Nashville First Loving God. Loving People Sat, 30 May 2020 15:54:52 +0000 en hourly 1 Nashville First 32 32 Hymn Festival Videos Sat, 30 May 2020 15:53:54 +0000

In April we asked church members to share their favorite hymns and spiritual songs to include in our Hymn Festival. We want to celebrate God’s grace through the singing of timeless hymns and expressions of the Christian faith all to the glory of God.

Our Hymn Festival will come out three different installments meant to refresh your soul and rekindle your spirit as we worship together online.


May 29, 2020

The next sets will be posted on Fridays, June 12 and 26, also at 4:00 p.m.






Classof2020-College Fri, 29 May 2020 15:35:24 +0000

Nashville First celebrates the accomplishments of these outstanding graduates. 


Samuel Bowker
Doctor of Pharmacy
University of Tennessee | May 2020

Alex Bryson
Bachelor of Science in Audio/Video Production
Belmont University | December 2019

Emmaline Dean
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
University of Central Florida | May 2020

Kaylee Dixon
Bachelor of Science-in Digital Media Studies/Studio Production
Lee University | May 2020

Mitchell Dunn
Master of Accountancy
Auburn University | May 2020

Kelly Moreland-Jones
Master of Divinity
Central Baptist Theological Seminary | May 2020

Valerie Michel
Master of Library and Informational Science
Middle Tennessee State University | May 2020

Lilly Roberson
Bachelor of Science in Political Science
with Focus in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga | May 2020

Caroline Scudder
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Furman University | May 2020

Carter Tune
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
Northeastern University | May 2020

Valerie Williams
Master of Music in Music Therapy
Florida State University | May 2020

Are You at a Higher Risk? Fri, 01 May 2020 15:51:28 +0000 by Dr. Doug Johnson, member of our Re-Opening Task Force

As you may know, Mayor Cooper has extended Nashville’s “safer-at-home” order until May 8. However, many surrounding areas are beginning to open up, leaving some to wonder is it safe for me to venture out more? In order to protect yourself and your family, it is good to know who may be at a higher risk.

You may be at high risk for complications from coronavirus infection if you are:

  • Over 65 years of age
  • Live in a long-term care facility or nursing home
  • Have any of the following medical problems, particularly if they are not well controlled:
    • Serious heart conditions, including high blood pressure
    • Lung problems, including asthma, emphysema, or COPD
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney problems (chronic kidney disease)
    • Liver disease
    • Compromised immune system (for example, people getting cancer treatment, people with organ transplant, people with HIV/AIDS, people with long-term use of steroids or other medicine that suppresses the immune system)

It is also important to note that more than one of these risk factors add up. For example, someone who is 85 years old with severe heart and lung disease is at much higher risk than someone who is 65 and has high blood pressure that is well-controlled with medication.

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Challenge in These Days Fri, 01 May 2020 15:38:19 +0000

by Jimmy Hester, chairman of NFBC Trustees

Writing to the believers in Rome, the Apostle Paul said, “Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ” (Rom. 12:4-5). That image of one body is easy to visualize when we gather beneath the tower at Seventh and Broadway as Nashville First Baptist. But it is also true during these challenging days when the building is closed, and the members are staying home to protect against a life-threatening virus.

When the virus first invaded our area, our pastor reminded us that people define the church, and the church exists wherever those people live and work. What a graphic reminder that each person is gifted by God to accomplish the mission and ministry of the church wherever they are. That is more evident today as our members are scattered across middle Tennessee. During the coming days of returning to a more functional society, we will be called to step up and use our gifts and talents to address the needs around us.

Paul continued by giving examples of gifts for ministry: “According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: if prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith; if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching; if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness” (Rom. 12:6-8). Church leaders are working to make it possible for us to gather once again for Bible study and worship. In the meantime, be on the lookout for opportunities to be Nashville First Baptist wherever you are.

We are a caring community of faith with a heart for the people who live, work, and enjoy downtown. We have discovered life in Christ. We connect with one another for the sake of the gospel. We grow more Christ-like every day, and we serve one another in Christ’s name and to His glory.

With two centuries of history, this church continues to be a strong testimony to the grace of God. He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ.

We gather in the heart of the city we love to continue the life and work of Jesus Christ from our corner. From here, we touch the world by sharing the gospel, praying for those in need, and giving ourselves to the work of missions across the street and around the world.

Our ministry is not to a section of the town, but to the entire city, for we reach out in every direction. Our ministry touches many neighborhoods, influences offices and boardrooms, is felt on school campuses, makes a difference to those in need, and offers the hope that is found in Christ.

We exist for others. We live to serve. We attend because of conviction not convenience. We love God. We love people. We are Nashville First Baptist Church.

