

    My favorite scripture is … Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

    My hometown is … Columbus, IN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … it is a mixture of both city life and country life.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Christmas Village.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … CoCo’s Italian Restaurant.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … interaction with my church family.

  • Jackie and Maggie Palmore

    Guest Services

    Jackie:

    One thing I love about First Church is … that our church is open to all people.

    My favorite scripture is … Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

    My hometown is … Fairview, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … its friendliness.

    My favorite First Church event is … the 4th of July Celebration.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Olive Garden.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my Lord.

     

    Maggie:

    One thing I love about First Church is … its friendliness.

    My favorite scripture is … Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

    My hometown is … Fairview, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … First Church.

    My favorite First Church event is … our Christmas Celebration.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Applebee's.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … the Church.

  • Mary Fox

    Spirit and Truth Bookstore

    One thing I love about First Church is … that it is a place of refuge, restoration and healing where the whole Gospel is taught and preached with love.

    My favorite scripture is … Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.”

    My hometown is … Trace City, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … that this is where my home church is located as well as some of the best weather, hospitals, schools and restaurants; it’s also where family and friends live.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Nashville Men's Conference. Working in the bookstore and duplication department, I have been privileged to see and hear men, young and old, become totally transformed by the teaching, preaching and worship of this great event year after year.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … The Cheesecake Factory.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … the Word of God and my relationship with Jesus.

  • David and Rechelle Chaney

    Family Enrichment

    David:

    One thing I love about First Church is … the feeling of unity and love for everyone.

    My favorite scripture is … Psalm 28:7-8: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.”

    My hometown is … Nashville.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … it's home!

    My favorite First Church event is … everything we do is top notch. I truly love it all and our services are always uplifting.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … anything Mexican.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … God’s grace and mercy and my family.

     

    Rechelle:

    One thing I love about First Church is … the people. They truly love everyone and welcome you into this family of God.

    My favorite scripture is … Psalm 25:4-5: “Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”

    My hometown is … Canton, MS.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the hills.

    My favorite First Church event is … Christmas Village and Ann Johnson's chicken salad. Yum!

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Maggiano's.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … Jesus Christ as The Lord of my life.

  • Jerry Barlar

    Men’s Ministry

    One thing I love about First Church is … the people

    My favorite scripture is … 1 Corinthians 2:5: “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

    My hometown is … Nashville, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the small town feel.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Men’s Conference.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Maggiano’s.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … an original Chap Stick.

  • Larry and Linda Stanfill

    Young At Heart Ministry

    Larry:

    One thing I love about First Church is … Sis. Becton's Sunday School class.

    My favorite scripture is … John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    My hometown is … Nashville, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … that it is my hometown; there is no place like home.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Men's Conference.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Chuy's.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … God, my family, and church.

    Linda:

    One thing I love about First Church is … its spiritual family.

    My favorite scripture is … Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

    My hometown is … Winnsboro, LA.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … that it’s a small big town.

    My favorite First Church event is … Women in the Word.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Olive Garden.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … God, my family, the church and our church family.

  • Phillip Hampton

    Church Secretary/Treasurer and Worship Director

    One thing I love about First Church is … its great consistent leadership for many years.

    My favorite scripture is … Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

    My hometown is … Jackson, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … city life and country life all in one.

    My favorite First Church event is … our Christmas program.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Flemings.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … Music.

  • Donnie and Jackie Kemp

    Hospitality Ministry

    Donnie:

    One thing I love about First Church is … its friendly people and leadership.

    My favorite scripture is … 1 Chronicles 16:11: “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.”

    My hometown is … Ashland City, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the small town feeling and the growth that is happening.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Christmas Village.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Fleming’s Steak House.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my family and friends.

    Jackie:

    One thing I love about First Church is … how everything that is done in the Church and for the members is always done first class.

    My favorite scripture is … Ephesians 3:20: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”

    My hometown is … Ashland City, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the big town cultural diversity with all it has to offer and yet the small town savor and friendliness.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Christmas Village and Ladies Friendship Night

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Maggiano’s.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my family (both personal and church).

  • Kap Kam

    Burmese Pastor

    One thing I love about First Church is … the pastor's open door for the Burmese.

    My favorite scripture is … Joshua 24:15: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

    My hometown is … Burma (Myanmar).

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … its good geography.

    My favorite First Church event is … Leadership Training.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … IHOP.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … the First Church family.

  • Caesar Olave

    Hispanic Pastor

    One thing I love about First Church is … that it has very friendly people; it’s a Godly church, very organized and professional in every single way.

    My favorite scripture is … Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

    My hometown is … Coronel, Chile.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … the fact that it is Music City; the view; and the nice people.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Nashville Men's Conference.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Cracker Barrel.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … God, doctrine, holiness, Bible, church family, Word of God, family and friends.

  • Lucille Barlar

    Mourning to Morning Grief Recovery

    One thing I love about First Church is … the liberty to worship and serve.

    My favorite scripture is … Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

    My hometown is … Shelbyville, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … that First Church is here and we have many great places to eat. I also have a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren here.

    My favorite First Church event is … Women and the Word.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Carrabba's (and Sweet CeCe's for dessert!).

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Terry Taylor

    Grounds and Facilities Manager

    One thing I love about First Church is … how you can feel the presence of the Lord.

    My favorite scripture is … Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want …”

    My hometown is … Fairview, TN.

    The thing I love most about Nashville is … how friendly people are.

    My favorite First Church event is … the Christmas Village.

    My favorite restaurant in Nashville is … Logan's.

    Other than basic necessities of life, the one thing I couldn't live without is … my amazing wife.