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Welcome to a place that believes anything is possible with faith in God.

At La Vergne First United Methodist Church, we offer a variety of ministry opportunities for every age and stage of life. God loves each one of us the same, and here you will never feel excluded or alone!

We are eager to know you, eager for you to become involved in the life of our church, and also eager for you to see the wonderful way that God is working in our lives. It won’t take long for you to discover that this is truly a church “family,” rich in the kinds of relationships that matter most. We worship together, serve together, laugh together, love together, cry together, and reach out to the world together with the life-transforming truth of Jesus Christ.


Tim Hayden
Music Director
Tim is a musician, arranger, orchestrator and producer who has been active in the Nashville music community since 1984. As the owner of Ned’s Place Recording Studio Tim has recorded, arranged and produced music for Alfred Publishing Co, Word, Abingdon Press and Brentwood-Benson. For the past 11 years Tim has recorded, arranged or produced all the tracked music for Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge TN as well as Dolly's Imagination Library. The yearly productions of "ICE!" in Nashville TN at the Opryland Hotel and the music for the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach SC also uses music produced by Tim at Ned's Place Recording. In 2018, Tim was asked to serve as Music Director for the new Dolly Parton musical, “Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol”. The show has had two productions, one in St. Paul MN at the Ordway Theater and in 2019 at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston MA. Tim has performed live on the Grand Ol' Opry with Jim Ed Brown and around the world with such artists as Ricky Van Shelton, Earl Thomas Conley & Boots Randolph. He has also performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno “and the “Grand Ol' Opry LIVE". Tim served as Musical Director at the Ryman Auditorium for theater productions of "Bye Bye Love" (the Everly Brother's Musical) "Always, Patsy Cline" (featuring Mandy Barnett) "Cotton Patch Gospel" (featuring Gary Sandy of "WKRP In Cincinnati" fame) "A Christmas Carol" (Featuring Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H fame) Tim served 14 years as Music Director for Vanderbilt University's Original Cast and previously served for 21 years as choir director and pianist at this church, La Vergne First United Methodist Church and is excited to be back!
Dr. John R. Daniels
Pastoral Family
John is a transformational pastor, church planter and social entrepreneur, who has also traveled in several states preaching and teaching revivals, seminars and workshops on church planting, life coaching, innovation, navigating change, healing ministries, and marriage enrichment. John has consulted over 250 churches in the area of church growth, birthing new churches and services, leadership development and healing ministries. In addition to being a UMC pastor, he is President/CEO of Theresa’s Twists and founder of He is authored several books including Grace Full Healing, Grace Full Healing The Manual and Looking For Larry. John also loves to write poetry and song lyrics, and is an artist. He holds undergraduate degrees in Business and Psychology from Muskingum Tech and Ohio University; M.Div. from United Theological Seminary; and earned his Doctorate from Ashland Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Asbury Theological Seminary, Methodist Theological Seminary, Center for Parish Development, Nehemiah Institute, and the New Church Start Academy, and the Church Planting Boot Camp. He has been a recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award in the West Ohio Conference UMC. As an ordained Elder, he has served in the West Ohio UMC Conference on the Board of Ordained Ministry, and Church Planting Teams. John transferred to serve the TN Conference due to begin a non-profit business for his daughter Theresa. ( John and his wife Jody were high school sweethearts. Jody has undergraduate degrees in nursing and elementary education and her Masters in Special Education. John and Jody have done marriage enrichment seminars together called Fit To Be Tied. Jody is also a gifted teacher and preacher and has experience as Director of Discipleship Ministries. They have three grown children Abbey and husband Greg Moore , Theresa (, and John Wesley Daniels. His hobbies include hiking, walking, golfing, basketball, landscaping, and shopping when his wife makes him do it.
Gaila Fletcher
Administrative Assistant
Gaila has been our right hand in all things event and calendar-related for several years, as well as handling the phones and creating the bulletin and newsletters. The Church Office is open from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday thru Wednesday & 9:00 am till noon on Thursday.

Church Council Chairperson

Margie Waggoner


Laini Burgett

Finance Chairperson

Brian Brown

Food Pantry Ministries

Page Durham

Lay Delegate to Annual Conference

Jerry Raines


Debi Walker


Laini Burgett & Margie Waggoner

Martin Methodist Representative

Kathy Runge


Jerry Raines

Scout Liaison

Special Events and Kitchen Coordinator

Jonna Martin

Staff Parish Relations Committee Chairperson

Tammy Beasley


Janice Johns

Trustees Chairperson

Freida Winkley Raines

Ladies of LaVergne Council Rep.

Pam Warner

United Methodist Men President

Mike Perrone

Children's Council Chair

Jacque Schmidt

Youth President

Young Adult Representative


Worship Committee Chairperson

Page Durham

Members at Large

Cara Jones, Steve Feathers, E.T. Martin

Children's Council Chair

Jacque Schmidt

Webmaster | Social Media

William Garrison & Open

Sunday School Superintendent

Dan Walker

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