ABOUT New Church Development Team

New Church Development Team 3.0 is a risk-taking arm of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. We serve to live into a vision that glorifies God; following a mission that focuses our faithfulness; and using values that guide our work and way of serving. We have updated our name and focus to bring more voices and gifts to the table: Faith and Innovation. In the transitioning time, we continue to operate with these values, these questions, and a collaborative trust in God's guidance. Please also check out the Faith and Innovation page on our website.


The TWK unleashes, establishes, and generates faithful strategies for the fulfillment of the kingdom of God on earth.

Our MISSION is to establish new faith communities in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference for the glory of the resurrected Christ; faithfully using what God has placed in our basket.

We are confident that God equips us for what we are invited to do for God’s glory in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky. That involves all the people in the TWK, and some who are particularly called to take these risks in collaborative, faithful and courageous ways. This is for God’s glory, not our own.

Our team holds shared VALUES that guide our work and that we believe are important when discerning and following the Spirit that is always making “all things new.”

  • Values

    • Process and strategy
    • Openness to new ideas
    • Courageous decision making
    • Integrity of our team members
    • High trust supports high risk for God
    • Being there in the ditch. Suffering and sacrifice are part of the redemptive process.
    • Honesty; acknowledge excellent mistakes
    • Collaboration with others for the fulfillment of the kingdom of God on earth.


    • Spirit driven; not economic driven
    • Diverse people and perspectives
    • Innovation
    • Willingness to share resources for the kingdom of God. We will model it.
    • The clear call of God on peoples’ lives
    • Belief that God is doing the work and we need to look for it. Join it.
    • Letting go without fear
Isaiah reminds us that God is often doing a “new thing.” Certainly, the 21st century is a season of that holy disruption in the body of Christ on earth (the “church”). The New Church Development Team 2.5 stands in the middle of that holy “innovation” and seeks to join what God is doing in, through and with the people of the TWK. That is our basket!

Frequently Asked Questions


Rev. Melinda Young Britt
TWK Connectional Ministries Officer

Rev. Dr. Rob Martin
Assistant to the Bishop

Rev. Scott Aleridge
Director of TWK Property & Development

Sally Oglesby
Member at Murfreesboro FUMC

Rev. Chris Thompson
Pastor at Waverly FUMC

Courtney Lawson
Ministry Associate Connect/Discover/Send

Rev. Dr. Vona Wilson
Harpeth River District Superintendent; NCD Team Leader


Bluff City in Memphis - Tom Fuerst, Pastor

Circle of Grace - Sandy Shawhan, Pastor (https://www.westendumc.org/we-serve/prision-ministries/)

Connection UMC in Nashville. Melisa Derseweh, Pastor

Cosecha Community Center - Carlos Uroza, Pastor connection

Ebenezer Metodista Iglesia - Myriam Cortes, Pastor

Fresh START - Dedra Campbell, Executive Director

Hamilton Egyptian Ministry

Hermitage UMC Celebrate Recovery

Home Church Nashville - Jason McAnally, Pastor

Trinity Community Commons - Zack Lykins, Executive Director

Collaborative Visioning
North-West Corridor Visioning Team – Red River District
Madison Corridor Visioning Team – Cumberland River District

Spring Hill Visioning - Harpeth River District