John & Kristin Carey – Elementary Children’s Pastors
John and Kristin Carey have worked in ministry for over 5 years and have lived in Wilson County for 14 years. They, along with their two children, Shelby & Mitchell, have a passionate desire to see Jesus occupy all spaces of their community. John and Kristin also work, teach & coach at Donelson Christian Academy and interact with over 800 students on a day-to-day basis. This family is extremely excited to see God transform their city through the people of Connect Church.
Cheri Crum – Nursery & Preschool Director
Cheri Crum has worked in ministry for over 15 years with 6 of the 15 years being spent in Children, Youth & Young Adult Ministry. In addition, she has spent the majority of her ministry time in Executive Leadership and Senior Pastoral Leadership. Her diverse ministry experience reflects her passion for God’s people and their spiritual growth. As a parent, she understands the importance of security and engagement of children in ministry. Her approach to children’s ministry has that perspective at the core of how she leads and ministers to children, their families, and volunteers. Cheri is married to Jonathan, the Discipleship & Assimilation Pastor. Cheri and Jonathan have two children, Preston and Mackenzie.
Jonathan Crum – Discipleship & Assimilation Pastor
Jonathan Crum has worked in ministry for over 18 yrs. in Executive and Senior Pastoral Leadership. He has a vast portfolio of ministry experience, which includes Church Planting, Youth Ministry & Young Adult Ministry. Jonathan has a passion for spiritual growth and development of believers at every stage in their walk with Christ, with a core emphasis on spiritual formation. Jonathan is married to Cheri, the Nursery & Preschool Director. Jonathan and Cheri have two children, Preston and Mackenzie.
Mica Griggs – Operations Director
Mica is a fourth generation Christ follower and is passionate about the local church. She has extensive ministry experience in Groups Ministry, Team Building & Operations. She is passionate about supporting the efforts to build God’s Kingdom through system and process. Mica is married to Todd, The Next Gen Pastor, and they have two children, Chloe & Jaden.
Todd Griggs – Next Gen Pastor
Todd Griggs was saved at 19 years of age and immediately felt the call to ministry. He attended Bible college in the Pacific Northwest and gained 10 year’s of experience through Student & Young Adult ministry. He helped launch a new campus for his home church before relocating his family to Nashville Tennessee in 2013. He is passionate about sharing the gospel message of Jesus Christ and is committed to the development of those who feel called to ministry. Todd is married to Mica, the Operations Director, and they have two children, Chloe & Jaden.
As a Catholic born, Assembly of God raised Worship Arts graduate from Trevecca Nazarene University, Elise has a fresh perspective on cross-denominational and multi-generational worship. She has led and served in various contexts and strives to create a culture of worship where people can encounter God, experience His presence, and hear His voice. She and her husband Caleb strive to train and develop worshipers as they model what it means to live a “lifestyle of worship.”
Amber has a passion for meeting the needs of our community while expressing God’s love in ways that build relationships and provide opportunities to share God’s plan of salvation. She is honored to establish partnerships with schools and organizations around the Wilson County and Greater Nashville Area; working hand-in-hand to practically and tangibly meet needs. Amber finds no greater joy than being the hands and feet of Christ – living with a true heart of servant-leadership. Amber is married to Marc, the Connect Groups Coordinator. Marc & Amber have four children, Logan, Ethan, Haylee, and Emlee.
Marc has an incredible testimony from atheist to believer. Most of his adult life he actively looked for reasons not to believe; reading several books designed to convince Christians God does not exist. In his early thirties, he came to faith in Christ. He is nonconforming, a thinker, and a seeker of truth. Marc loves Christian apologetics, and is a huge proponent of small groups. Leading the Connect Groups ministry has been a part of his transformational journey. He works alongside an amazing Connect Groups ministry team, investing in leaders and coaches, to help others grow in connectedness and faith. Marc is married to Amber, the Outreach Coordinator. Marc & Amber have four children, Logan, Ethan, Haylee, and Emlee.
Corey Shadd – Special Event Coordinator
Corey Shadd has worked in ministry for over 13 years in various areas such as Children’s Ministry, Worship & Event Planning. Planning events, in particular, comes naturally to him, with his great attention to detail and organizational skills. Serving the church through organizing events is a privilege and rewarding opportunity for him. Corey is married to Misty, who serves as a Women’s Groups Coach at Connect. Corey and Misty have one beautiful daughter, Hazen.