On Sunday, July 1, Christ United Methodist Church welcomes two new ministers to lead the
The Rev. Adam Kelchner will be the new lead pastor of the church, with the Rev. Scott Kimball joining the staff as associate pastor.
The church is located at 508 Franklin Road.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kelchner has a B.A from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. While a student at Vanderbilt, Kelchner was the recipient of the Cal Turner Fellowship and served at Belmont United Methodist Church. He was a founder of The Wesley Foundation at Belmont University during his time serving at the church. Also in 2011, Kelchner served as a chaplain through Clinical Pastoral Education at Vanderbilt University’s Children’s Hospital focusing on neonatal, emergency, and pediatric intensive care units. After the completion of his Master of Divinity degree, he was awarded a Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics through the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.
Most recently, Kelchner has served for two years as the pastor of Kingston Springs United Methodist Church in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.
Kelchner will be coming with his wife Keeli and their young daughter, Serena Grace.
“Christ UMC is a well-known leader in outreach ministries locally and globally, including affordable housing projects in Nashville and leadership development in Uganda. I’ve always admired the ministry and leadership of Christ UMC since coming to middle Tennessee in 2009. I’m elated to have the privilege and opportunity to serve for a long season as Lead Pastor,” Kelchner said.
Kimball, a native of Northern California, has a B.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Most recently, he has served as Director of Youth Ministry at La Cañada United Methodist Church in La Cañada, California, and as a chaplain intern at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Kimball and his fiancé, Susanna Marshall, are set to marry in August.
“I am excited to be in ministry with the people of Christ UMC. Susanna and I have heard so much about
how special this place is and feel grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it,” Kimball said.
Services are held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday mornings, with adult, youth and children Sunday School from 9:45-10:45 a.m.
For more information, contact the church at 615.790.2112 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about church beliefs, worship schedules, ministries and activities, visit www.christumcfranklin.org