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Tuesdays In The Chapel

12:30 - 1:05
Free and Open to All

Join us in Scarritt-Bennett’s historic Wightman Chapel for an inspirational 35 minutes of preaching, scripture, prayer and music. Guest preachers from a variety of backgrounds
and faiths will lead each service.

Check back for more info as it becomes available.

1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville 37212 • 615.340.7500


(subject to change)

Jan 7     Roderick Belin
Jan 14    Jackie Halstead
Jan 21     Sherry Cothran Woolsey
Jan 28     Michele Morton

Feb 4      Sonnye Dixon
Feb 11    Kevin Strickland
Feb 18    Trudy H. Stringer
Feb 25    Beth Ludlum

March 4  Jazz Service
March 11  Marty Bell
March 18  Lora Jean Gowan
March 25  Rena Yocom

Apr 1      Mike Wilson
Apr 8      Joyce Sohl
Apr 15     Passion Story
Apr 22     Johnny Sears
Apr 29     Ken Locke

May 6      Caroline Adams
May 13    Vance Ross
May 20    Gretchen Person
May 27    Fred Allen

June 3    Jazz Service


Jan 7 Roderick Belin
Text: Matthew 3:13-17 Title: The Baptism of the Lord

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, the Reverend Roderick Dwayne Belin is an emerging national leader with a global vision to ensure that more of God's people will reach their full potential and fulfill their holy and divine purposes. His ministry has touched many lives through his innovative teaching, effective outreach efforts and empowering others where he has served.

Rev. Belin graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and earned the Master of Divinity Degree with concentration in New Testament and Christian Origins from the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. An ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Rev. Belin has served congregations in Atlanta, GA, Jamaica, NY and Orangeburg, SC.

Rev. Belin resides in Nashville where he serves the Kairos Community AME Church and leads the congregation in meeting the emergent needs of a diverse community through holistic ministry based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

An uncompromising man of God, Rev. Belin has brought new ideas and approaches in pursuit of traditional ideals to make a difference in the lives of others. He is a noted blogger who is committed to using technology to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will find him faithfully sharing the Gospel on his website: www.iBelin.me.


Jan 14 Jackie Halstead
Text: Psalm 40:1-11 Title: A New Song for a Dissonant Choir

Jackie L. Halstead, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality (ICS) and an Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation at Lipscomb University. Through the ICS, she directs extension programs in Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Deepening of Ministry Couples, and Art as Worship. She completed two post-doctoral programs with Shalem Institute for Spirituality in Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats and in Spiritual Guidance and is a Lay Cistercian with Gethsemane Abbey. Dr. Halstead speaks frequently on the topics of contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and mental health at the national and international levels.


Jan 21 Sherry Cothran Woolsey
Text: Matthew 4:12-23 Title: The Royal Way

Sherry Cothran Woolsey is the pastor of West Nashville United Methodist Church (www.westnashvilleumc.org), a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity (2010) and a singer/songwriter. Her latest artist endeavor, a CD entitled, "Sunland," focuses on modern interpretations of women's stories from the Hebrew Bible. Sherry often incorporates music into her sermons and also hosts special studies and workshops based on the creative exploration of text, incorporating songwriting as an exegetical device. Sherry has recorded albums as an artist for Mercury/DAS New York, Flying Sparks, London, and her songs have appeared in movie, t.v, and alternative/modern rock radio.

For more information about Sherry, visit www.sherrycothran.com


Jan 28     Michele Morton
Text: Isaiah 40: 28-31 Title: "How will you wait?"

Michele Roberts Morton was born to James Edwin and Anna Powell Roberts, the oldest of four children in Davidson County, Tennessee, in the inner city of Nashville. She grew up in Seay-Hubbard United Methodist Church where she was baptized and trained for ministry at an early age.

She was educated in the Nashville public schools graduating from Cameron High School in 1971. Her college days were spent at Fisk University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1975. She later earned a Master’s Degree from Tennessee State University in Educational Administration.

She married Leonard Morton Jr. 34 years ago and they have two wonderful daughters, Tesia and Erin. They have two wonderful grandchildren: Cayli, a five year old granddaughter and Aiden, a two year old grandson.

Her career has been a remarkable one with many different experiences, mostly all of them in the field of education and training. She has worked in government, private industry, non-profit organizations, in educational television and as a business owner. Michele has written Sunday school curriculum published by the United Methodist Publishing House.

Michele answered her call into ordained ministry after serving actively in the United Methodist Church all of her life. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Gammon United Methodist Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Morton was ordained in June 2012 as an Elder in full connection in the United Methodist Church, Tennessee Annual Conference. She has served as an Associate Pastor at Christ UMC in Franklin Tennessee and as Interim Pastor at John Wesley UMC.

Rev. Morton is currently the Campus Minister at Tennessee State University directing the campus ministry at the Wesley Foundation. This ministry is growing tremendously with vitality and experiencing increasing student participation. The Wesley Foundation offers spiritual guidance to young adults through weekly worship services, bible studies, small covenant groups, and leadership training for young adults on campus and in the community. She also serves as an Internship Supervisor with the Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Michele Roberts Morton loves the Lord Jesus Christ.


