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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

Director of Youth and Family Services

Rev. Maggie Ward

Rev. Maggie Ward is a commissioned Deacon in the Tennessee Conference of the UMC. Originally from Nashville, Maggie went to Birmingham-Southern College, finishing her BA in 2016 and graduated from Boston University School of Theology with her M.Div. in early 2020. She has nonprofit and ministerial settings. She and her dog, Anna, are so excited to lead, grow, and learn with the Blakemore community.

Communications 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