As of June, 2015, Jeff is the new lead pastor at City Church.
Jeff grew up in Los Angeles, California, and then moved to rural Arkansas when he was sixteen years old. He received a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Hendrix College in 1986 and a Master of Theology degree in African-American Religious History and Religious Thought from Vanderbilt University's Divinity School in 1990. Toward the end of his time at Vanderbilt, God graciously drew Jeff to Himself. After his years in Nashville, he moved to Philadelphia and attended Westminster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity in 1995.
Jeff served as the Associate Pastor to Families and Youth at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church for the next eight years, then as the RUF campus minister at NC State from 2004-2009 and the RUF campus minister at Tennessee Tech from 2009-May 2015.
Jeff is married to Cathy, and they have three children: Micah (20), Asher (18), and Anna Grace (15).
In March, 2017 Mitchell began as the Director of Ministry to Families,
Youth, and Children at City Church.
Mitchell grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where, at the age of eight, he
publicly professed faith in Christ and was baptized. He went to college at
Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, receiving a Bachelor's degree in
Mathematics and a teacher's license in High School Math in 2013. At
Harding, Mitchell's beliefs began to be challenged, and God pressed into
him a deep desire to know the Christian Faith. This led to a desire to
serve God and His Church in full-time ministry. After graduating, Mitchell
married Lauren, and they moved together to St. Louis to attend Covenant
Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity in 2016.
Mitchell and Lauren have two daughters: Hadley (3) and Madison (1).
As of April 2017, Christa is the Director of Women's Ministries & Church Administrator at City Church, but Nashville and City Church have been home to her since 2009.
Originally from Michigan (M Go Blue!), Christa attended Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College) in Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Women's Ministry. Following undergraduate studies, she worked in admissions and events at places of higher education in Pennsylvania, California and Tennessee. Most recently, Christa worked as a digital project & account manager for several years in Nashville.
She is excited and humbled to work on staff for City Church and previously served as a volunteer in children's ministry, women's bible study, and as facilitator of the Women's Ministry Committee. Christa enjoys being outside and active, as well as cooking, reading, and hosting friends for dinner, and she tries to travel abroad once a year.
Eric is the Director of Music Ministries at City Church. He moved here in 1996 to pursue music and songwriting and has discovered that worship (in its musical form) is the most fulfilling applications of his heart, mind and spirit. He considers it an extraordinary privilege to coordinate the talented musicians at City Church.
Raised in Maryland, he studied Psychology at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), pursued a second Bachelors in jazz studies and music education at Towson State University and more recently completed a masters of Theology at the Vanderbilt’s Divinity School. Eric also loves carpentry and, along with his work at City Church, invests and manages real estate, as well as builds new homes in the neighborhood. He loves the eclectic nature of East Nashville and resides there with his wife Mandy and his two daughters, Lorelei and Hazel. Mandy works as a tutor in advanced calculus, chemistry and SAT prep.
Eric plans on taking the Isaiah 40:31 quite literally and taking up hang-gliding once his daughters have grown.
Rick became a Christian in the fall of 1969 and was baptized in a very cold stream in southern Oregon. Almost immediately he began to realize that somehow God had poured out his love and Spirit on him by calling him His son. Soon after, he met his wife, Chrissie. They have been married for 43 years and have four children and 12 grandchildren. They consider it a delight to call City Church their community, and a constant reminder that God has lavished His love on them by putting them in the Body of Christ. His career has been somewhat varied from teaching to construction to sales and finally retiring (sort of) in 2001. Rick still finds himself involved part time in business as well as finding a little time to go fishing with friends and grandchildren.
For almost 10 years Aaron toured and recorded playing bass with Jars of Clay. He then transitioned into a life closer to home as one of the founders of Blood:Water Mission, and continues his work with Blood:Water to this day. He and his wife Cari were part of the launch team of City Church. They have two children, Sam and Willa. Aaron has been an elder since 2008.
Jim Hitch grew up in a small town outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, and made his way to Nashville in 1998 to study at Belmont. Though Jim had been a follower of Jesus for a long time, college life brought on a period of questioning his faith. God used the ministry of RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) at Belmont to revive and bolster that faith. This was just one example among many of how God has made the words of Psalm 139:5 a wonderful reality: "You hem me in behind and before, and lay your hand upon me."
By day, Jim works at Buffer. He and his wife, Lauren, and sons James & Lewis, live too close to Mas Tacos for their own good. If you're in the mood for chilaquiles some Saturday morning, shoot a quick text and head that way.