Feb 4      Sonnye Dixon
Text: Matthew 5:13-20 Title: You've Got the Light

V. H. "Sonnye" Dixon is the lead pastor at Hobson U.M.C. He has served at Hobson since 1993. He is committed to living out the Jesus story with special interest for those who are on the margins and are disenfranchised. Sonnye, a community activist, is known throughout the community for his work on public education issues. He is the immediate past president of the Interdenominational Ministers' Fellowship and a life member of the NAACP.

Sonnye is married to Gail, a retired MNPS teacher. They have two adult children, Sonja Michelle and Vernon "Trey".


Feb 11    Kevin Strickland
Text: Matthew 5:21-37 Title: Where is the good news?

Pastor Kevin Strickland began his ministry on November 1, 2011 with the family of God at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Kevin was born in Lexington, SC. He obtained a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, SC) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion, Philosophy, and History from Newberry College (Newberry, SC).

Pastor Kevin served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran, Maryville, TN prior and has served at Incarnation Lutheran (Columbia, SC), St. Philip’s Lutheran (Newberry, SC), Lutheran Church of Redeemer (Newberry, SC), and Mt. Tabor Lutheran (West Columbia, SC) in the area of youth and family ministry.

Pastor Kevin serves as the chairperson of the Southeastern Synod Worship Team, a board member with Lutheran Services of Tennessee, a Partner In Worship for the ELCA, and various other committees.

Pastor Kevin is passionate about social justice, ecumenical relationships, and building strong communities rooted in inclusive love.

Feb 18    Trudy H. Stringer

Feb 25    Beth Ludlum
Text: Matthew 17:1-9 Title: Transfiguration

Beth Ludlum is the director of college student faith and leadership formation for the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the United Methodist Church. A farm girl from Kansas, she studied agricultural communications at Kansas State University; worked in China, on Capitol Hill, and at a national nonprofit; then served as Director of Recruitment at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, while completing a Master of Divinity degree. In her free time, Beth loves to run, bike, spend time in community, bake, learn new things, and celebrate life as much as possible.


March 4  Jazz Service

Catch a glimpse of our Sunday night worship service, Vespers & All That Jazz" a non traditional worship option for people with non traditional schedules. The service serves as an opportunity to worship for those who cannot make it to morning services and an extra worship option for those who would like to experience the sacred in a different way.

The service uses live jazz to provide a peaceful, relaxed worship experience.†Musical selections range from jazz interpretations of traditional spiritual music to secular jazz pieces that relate to the theme of the service.

March 18  Lora Jean Gowan
Text: John 4:5-42 Title: Just One Drink

Lora Jean is a transplanted Memphian currently serving as pastor of Bellevue United Methodist Church in Nashville. She is a lifelong Methodist, daughter of a retired local pastor in Selmer, Tennessee. Her work includes all aspects of Christian formation from Early Childhood Education to Youth ministry to Adult Spiritual Formation; as well as, serving as Age-Level Associate for the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church. Ordained an Elder in 2010, Lora Jean has served St. Paul UMC, Bartlett UMC, St. John's UMC, And Covenant UMC, all in Memphis, and as Wesley Foundation Director at Murray State University. Most importantly, however, she is mother of four and grandmother of six!

March 25  Rena Yocom
Text: Selected verses from John 9 Title: "To see or not to see..."

Rena M. Yocom is the Assistant General Secretary for Clergy Formation and Theological Education for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for the UMC. Before coming to Nashville, Dr. Yocom was the Missiologist-in-Residence at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City Missouri. This position let her combine her commitment to mission and the world-wide church through the empowering instrument of theological education. She is an ordained deacon in the Kansas East Conference.

Apr 1      Mike Wilson
Text: Psalm 23 Title: My Knight In Shining Armor

Rev. Mike Wilson arrived in Nashville in the summer of 2012 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was the pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood. Before that he served a yoke of three churches in Leechburg and Freeport, Penn., just north and east of Pittsburgh. He finds himself here because his wife, Rev. Dr. Mary Louise McCullough, was called as Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He's currently serving in a new and challenging experience as interim pastor at Harpeth Presbyterian Church in Brentwood.

Mike is originally from Lake Placid, New York, but Tennessee is his sixth state of residence. Mike and Mary Louise are both second career pastors; they met and married while students at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Prior to ministry Mike worked for a direct mail list company in Princeton, New Jersey, doing specialized computer work. He's also a musician (drummer) and, amazingly, is playing in Nashville band with two other guys from Lake Placid who he hadn't seen in thirty years. Like everyone else in Nashville, they're recording a CD.

Apr 8      Joyce Sohl
Text: Matthew 21:1-11 Title: Are You Joining the Parade?

Apr 22     Johnny Sears
Text: John 20:19-31 Title: The Challenging Peace of Christ

Johnny Sears is the director of the Academy for Spiritual Formation and a Baptist layperson who holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Louisville. A former specialist in product design/development and sustainable practices for Lexmark International, he joined The Upper Room staff in 2010. His deep passion to help others awaken to and embrace the transformative power of prayer for their lives and, ultimately, for the world is what led him to make such a drastic career change. Johnny has served as a retreat leader and spiritual director for various groups, including the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Becky and their two sons.








Joyce Sohl

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