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Staff

Pastor

Rev. Amanda Diamond

Rev. Diamond has been an ordained elder in the Tennessee Conference for more than 20 years, where she has served in a variety of ministry contexts, including serving as a solo pastor in one of Tennessee’s poorest counties, to most recently serving as part of a clergy team at East End UMC. She has a passion for spiritual formation, connection and ministry with the community in which we live and a heart for people. She is a Nashville native. She and her husband Luke celebrated their 21st year of marriage this summer, and their daughter Emma is heading to Trevecca Nazerene University in the fall of 2020.

 

amanda@blakemoreumc.org

Music Director

Matthew Pyles

Matthew graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University where he received his vocal/general music education degree with honors and was recognized with an Outstanding Achievement in Vocal Music Education award. While at MTSU he was the chapter president of ACDA and sang in their top choirs. He currently directs the middle school choirs, conducts the school musical and provides private lessons at Harpeth Hall in Nashville.  He is also a freelance musician in the greater Nashville area.

matthew@blakemoreumc.org

Youth Minister

Steffie Misner Wampler

Steffie has been a member of Blakemore for several years and already knows our congregation and young people well. She brings work experience with young people from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and lots of volunteer experience here at Blakemore. She is full of creativity, passion, and ideas for the future of our ministry with young people. Steffie is originally from California. She earned her undergraduate degree from Belmont University and is pursuing a Master of Theological Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

steffie@blakemoreumc.org

 

Ministry Coordinator

Jessica Moore-Lucas

Jessica Moore-Lucas was born and raised in the metro Detroit area, and she moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt, where she majored in double bass performance. She has a Master of Arts degree in historical musicology from MTSU. She has 2 children who keep her busy when she’s not volunteering in the greater Nashville community. Her passion in this world is creating inclusive, clear, and fair institutions and communities.

jessica@blakemoreumc.org

Nursery Staff

Natasha Simmons-Crutcher

Natasha Simmons-Crutcher joined our Nursery Staff on March 1, 2020. She was born and raised in Nashville and has been in childcare for 17 years. During those years she has received a CDA in early childhood education to work with infants and toddlers among other child care accolades and training. She is also employed at Blakemore Children’s Center. She is married, and they have two teenage children, Latroy and Latroya. She graduated from Hillwood High School in the class of 2003. She enjoys music, reading, walks, swimming, and watching TV. She loves early childhood care because she like to see the development of children and to know that she had a hand in that development to get them ready for grade school.