Impact Team Spotlight

At Christian Life we believe that people matter most and we love our people! We want to share with you some of our Impact Team members that are truly making an impact for the Kingdom through the serving of others. Let's get to know them!


12.5.17

When these two aren't teaching, they're using their gifts to serve at Christian Life!

Name:
Rick and Beth Wood

Hometown:
Rick: Lancaster, CA
Beth: McMinnville, TN

What do you do for a living?
Rick: Physical Education Teacher
Beth: Kindergarten Teacher

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
Both: 5 and 1/2 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Rick: Security
Beth: CL Kids Check-in

What do you enjoy most about serving?
Rick: Meeting new people and allowing God to direct me where I'm needed most.
Beth: I love meeting new families who are checking out our church! I love serving because it is giving back to our church and to God for all that I receive.

Favorite Bible verse?
Rick: "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." For my love of God and my wife.
Beth: Song of Solomon 6:3

Name something most people don't know about you.
Rick: I used to model in my late teens to mid-twenties. Everything from suits to underwear. "No I'm not showing you pictures of me in my underwear!" LOL :)
Beth: I have an identical twin sister (she visits CLC frequently). 


11.28.17

We love it when couples serve together! These two rock on the Children's Impact Team and we love their hearts to serve the kids at Christian Life!

 

Name:
James and Tara Wilkerson 

Hometown:
James: LaVergne, TN
Tara: Smyrna, TN

What do you do for a living?
James: Owner of WilkerSon's Heating and Cooling
Tara: I'm a stay at home, homeschooling mother of 2. I also ran a daycare out of my home for 8 years.

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
Both: 5 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Both: Children's Ministry

What do you enjoy most about serving?
James: Being a kid with the kids.
Tara: I love serving with the children because I love little kids and teaching about the Lord.

Favorite Bible verse?
James: Philippians 4:8
Tara: Proverbs 3:5-6. I memorized this verse when I was in Kindergarten. It’s always followed me with everything I’ve done and it’s pretty self explanatory: Trust. In. The. Lord.

Name something most people do not know about you.
James: I'm a germaphobe.
Tara: I do not like milk.


11.21.17

You may see this bright and cheerful face snapping pictures of other bright and cheerful faces! She is a treasure to Christian Life and we are thankful for all that she does!

Name:
Jessie Arras

Hometown:
Bell Buckle, TN

What do you do for a living?
First and foremost I'm a mom, homeschooling my three babies. Second, I'm a photographer!

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
8 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
I serve on the Photography Team and CL Kids (3rd grade teacher).

What you enjoy most about serving?
I think my MOST favorite is documenting baptisms! Getting to be up close and capturing the moment a person is "washed in the water" and born again brings me to tears EVERY TIME!!! I just love getting to witness God working in people's lives!

Favorite Bible verse?
I have two favorites! Matt 5:16, Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven. And Luke 2:19, But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Name something most people do not know about you.
Most people don't know that I do not like coffee. I don't even like the smell. There I said it! Can we still be friends???


11.14.17

Name:
Chris Martinez

Hometown:
Originally from CA, went to high school in CO and now live in Manchester

What do you do for a living?
I'm a business operations analyst at BMI Nashville. That means I make sure all of the BMI songwriters that have music on CBS, Netflix, the CW, and MTV are listed correctly so they get paid.

How long have you been at Christian Life?
Just over 1 year

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Children's Ministry - specifically with the 3rd graders

What do you enjoy most about serving?
I love working with the kids and seeing how eager they are to learn and see how much they already know.

Favorite Bible verse?
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

Name something most people don't know about you.
I would say that I'm a Star Wars nerd, but anyone that knows me already has that figured out. So that I would have to go with that I'm a movie and book worm. I own more books and movies than any one person should. But I'm ok with that.


11.7.17

We could not make it without people like Becky! What a blessing she is to our children's ministry!

Name:
Becky Partin

Hometown:
Murfreesboro

What do you do for a living?
Work for Department of Children's Services working with teenagers.

