Shortly after moving to Nashville our new Vice President of Church Planting Danny Parmelee was able to recruit some high quality church planters. Three couples attended the last Converge Assessment Center in Denver and were recommended to plant a church. Be praying for these new church planting couples.
Marshal and Wesley Gallagher - Nashville, TN
Marshall Gallagher is a Nashville native who has a deep love for his hometown and a desire to see the gospel flourish in this rapidly growing city. He and his wife Wesley, also a native Nashvillian, live in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city (figuratively and literally—it’s the home of the city’s famous hot chicken) with their four-year-old son Shook and two-year-old daughter Mabel. Marshall grew up in and out of church, but he came to Christ through the parachurch ministry Young Life. His faith began to take root in college, and after a few years working in banking and finance he felt a strong call to ministry. He received his M.Div from Gordon-Conwell
Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, and returned to Nashville to enter into pastoral ministry, where he is committed primarily to his passion for discipleship in the local church. While Nashville is historically religious, an increasing number of its residents are Christian only by name and do not attend church. Many of the people moving to the city have no religious affiliation or background. East Nashville is one of the fastest-growing and most secular areas of the city, and Marshall and Wesley see the need for gospel-preaching churches that can reach both of these groups. They are working to start a church near their home in East Nashville that is committed to the gospel, to its members and to the diverse population of their neighborhood.
Josh and Rachel Young - Clarksville, TN
Josh and Rachel came to faith at a young age, but became transformed by the Gospel in their early 20's in college. After graduating nursing school for Rachel and seminary for Josh, they got married and moved into Annapolis, MD to join with a church plant in the city. Josh became a resident missionary, developed as a pastor, and was ordained to be sent down to Tennessee to come on staff with another young church. After a season of ministry, Josh and Rachel became connected with Clarksville, the soon-to-be 3rd largest city in Tennessee and felt God stirring in them to plant a church. They have seen a few people come to faith already and are walking with numerous people to help them explore faith. They are excited to plant Redeeming Hope in 2018!
Scott and Kayleigh Martin - Michigan
Scott and Kayleigh both grew up in Michigan. Scott earned his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and became a personal trainer after graduation.. Feeling called to ministry Scott eventually became the youth pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ludington, MI. Cornerstone is a Converge MidAmerica church led by Senior Pastor Jim Peterson. Jim has modeled sacrificial leadership by supporting Scott as he explores the possibility of church planting. Seeing church planters raised up from within Converge MidAmerica churches is something we hope to see a lot more of. Scott and Kayleigh went through the Assessment Center and were recommended to plant a church. They are taking some time now to seek God on their next steps.