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Our Valuable Team Members
Alphabetized by First Name
Bryan graduated from Georgia Tech and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Bryan is married to Heidi Geib and they have two daughters, Belinda Grace and Charlotte. Bryan is so thankful for the gift of serving God through the United Methodist Church.
In addition to youth ministry, Carlisle has worked as a Zumba instructor, substitute teacher, and server at Cool Cafe. She was married in 2012 to Adam, who is a youth minister at Brentwood UMC. The only thing better than being with Adam, is being with both Adam and their sweet bulldog, Hurley. Carlisle also loves to exercise, read, cook, and spend time outdoors. If she could, she would also learn spells and charms at Hogwarts.
Jackson is a native Appalachian who has lived in Tennessee most of his life. He did spend a few years in Texas, but he and his wife, Katie, decided to return to Tennessee. Jackson and Katie have been married 18 years and have two wonderful children, Anna (13) and Jack (11). Their family is quite small, but they are also blessed to have all of their parents living in this area as well. It is all-hands-on-deck at the Henry house.
Jackson has served in ministry since he was 18, but his call that led to ordained ministry began when he was 19 years old, and he has been serving in music and worship ministry ever since. His work in ministry has allowed him to be in service to the local church, the Tennessee Conference, and the global United Methodist Church. Jackson’s primary instrument is piano, but he also plays guitar, organ, trumpet, and the occasional drums. In reality, he plays whatever he has time to learn!
He is a lover of family time, golden retrievers, good naps, and great music. It is not altogether uncommon to find him around all four at the same time.
Jason grew up in Manchester, Tennessee, but has lived in Nashville for the last 17 years. His parents were originally from Louisiana, so he enjoys cooking food “with a bit of flavor.” Jason loves to travel, whether on a mission trip or on vacation. His life and ministry is centered around “making room around the table” for everyone as he serves God and Neighbor.
Miriam received her Master of Divinity from the University of the South School of Theology and is an elder in full connection to the Tennessee Conference.
Miriam has five children and eight grandchildren and enjoys gardening, yoga, baking and reading in her free time.
Sarah joined the Staff of Franklin First in 2006 serving as the Assistant Director, then Director of Children’s Ministry at FFUMC before moving into Adult/Older Adult Ministry. Prior to being in full time ministry, Sarah was active in politics, and worked in the Financial Services sector as a Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch than as an Independent Consultant in Asset Information and Performance Measurement for a large Medical Foundation. Sarah is a widow, and has three wonderful adult children: Shannon, Garrett, and Sheridan Kate, and 2 very un-spoiled cats. In her free time, Sarah loves to drink coffee, read, travel, and hike.
Hank is perhaps best well known as being the dad to two sets of twins – Tanner and Kendall & Connor and Will. He and his wife Amy moved to Franklin in 2008 from Memphis. Some of Hank’s favorite things are playing golf and soccer, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He also loves hanging out with youth. So let’s go to a ball game, play some Frisbee, or just go grab some ice cream (because he likes ice cream a lot too!)
A native of Lakeland, Florida, Kortland has been in middle Tennessee for 18 years. Kortland is married to Christin Fuqua, his bride of almost 20 years. They have 6 children, Elisabeth, Sarah, Kaleb, Karis, Asher and Ayslen. Kortland enjoys being outside and digging in the dirt as much as he enjoys listening to the stories of people to help better connect them.
Linda joined the Franklin First UMC staff after over 19 years in Retail Marketing for the LifeWay Christian Stores where she worked on an in-house creative team that developed and produced design solutions for in-store, national and local store marketing such as catalogs, mailers and event display graphics, supporting more than 170 LifeWay Christian Stores nationwide.
When she’s not designing, you might find Linda tending to her rose garden, kicked back with a book and a glass of iced tea, or in the kitchen baking up some kind of goodness. You will find her volunteering on many different teams at Franklin First UMC as well as co-leading a Wednesday Night Small Group of (the most amazing) 11th grade girls in the Youth Ministry. Linda believes in having fun, laughing often, taking time to smell the roses (literally) and giving back as much as she can.
Natalie is a 1999 Centennial High graduate, holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from MTSU, and taught for several years in the Franklin Special School District and Rutherford County Schools. Prior to becoming a staff member, she volunteered as a Children’s Choir director, in various other Children’s Ministry activities, and worked as a teacher in the FUMC Preschool. Natalie is married to Drew and they have two amazing children, Luke and Emmy, and one very loud dog, Harriet. A few of her favorite things include Snoopy, playing the flute, and rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rick earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University in Montgomery AL, and a Master’s degree in Emergency Health Services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He and his wife Suzy have a son Brian, a daughter Amanda, and a spoiled Pembroke Welch Corgi named Emma. Rick enjoys traveling (with Suzy of course), walking, watching movies, and he is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.