How long have you been at Christian Life?
22 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Children's Ministry Impact Team

What do you enjoy most about serving?
Hearing the children tell stories about what Jesus has done for them and watching them love with their whole hearts.

Favorite Bible verse?
Philippians 4:13

Name something most people don't know about you.
Most people don't know that I have struggled with extreme shyness most of my life. The Lord continues to grow me in this area but has helped me overcome so much. With growing faith I have found my voice.


10.31.17

Today's Impact Team Spotlight uses his giftings on the worship team! When he's not worshipping with his electric guitar, he's worshipping with his hands! We appreciate you Brian!

Name:
Brian Schilling

Hometown:
Jackson, Michigan

What do you do for a living?
I am a truck driver

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
7 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Worship Team

What do you enjoy most about serving?
I enjoy being a part of this family that is Christian Life and using what God has gifted me with to lead others into His presence. It's such a joy to see our congregation engaged in corporate worship. It truly blesses me, especially when I see my Wife and daughter's lifting their hands in praise and worshipping our great God and King! I get to be a part of that, Wow!

Favorite Bible verse?
Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."
This verse saves my life every day. My job is filled with aggravation and disappointments. It can really get you down if you let it, and it used to. I walked in to a Wednesday night seeker service in the spring of 2012. It was while I was dealing with a lot of unhappiness in my job. Pastor Ron stood up and said that God had given him something for someone and then quoted this verse. It was like God spoke directly to me and said "Brian, your joy is not found in your wife, your kids, your friends, or your job. It's found in me, and me alone. That changed me. It affects the way I deal with my every day struggles and brings them into perspective. It helps keep me safe on the road because an angry truck driver is a very dangerous one.

Name something most people don't know about you.
I studied to be a catholic Priest for 6 years. I was a part of a seminary program all 4 years of high school and then attended Christopher House Seminary my first 2 years of college. My earliest memories are of me telling everyone that I will one day be a Priest. My good friend Dale Kelsey once reminded me that the Priests in the bible were the worship leaders. God truly put that calling on my heart very early in my life.


10.24.17

Carol makes an impact each week as she serves with love and hospitality! Let's get to know more about her!

Name:
Carol Grimes

Hometown:
Originally from Miami, FL but went to high school and college in the mountains of NC.

What do you do for a living?
I am an Administrative Assistant/Concierge for Dr. Togrye and Smile Doctors.

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
13 years, since November 2004

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
I currently serve on the Host/Coffee Team and anywhere else I am needed. Before spinal surgery in 2014, you could always find me on campus serving somewhere!

What do you enjoy most about serving?
God created me to serve others. I find pleasure in helping other people get or find what they need. Just to see a person smile makes my day! If I can make someone smile, then I am doing something right! I also enjoy teaching others and helping them to learn new things.

Favorite Bible verse?
Jer 29:11--"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Name something we may not know about you.
I have been through many things that most people have never even thought about- some good, some bad. I could write a book! I believe that God can redeem anything in our lives if we use it for His glory. He has allowed me to go through so many things so that I can help others through whatever they are going through. I consider it a privilege to be chosen to be His messenger! I am always happy to share my experiences with others!


10.17.17

Today's Impact Team Spotlight is a blessing to CL Kids! We love the way that she shares the love of Jesus with the kids upstairs and we're thankful to have her on our team!

Name:
Cindy McDaniels

Hometown:
Smyrna, TN

What do you do for a living?
I'm a homeschool mom to Halie. Income? Robert, I think I'm supposed to be getting paid.

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
Five years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
CL Kids

What do you enjoy most about serving?
I love teaching kids and young people about how awesome God is and how much He loves us! I love seeing them excited about that!

Favorite Bible verse?
Phil 4:13

Name something we may not know about you.
I prayed for five years to get pregnant with Hallie. It was a long hard walk but God is faithful and He kept His promise. Just when we thought it was too late, God released a miracle. Hallie is short for Hallelujah- the highest praise to God.


