White Oak Pond Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Rev, Neal Wilkinson

Pastor

 

Neal grew up on the north coast of Northern Ireland, the third of four children in the Wilkinson family. He completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Queen’s University Belfast before moving to Nashville, TN in 2011 where he graduated from the Center for Youth Ministry Training, served for 4 years as the Middle School Minister at Brentwood United Methodist Church, and met his wife Joanna. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary, was ordained in the Cumberland Presbyterian minister, and completed a CPE (chaplaincy) residency at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, TN. Neal is a people-person, he believes in honesty and hope, and he loves football (soccer).

MEET OUR

STAFF

Rev, Jill Carr

Associate Pastor

 

Jill has worked in youth ministry at the congregational, presbyterial, and denominational level for 20 years in leading and teaching youth; serving on youth planning councils and in leadership roles at youth conferences; planning, facilitating and leading conferences; and writing curriculum for youth. From Missouri State University, Jill holds a BS in Finance and an MBA. She received a Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary and is ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Jill is passionate for youth camping and conference ministries as well as at-risk youth, volunteering with drop-in centers for disconnected youth and the homeless.

Jennifer Vandergrift Gladden

Director of Music

 

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Curriculum from Drury University and a BA in Applied Vocal Music from John Brown University. She has taught music for 15 years and has led music for White Oak Pond for the past nine. Jennifer is married to Tre and they have three children, Madison, Mason, and Kennedy. Jennifer loves to lead music at Camp Cumberland Senior Camp in the summers. She also works with the Lebanon Concert Association and sings with the Lebanon Chamber Choir.

Joyce McMahan Massey

Accompanist

 

Joyce has a BA in Psychology & Sociology from Southwest Baptist University with a minor in Education. Joyce retired from more than 30 years of social work in 2015, but is still committed to working with children, youth and families who are in need. Her piano and organ training began at a young age and she began accompanying at White Oak Pond by the time she was in middle school. Joyce continued her piano and organ training during college. She has lost track of the number of years she has served as the primary accompanist for White Oak Pond. Joyce is married to Noel and they have three children (Bradon, Matthew, and Britlyn) who have given them eight grandchildren. Joyce feels called to serve God and others through her music and enjoys sharing her gift in this way.

 

 

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