Hear an audio reading of the text in player below.

Virtual Campaigns Fri, 01 May 2020 15:09:46 +0000

Virtual Campaigns

Hope Clinic for Women – Equipping women, men and families dealing with unplanned pregnancies, prevention, pregnancy loss, and postpartum depression. We provide medical care, professional counseling, education classes, case management, mentorship and practical support regardless of age, race, religion or ability to pay.

As part of our ongoing Mission projects celebrating our 200th anniversary, we are excited to launch a virtual campaign for Hope Clinic for Women. Our goal is for at least 200 individuals to give a total of $5000 between Mother’s Day (May 10) and Father’s Day (June 21).

Second Harvest – Nashville First Baptist Church is fundraising on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to support their mission of feeding hungry people and working to solve hunger issues in our community.

We encourage you to donate as much as you can to help purchase food to serve people in our community. View the stories of families facing hunger and who the people are that need your donations.

All money collected from the sale of our 200th Anniversary Cookbook will be donated in addition to individual contributions from our members. For more information on how to purchase the 200th Anniversary Cookbook, click here.

God Is Good: A Senior’s Reflection on the Class of 2020 Fri, 01 May 2020 15:01:00 +0000 Dear Church Family,

Seniors in New York for the Youth Choir Mission Trip.

In a time when we cannot even gather together as one, I’d like to remind everyone that God is good. I’ve found this simple phrase especially poignant recently as I reflect on the cancellation of the remainder of my high school years, taking with it its important moments like prom, graduation, and my summer mission trips. Senior year is already a confusing and emotional time, yet recent events have left many of my peers with a lack of closure. We left school one Thursday excited to have a long weekend unaware that it would be the last time we would step foot in the halls we called home for the last 4 years. I put on my baseball uniform for the last time without knowing I’d never play my favorite sport again. And while it may be easy to focus on these things we’ve lost; this is not the way our upbringing in the church has taught us to think. Instead, I’ve found it better to look back with gratitude at the way this church has filled up and prepared us to face times like these with joy and perseverance. Memories like my first Choir Tour snorkeling in Miami or getting tossed off the Blob into the lake at summer camp stick out to me now as key moments that defined relationships with both my friends and my Creator. These friendships with the senior class as well as many underclassmen are what have kept me joyful recently. Not to mention the many times that the church has provided support in previous times of trouble. I know every senior can think of times in the past where their family has been brought casseroles, random gifts, notes in the mail, or just random hugs on a Sunday morning. This church loves well, and this time is no exception. From all the seniors, we’d like to thank everyone for the text messages, letters, and just thoughts and prayers that we know many are sending our way. But really, we’d like to thank Nashville First for the 18 years of support, teaching, and love, and we hope we have brought and will continue to bring that same love back to the church.

Spencer Dunn

Spencer Dunn is the son of Brad and Melanie Dunn. He is graduating from Ravenwood High School with plans to attend Auburn University in the fall.

View full listing of Class of 2020 here.

Classof2020 Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:48:07 +0000

Tori Brethen

Daughter of Greg & Jenny Brethen
Smyrna High School
Motlow State Community College

Max Dean

Son of Joey & Emily Dean
Graduate of Hillsboro High School
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Spencer Dunn

Son of Brad & Melanie Dunn
Graduate of Ravenwood High School
Auburn University

James Galloway

Son of John & Sarah Galloway
Graduate of Hillwood High School
University of Kentucky

Tad Greer

Son of Bill Greer & Sherri Greer
Graduate of Lipscomb Academy
Baylor University

Hannah Hitchcock

Daughter of Shane & Leigh Hitchcock
Graduate of John Overton High School
Saint Louis University

Wesley Jean

Son of Jason & Annessa Jean
Graduate of Fairview High School

William McNeilly

Son of Warner & Amy McNeilly
Graduate of Brentwood High School
Auburn University

Story Morgan

Daughter of Gary & Johni Morgan
Graduate of Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School
The King’s College

Sara Pickrell

Daughter of Mark & MaryEllen Pickrell
Graduate of Ensworth High School
Dartmouth College

Abby Tune

Daughter of John & Angie Tune
Graduate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Blair Wheeler

Daughter of Steve & Leslie Wheeler
Graduate of Franklin High School
Samford University

Sophie Wheeler

Daughter of Steve & Leslie Wheeler
Graduate of Franklin High School
University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Jordan Widener

Son of Tommy & Tiffany Widener
Graduate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School

Meredith Williams

Daughter of Mike & Catherine Williams
Graduate of Wilson Central High School
University of Louisville

Encourage a High School Senior!