10.10.17

Name:
Ben Allen

Hometown:
Nashville, TN

What do you do for a living?
Recruiting, Insurance, Woodworking, and Swim Lessons!

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
2 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Response Team, Children's Ministry

What do you enjoy most about serving?
I enjoy engaging in an aspect of being a member of the body of Christ. Serving gives Jesus an opportunity to challenge me, teach me, and experience giving and receiving His love with others. It's also been an amazing way to meet people at Christian Life and build meaningful relationships that are paramount to a fulfilling Christian walk.

Favorite Bible verse?
"Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." that, or 2 Kings 2:23-24

Name something we may not know about you.
I don't have a lot of friends and don't know how to make friends! Don't be intimidated by my big muscles and piercing eyes!


10.3.17

We are thankful for Melissa! Her servant heart shows with everything she does and we love the way she uses her gifts for the Kingdom!

Name:
Melissa Pearcy

Hometown:
Hendersonville, TN

What do you do for a living?
Hairstylist but recently took a job working at Robertson Family Water

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
Since January 2016

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Youth C-Group Coordinator, 8th-9th Grade Girls' C-Group Leader, Prayer Team, and Worship Team

What do you enjoy most about serving?
I enjoy getting to know everyone more and to make everyone feel that they matter and to encourage and uplight them! I want them to know how much God loves them and just want to be the vessel used by God to further His Kingdom and make HIS name great!

Favorite Bible verse?
Proverbs 3:5-6

Name something that we may not know about you.
I grew up traveling on a bus with my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins, singing southern gospel (since 13 months old) and playing the violin (since I was 6 years old).


9.26.17

This couple makes Sunday morning at Christian Life bright as they welcome everyone with a smile! We love having them as part of our team!

Name:
Chris and Cristy Joiner

Hometown:
Chris: Detroit, MI
Cristy: Murfreesboro, TN

What do you do for a living?
Chris: Sales Manager at Honda of Murfreesboro
Cristy: I'm blessed to stay home with our son.

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
6 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Welcome Impact Team

What do you enjoy most about serving?
Chris: Interacting with our members.
Cristy: I love meeting new people! And being outside at the welcome table I get to be the first point of contact , the first smile, hug or handshake! So awesome!!!!

Favorite Bible verse?
Chris: Phil 4:13
Cristy: Exodus 14:14  & Psalm 91:10-11

Name something we may not know about you.
Chris: I am a diehard Tennessee Vol fan 4 life.
Cristy: Most people are surprised to know that I am a momma of a 23, 22, and 6 yr old. And I'm also a Na-Na of 2 (soon to be 3) beautiful grandchildren.


9.19.17

Serving through coffee and kiddos, today's Impact Team Spotlight serves with a cheerful heart and we could not appreciate her more!

Name:
April Beeler

Hometown:
LaVergne, TN

What do you do for a living?
Accounting Manager

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
Almost 10 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Preschool Team and Coffee Captain

What you enjoy most about serving?
Service is a reflection of God's heart and an expression of faith. We are called to serve and serving others is an expression of God's love working through us. When I am serving others, I feel like I am directly contributing to the overall mission of the church and expanding the Kingdom.

Favorite Bible verse?
Romans 8:28


 

9.12.17

Name:
Lindsay Smith

Hometown:
McMinnville, Tennessee

What do you do for a living?
Work at Dairy Queen

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
About 4 years?

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
CL Kids, Welcome Team, and Worship Team

What do you enjoy most about serving?
I love teaching the kids about the love of God, and helping wherever is needed. It makes me happy to be able to serve others!

Favorite Bible verse:
Psalm 31:25

Name something we may not know about you.
I'm pretty open about everything.


9.5.17

We love the way this couple uses their giftings for the Kingdom! This is what it's all about! Let's get to know them better.

