Dr. JIM HUGHES, SENIOR PASTOR
Jim was appointed to Belle Meade July 1st of 2016. He has served in the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church for 41 years and has served churches of all sizes. In addition, Jim served as a Chaplain for the Tennessee National Guard and retired with the rank of Major in 2002 after 20 years of service. Born in Dickson and raised in the Woodbine neighborhood of Nashville, Jim attended Glencliff High School, Martin Methodist College, Athens State College, Vanderbilt Divinity School and Columbia Theological Seminary from which he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree. Jim is married to Tari and they have 4 daughters, one glorious granddaughter and a second on the way. He is an avid tennis player and sailboat enthusiast.
Rev. SAM MCGLOTHLIN, ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Sam was appointed to Belle Meade UMC in July 2016. Previously, Sam worked for Mountain T.O.P., a non-profit dedicated to rural life ministry in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, where she served as the Program Manager of Recruiting and Public Awareness from 2008-2013. Sam has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Auburn University (08) and a Master’s of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School (16). Sam has a desire to make sure visitors feel welcomed and included in all areas of our church life. She is married to Mark and they have Annie, the best dog around. Sam loves to travel and spend time outdoors.
REV. GRACIE DUGAn, ASSOCIATE PASTOR, CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Gracie is a commissioned Deacon who has been blessed to serve and learn with the children of Belle Meade since August 2015. She is a life long United Methodist who is passionate about leading children to connect to faith and the church community. Gracie is a graduate of Lee University and Vanderbilt Divinity School. In her free time she enjoys reading, eating Mexican food, cuddling her cats and going on adventures with her husband and two year old daughter, Emery.
STEVE STONE, PASTOR OF YOUTH & FAMILIES
Steve received his BFA from the University of Memphis with a concentration in Graphic Design. On May 11th, Steve graduated From Vanderbilt Divinity School with a Masters in Divinity centered on a concentration in both theological studies and the creation of art. Steve has been in youth ministry for over 20 years now serving in the Memphis area before moving to Nashville 5 years ago to attend Vanderbilt Divinity. In his free-time, Steve loves spending time with his family, watching movies, creating art, and exploring God's beautiful creation. Steve loves working in various mediums including sculpture, pottery, drawing, painting, recycled materials, and photography. He has been a part of group shows at Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Divinity, Downtown Presbyterian Church, and the University of Memphis. In his work, Steve often explores the intersectionality of art, spirituality, embodiment, and being. Steve has been married to his beautiful bride, Amy Stone, for the past 14 years. Amy is a 6th grade math teacher at St. Paul Christian Academy. Steve also has a smart, creative, sporty daughter named Caroline who is 11 years old and in the sixth grade at St. Paul.