Please take the time to write a note of encouragement to a high school senior. Share memories or a favorite verse, offer encouragement, and promise to remember them in prayer.

Due to the building closure, if you would like to email a note to a Senior, please send those to Sarah Galloway at or Joy Fisher at

If you prefer to mail a handwritten note or gift to a senior, please mail those to Joy Fisher at 3800 Bryce Rd, Nashville, TN 37211.

We are collecting these through Wednesday, May 13. Please try to have all emails or mailed letters in by that date.

Cookbook Fri, 24 Apr 2020 16:14:07 +0000

This collection of recipes was created to highlight our history of sharing food in fellowship, service, and the love of Christ with others. You will find some classic recipes as well as modern ones from current and former church members, missionaries, and friends.

Every dollar collected will go to Second Harvest Food Bank. For a suggested donation of $15.00 per cookbook, you will not only enjoy an incredible collection of recipes, but you will also be helping those in our community hit hard by the economic effects of COVID-19. Second Harvest does a great job helping those who are food insecure in times like this, and as you know from the news, their resources are running low due to high demand.

To get your copy, please go online to our Realm site and fill out the form by clicking here.

If you have any questions or need help ordering your cookbook please, contact Elaine Williams at ( or call 865-567-2498.

Scroll through a gallery of photos of some recipes and the cookbook below:

Special thanks to the committee members and editors, as well as the First Adult Council for making this Cookbook happen.

Cookbook Committee:

  • Annette Howse, Chairperson
  • Melanie Dunn
  • Susie Roberson
  • Elaine Williams


  • Katie Adcox
  • Gay Campbell
  • Teenie Fearheiley
  • Joy Fisher
  • Sandra Gentry
  • Kim Hester
  • Rene’ Holt
  • Ann Loffi
  • Helen Owens
  • Betty Smith
  • Debby Thurman



HymnFestival Tue, 14 Apr 2020 13:17:49 +0000

We find ourselves sequestered in our homes during these unprecedented days. We are isolated from friends, family, and fellow congregants. We are, however, blessed to gather in fresh and exciting ways through the use of modern technology. It was our intention in the month of May to gather in the Sanctuary of Nashville First Baptist for a Hymn Festival lifting our voices to sing the great hymns of our faith as we united the family of faith in resonant and resounding exclamations of worship and praise. We do not want to completely abandon this quest today, but under the circumstances must pursue our desire in a different manner. We are, consequently, making plans to create some videos which will afford us the pleasure of expressing our faith through singing and ministry through music.

We want to celebrate God’s abundant and enduring grace through the vibrant singing of timeless hymns and new expressions of the Christian faith all to the glory of God. We want to give thanks to the Lord for the authors and composers, poets and prophets, theologians and musicians who have been Divinely inspired to provide us with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Great theology, wedded with dynamic hymnology, better enables us to offer our finest doxologies in praise and adoration of Creator God.

We want to celebrate the hymns which you, the people of Nashville First Baptist, hold most dear, those which you return to time and time again in order to refresh your soul and rekindle your spirit. Would you be willing to assist in this endeavor by sharing with us your favorite hymns?

We want to celebrate the fact that music stirs our hearts, stimulates our minds, and motivates our feet for Christian living. Well-crafted music wedded with life-changing texts has a unique ability, through the power of the Holy Spirit of God, to eternally transform lives. We look forward to growing in Christ and experiencing together with you the wealth of new material and timeless treasures which for many years have provided a fresh voice of hymnody, psalms, and spiritual songs for the people of Nashville First Baptist.

Please complete the electronic survey below letting us know what would most bless your life in these uncertain days. May we vibrantly lift our voices and our lives in celebration of God’s abundant and enduring grace!

Amazed by His grace,
Joe A. Fitzpatrick
Worship and Music Pastor



Please complete form by Friday, April 24, in order for us to compile your favorite hymns.

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What’s on Your Mind? Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:11:50 +0000

Tony Rankin, Minister of Pastoral Care at Nashville First, shares his thoughts on current issues, questions that people maybe having, and gives spiritual direction on life’s concerns. 

What Do They See in Your Eyes?

Recently I had the chance to attend the Red’s Fantasy Baseball Camp at their spring practice facility in Goodyear, AZ.  They treated us like professional players for eight days. Read more.

Juggling Chainsaws on a Tightrope

These strange days of COVID-19 and the impact of tornados cause us to feel like we are juggling chainsaws on a tightrope. You may be afraid to choose the wrong move.  You may be fearful of making a decision too quickly. Read more.

Your Words Matter

When Jesus knew that he was going to be killed, he realized his closest friends and followers were concerned and worried about what they didn’t know. Read more.

If we can help in any way, email