Name:
Cory and Sandy Ponder 

Hometown:
Cory: Tifton, GA
Sandy: Adel and Dublin, GA

What do you do for a living?
Cory: IT Project Management/Support
Sandy: Realtor​

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
Cory: Ask Sandy, lol I don't remember
Sandy: 4 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Cory: Worship Team, Stage Response, and IT Team
Sandy: Journey Coach and Prayer Ministry

What do you enjoy most about serving?
Cory: If God has given me something useful for the body of Christ and in turn am also able to glorify him I feel like I'm fulfilling part of his purpose for me and that brings be a lot of happiness.
Sandy: It is a joy to walk with others through the ups and downs of life. I enjoy encouraging others to use their gifts as they walk out their callings. It is a blesssing to see others grow deeper in their faith.

Favorite Bible verse:
Cory: Romans 8:28
Sandy: “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” ‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Name something that we may not know about you.
Cory: Proposed to Sandy while we were both in Ireland doing prayer and worship ministry.
Sandy: I am very social, but I require regular alone time to refuel. I'm happiest while reading a book or being in nature.


8.29.17

Today's Impact Team Spotlight is a rockstar on the Production Team! She works behind the scenes to keep services running smoothly on the production side. We are blessed to have her on our team!
 

Name:
Alisha Bragg

Hometown:
North Vernon, Indiana

What do you do for a living?
Supplier Quality Development Engineer

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
1 year

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Production Team

What do you love most about serving?
I love knowing that I'm part of what makes these services so great! That I can help engage each person in the service. I get to see the behind the scenes of what goes into making a service possible. I also get to see how each service affects each person!

Favorite Bible Verse?
Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10


8.22.17

Greg and Brandy Allison are making an IMPACT for the Kingdom here are Christian Life and we are thankful to have them on our team! Let's get to know this servant couple!

Where is your hometown?
Greg: Knoxville, TN
Brandy: Chattanooga, TN

What do you do for a living?
Greg: Automotive Service Writer
Brandy: Keep our sweet grandson, Jeremiah

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
Both: 3 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Both: Welcome Team, Newcomer's Team, Nursery

What do you enjoy most about serving?
Greg: On the Welcome and New Comers is being able to greet everyone as they come in and try to put a smile on their face and let them know we are glad they are here. To be able to answer any question a newcomer would have and leave them desiring to know more about our church. In the Nursery I love being able to hold the babies and give their parents time to be in the service.
Brandy: On the greet/newcomer team I enjoy being one of the first people that anyone sees when they come into our church! My goal each Sunday is to make sure every person is made to feel special! I want them to know that they matter at CL! Serving in the nursery is very satisfying because I know that I am allowing parents to sit for that time frame in service and not worry about their child. So even though it can be challenging, it is rewarding!

Favorite Bible verse:
Greg: Proverbs 3:5&6
Brandy: Psalms 46:10 - Be still and know that I am GOD.

Name something we may not know about you.
Greg: I am die hard Tennessee fan VFL. I love to hunt and fish and spend time in the outdoors especially in the fall.
Brandy: I'm named after a sign hanging at the liquor store, Brandy!!! I am a preachers kid(obviously named before my dad was called to preach) and grew up in a home with 4 brothers and sisters! My main spiritual gift is praying so I spend a lot of every day in constant prayer! (I think that came with being a preachers kid lol)


8.15.17

Today's Impact Team Tuesday is one that you will always find working hard to keep things running smoothly with the kiddos downstairs, and doing it all with a smile on her face!

Name:
Mary Beth Nickerson

Hometown:
Lascassas, TN

What do you do for a living?
Wife, mom, nursing student, and work for Lascassas Baptist Preschool

How long have you been attending Christian Life?
15 years

What Impact Team(s) do you serve on?
Children's ministry, C-group co-leader

What do you enjoy most about serving?
I enjoy meeting and loving on people!

Favorite Bible verse:
Nahum 1:7

Name something we may not know about you.
I took Russian as my foreign language in college (my first time in college), and I absolutely loved it! Now, one of my friends in Nursing school is from Uzbekistan! God uses everything!