McFerran moves to AGAPE in Nashville as development director

McFerran moves to AGAPE in Nashville as development director

Mark McFerran, former chief development officer for Brentwood Academy, associate vice president for community philanthropy at Lipscomb University, and board member of the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce (now part of Williamson, Inc.), has been named director of development for AGAPE, which provides child placement services through foster care and adoption.

McFerran comes to AGAPE from his consulting firm, Coaching 4 Impact, where he raised money for inspirational films, consulted with non-profit organizations and coached business executives to expand their reach.

McFerran has worked for Christian organizations his entire career, primarily raising financial support.

“Many prayers from staff, board members and friends of AGAPE have been lifted up for the Lord to provide AGAPE with the right person with the experience, influence and relationships to lead AGAPE’s development efforts in the coming years,” Executive Director Chandler Means said in a press release announcing McFerran’s new position. “Mark is the answer to those prayers! Not only because of his accomplished career but more importantly because of his deep love for the Lord and his genuine faith in Christ. We are blessed and overjoyed to have someone with Mark’s faith, experience and commitment to AGAPE’s ministry as part of our leadership team.”

Mark is a graduate of the 2000 Leadership Brentwood class. He has also been involved in numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Brentwood Noon Rotary Club, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

“I am honored to join such a well-respected, Christ-centered organization with a strong 53-year heritage, committed to serving a wide range of people in the greater Middle Tennessee area,” Mark said. “I look forward to partnering with Chandler and the board to make AGAPE even more known and create an even stronger community of partners.”

AGAPE’s services have expanded beyond child placement to include professional counseling with more than 11 locations in Middle Tennessee, as well as domestic violence relief services through its program, Morning Star Sanctuary. To learn more about AGAPE, visit

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